01 Aug 2015
If you were to look for a good reason why the erlationship between Egypt and Iran has been cut for a long time, you would not find any. Is it because of our strong relationship with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states? I do not think so, because these countries do have relationships with Iran. The United Arab Emirates has congratulated Tehran publicly on the nuclear agreement, and the Iranian...
31 Jul 2015
During just one week (July 11-17, 2015), the parliaments of four countries around the world took difficult and controversial fateful decisions with wide-ranging repercussions not only for their own people, but also for the neighboring countries, if not for the whole world for decades to come.
However, what is important is that those controversial decisions have been taken democratically,...
28 Jul 2015
In just one day, the Prosecutor General received complaints filed against Hisham Geneina, head of the Central Auditing Organization, Hazem Abdel Azim, member of Sisi’s presidential campaign, business tycoon Naguib Sawiris and actor Khaled Abul Naga, all on charges of allegedly "acting against the state."
Sawiris was accused of seeking to thwart President Sisi’s...
27 Jul 2015
Many readers have asked for a list of Omar Sharif's Egyptian movies (1932-2015), which I list here below in terms of year of production and the year they were shown in movie theaters. Sometimes the production year was the same as the screening year:
1. "Struggle in the Valley", directed by Youssef Chahine (1953-1954).
2. "Desert Demon", directed by Youssef Chahine (...
22 Jul 2015
Many people were surprised to see the huge maquette of "the new capital for Egypt" presented by a businessman from the UAE at the Sharm el-Sheikh Economic Conference. However, later we heard that the Emirati project had stumbled, and that an Egyptian company will take it over.
1 - How can the President alone, or even with the army’s engineering division, decide to...
20 Jul 2015
If you are from the old generation, you will remember the 1959 film “Some Like It Hot” by Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe. At that time, the word “some” was used correctly. It was used to mean that “some” liked a certain thing differently than the rest.
Today, the word “some”, which is being used too often in the media, is meant...
19 Jul 2015
There was news on Facebook about referring three Copts to prosecutors and later releasing them on a bail of LE10,000 on charges of proselytizing by handing out dates to fasting Muslim passers-by to eat after they break their fast.
What is painful here is not the reaction to an act intended to spread love between the sects of this country. It is that it was not an individual reaction by...
18 Jul 2015
On Wednesday, the world celebrated the success of the New Horizons probe, that has reached a point very close to the dwarf planet Pluto. This scientific miracle was everyone's story of the day, except in Egypt and the Arab region, where all we know about Pluto is that he is the friend of Mickey Mouse, and where the ceiling of our scientific knowledge has stopped at the miraculous benefits of...
16 Jul 2015
Iran has succeeded in concluding a nuclear deal on Tuesday with six major world powers in the Austrian capital, Vienna, thereby putting an end to negotiations that lasted for 21 months.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the High Representative for Security and Foreign Policy in the European Union, Federica Mogherini, have both described the deal as historic.
15 Jul 2015
Aristotle said in his book “Politics” that society undergoes successive phases that reflect its evolution. In the beginning, there was the family, which was the first group formed by nature in order to satisfy basic needs. Then came the village, which consisted of several families in order to satisfy needs that are not just basic. And then came the city, which was economically...