26 Nov 2015
The minute my friend Yehia al-Fakharani appeared on the stage of the National Theater in the wonderful play “A Night of A Thousand and One Nights” he was in full control of the emotions of the audience, not with yelling and screaming, but with his simplicity that makes him a great actor.
He made the audience cry and laugh and sing along.
The other stars, including Lotfi...
24 Nov 2015
Q: Which awards did you win while representing Egypt?
A: In 2014, I was awarded "Best Inventor in the World" by the United Nations, "First Inventor in the Middle East" by the ruler of Kuwait and "Best Inventor" by the International Festival of Talents in London. I have also obtained international patents for my invention.
Q: Which invention?
23 Nov 2015
No one understands why the 16-year-old Mahmoud Mohamed Ahmed has been kept behind bars for 700 days awaiting trial for writing on his t-shit “A Nation Without Torture” and “January 25” on his scarf.
The young man remained in custody by order of the Interior Ministry for security reasons. He was moved with hundreds of others who have not been given clear charges and...
21 Nov 2015
Without coordination, two-thirds of the voters had silently sent a resounding message to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi by refraining from participating in the first round of the parliamentary elections despite his appeal on October 16 and 18. And they are now sending the same message regarding the second round.
In order to measure the decline in Sisi’s popularity, we just need to...
20 Nov 2015
In spring 2013, a then 22-year-old man named Farea al-Muslimi testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about an American drone strike on his small village in Yemen. Muslimi, the beneficiary of a US State Department scholarship that allowed him to learn English and study abroad in California, considers himself one of America's greatest champions in the region.
Yet the attack...
18 Nov 2015
Luxor Governor Mohamed Badr deserves the title of governor of Tutankhamun. He reminds us of the 1923 demonstrations when the Egyptians hailed Morcos Hanna, the minister who refused to give Howard Carter half of Tutankhamun's treasure that he had discovered.
Badr made November 4, the day Tutankhamun's tomb was discovered in 1922, a national day for Luxor, which reflects how aware he...
17 Nov 2015
The president's decisions in the past week and his advisers' recommendations were all alarmingly wrong.
The president's decision to go to London was wrong. Two weeks before his trip I received a phone call from a friend living in London for more than 35 years, who is also an ardent supporter of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. He told me the visit should be postponed because...
16 Nov 2015
I watched the film “Steve Jobs” before a recent trip to the United States. The man’s fame did not stem from just being the founding father of Apple computers, but from his biography as well.
The two-hour film is not the first about Jobs, and it most likely will not be the last. In the last three decades, Jobs has changed the world completely. It focuses on a specific...
15 Nov 2015
I am thankful to what happened to me over the past few days. I came out of it stronger and more ardent in my beliefs as to what is best for my country.
My heart was still beating despite two surgeries, the most recent of which was done in Aswan by Magdi Yacoub, the great surgeon and philanthropist.
Although I lost 2 kgs in four days, I convinced myself that my body did not...
12 Nov 2015
In any country, the number of crises should decrease as the number of ministries increases, because this means more ability to control.
But the opposite happens in Egypt, where we have as many as 33 ministers, while countries like the United States, China and Japan have less than 20 ministers. These countries have a limited number of ministries, yet an unlimited number of creative...