23 Nov 2014
Albert Einstein, Charlie Chaplin, Arthur Miller and many other in a long list of big names in science, art and culture were prey to 1950 US Republican Senator Joseph McCarthy, whose name later became the historical origin of a term synonymous to the witch-hunting of intellectuals.
The former senator’s campaign had, for years, created a horrific atmosphere among intellectuals and...
22 Nov 2014
Try to write the Arabic word for “happiness” on Google search and you will be met with 24 million results, a huge number that reflects the desire of many to catch that hidden treasure which they spend their whole lives to achieve.
Verily, happiness is always a marketable commodity; a lucrative trade with permanent patrons who are ready to pay dearly to obtain it.
20 Nov 2014
Hardly a day goes by without me seeing or hearing a new example of unfairness in our cultural life.
Newspapers and magazines are full of articles and columns by writers or literates that should not be called so in my opinion, as they should not be writing in the first place. But because they keep writing and keep being referred to as prominent writers or literates, people believe...
18 Nov 2014
This has been Egypt’s tale in the past sixty years, particularly the last forty. It is called ‘Paving Egypt’. It pertains to both the community and the government. And it was inscribed with a lot of money, sacred blood and-- above all-- a lot of ignorance.
The last chapter of the tale remains to be inscribed by this generation, either for its own benefit, or against it,...
17 Nov 2014
The Rosetta spacecraft landed successfully and for the first time on the surface of a comet in an historic moment for humanity, as was described by the president of the European Space Research Center. The spacecraft will help us study the basic elements that originated life on Earth.
But our media did not care much about this historic achievement, which made the headlines in all world news...
16 Nov 2014
On Friday, 7 November 2014, I watched in the evening a talk show in which the host and her two guests severely attacked civil society organizations, accusing them of treason because some of them receive training or financial support from foreign organizations.
Here are five points I should first bring to your attention:
1. None of the audacious three in the program, which lasted a...
16 Nov 2014
As Morocco gears up for the fifth annual global entrepreneurship summit from 19 to 21 November 2014, all types of people are gathering together, such as entrepreneurs, heads of state, government officials, global entrepreneurs, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), corporate leaders and young entrepreneurs.
I decided to google the status of SMEs and government support provided to enhance...
15 Nov 2014
Some have a problem with the 25 January revolution or uprising or conspiracy, you name it. This I understand, because it was a major event that shook the whole community, whether positively to a step forward or negatively to a hundred steps back. But what I do not understand is those who condemn 25 January day and night and call the people who came out on that day as conspirators and traitors....
14 Nov 2014
In foreign countries, a ruler is accountable and could be jailed if a train derailed in some distant suburb and passengers were killed. For over there, a ruler is truly responsible for the people.
We don’t have this here because we believe rulers are infallible. We only punish small-time thieves who steal chickens or laundry. Mention one ruler who has been brought to trial for...
12 Nov 2014
Lord Halifax, who was the viceroy of India in the late 1920s, was one day on a train from London to Bath. He was sitting in the same compartment with two elderly women who did not utter a word throughout the whole journey. When the train went into a tunnel just before the final station, Halifax made the sound of a kiss. And when the train came out of the tunnel and arrived at the station, he...