20 Jan 2015
A fellow journalist asked me why I publish news and pictures of the Interior Minister when he has filed a complaint against me with the prosecutor general, and when I was released on bail despite the fact that there is no detention in cases of publication and, therefore, no bail.
I told my dear colleague that the newspaper also publishes criticism of the ministry and the minister, and that...
15 Jan 2015
Experts in constitutional law, prominent judges, politicians and others agreed that the law on districting electoral constituencies is compatible with Article 102 of the Constitution, which states that the law must take into account a just and equitable representation of the population and the voters.
From that perspective, the law is indeed in line with that article of the Constitution....
11 Jan 2015
Al-Masry Al-Youm received a message from Omar Hazek, the poet that the Alexandria court sentenced to two years in prison in February of last year and fined him LE50,000 for participating without permit in a protest against the killers of Khaled Saeed.
Following is the message that is titled “A Christmas Tree in my Cell”:
I suddenly discovered that we became friends, me...
07 Jan 2015
I wrote an article last week commenting on the intervention of the church in political affairs and the statements of some of its leaders about choosing Coptic candidates for electoral lists. I said that I was disappointed to see that we did not make use of the gains we have achieved at a high price in last four years.
The most important of these gains, in my opinion, was that the Coptic...
03 Jan 2015
In a bureau de change on Tahrir Street in Dokki stands a young man. He asks the teller, “How much is the dollar today?” The teller tells him, “How much do you have?”
In the seconds between the two questions lies the dollar exchange rate crisis in Egypt.
You do not have to be an expert to notice that the difference between the official rate at banks (LE7.18) and the black...
02 Jan 2015
The 25 January revolution was reflected in everything, including literature, arts and cinema. Just as there was Egypt before and after 25 January, there was Egyptian cinema before and after 25 January.
The creative output of Egyptian cinema was particularly affected by the revolution — while only 26 new films were shown in 2011, 47 films came out in 2008, the largest number since the...
01 Jan 2015
A language is not just a tool to convey ideas or connect people. I believe it is the very personality of a nation. It is the identity, culture, civilization and history of a nation. It is the container of thought and understanding. It is the horizon of man’s feelings and imagination. It is man’s self. It is the link between the body and the mind. It was God who taught man to speak....
30 Dec 2014
In quasi-real countries, myths spread, and books about witchcraft sell more than theories of evolution, relativity and the big bang.
People of such countries believe that they are superior and that everybody else is conspiring against them. They talk much and work little. They take pride in the distant past, not the near future. If knowledge is an important weapon, it is one that...
29 Dec 2014
If you were not shocked by Pope Tawadros' recent statements to the Spanish newspaper El Mundo — especially if compared to the statements of Bishop Paul — others were not only shocked, but attacked him severely. For their beloved ones died in the Maspero events.
The position of the Church should be commensurate with the two revolutions, which ostensibly established new standards...
27 Dec 2014
The term “Takfiris” (groups who accuse other Muslims of apostasy) has been repeatedly used, particularly within the last several months, to describe certain political opposition groups who exercise violence in Sinai and elsewhere. They get executed immediately by security forces — not wounded or arrested; they have been predisposed as criminals who deserve to be killed.