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Tahrir’s Tattered Trophy

By Philip Whitfield How long would it take you to vent your spleen? Me? An hour a column if I’m not distracted. This one’s been stewing, nay boiling, for months. The headline should have been The Rape of Egypt, but I toned it down not to offend the squeamish. If you don’t care to read …

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Maher Hamoud

Editor’s letter: Time for the cool sheikhs

In 2010 I was invited to a lecture by Amr Khaled, organised by Regents College in London, while I was there for some media mission. The lecture was considered very important, as it was to discuss coexistence in Islam, in a city that has one of the most visible Muslim minorities in Europe. For those …

Maher Hamoud

Egypt’s opposition: The sultan’s slackers

By Karl Sharro There is an old Egyptian joke about Tanabel El-Sultan, (the Sultan’s slackers), who were notorious for their laziness. The sultan was so fed up with seeing the slackers lazing about that one day he ordered their execution. The slackers were loaded onto a wagon and driven off to be killed. Fortunately for …

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Review: Commentaries denounce Morsy’s call for dialogue

After President Mohamed Morsy met with a number of politicians in a new round of dialogue talks, several opinion writers have denounced the move, believing it is another failed attempt at fruitless dialogue.   Replacing the cabinet is the first solution Diaa Rashwan Al-Masry Al-Youm Rashwan believes that the only way out of this crisis …

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Why should the young man move?

In the early days of the revolution, and since then over the last two years, my gaze has often been focused on the young Egyptian who has repeatedly climbed the lamp-posts of Tahrir Square in order to wave a flag in front of the masses. Because I have bad vision, whenever I go to the …

Farid Zahran

Review: Op-Ed pages denounce Morsy and his speech

After President Mohamed Morsy’s speech declaring a state of emergency in three Canal cities on Sunday, many writers have criticized his performance amid the current crisis. Alaa Al-Aswany Why does Morsy kill Egyptians? Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper Morsy cannot claim that all those who demand his departure are only remnants of the old regime, Al-Aswany states. …

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Conjuring the demon

Morsy, you are now face to face with those who have lost everything, including their hope for a better future and their faith in you

Rana Allam

Blockheads

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

Mahmoud Salem

Review: Columnists criticise presidency and violence

Opinion writers have condemned the presidency for its passive reaction towards the violence that continues to take place in many Egyptian cities. Although President Mohamed Morsy has called for dialogue with a number of political figures after addressing the nation in a televised speech on Sunday evening, more than one writer has placed the full …

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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

Review: Unprecedented violence dominates columns

As Egyptians commemorated the second anniversary of the January 25 Revolution on Friday, violence erupted as protestors and security forces clashed. And on Saturday, more violence erupted after 21 defendants were sentenced to death in the Port Said football massacre case. Since then, newspaper columns have been filled with reports of the latest death toll, …

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Women of the Arab Spring, beyond objects and subjects

By Natana DeLong-Bas Boston, Massachusetts – The Arab Spring introduced us to the strength and determination of the many Arab women who took to the streets and the internet to call for change in their governments and societies. Gone were the stereotypes of oppression and passivity. In their place were voices and faces of hope, …

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Review: Commentaries advise government to prioritise duties

Columnists condemn the poor performance of Hesham Qandil’s government in the wake of a series of sad incidents that took place last week.  Some writers are asking the cabinet to pay extra attention to the basic needs of the poor, instead of focusing on endless internal political disputes.   What does the poor want from …

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Chinese chequered

By Philip Whitfield The enemy of my enemy is my friend – Arab and Chinese proverb. Fathom this out. The Egyptian foreign policy moves towards rebelling against the United States and others who want to shape Egypt’s policies through their financial aids. The words are those of Ambassador Mojtaba Amani, head of the Iranian Interests …

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Reasons for optimism in 2013

By Moustafa Menshawy Cairo – If you live in Egypt, there are many reasons to feel politically, socially and economically pessimistic. Political wrangling and polarisation keeps the country on the edge of civil unrest. Unemployment and poverty grow amid a stagnant economy, insufficient investment and a fragile tourism industry in shambles in the post-revolutionary scare. …

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Review: Columnists critique Morsy’s administration and its opposition

Commentators discussed Morsy’s administration, the failure of Hesham Qandil’s government to solve the simplest problems and the opposition’s plans to protest on the second anniversary of the January 25th Revolution.   Opposition will not rule 25 January Emad Al-Din Hussein Al-Shorouk newspaper The opposition needs to understand that the path towards democracy is a long …

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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.

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Train disaster fuels rising anger

News of Monday night’s deadly train accident in Badrashin, 40 km south of Cairo, shocked and dismayed Egyptians . Nineteen young conscripts of the Central Security Forces were killed and scores were injured (many of them critically) when two train carriages derailed and rammed into a parked freight train. The train, carrying more than a …

Shahira Amin

The Future of Al-Wasat Party

By Nicholas Gjorvad After its split from the Muslim Brotherhood in 1996, Al-Wasat Party quickly became the darling of many western academics due to its progressive stance on several democratic issues while maintaining an Islamist identity.  Its stated goal was to unite Egyptian society by forming a political party that separated the Islamic da’wa (calling) …

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