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The Children

Egyptian children might not be the geniuses that you claim they are, but they are smart enough not to respect you.

Mahmoud Salem

Review: Commentaries denounce Morsy’s ratification of Shura Council figures

Columnists explored president Morsy’s recent decision to appoint a new list of Shura Council members. Some writers believe the move will polarize Egypt even further. Other writers continue to blame all political groups for the continuing violence in Alexandria, especially those last Friday.   An open message to the President Hassan Nafaa Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper …

Fady Salah

The army and the current crisis

The crisis that broke with Morsy’s constitutional declaration on 22 November reconfigured the political scene in Egypt. The map of political forces has changed a lot in this past month. Inside the opposition camp, a new alliance formed between liberals, leftists and conservatives to create the National Salvation Front. Inside the state’s camp, the Muslim …

Fady Salah

Washington must think differently about “the region”

By Anthony Elghossain After decades of dormancy, the Levant is rising again. Syria’s war, Lebanon’s seasonal conflicts, and ongoing shifts in Iraq, Egypt and Turkey are restoring the Levant’s characteristic chaos and cosmopolitanism. In turn, instead of continuing to approach the region disjointedly, Washington must resurrect the Levant as an idea. Beirut, Babylon and beyond: The …

Fady Salah

Review: Columnists warn from growing polarisation

After voters had queued up to cast their votes in the second stage of the controversial constitutional referendum on Saturday, many columnists condemned the growing polarization pervading Egyptian society today. Instead of uniting Egyptians, the constitution crisis has pitted citizens against each other according to their political and religious inclinations. Op-ed columnists explored this growing …

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

Victory

The mood in the office yesterday was sour, with people being sad and disappointed at the results of the first phase of the “constitutional referendum”, which was passed by 56 per cent, amidst reports of the worst case of voter fraud in the history of post-revolution Egyptian elections. Those angry and depressed eyes of my …

Mahmoud Salem

Egyptian women and Morsy

You have to have lived in Egypt to understand what I am writing about now. Many foreigners would say that it is a failed attempt to empower Egyptian women, but the few who have spent years over here fully get it. Women run Egypt. Even one of the Lonely Planet guides advises their readers to …

Fady Salah

Post Bashar Syria: Local, Global and Regional Players.

The United States has probably started on the bad side of Syria by putting “Al-Nusrah Front” on the list of terrorist organisations. There are legitimate fears and concerns that neighbouring countries and the west have over the destabilisation of an already volatile region. However, insisting on delegitimizing Al-Nusrah will only complicate matters worse. The world …

Fady Salah

Review: The referendum and then what?

Egyptians are at the edge of their seat to know the results of Saturday’s constitutional referendum. Columnists wonder how Egyptians will behave in the coming months, taking punts on what comes next.   What next? Hassan Nafaa Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper Nafaa asks what will come after the constitutional referendum. Regardless of the result, the writer …

Fady Salah

Democracy and the Egyptian experiment

Us Egyptians are proud and our honour reigns supreme. It doesn’t matter if you’re a wealthy businessman or a destitute employee, an illiterate farmer or an erudite scholar, a petty thief or an upright gentleman, a teenager or a grandparent, Muslim or Coptic, this particular susceptibility prevails among all Egyptians. It is part of our …

Fady Salah

The referendum of shame

It is finally here, the big event the Muslim Brotherhood has been eagerly waiting for. The constitutional referendum is finally taking place as this column is being written. There is no question that this referendum is indeed a historic moment that will be remembered. However, while I confess to the referendum being a historic event, …

Fady Salah

Review: Columnists weigh in on referendum

As Egyptians lined up to cast their vote on the constitution Saturday, columnists were divided. Although some argued that voting for the constitution would lead to more stability and would grant citizens more state support, the majority considered the constitution and the referendum unsatisfactory.   Mohamed Amin Do you want to go to heaven? Al-Masry …

Fady Salah

Editor’s letter: Voting for God

On a 40 minute Metro ride from New Marg station to Saad Zaghloul, trying to avoid the traffic jams across the city caused by anti- and pro-Morsy protests, the political discussions among the passengers are revealing. In Cairo’s underground system, in which every carriage is always stuffed with hundreds of average Egyptians, people are constantly …

Maher Hamoud

Shahira Amin

Crisis over constitution shows no sign of easing

Egyptians living abroad headed to polling stations on Wednesday to vote in a popular referendum over the country’s first post revolution constitution. In Egypt meanwhile, controversy over the proposed constitution deepened. Rival mass protests were held nationwide on Tuesday ahead of next Saturday’s vote on the draft document. Tensions have been running high since President …

Shahira Amin

Review: Commentaries fuelled against the constitution

As the constitution referendum is getting closer, columnists have analysed the extent to which Islamist groups strive to pass the constitution. Several writers have condemned the idea of moving forward with the referendum encouraging Egyptians to vote ‘No’ rather than boycotting.   Vote ‘No’ but do not boycott Emad Al-Din Hussein Al-Shorouk newspaper Looking forward …

Fady Salah

To hell with the dictatorship of the majority

My new Egyptian friend is very excited about the recent developments in Egypt. She hates President Mohamed Morsy to pieces and wants a liberal to replace him. She considers herself a liberal Egyptian and a great women’s rights advocate. She supports a constitution that would guarantee equality and preserve human rights. She is veiled, but …

Fady Salah