14 Feb 2017
I do not know a logical reason that would require the government to seek the ruling of Al-Azhar in a case related to organizing the transactions between members of the society in a way that preserves the right of each party.
Documenting transactions in communities does not need a religious edict, and issues of developing and modernizing communities and countries do not need a religious edict....
07 Feb 2017
President for just two weeks, Donald Trump is courting a constitutional crisis over his ban on travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries.
He has spooked allies around the world, fired the acting attorney general, feuded with Arnold Schwarzenegger over TV ratings and inspired millions to protest in the streets.Remarkably, Trump has managed to create all this excitement, drama and chaos with...
02 Feb 2017
"Nobody told you that you are poor, nobody told you that we are very poor," the words of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi hurt Egyptians' feelings -- he uttered it spontaneously as usual, embodying a doctor who diagnoses the illness of a patient and details disease honestly and openly, even though it might be shocking. What Sisi said explicitly, has been uttered more subtly by those...
01 Nov 2016
The figures announced by the Baseera Center for Public Opinion Research on the popularity of the president are unfit to serve as a true measure of his popularity. However, the problem is that the figures were compiled by semi-official body that was on Sisi's side until recently, but which apparently couldn’t continue to beautify the face of the regime anymore.
Or perhaps orders or...
17 Oct 2016
The phenomenon of accounts of minor incidents that happen to ordinary people and then turn quickly to news items, occupying public opinion and the front pages of the newspapers and mass media, is one important consequence of the information revolution.
The internet, accompanied by the proliferation of laptops and mobile phones, has involved millions of people, not only in following news on the...
05 Oct 2016
"I'm going to be the world champion."
This was the message Abdel Rahman Mohamed sent from his cell phone to his coach just before a speeding car hit him on Foka Road, between Wadi al-Natroon and Al-Alamein.
Abdel Rahman was a cyclist, and he was cycling along that particular road as part of his training — until a painful accident ended his life at the age of just 14.
12 Sep 2016
Before I came to New York city, I lived the details of New York life through an American television comedy series called Sex and the City. I had a close relationship with the heroines of the famous TV series. I lived with them the details of New York women’s lives — which seemed characterized prominently by freedom.
Four women who made all the decisions with regard to their...
30 Aug 2016
After zuhr prayers on Friday, I went to buy my weekly needs from the grocery store, and I stopped at a famous branch of Al-Tawhid Wal Nour department store in Madint Nasser, in front of which is a public bus station.
As I was crossing the street on foot, I saw a woman sitting on a chair at the station and crying. At first I felt too shy to ask what was making her cry, but I conquered my...
28 Jun 2016
Public opinion polls in the US currently indicate that Hillary Clinton stands the highest chance of winning the presidential election, but no one can rule out the possibility of her Republican rival, Donald Trump, gaining a surprise victory.
The political climate which caused the majority of Brits to vote in favor of leaving the EU last week is similar to the political climate in North America; a...
04 Jun 2016
It was a good move from British newspaper The Guardian to apologize to its readers for the fabricated reports and articles published by its Cairo correspondent, Joseph Mayton.
Last February, the newspaper received a complaint from a source in Cairo mentioned in one of Mayton's articles, who maintained he had neither spoken to the reporter nor met him.
The newspaper used a neutral...