26 Feb 2014
One may never be able to understand any political situation unless it is contextualized. What happened on 30 June 2013 in Egypt and its consequences have been viewed differently by so many international bodies. There have been so many versions of the truth. It is never a simple equation. It is never about the truth. It is always about the power factor and how to utilize it for the interest of...
09 Feb 2014
Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here.
- Marianne Williamson
Human suffering is a characteristic that unites us. The more we live, the more there are stories to hear and stories to tell. There have always been untold stories about people’s suffering and agony in our recorded history. In our pursuit of the truth, we are constantly reminded that fear and pain...
30 Jan 2014
Democracy is classically defined as the rule of the people, by the people, for the people and that basically means that people are the most important factor in the process of decision making in any given democratic country.
Many revolutionary figures harshly criticized former Vice President Omar Soliman in his response to Christiane Amanpour when she asked him, “Do you believe in...
19 Jan 2014
Asked about whether what happened on 25 January 2011 was a revolution or not, Dr Botros Ghali, one of the most influential Egyptian politicians in Egyptian history, answered with a striking reply, “I don't care what the definition is, I will leave this to the academics. What I care about is the outcome.” The definition didn't matter much to him; what mattered was the...
12 Jan 2014
You and I don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are. -Herb Cohen
This quote has truly settled a dispute that has always been troubling a lot of people, though I don’t think it is yet worked out. Nor do I believe it will ever be settled. Many people will always keep asking who or what is absolutely right? The second question is even more difficult, if I am...
12 Jan 2014
The political scene triggers many questions about the future as to whether the current conflict would end with the state ‘defeating’ the Islamists or vice versa, or if both would lose the battle.
The Brotherhood insists on demonstrating in the streets, while the government has declared it a terrorist group, which bodes more violence in the country.
Instead of limiting...
05 Jan 2014
Holocaust is the term generally used to describe the genocide of approximately six million European Jews during World War II, a programme of systematic state-sponsored extermination by Nazi Germany.
Why do so many people refuse to admit the fact that the Jews were persecuted and burned by the Nazis? Or if even they admit it happened, they always add that it was not six million. They...
30 Dec 2013
General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi currently wears three hats: leader of the armed forces, minister of defense and deputy prime minister. At the close of 2013, Egyptian politics is dominated by one question: will he take off those three hats in order to assume the presidential throne?
While visiting Egypt this month, I heard the same contradictory argument again and again. First, his seeking the...
29 Dec 2013
Freedom of thought and belief is a universally basic human right, but because people automatically pass on their beliefs from one generation to another, the ability to think, analyse, criticize, judge, and sometimes unlearn such cherished and long-held beliefs becomes very limited.
That explains the failure of many cultural systems to cope with the challenges of modernity. Despite all that...
22 Dec 2013
“Normality is merely a matter of consensus, that is, a lot of people think something is right, and so that thing becomes right”
— Paulo Coelho, “Veronika Decides to Die”
Relativity and diversity are a corner stone in understanding the complexities of this world. Herb Cohen said, “You and I don’t see things as they are we see things as we are...