23 Apr 2015
I have been asked to write something about Abdel Rahman al-Abnoudi.
His death has saddened me a great deal, although his wife Nihal Kamal had told me on the phone before he died that he was breathing through a respirator, a device that I hate because many of my beloved ones died like that, even though I know if it may have saved the lives of others.
I wish Abnoudi could...
21 Apr 2015
A few months ago, the president told foreign reporters that had he been president when the Al Jazeera journalists were arrested, he would not have referred them to trial.
This case stirred controversy throughout the world, claiming Egypt limits freedoms and arrests journalists who are merely doing their job.
The investigating authorities were not able to prove specific charges of...
20 Apr 2015
The headscarf battle is not worth all the uproar it has caused: it is merely a personal opinion of a few individuals, and it is not binding for the state or for the society.
What good does it really bring to the society if women decide to take off the headscarf, which is worn in different forms by the vast majority of Egyptian women?
Some women choose to wear it for religious...
16 Apr 2015
By Mohamed Nour Farahat
Why has the government invited political parties to a dialogue about the election laws? Out of the three sessions which took place last week, I have attended the first one. What has come out of all this chatter and shouting?
It seems the government is unable to hold a dialogue that would produce meaningful results. Perhaps the situation has been deliberately...
14 Apr 2015
There is talk about Egypt possibly answering Saudi Arabia’s call to take part in a ground war in order to complement the air raids in Yemen, which has raised concern among the Egyptian people. But what can we do if we have pledged to protect the Gulf?
First: The war waged by Saudi Arabia is an offensive on a neighboring country. Some consider it a preventive move, which is debatable...
13 Apr 2015
“Men are free to make history, but some men are indeed much freer than others." C.W. Mills (1963,p.25)
This quote explains how subtle the concept of power is. It is so interconnected with other factors and so changeable and intricate, that no true formula for obtaining and keeping power exists.
The concentration of power differs from one nation to the other, and there are...
06 Apr 2015
When Father Zakaria Boutros attacked everything that was written in religious books, he triggered no more than a few laconic responses, as nobody bothered to refute what he had said.
However, when Islam Beheiry, a Muslim specialist, did the same, al-Azhar demanded that his television program be shut down.
I have here the following observations:
1. We should not ban any...
02 Apr 2015
Saudi Arabia is very pleased with the “Decisive Storm” raids waged against the Houthis, as it is the first military operation the country has ever launched to defend its national security.
Although the operation is carried out by a larger Arab coalition, Saudi Arabia considers the support from other countries to be minor, claiming to be fighting alone, as it considers itself to...
02 Apr 2015
There is no true religion that does not regard the sanctity of human life as one of its highest values, and Islam is no exception. Indeed, Allah made this unequivocal in the Qur’an. He emphasized the gravity of the universal prohibition against murder, stating that when a person takes even one life, “it is as if he has killed all mankind.”
Egyptians are still torn by grief for...
30 Mar 2015
The 22nd March was World Water Day – dedicated as such in 1993 by the UN General Assembly.
Ashoka Arab World has focused on environmental protection since our inception and long recognized the importance of finding and supporting leading social entrepreneurs working in this area. Seeing the water crisis our region is facing is a further reminder of the urgent need to take action....