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Sexual harassment, the Ikhwan and castration

“Suddenly I found my pants down, a hand between my legs. I did not know how he unbuckled my belt without me feeling him…” This is a typical statement beginning Egyptian women’s tales of sexual harassment. They almost always focus on “the belt” the first time they tell their stories as if the belt was …

Sara Abou Bakr

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 …

Mahmoud Salem

Egypt: A twilight without a new dawn

By Nervana Mahmoud Egypt has always been portrayed in folk history as a woman with eternal youth, defiant and graceful. But the state that has been proud of its iconic past is currently crumbling at a surprisingly fast pace, and no one seems to be able to stop it. The chaotic scenes witnessed in Egypt …

Daily News Egypt

Mali: a serving of ‘Freedom Fries’

French intervention in Mali is motivated by economic rather than democratic concerns In 2003, the Bush administration justified the invasion of Iraq on the grounds that Saddam Hussein had ties with Al-Qaeda and possessed weapons of mass destruction. Bush named the invasion ‘Operation Iraqi Freedom’, claiming that he wanted democracy for Iraq. The French administration …

Mustafa Salama

Mali, a victim of a toxic mix

Mali is a victim of the toxic mix of weak state, well-funded militant groups, neglect from moderate Muslims, and Western countries’ attempts to advance their own interests.

Daily News Egypt

Islamists, Tourism and Media

Speaking with an EU parliamentarian I was surprised by their parting question, which was; “is it true that Salafis want to destroy the pyramids? I heard that a Salafi appeared on TV saying he wants to destroy the pyramids.” I was indeed surprised, that such a non-representative interview produced for shock value and media consumption …

Fady Salah

The Islamists’ political obsession

Finally, the Muslim Brotherhood’s newborn is here. The Shura Council is back, alive and kicking. The Council that hung by a thread for months waiting for a court ruling to be dissolved is now the legitimate legislative authority. Once again, the Brotherhood succeeds. With complete disregard to laws, norms, opposition and national interest, the Muslim …

Fady Salah

Review: Columnists debate Muslim Brotherhood and opposition

After the constitution referendum has ended its two phases, columnists are debating the situation of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2005 and now in 2012. Some writers are calling upon the opposition groups to unite up in serious political parties.   The Muslim Brotherhood between 2005 and 2012 Mohamed Abul Ghar Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper Abul Ghar …

Fady Salah

Farid Zahran

Who really profits from Islamists rise to power?

Foreigners always claim that support for Islamists in Egypt stems solely from their desire to support those who were democratically elected by the people. It naturally then, falls upon the west to help the Islamists in adopting the values and principles of democracy. These include, of course, respect for human rights and, as was clarified …

Fady Salah