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Freedom matters – even in a poor and uninformed nation

By Mohammed Nosseir Freedom is, and will continue to be, the most important attribute not only of genuinely democratic nations, but also of a people’s development and progress. Freedom is a gift from God that people can enjoy without burdening their respective governments. Yet autocratic rulers, who usually believe that they are right, are unable to …

Daily News Egypt

The lie behind the Gaza Reconstruction Conference

By Ricard Gonzalez A good-hearted global citizen would assume that the amount of money raised in an international conference of donors under the title “for the reconstruction of Gaza” is for that purpose. However, they would be wrong. The official declaration of the conference that took place in Cairo last Sunday, stated that the donor …

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The limit of Egyptian hospitality

When I met with the European Union’s Chief Observer Mario David at a polling station in downtown Cairo last week one thing that he highlighted to me was how welcome he and his fellow observers felt. He described “the salute they give us… the welcoming smiles” he had seen during his time in Cairo. He …

Joel Gulhane

And a toast to you all…

On 22 January 2012, two days before the then MB-controlled parliament convened for the first time, I hosted a party at my house. The moment you enter the door of the apartment, you face a big banner that said: “The Muslim Brotherhood are coming… quickly grab a drink or two”. Needless to say, the guests …

Mahmoud Salem

Egypt’s media: Fact, fiction, and farce

By Mohamed Selim Khalil The world celebrated “Press Freedom Day” 3 May. Yet, are the Egyptian journalists, reporters and media personnel joining their peers worldwide in celebrating the day? I highly doubt it. Many Egyptians, including journalists, who have endured perpetual hardship for the past three years ranging from lack of security to daily power cuts, …

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