02 Jul 2015
Some people belittle the new Suez Canal project, saying that it is merely a small channel not longer than 15 km. And in the absence of feasibility studies for the project, I decided to make a study of my own.
I believe that trying to belittle the project is a bit misleading because it was declared from the first day that the project includes digging a 35-km channel, deepening and widening...
01 Jul 2015
On June 29, Egypt's top prosecutor was killed in a car bombing as he left his home in Cairo. He was the most senior official to be assassinated since Islamic militants launched an insurgency two years ago after the Egyptian military ousted Mohamed Morsi, the country's first democratically elected president.
The assassination of the prosecutor, Hisham Barakat, is a tragedy but it's not...
29 Jun 2015
When adultery is committed in Egypt and a husband catches his wife red-handed and kills her, the community demands a light punishment for him, taking into consideration that his manliness cannot tolerate such a thing.
But when a wife catches her husband red-handed and kills him, the community demands that she be hanged in a public square for killing the man who paid her dowry to enjoy her...
28 Jun 2015
Is it too late to correct the path we, our regime and our media are taking?
We got rid of a regime that used religion to seize power. Then we started to build a modern state governed only by the law and the constitution. Yet certain supporters of the previous regime still present among us and in the state institutions began to take revenge.
First, they were timidly trying to pass...
24 Jun 2015
Respect for the State is a people’s demand and a condition for the progress of a nation. It is derived from the State’s respect for the law and the Constitution. For no State could ever earn the trust and respect of the people by oppression, injustice and fear.
The Egyptian State is ancient and has traditions that distinguish it from many of its Arab neighbors. However, it has...
23 Jun 2015
“Were there Jews living in Egypt?” asked my son while I was watching the TV series “The Jewish Quarter”.
My son and his generation know little, for they grew up thinking that all Jews are Zionists who bring nothing but devastation. They were told that the major strife in Islamic history was propogated by a Jewish hypocrite who played on the minds of the prophet...
18 Jun 2015
The judge made his final call today, confirming the death sentence of former Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi, a crucial step in cementing the counter-revolution and the unravelling of the uprising that had brought him to power.
Morsi, who is now already serving a 20-year jail term for ordering the arrest and torture of demonstrators in 2013, was convicted of breaking out of prison during...
17 Jun 2015
Postgraduate studies in Egypt do not exist. They begin with a preliminary year that makes no sense except for the universities to collect tuition from students, and for the professors to practice their academic adolescence on them (some professors are respectable, but some do not even show up for the lectures).
During the academic year of 2013-2014, 137,000 students applied for a master...
14 Jun 2015
Omar Hazek, the young poet and novelist of future dreams, is now languishing behind bars because he broke the protest law and not because he broke the ethereal laws of stalemate, silence, death and calcification that darken the twilight of dawn before it is generated by a cold night.
Great poet Ahmed Abdel Muti Hijazi once told me that the protest law should be reconsidered, and that...
11 Jun 2015
My picture above this article was taken by Isra al-Tawil. All the pictures of my wife’s birthday were also taken by Isra. The clock in the form of a ladybug on the shelf of my library was a present from Isra, for she liked the colors of this beautiful insect. She could make faces look more beautiful in pictures, for she could see better the beauty in the world.
But Isra has...