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Managing editor Rana Allam

Shi’as, Salafis…and Sheep

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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Managing editor Rana Allam

A Mufti for the Muslim Brotherhood

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 …

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Managing editor Rana Allam

Cabinet reshuffle: Bad News

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 …

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Samira Ibrahim and the plaque of courage

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 …

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Conjuring the demon

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

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Managing editor Rana Allam

On insulting His Excellency

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

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Managing editor Rana Allam

Shine on you crazy…backside?

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 …

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Have faith, son!

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 …

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Managing editor Rana Allam

The untouchable old guard

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.

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Morsy tweets from Mars

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 …

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