26 Apr 2017
A year and a half has passed since the downing of the Russian plane in Sinai, but the Russian government is still preventing its citizens from traveling to Egypt, the closest, cheapest and favorite tourist destination for Russians.
During this period, the Egyptian government introduced an airport security system based on the demands of the Russian side and introduced everything new and...
08 Mar 2017
The current policies have wasted LE130 billion until now, in pouring reinforced concrete everywhere, and when the fatal effects of this defect started to show on the national economy, as had been expected by everyone who has some insight and a sound mind, they started telling us with enviable confidence about «our poverty». They then started transfering this notion to the people...
01 Mar 2017
At first glance it seems that Cairo, the 'Protected One', the capital of Sultan Al-Moez, is a city that is inflexible toward progress. It is just enough to know that Greater Cairo (Cairo, Giza and Qalyubiya) has a population of nearly 22 million, holds almost half of the cars in Egypt, and is in fact the end result of a collection of several capitals, including: Memphis,...
21 Feb 2017
Mr. President, I write you these words..
I do not know for sure whether or not my message will reach you. I do wish that you will receive it by any means, whether through your office manager or a presidential staff officer, or any other person who is allowed to meet you personally and whose words you trust.
Perhaps one of those will read my words, and perhaps my words, unheeded, will go down...
14 Feb 2017
I do not know a logical reason that would require the government to seek the ruling of Al-Azhar in a case related to organizing the transactions between members of the society in a way that preserves the right of each party.
Documenting transactions in communities does not need a religious edict, and issues of developing and modernizing communities and countries do not need a religious edict....
07 Feb 2017
President for just two weeks, Donald Trump is courting a constitutional crisis over his ban on travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries.
He has spooked allies around the world, fired the acting attorney general, feuded with Arnold Schwarzenegger over TV ratings and inspired millions to protest in the streets.Remarkably, Trump has managed to create all this excitement, drama and chaos with...
02 Feb 2017
"Nobody told you that you are poor, nobody told you that we are very poor," the words of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi hurt Egyptians' feelings -- he uttered it spontaneously as usual, embodying a doctor who diagnoses the illness of a patient and details disease honestly and openly, even though it might be shocking. What Sisi said explicitly, has been uttered more subtly by those...
01 Nov 2016
The figures announced by the Baseera Center for Public Opinion Research on the popularity of the president are unfit to serve as a true measure of his popularity. However, the problem is that the figures were compiled by semi-official body that was on Sisi's side until recently, but which apparently couldn’t continue to beautify the face of the regime anymore.
Or perhaps orders or...
17 Oct 2016
The phenomenon of accounts of minor incidents that happen to ordinary people and then turn quickly to news items, occupying public opinion and the front pages of the newspapers and mass media, is one important consequence of the information revolution.
The internet, accompanied by the proliferation of laptops and mobile phones, has involved millions of people, not only in following news on the...
05 Oct 2016
"I'm going to be the world champion."
This was the message Abdel Rahman Mohamed sent from his cell phone to his coach just before a speeding car hit him on Foka Road, between Wadi al-Natroon and Al-Alamein.
Abdel Rahman was a cyclist, and he was cycling along that particular road as part of his training — until a painful accident ended his life at the age of just 14.