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Review: freedom of expression debated in Egyptian columns

As the reaction to the US movie offensive to prophet Muhammed slows down, columnists across several Egyptian newspapers continue with their analysis of freedom of expression and its relation to the clip. Many writers touch upon the violent reactions towards the movie recalling the indecent words of many Islamic preachers while attacking certain artists. Some …

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Protesting Blasphemy or Foreign Policy?

For the most part media has portrayed the protests in front of American embassies as just as a protest over the amateur video insulting Islam and prophet Muhammad peace and blessings be upon him. Moreover, it is surprising how some media outlets choose to describe the regions where the outrage occurred as the “Middle East”, …

Mustafa Salama

Review: op-ed pages continue to fill up with commentary on offensive movie

As incidents escalate in reaction to the offensive movie about prophet Muhammed, columnists continue to analyse the mounting anger of Egyptians.   Wael Qandil What after invading the US embassy? Al-Shorouk newspaper Recalling the latest chaos that took place within the margins of the US embassy in Cairo in reaction to the US anti-Islam movie, …

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Plenty of blame to go around

The contagious wrath that has gripped the hearts and minds of Muslims over the despicable depiction of the prophet Muhammad in a widely circulating video is justifiably righteous. Yet, how we chose to channel that rage forces us to call into question the very essence of how we’ve come to interpret the teachings of our …

Mohamed El-Bahrawi

The logic of “insult” and the roots of protest

The protests that shook several Arab countries in the past week and the ones that continue until today were no surprise. It was very much expected that a wave of anger in the Islamic world would certainly follow any insult to the prophet Muhammad. Past experiences, whether with Salman Rushdie or the Danish cartoon crisis …

Ziad A. Akl

The whole truth and nothing but the truth

On 8 March, I was in London attending a panel discussion on the safety of women journalists. I had been invited there by the International News Safety Institute (INSI) after contributing a chapter to a book published earlier this year by the INSI on the safety of female journalists working in conflict and danger zones. …

Shahira Amin

Review: columnists observe Morsy’s attitude, IMF loan, and Coptic community

Egyptian opinion writers have explored a variety of topics that relate to President Morsy’s surprising moves, starting from his first trip to Saudi, to his latest in Iran. Many columnists continue to dissect Egypt’s internal platform with regards to the growing fears of the Coptic community in the country. Others criticise the acceptance of the …

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Review: columnists condemn division of Liberal bloc

Major opinion pieces in Egyptian newspapers have debated a variety of topics that relate to Egyptian politics. Most importantly, most commentators have condemned the division and separation hitting the landscape of the secular power in Egypt. The success of the Muslim Brotherhood and the popularity of political Islam in Egypt has led many writers to …

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Review: Columnists debate emergency law, Coptic community and Tahrir Square

Across different Egyptian newspapers, columnists have tapped upon various issues that relate to Mohamed Morsy’s rule. Some writers have condemned the debate over female circumcision; others criticise proposals of the new Justice Minister to reinstate the long-lived emergency law. On another note, some commentators discussed how the deteriorating Tahrir Square is calling upon Egyptians to …

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Where the shoe pinches

By Mohammed Ali Ibrahim the former editor in chief of both The Egyptian Gazette and Algoumhoria newspapers In 1928, Muslim Brotherhood founder, Hassan Al-Banna, adopted an approach to critics and skeptics which his followers and loyalists still adhere to today. His method was to shun reasonable argument or debate, opting instead for criticism and shouting …

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Review: Columnists touch upon state media and political participation

Egyptian commentaries have explored an assortment of subjects. Many have continued to analyze the rising wave of political Islam, whereas others have addressed the challenges facing Egypt’s state media and the lack of interest in active political participation.   Wael Kandil The legend of the last Minister of Media Al-Shorouk newspaper The status of Egypt’s …

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Review: Columnists analyse Morsy’s meetings in China and Iran

After President Mohamed Morsy’s two last visits to China and Iran, columnists across Egyptian newspapers analyze his speech at the Non-Aligned Movement Summit in Tehran and the new Chinese grant. Some praised Morsy’s early steps towards a new page of Egyptian international relations, others see that his trips, especially that to Iran, will add to …

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And an ostrich in a palm tree

Maybe El-Brince shares my appreciation of this strange looking, pea-brained, fast running mega bird. Our long-necked, feathered friend is revered for its ability to plunge its head in the sand to avoid seeing what should remain hidden from plain view. And given what purportedly went on is this villa the poor animal must have spent most of its time faced down.

Adel Heine

Review: Mory’s visits to China and Iran overwhelm Egyptian columnists

As Morsy nearly finalises his three-day journey to China and heads towards a supposedly short, yet very unique, trip to Tehran, opinion writers in almost all Egyptian newspapers dissect the main reasons, repercussions and expected outcomes of the President’s two important visits. Some writers have refuted arguments that Egypt has the potential to swiftly follow …

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Review: Sinai, Morsy’s independence and liberal powers

Although President Morsy has commenced his first trip to China, which will be followed by a unique trip to Iran, most columnists across Egyptian newspapers have not touched upon the presidential trips. Opinion writers commented on the importance of Morsy’s independence from his Islamist group and some have warned against possible occurrences of violence and …

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Is it really not the time to settle scores?

Properly wielding his legislative mandate for the first time since he has taken office, President Mohamed Morsy divulged his powers and outlawed the temporary detention of Islam Afify, one of his harshest critics. Several media professionals, activists and even ordinary citizens eulogized the positive stride taken by Morsy. For many, the new president is probably …

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Columnists continue dissecting 24 August protests

After anti-Muslim Brotherhood protests gained public and political attention on 24 August, columnists in several Egyptian newspapers examined the primary reasons behind the demonstrations. Many supported the idea and condemned assaults against protesters, accusing the Muslim Brotherhood of being intolerant of opposition and criticism. Others took the time to consider the protester’s demands, rather than …

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Minister of Parliamentary and Legal Affairs, Mohamed Mahsoub

Minister Mahsoub proposes new ‘Equal opportunities’ law

Interviewed By Wafaa Abdel Bary What is your mission during your first year in office, and what is your plan to improve the Ministry’s performance? My first year’s mission encompasses restructuring the Ministry, laying down the legislative plan and general guidelines, and pushing through several urgent legislations. In addition, the Ministry is working on a …

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Review: Washington, witch hunts and wheat

Possible new directions for Egyptian foreign policy under President Morsy, the spectre of Islamic fascism haunting opponents of the Muslim Brotherhood, possible conspiracies in Sinai, dubious claims of a miraculous wheat harvest and privitisation in the United Kingdom; columnists address a range of issues relevant to Egyptians in today’s column review.   Morsy in Beijing …

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Reconciliation

You need utopian idealists and pragmatic realists if we hope to make something of this mess we call a country

Mahmoud Salem

Review: Rafah’s martyrs overwhelm Egyptian columnists

The recent attacks on the North Sinai border and the death of the 16 army soldiers have hit almost all Egyptian newspapers. Columnists have not only condemned the terrorist assault, but have also suggested plans to redevelop the peninsula and heighten the Egyptian security presence to avoid future attacks.   Amr Al-Shobaki Rafah’s martyrs Al-Masry …

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