23 Oct 2014
The offices of the dissolved State Security Apparatus all look the same. They even smell the same.
I am specifically speaking here about the offices of the agents that handled religious activities and the wardens of detention facilities with whom I dealt frequently.
There is always a library behind their desks that includes books of Ibn Taymiyyah, Ibn al-Qayyim, Rashid Reda, Sayyid...
21 Oct 2014
There are those who have monopolized religion and considered all others non-believers. They have founded organizations with mundane goals that have nothing to do with religion.
And there are those who have made of patriotism a profession. They are the hypocrites of the regime. They are senior government officials who talk to you about enemies of the state, traitors and agents who...
21 Oct 2014
The modern Egyptian state since the days of Mohamed Ali has declared on a regular basis that Copts have equal rights and duties.
With the exception of the liberal period between 1923 to 1952, which witnessed a significant improvement in the situation of Copts in Egypt, Copts still have not be allowed their full rights as Egyptian citizens. During Mubarak's rule, and with the growing...
20 Oct 2014
A regime keeps perpetuating more and more injustice, thinking that by keeping the people preoccupied all the time with its current crimes, they will somehow forget its past crimes and fear its future ones.
In doing so, a regime adopts one single method: namely absolute denial. (Victims are terrorists... There are no detainees... There is no torture... demonstrations are not prohibited...
19 Oct 2014
When parliamentary elections produces a clear majority of a specific political orientation, whether through a party or coalition, the house performs its duties better. In this way, the majority can support the government with plans that help it move forward rather than maintain a status quo, irrespective of whether that status is appropriate or not.
But the electoral system for the coming...
17 Oct 2014
Whenever things get darker, one looks around to find the risks surrounding the region from every direction, starting with ISIL and Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis, down to the Houthis and Boko Haram. The east Arab region, North Africa and the whole international atmosphere carries daily events that speak imminent danger and constant worry.
In such circumstances, characterized by decline and...
16 Oct 2014
I remember when I was ten years old or so I used to see pictures of King Farouk on the first page of daily newspapers, showing him praying in a mosque with senior officials next to him standing in reverence. Other pictures showed him holding rosary beads while meeting with Arab or Muslim visitors.
The king, who had lost elegance and gained weight, had also lost his popularity among the...
14 Oct 2014
The announcement of the construction of the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam 20 km from the Ethiopian-Sudanese border in April 2011 raised many concerns among ordinary people and decision-makers relating to the basic needs of citizens and the national security of Egypt.
Discussing the possible ramifications of the dam on Egypt, the leaders of both countries agreed to form two technical committees...
13 Oct 2014
I do not know where and when I read the title of ‘Sad Thebes’. Thebes was the capital of the ancient world, now called Luxor. Archaeologists say it contains more than a quarter of the whole world’s antiquities. It is enough that it contains the Temple of Karnak, which is unparalleled elsewhere in the world, orient and occident, ancient or modern.
Thebes is sad...
26 Sep 2014
A decree issued last June has rendered sexual harassment a crime punishable by up to five years in jail.
Under the new laws, harassers face from six months to five years in prison. The longer sentences are reserved for offenders who hold a position of power over their victims such as being a woman's superior at work or being armed with a weapon.
This law is a first in Egypt...