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A new draft law on private security companies currently on the table is an attempt to regulate a sector that for more than 30 years has operated with almost no oversight. This past week, students at Misr International University, who were engaged in...
A disturbing video uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday shows what appears to be an angry Muslim crowd in Upper Egypt beating and stripping two Coptic Christian women in broad daylight in a rural area. The video opens with a crowd shouting "Nasara...
Unlike the usual “million-man” rallies organized by Islamists, there were barely 500 people taking part in the protest held by bearded policemen this past Friday in the Cairo district of Abdeen. There were, however, posters similar to...
PORT SAID — While wall graffiti in Cairo is fixated on the dead, those of Port Said are fixated on the would-be dead. The faces of Homos, Outa and other defendants from among the ultras of the Port Said football massacre are stencilled on the...
Through the dusty windows of the Bulaq al-Dakrur train station control tower, Karam Faheem, an inspector, pointed to a never-ending stream of people crossing the railway tracks below — through a railway repairs workshop. “It’s...
A series of recent changes in the regulation of land and property ownership in Sinai are said to protect national security, but to the foreign residents and dual nationals of the area, the changes are disconcerting and potentially economically...
The rumors began only a few days into the Israeli attack on Gaza, with whispers on Facebook that Palestinians fleeing a potential Israeli land invasion in the strip would seek refuge in a tent city constructed for them by the Egyptian army in North...
It is perhaps apposite that the Dostour — “constitution” — Party is cutting its teeth on the political battle surrounding the document for which it is named. As party steering committee member Ahmed Hawary explains, “...
A new government draft law on access to information appeared last week, and has been received with mixed reactions from civil society. The process of drafting a freedom of information law — the first in the country’s history —...
President Mohamed Morsy has largely picked up where Hosni Mubarak left off in terms of media freedom. A case in point is the constitution. Critics argue that the constitution, which was just approved by 63.8 percent, does not go far enough to...

Opinion articles

In 2010, Abdel Moneim Saeed, then the chairperson of state mouthpiece Al-Ahram, oversaw an outrageous bit of Photoshopping on the newspaper’s front cover, when US President Barack Obama was replaced with Hosni Mubarak at the head of a group of...
During the particularly hair-raising moments of the revolution, when some of the popular committees manning checkpoints on the streets were taking their jobs extremely seriously and matters were more than a touch vigilante, I crossed paths with one...
It is a motley crew that finds shelter in Tahrir Square these days. On the afternoon of 7 April, a man at a tea stand wanted to see off a youth and so threw a glass mug at him. It missed the youth and hit someone next to him, shattering into tiny...
Commenting on a Brotherhood statement saying “We will not be in Tahrir on the revolution anniversary,” a friend wrote on Facebook, “You weren't in Tahrir on the original 25 January either.” The Muslim Brotherhood’s...
While I was outside a polling station waiting to bother voters while covering the referendum, a man sidled over to me. He was unusually tall, his height accentuated by the straight line of his blue galabeya, and was wearing heavy rimmed 1960s-type...
The past two weeks, since Morsy announced his Hitler powers, have been the bleakest since the revolution began. The day after Morsy’s Constitutional Declaration, the attorney general held an emergency meeting and opponents of the decree...
Cairo Airport new terminal makes its visitors feel slightly Lilliputian, with its lofty ceilings and ginormous escalators suspended in space.   On Friday, the effect was compounded because of the terminal's emptiness. There was a small...
Yesterday afternoon I sat on the road in the middle of Tahrir Square next to fresh graffiti calling for the ousting of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Never has cold concrete felt so good. The day began and ended in Cairo’s central square....