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Youth: a compass for democratic change

In the time of the Muslim Brotherhood, I met with one of their leaders, who was the secretary general of the Pharmacists Syndicate in one of the governorates adjacent to the capital. I asked him about the reasons for their aggression against the media and the disputes with the judiciary, the police, and the army …

Emad El-Sayed

Are Egyptians victims of their laidback attitude and corruption?

“Offer me a carbonated soft drink, and you can stay here” was a shocking phrase that I heard from a member of former president Hosni Mubarak’s security apparatus as I was waiting for a friend to pick me up in one of the most crowded streets in Cairo, close to the president’s residence. After hearing …

Mohammed Nosseir

Egyptians’ dilemma: our singularly inward-looking focus

Imagining that the entire world revolves around Egypt, combined with our belief that we are always right, has kept Egyptians from coming to terms with universal political dynamics, leaving the entire population trapped within the boundaries of their unique—and false—convictions. Egyptians are “living in a shell” that they have built up around themselves and as …

Mohammed Nosseir

Egypt’s consumer spending amounts to $156bn: Visa general manager

Consumer spending in Egypt reached $156bn, though the use of electronic payments accounts for only 2% of that sum, general manager for Visa in North and West Africa Tarek Elhousseiny said. This small share of electronic payments in Egypt shows a great opportunity for everyone to work on the spread of this type of payment, …

Hossam Mounir

Sugar: one more problem for Egyptians

Since the end of September, Egypt has been facing a remarkable shortage in sugar, pushing the commodity’s price upwards, while creating its very own informal market, and consequently, increasing the suffering of Egyptians. Egypt produced a total of 2.2m tonnes of sugar in 2015 and consumed 3.1m tonnes, creating a shortage of some 900,000 tonnes. …

Hisham Salah

How Egyptians celebrated Eid Al-Adha

On Sunday morning, Egyptians celebrated the first day of Eid Al-Adha. Egypt’s streets turned into one big yarn filled with sheep and cows. According to Islamic belief, Muslims celebrate Eid Al-Adha by slaughtering animals in order to distribute their meat among the poor. This comes after the early morning Eid Al-Adha prayers. At 6am, Muslims …

Nada Deyaa’

How Egyptians’ morals justify immoralities

Inspired by their own logic and aided by their talent in justifying their sins, Egyptians tend to transform their disgraceful acts into morally acceptable practices. Living in a country where honour and integrity have been declining steadily over the years, has led many Egyptians, unconsciously, to acknowledge immorality as a cultural norm. Unfortunately, this kind …

Mohammed Nosseir

Are Egyptians naturally bad─or badly ruled?

  ‘Stay home’ is the advice I often give to Egyptians who are unable to tolerate the behaviour of their fellow citizens. In Egypt, the moment a citizen steps out of his home, the wide-ranging drama that literally entails an endless list of interactions (with fellow citizens, vehicles, roads, the environment, etc) begins. The direct …

Mohammed Nosseir

Egyptian wrestling players in Poland

The most significant victory was achieved by Egypt’s Haitham Fahmy in the Greco-Roman 59kg division, in which he acquired a silver medal, with the gold medal going to Japan’s Kenichiro Fumita.

Maya Nawar

How Egypt is ruled and ruined by opportunists

Egypt is ruled by the maxim: “You must have a stake to have a say.” Egyptians are not governed based on citizenship, which gives everyone equal rights, but based on a stakeholders’ concept that gives more power to citizens who have more wealth and who are closest to the ruler. Egyptian citizenship enables Egyptians to …

Mohammed Nosseir

Al-Sisi’s fans—being loud is not necessarily being right

Being loud does not mean being right, but since Egyptians value loudness over logic, millions of citizens are trapped into believing that their arguments are correct—simply because their voices are loud. Many of the ruling regime’s supporters live under this unfortunate delusion; they compete with their peers by loudly regurgitating the regime’s false arguments. Endlessly …

Mohammed Nosseir