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Tunisians living in Cairo experienced a mixture of anger, optimism, enthusiasm and some worry as they watched the protests in their country after President Zine al-Abedine Ben Ali left yesterday. Aida, a Tunisian in her forties, witnessed the end of...

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Salafis might accept procedural democracy — that is to say the vote and the ballot box — as a means that allows them to attain power. But do they accept the core values of democracy? Do they respect personal freedom, diversity,...
Since you cannot call a fire engine to put out a spark, then make the fire bigger and scream out loud in order for the firefighters to rush to your rescue. This seems to be the philosophy governing the wave of anger at the recent blasphemous film...
In 2008, stifled by an Israeli blockade exacerbated by a weak Egyptian position, Gazans barged through Egypt’s borders to get needed supplies of food and other products. At the time, some Egyptians sympathized with our brothers in Gaza, while...
A few hours ago, our taxi refused to take us in the direction of the Abbasseya, where the clashes were taking place at the sit-in in front of the Defense Ministry, and insisted on dropping us off near the Ghamra Bridge. We walked down Ramses Street...
Someone recently told me that if I had waited a little longer as a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, I would now be one of the young cadres of the “ruling” Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), and would have the chance to influence the...
What do we mean by a “civil state”? Is it the civil state of supra-constitutional principles advocated by the army and liberals that raises the hackles of Islamists who view it as an undemocratic attempt to install secularism? This is...
A recent blog post entitled “The Poor First, You Bastards” has received a lot attention in the Egyptian media and cyber world. The blogger, Mohamed Abul Gheit, highlights the role the Egyptian poor played in violent clashes with the...
It’s particularly telling that Khaled Saeed’s case has not yet been legally settled, despite the fact that it triggered a series of protests that helped lay the ground for the 25 January revolution. This revolution is still ongoing, and...
Only 23 days ago, Egypt’s caretaker Prime Minister Essam Sharaf was with us in Tahrir Square, amidst large crowds of protesters who welcomed his appointment as head of the new interim government. Responding to calls from the youth that he...