Living in a country populated by people both gifted with a strong sense of humour and beset by stark contradictions, following the news can put one in a predicament of whether to laugh out loud or shed bloody tears. I thought this week I would like to recap on some dark comedy material that hit …
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The mufti is a Muslim legal expert who is empowered to give rulings on religious matters. Every country that defines itself as Muslim has a grand mufti and an Iftaa institution that includes hundreds of muftis. These muftis have a specific education and must study an array of Islamic subjects, based on which sect of …
It was quite surprising to sense optimism in some people’s voices when they received news on the cabinet reshuffle, disrespectfully announced in a tweet by Morsi. All the signs indicate an even worse government taking over. First of all the prime minister remains, which means that inadequacy will continue to be the main characteristic of the new cabinet. For …
Was the minister really sexually harassing the young reporter?
You can’t push a person to be peaceful and love others, but you can enforce the law
Maybe it is necessary for us to have a culture revolution. Maybe the women of this country should revolt. Maybe it is time for us to rise up to meet our oppressors.
Samira Ibrahim is a young Egyptian woman, fed up with Hosni Mubarak and his regime; fed up with the life she hopes for and knows she will never get in a country infested by corruption and favouritism; fed up with an education she earned and is unlikely to use. She probably knew as little politics …
A beard and a police uniform! Religious righteousness will have authority and weapons from now on
On the long wait for Morsi’s interview, and the Harlem Shake!
I remain baffled
Shura Council Human Rights Committee blames women for being victims of sexual assault
Every day we look for victims, their families, and their lawyers
Morsy, you are now face to face with those who have lost everything, including their hope for a better future and their faith in you
On activists, political parties, and the revolution
Let us waste more time and document the Morsy situation we have. I certainly do hope that His Excellency isn’t insulted when we state facts
What happens when our children are pushed away from their religion?
And now, the row begins over Yasser Borhami’s leaked video, where he is trying to sell the “Yes to the constitution” idea to a group of his bearded fellows. In the video, Borhami, a Salafi Sheikh from Alexandria, discusses how he managed to include certain words in Article 219 of the constitution, which would enable …
In reality, here in Egypt, the independence of Al Mahalla is only a punch line.
Fear is what has made the apolitical stability-junkie stick his head above the parapet.
It is all for the greater good. The deaths and the injuries, the blinded and the crippled are a small price to pay.
For how long are we supposed to live in the Joker’s Gotham? Can we have a Batman please!
After reading my latest column, my 12 year old son emerged from his room with a frustrated look in his eyes, asking “is there nothing good about Egypt that you can write about?” The question was like a slap in the face. I suddenly realised that I have been consumed by my anger at the …
Do the Muslim Brotherhood and our president intend to imitate oppressive regimes and scare us into silence?
It seems like we are being tricked, like there is no one in the cabinet, they are all make-believe
Some keep saying that the “third hand” has disappeared with the ascendency of the Muslim Brotherhood to power. I find it funny when people say that.
Remember that the trigger for the revolution was police brutality
President Mohamed Morsy recently said on Twitter, “respect for human rights in all dimensions: faith, culture, social, economic, and political must be a key component in all our work”. In another, he said, “we do not have minorities; all Egyptian citizens are treated equally.” I wonder if Mr President has read the news lately or …
Those in power are too busy to notice the daily atrocities committed against women
The “Freedom, Social Justice and Bread” calls that rocked the square 20 months ago are now apparently fulfilled, as far as the prime minister is concerned
Our police force either sits idly by or gets up and beats the heck out of us