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This piece was written for Egypt Independent’s final weekly print edition, which was banned from going to press. We offer you our 50th and final edition here. From street art to a kitsch 1970s film, books that capture the zeitgeist...
The most noticeable thing about Assiut city’s Abu Bakr al-Sideeq Mosque isn’t the building itself, which stands almost camouflaged among several identically painted apartment blocks, but the signs surrounding it. Along its iron-bar fence...
Whether you want to dance the drunken night away, or wallow in solitary self-pity, Bahr Abu Greisha is your man. I don’t know much about the singer, but I know enough to strongly recommend him to anyone with a working ear or two and a heart...
It’s not shaaby, and it’s not moulid music. It’s a mahragan, or a “festival,” and Sadat should know, considering he’s the one who coined the term, proudly so. “We were the first ones to ever perform this...
Two decades ago, the Nigerian film industry was non-existent; today, "Nollywood" produces more films a year than its American namesake and is surpassed only by the Indian film industry — all the more impressive considering these...
After traveling the world when its writer could not, Nassim Soleimapour’s much-translated, critically-acclaimed “White Rabbit Red Rabbit” received its stage — and Arabic language — premiere on Saturday, as part of the...
During a lull in Friday’s violence, protesters gathered across from a Moqattam mosque to buy refreshments from a kiosk through slits in the protective cardboard wrapped around it by its proprietor. Despite the surrounding scenery — a...
  Over the past 26 months, Egyptians have protested in public squares, outside state-run institutions and, more than once, at the gates of the presidential palace; each new setting bringing with it an escalation in dissatisfaction, violence,...
It was to be a mind-bending spectacle. The sun would rise, and then again, and again, so that three fiery orbs would be aligned in the sky before our very eyes. Or something. Descriptions of the promised phenomenon varied between the incredible and...
In a moment of questionable parenting, when I was five my father gave me animated adaptations of “Animal Farm” (the 1954 CIA-funded version) and “When the When Wind Blows." The former scared the hell out of me, and taught me...