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Farid Zahran

Who is responsible for violence within Egypt?

Before the dispersal of the sit-ins at Rabaa Al-Adaweya and Al-Nahda squares, something resembling a consensus was being reached amongst Egypt’s democratic forces, which acknowledged that neither of the two was peaceful. This consensus was based off a series of clues and supporting evidence received from human rights organisations pointing to the fact that torture …

Farid Zahran

Friday of peace

To counter all the rage and violence, Egypt urgently needs a Friday of Peace to mourn all the dead and reject violence

Khaled Diab

Confessions of an Egyptian infidel

Though never officially recognised, atheists and agnostics have always been part of Egypt’s landscape. So it’s time society granted us our right to believe… differently.

Khaled Diab

Avoiding austerity, Ahmed Galal is betting on Egypt’s economy

Egypt’s new Minister of Finance, Ahmed Galal, has chosen. He prefers a strategy of stimulating the economy over a focus on austerity. This is bold. It may not seem like it, especially in the midst of the manly, grand ultimatums we have seen in the last month, but in economic terms, it is. Pushing for …

Iris Boutros

Fuel and fear

Returning from a trip abroad I find a city that has changed in unexpected ways.

Adel Heine

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 …

Mahmoud Salem

Dr. H.A. Hellyer

It’s the people, not the paper

In another country, at another time, writing about the Egypt Independent might be considered writing about the competition. After all, there are only a few English-language dailies in Egypt – and fewer that are not reliant on state funding. But writing about the Egypt Independent is not writing about a competitor – it’s writing about …

Dr H.A. Hellyer

Street children: What they are not

We see them everywhere. They beg, they clean cars, they fight in the street. We see mothers with their babies and babies without their mothers. We see them in wheelchairs, sitting on the ground, leaning on our cars. Begging, touching us. Asking us to help them, for the love of God. We see them sleeping in the street, under a blanket, on a piece of cardboard. Sometimes, we mistake them for a pile of garbage. They are everywhere, all day, all night. We call them street children and most of us have never exchanged a single word with them.

Daily News Egypt

Has the Muslim Brotherhood adopted Sectarianism?

I have attempted over the last several articles, to shed light on the fault lines of the various political and socio-economic divisions that exist within Egyptian society, in addition to the ideologies of those who seek during elections to secure their place within the country’s political system. Traditional left wing theory tells us that social …

Farid Zahran

The dead of the Salem Express

Out of all the dive sites in the Red Sea, the Salem Express wreck is known among divers as the most depressing. In 1991, the passenger ferry carrying pilgrims back from Saudi Arabia sunk 18 metres under the turbulent waters of Safaga’s sea, killing all most of its passengers Resting on its side, the twisted …

Sara Abou Bakr

The Islamists’ Secret Weapon

As soon as our blessed revolution succeeded in realising its main demand and remove Mubarak from office, a streaming flood of Islamists ran through all veins of life in Egypt. Suddenly, ideology became identity, difference became blasphemy and tolerance became treachery. Since way before and during the 18 days, the Islamists felt an over-estimated sense …

Ziad A. Akl


What started out as a little silly fun on the first day of the month has grown into a nationwide movement

Adel Heine

How the prosecution has helped Bassem Youssef

By Nick Gjorvad It is rare to hear someone say that a court summons could be viewed in a positive light.  However, Bassem Youssef’s recent interrogation by Egypt’s Prosecutor General’s Office may bring with it some benefits for his cause.  Youssef’s satirical television show has criticised several political figures for quite some time, especially Islamists …

Daily News Egypt