Mahmoud Salem

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Mahmoud Salem is a political activist, writer, and social media consultant. His writings could be found at www.sandmonkey.org and follow him @sandmonkey on Twitter

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The murky waters of June 30, part 3:Old players and new games

As we move ahead as a nation with a new transition plan, it’s important to note who is and who isn’t a player in this new phase, and where they fall in this new state order. People who are out of the stage of influence are both the Muslim Brotherhood and the independent Jan 25 …

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The murky waters of 30 June part 2: On revolutionary depression

The June 30 revolutionary alliance is made of very strange bedfellows and its reaction to the events that have transpired since reflects its inherent contradictions. The newbie revolutionaries (Independents) are more than ecstatic due their success and are acquiring an ego that rivals those of the Jan 25’s; the social conservatives are jubilant for the …

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So, what’s next?

Good Morning Egypt… So, 30 June arrived, and as anticipated, it was spectacular. What could only be described as an endless sea of people swarmed Egypt’s streets, showcasing a flood of flags and red cards to “President” Mohamed Morsi and his beloved Muslim Brotherhood. The infighting between different factions in the marches was nonexistent, while …

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All the roads lead to this

Egypt is on the brink, and everyone’s nerves are frazzled. Everyone is both optimistic, and yet terrified about the outcome of 30 June. Given that this is a day of an unlikely alliance between the social conservatives (old regime supporters), the revolutionaries and the independents, anything could happen. While one is operating on very limited …

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The Wannabe

One of the few remaining benefits of living in Egypt these days is the ridiculous amount of entertainment that our Islamist rulers provide.  In a scene that’s beyond parody, a number of Islamists held a massive conference to support Syria, which in their world means “Let’s kill those Shi’a Infidels”. In the first ever display …

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Alternatives

After a stellar week in Egyptian foreign policy, with both a fiasco of a national security meeting regarding the non-threatening Ethiopia Grand Renaissance Dam and a disturbing court ruling against NGO workers, people have once again shifted their focus to National politics, specifically the 30 June demonstrations. Expectations are flying high on the side of …

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Regarding the dam

For the past few weeks Egyptian society and media have been hysterical over Ethiopia’s construction of its Renaissance Dam.  The public was suddenly bombarded with the notion that Ethiopia will turn off the water faucet on Egypt and that this is an issue that threatens both our national security and survival as a nation. The …

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The 6th Stage of grief

On a relatively hot summer night, in lieu of nothing,  a bunch of revolutionary friends were discussing the state of gloom that has befallen the majority of the population, and came up with a theory:  We have all gone through the five stages of grief throughout this revolution. The Denial phase started with the first …

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Regarding the kidnapped Soldiers

The latest political crisis in Egypt revolves around seven Egyptian soldiers who were allegedly kidnapped by Jihadist groups in the Sinai Peninsula last Thursday. Their kidnappers are demanding a Sinai-based militant detained for almost two years be released from prison. In an epic show of Islamist solidarity, President Mohamed Morsi said that he is concerned …

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The Event

The Event changed everything. Nobody knows the exact date when the event started. The chaos that took place once it started, and its insane aftermath, made any kind of accurate documentation impossible, but we know that it reached Cairo around August 2013, specifically around the Eid vacation. In its aftermath, Egypt found itself on the …

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The Price

  The return of Naguib Sawiris to Egypt, along with the entire Sawiris Family, has raised some eyebrows on both sides of the political divide in Egypt, especially given that the Presidency sent a special envoy to welcome him back and hailed him as one of the “honest businessmen of Egypt” in an official statement. …

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Your mission, if you choose to accept it…

The moment I heard of the closure of Egypt Independent I felt solemn and gloomy. I knew that this was always a possibility, especially with their financial troubles, but this has been the case for a while now, and the suddenness of its shutdown shocked me as well as most of its readers. Suddenly I …

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Short takes

  1 Egyptian revolutionaries suffer from the silly habit of always getting sucked into fighting in side-battles, and the latest batch of laws coming out of the Shura Council are a prime example. Whether the new NGO law, the new protest law, or the new judiciary law, the different groups are each fighting to apply …

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Bad for business

A few days ago I told a Tunisian friend who just arrived some stories about the Egyptian political scene. She listened to me intently while suppressing her laughter, and after I was finished her only comment was: “Cheap Drama..You guys are living in a cheap drama.” I have found her comment not only a fantastic …

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Morsy’s Christian Problem

The country was watching, half in horror and the other half probably in glee, as the police of the Islamist state of Egypt actively joined a mob in their attack on the cathedral

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Strange Days…

Think tankers and policy researchers working on Egypt in the States do not know what to make of all of this

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Myths

Egypt is a country where people operate on myths instead of facts, which is one of the primary reasons why we never seem to get on with the country. Between the 7,000 years of civilisation (of which 2,000 we were under occupation), the army that never gets defeated (except in every war it actually partakes …

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Renaissance

On Saturday, seven members of the Islamic group ‘Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice’ in Suez, Egypt, decided to promote virtue by trying to whip a woman on the street due to her “un-Islamic” dress. The woman took off her shoe and beat one of them with it while yelling at them, which caught …

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Islam’s enemy!

It goes without saying that the Egyptian crisis is now beyond repair. None of the parties involved, including the military, have the power to resolve the conflict that the country seems destined to engage in. At some point there was hope for such a solution, but it now all seems that we are heading to …

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The Civilian Products of Military Factories

Last Thursday the news websites greeted us with a picture of the US Ambassador to Egypt, Anne Patterson, celebrating the decision of the US department of agriculture to allow the importation of Egyptian strawberries to the American market by opening a box of strawberries and eating one. On that same day, we were also greeted …

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Awesomely Egyptian

It’s our one and only message to a world that has always tried to crush us: “You won’t break us. Do your worst”.

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The Horror

For the past week I have been avoiding, ducking and evading the black hole of negativity that has seemingly sucked everyone in. It wasn’t an easy task especially because for everyone I spoke to, the news of what’s been happening in the country, from mass sexual assaults and terrorism to police torture of street children, …

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The cautionary tale of NSFMommy and MBDaddy

Good morning Children, Today we are going to tell the story of the unfortunately very Egyptian marriage of NSFMommy and MBDaddy. Like most Egyptian marriage stories, it’s a very stupid family drama where there are no heroes and even the victim looks bad in the end. We are not sure if there is a moral …

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Blockheads

The genius of turning the Black Bloc into the new enemy is how perfect they are for it

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