04 Mar 2015
Last November, renowned author Mohamed Nagy left our world at 67, just as quietly as innovators do while we are preoccupied with political upheavals. That’s how such people are destined to live: in societies that are always undecided whether to appreciate them.
To avoid the stereotypical elegiac writings on our great innovators, I preferred to reread the whole works of Nagy and write...
26 Feb 2015
The Constitutional Court decided to issue its verdict on the invalidity of the parliamentary elections on Sunday. Whatever the verdict will be, the problem of the next parliament lies in the way the regime handled the election law and the redistricting of the electoral constituencies, leaving the whole matter to law and security experts in the absence of politicians, just as was the case under...
25 Feb 2015
The President announced that young people who are in prisons would be released soon, in an insinuation that the government is forgiving and turning the page.
But then we saw the shocking sentence against Alaa Abdel Fattah and Ahmed Doma before him, which also came after a similar speech by the president.
It seems the people are preoccupied with other things that they are unaware as...
24 Feb 2015
The slaying of the 21 Egyptians was like a stab to mine and everybody’s heart. Who was able to sleep that night?
I always had hope. In my childhood, I imagined that ousting the King was the beginning of a new era. And when I was at university, I thought Nasser had defeated backwardness. But then I was severely frustrated after the catastrophic defeat in 1967.
24 Feb 2015
I decided to go on a press trip to Istanbul on 22 September when my friend the Arabic language teacher also decided to go there to look for a job. A mutual friend of ours who was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood was going to help him find a job there.
I will refer to them as my “teacher friend” and my “Brotherhood friend” and I promise them that I do not mean harm...
22 Feb 2015
I have comments on the latest video of the Islamic state, which I do not suggest anyone watch. My comments are not only from the standpoint of my being a film director, but also from psychological, humanitarian and political perspectives.
The video was directed by a professional who gave it a lot of thought before shooting it, so as to make it more impressive. It was better directed than...
19 Feb 2015
Dear police officer,
I am an Egyptian citizen that you cannot abuse in any way, not because we live in a state that respects the law or because you respect us people, but because you can spot a poor citizen from a mile away and I am not one of them.
After you finish reading my message, please do not come out and say that you do not sleep so that we can sleep safely or that you...
18 Feb 2015
Mr. President, this is a message from the heart and the mind motivated by real patriotism. It is a perspective that you and the government seem not to see clearly.
Firstly, we all know the huge economic and terrorist risks that threaten the country. We also know the popularity you enjoy that helps you overcome some problems. Yet this popularity has recently decreased a lot, especially...
14 Feb 2015
What happened to our press? Why has it become so localized? A few days ago, one of the great writers in the world passed away. She was the Algerian Assia Djebar who lived in France. Yet the Egyptian press did not mention anything about her because it only runs after small incidents in the streets.
Assia Djebar, 78, was the first woman to be awarded the membership of the French Academy. She...
12 Feb 2015
I worship the state. I am convinced that all Egyptians, regardless of their beliefs, consider the state as their custodian. I am talking here about a state, not something that looks like it. It is the state that the Egyptians had invented and taught to humanity. It is a state that knows what to do, manages my affairs and anticipates and solves my problems.
If you go to a doctor suffering...