08 Dec 2013
In August 2013, the King of Sweden, Carl Gustaf, and his wife Queen Silvia were visiting a museum when a Palestinian and his wife asked the royal guard for permission to give them a Palestinian shawl as a present. They were allowed to put the shawl around the shoulders of the king and the queen, according to a Moroccan newspaper.
The king wore the shawl for 33 seconds. And when the picture...
23 Nov 2013
The 50-member constitutional committee is done with identifying all the sections of the constitution , and the total number of its 241 atricles.
The section on the state and its basic components includes 51 articles. The section on the rights and freedoms includes 58 articles, and the section on the system of governance includes 132 articles. The articles could have been limited to only...
18 Nov 2013
Let's imagine that there is a European tourist sitting at his home, watching TV. While changing channels, he comes across an advertisement about tourism in Egypt. In that advertisement, he sees some of Egypt’s beautiful, God-given tourist attractions. So he decides to head to a tourist office to get more information, where he is magnificently received by the employee responsible for...
17 Nov 2013
Few years ago, I met up with several graduates of Cairo University Aeronautical Engineering department demanding support to get jobs. One of them told me, “We studied aeronautical engineering and space sciences, but we got tired of looking for jobs.”
Cairo University’s Faculty of Engineering was founded two centuries ago in 1820. Neither it nor others were invested in...
11 Nov 2013
Egypt needs a hundred leaders. With a population of one hundred million, the elite should constitute a one percent ratio. In other words, one million leading figures.
If Egypt gave an example of direct democracy to the whole world with its million-strong demonstrations, she now needs a new type of million-strong demonstration--one of civilization.
While the political million...
29 Oct 2013
About this time last week, the bodies were being ferried into the Virgin Mary Church where they had been shot barely 24 hours before, a grim liminal irony that - as some pointed out - turned a wedding into a funeral in the space of two days.
Not much has changed since the Al-Warraq shooting one week ago, when two gunmen on a motorbike opened fire on a wedding in Cairo’s working-class Imbaba...
20 Oct 2013
So Aboud al-Zomor is looking for an end to the crisis? Zomor is one of the Islamist leaders who know quite well how strong the army is, having once served as an army leader and at military intelligence before his involvement in the assassination of former President Anwar Sadat. If he had not been fired, he would have been a major general in the army today.
Zomor is aware of the losses the...
10 Oct 2013
Questions were already being raised about Egypt’s new liberals and whether they really were as democratic as they claimed to be.
But, as Sharif Abdel Kouddous wrote in the Nation recently, “the turning point came on August 14, when the military and security forces brutally cleared the two mass sit-ins in Cairo that formed the epicenter of support for the ousted president...
04 Oct 2013
First I would like to emphasize that I personally wish the current cabinet success because I sympathize with its members intellectually and emotionally rather than seeing it as the most appropriate for the current stage. I believe that the current cabinet’s success will be monumental for the success of the roadmap. Since we have no option but to work to make the roadmap succeed or else...
29 Sep 2013
I do not know why I remembered Shady Abdel Salam’s epic film ‘The Mummy.’ Over two weeks between Washington and New York, I was talking about Egypt. I talked politics, economics and other things as well. All this made me look for the complicated formula that governs the historical evolution of Egypt.
The film helped me understand. It was about the residents of the Al-...