07 Apr 2014
The Anglo-Saxon reaction to Field Marshal Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi’s decision to run for president was conspicuously un-diverse. Most coverage, for example, unanimously introduced Sisi to uninformed readers as the general who toppled the “first democratically elected president” in Egyptian history, deliberately omitting the fact that at least 30 million people took to the streets in...
22 Mar 2014
This is the hero who gave up his life, who carried the name of my country, the one who protects our honor. May the military of my country be safe. Ask the sand of Sinai. Which blood irrigated it? Is it the blood of my nephew and relative? Or is it that of my friend? As life took us in a loop, a voice filled with kindness said: May our hands be cut, if they touch Egyptians. May the military of my...
26 Feb 2014
One may never be able to understand any political situation unless it is contextualized. What happened on 30 June 2013 in Egypt and its consequences have been viewed differently by so many international bodies. There have been so many versions of the truth. It is never a simple equation. It is never about the truth. It is always about the power factor and how to utilize it for the interest of...
09 Feb 2014
Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here.
- Marianne Williamson
Human suffering is a characteristic that unites us. The more we live, the more there are stories to hear and stories to tell. There have always been untold stories about people’s suffering and agony in our recorded history. In our pursuit of the truth, we are constantly reminded that fear and pain...
30 Jan 2014
Democracy is classically defined as the rule of the people, by the people, for the people and that basically means that people are the most important factor in the process of decision making in any given democratic country.
Many revolutionary figures harshly criticized former Vice President Omar Soliman in his response to Christiane Amanpour when she asked him, “Do you believe in...
19 Jan 2014
Asked about whether what happened on 25 January 2011 was a revolution or not, Dr Botros Ghali, one of the most influential Egyptian politicians in Egyptian history, answered with a striking reply, “I don't care what the definition is, I will leave this to the academics. What I care about is the outcome.” The definition didn't matter much to him; what mattered was the...
12 Jan 2014
You and I don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are. -Herb Cohen
This quote has truly settled a dispute that has always been troubling a lot of people, though I don’t think it is yet worked out. Nor do I believe it will ever be settled. Many people will always keep asking who or what is absolutely right? The second question is even more difficult, if I am...
12 Jan 2014
The political scene triggers many questions about the future as to whether the current conflict would end with the state ‘defeating’ the Islamists or vice versa, or if both would lose the battle.
The Brotherhood insists on demonstrating in the streets, while the government has declared it a terrorist group, which bodes more violence in the country.
Instead of limiting...
05 Jan 2014
Holocaust is the term generally used to describe the genocide of approximately six million European Jews during World War II, a programme of systematic state-sponsored extermination by Nazi Germany.
Why do so many people refuse to admit the fact that the Jews were persecuted and burned by the Nazis? Or if even they admit it happened, they always add that it was not six million. They...
30 Dec 2013
General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi currently wears three hats: leader of the armed forces, minister of defense and deputy prime minister. At the close of 2013, Egyptian politics is dominated by one question: will he take off those three hats in order to assume the presidential throne?
While visiting Egypt this month, I heard the same contradictory argument again and again. First, his seeking the...