Laura Cugusi

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Italy went through a tumultuous poll this week amid politicians’ banking scandals, the pope stepping down, the revival of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s political career, and former President Mario Monti’s choice to run...
“We believe that it should be the PEOPLE who decide, the people who transformed Egypt through occupying Tahrir should now liberate the midan and permanently claim it as their own [...] If we can talk down a regime...
“When our mom passed away ten years ago in Rome, we thought it was natural to take her back home,” says Francesco Monaco as he walks around the Catholic Cemetery in Alexandria. At the edge of the central Chatby neighborhood, behind the...
The once tranquil rural village of Gurna now looks like a reflection of Luxor City. Only two years ago, streets were not paved and the scenery looked very different. Now roads are busy with cars and trucks, and a forest of buildings surpasses the...
  Springtime is the ideal season for a visit to Aswan. The sun is high in the sky and the weather is perfect. Nevertheless, the hotspots and main commercial streets of the city appear quite desolate. All types of businesses suffered during the...
The southwest tremors of the Kalkan earthquake felt in Cairo on Monday were feeble compared to those of 1992. But fear of reliving the catastrophe must have crossed the minds of many. For the residents of Hattaba neighborhood in the hills of Cairo...
“The idea of travelling has controlled their minds…People who travelled started building concrete houses and multi-story buildings. The youth became jealous of each other…and travelling became the dream.” The father of a...
In his lecture performance at the Alexandria Contemporary Art Forum’s symposium “Times are changing, what will art do about it?” artist Hassan Khan narrated a story inspired by Egyptian mystery tales he used to read as a child. A...
Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti wrapped up his first visit to Cairo this week and his second trip in the region after Libya since the beginning of his mandate. Marked by an economic focus, Monti’s visit included meetings Monday and Tuesday...
“The TAV high-speed train won’t take us to Lyon in three hours, but to Athens in five minutes.” This slogan appeared at the Val di Susa “NOTAV” protest last Saturday in the valley of Italy’s Piedmont region on the...