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From the other side: Amr Moussa stay at home

We do not mention his involvement in the crime. Nor do we mention his defence to the matter. We do not know of his opposition to an error. Nor do we not know of his political stance. He is Amr Moussa, the veteran diplomat with a long history of nearly 53 years of service in …

Gamal Eid

Egypt: authenticity, Islamists and liberals

Authenticity is a trait that almost all politicians like to claim one way or another. Whether it is an American presidential incumbent speaking of how he stands for real American values versus his opponent or here in Egypt where a liberal may speak of an Islamist’s lack of Egyptian authenticity by reasoning that Islamist ideas …

Mustafa Salama

Scratching the surface of the financial crisis

For several weeks now, state-run media has been depicting a somewhat rosy outlook on the economy. Government officials are downplaying the gravity of issues; prominent figures such as Hassan Malek spew comforting statements,citing the pending influx of foreign investment and loans from international financial lenders and governments. The IMF loan , which would shore-up the …

Mohamed El-Bahrawi

Orientalist Democracy

The “Orientalist” dimension makes the Western outlook of the democratic process in Egypt prisoner to a one-sided vision

Ziad A. Akl

Review: Al-Nour’s inner conflict

Egyptian columnists have recently been inundating their readers with analyses of the root causes of internal clashes hitting the infrastructure of the salafist Al-Nour party. Some have put the blame on the party’s lack of experience in the political arena. Other writers explore the recent developments taking place in Sinai, especially in Rafah, where Christian …

Daily News Egypt

Shahira Amin

Bar for free expression still low in ‘new’ Egypt

In March 2011, blogger Maikel Nabil became the first prisoner of conscience in Egypt, post-revolution. He was arrested and detained on charges of spreading rumours about the armed forces and criticising the military in his blog posts. Nabil was tried in a military court and sentenced to three years in prison, but was released after …

Shahira Amin

The cult of personality

A perfect example is Mona Eltahawy who was arrested in New York City a few days ago. In a carefully colour-coordinated attack of spray paint and raincoat on an offensive ad in the city’s subway, Eltahawy professed to be exercising her freedom of speech.

Adel Heine

Review: columnists discuss strikes and challenges of constitution

The increasing trend of protests and sit-ins affecting Egypt’s governorates are analysed by some columnists, while others keep their attention focused on the challenges facing the draft constitution.   Fahmy Howeidi We brought down the walls, but didn’t build bridges Al-Shorouk newspaper There were around 1400 strikes and demonstrations across Egypt in a span of …

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Hope

Make the choice, to live or not, once and for all.

Mahmoud Salem

Review: op-ed pages discuss constitution, dole out criticism for Morsy

Heated debates are triggered over the Constituent Assembly, it dwindling membership and the delay in finalising the country’s most important document, the constitution. In almost all Egyptian newspapers columnists have analysed the factors affecting the Constituent Assembly in its process of drafting a constitution. On another note, some writers continued with their weekly dose of …

Daily News Egypt

When the bankrupt are pushed to pay

By Mohammed Ali Ibrahim Once upon a time I wrote in Algoumhoria newspaper that we don’t need another Mahathir Mohammad here to score an economic miracle like that of Malaysia. Rather we need the Malaysian people who achieved that leap into the future. The occasion of the aforementioned article was the visit of the Malaysian prime minister …

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Review: new political coalitions and ways to combat religious offences

As political parties continue their pursuit of establishing solidified alliances for the upcoming parliamentary elections, Egyptian columnists dissect the new partisan coalitions, filled with hopes that division won’t strike at them once more. Some writers continue analysing American anti-Islam film, at the risk of becoming overwhelmed, by exploring options through which Muslims could prevent conflict …

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The Islamic civilization quest

As Islamic discourses become mainstream in several Muslim countries, one wonders what is there to make out of it? After all practically all modern Islamic movements came about with the objective of reviving an Islamic society, polity or both. The Islamist movement as a whole has come a long way since the demise of the …

Mustafa Salama

The myth of the underdog

Could it all be just a big bubble? How big will the clout of zealous political Islam get before Egyptians begin to realise that it’s just another trick to mobilise masses and score votes? At the expense of painting with a broad brush, political Islam in Egypt might be a bubble close tobursting. The underdog …

Mohamed El-Bahrawi

Shahira Amin

The volcano erupts

The outpouring of rage in Islamic countries isn’t just about a low-budget film insulting the prophet Muhammad. It is the eruption of a volcano that has been simmering for the past eleven years

Shahira Amin

Mohammed Aly Ibrahim

Praying at gunpoint

By Mohammed Aly Ibrahim The fear of Friday 13th in western superstition as an unlucky day touched upon me as I was heading to perform my weekly prayer. Many Egyptians, myself included, think that the mosques of Prophet Muhammad’s ancestors here bestow endless blessings upon those who regularly visit such places of worship. The most …

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