Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Abdel-Rahman is a journalist and the author of the Sibilant Egypt blog

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Egypt hosted delegations from Hamas and Israel separately Monday to begin ironing out the details of a brokered truce that brought an end to Israel’s offensive on the Gaza Strip, which resulted in the death of 167 Palestinians and six Israelis...
It began with a remark in a speech by President Mohamed Morsy at a celebration commemorating the October War. In the speech, Morsy said that authorities were investigating a series of unnamed companies which were engaging in corrupt practices. The...
  The one story that dominates headlines is obvious. Tuesday, a court will rule on the legality of the Constituent Assembly and whether it should be dissolved. In the court’s ruling lies the fate of Egypt’s future constitution and...
Mohamed Gad al-Rab, more commonly known as Sambo, was not a committed revolutionary. He did not participate in the 18-day uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak nor the immediate events that followed it. Inadvertently, he became something of an icon in...
Senior Muslim Brotherhood members took to the press to condemn attacks on their followers in Tahrir Friday, which marked political resentment towards the organization whose men are ruling Egypt today. Today’s protest was staged by various...
  Cases of torture in police stations continue in Egypt despite an uprising that ostensibly began against police brutality, Amnesty International revealed. The recent case of death by torture inside a police station occurred in the area of Meit...
There are blasts from the past in today’s papers, as political and public figures that seemed to carry so much weight circa 2011 return to grace the front pages a year later, for varying reasons. Keeping with more time-relevant information,...
Of the many failings inherent in the Egyptian media, the ability to plaster ambiguous, conspiracy-laden information as front-page fact is right up there at the top of the list. Case in point is the infamous “spy ad” that Egyptian...
Long misused as just another tool to bolster the image of the old regime abroad, the Foreign Ministry is still trying to carve out its role in the post-Mubarak era, having been a vehicle to carry out foreign policy rather than help determine and...
On Mashrou Leila’s latest album is the song “Inni Mnih” (I’m All Right). The opening line of the lyric can loosely be translated as “Let’s burn this city to the ground and build a more honest one.” A good...

Opinion articles

Events of the past few weeks since Morsy issued his November decree can be described as — to appropriate British parlance — an utter “omnishambles.” Midnight decrees rescinding previous ones, 2 am about-turns on decisions...
It’s been a week chock-full of news, which meant the latest bout of downtown clashes has not taken center stage as it usually would. Instead, this news item fought for a place amidst a flurry of breaking news: a military attack on Qursaya, the...
I used to get bullied at school when I was younger, by an older boy who (through the haze of sepia-tinted memory) was almost twice my size. It wasn’t excessive or anything like that and didn’t happen everyday. It was rather banal and...
A population does not pay with the lives of its citizens to rid itself of one authoritarian, unaccountable form of rule to have it replaced by another of the same ilk, no matter how “interim” its status. As the referendum for...