Monthly Archives: May 2017

Cairo: mission impossible?

Cairo: mission impossible? Opinion writers, more so than their hard news brethren, have a running conversation with the reader. Ideally, that monologue is, paradoxically, a dialogue in the writer’s mind, with the goal being to clarify a muddy picture for … Continue reading

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Heat rises in Cairo

Heat rises in Cairo Egypt is set to explode. When and how is dependent on who pulls the trigger and why. Those who had the opportunity to peruse the previous article came to quickly understand that Egypt has galloped to … Continue reading

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Sisi and the Can’t Shoot Straight Gang

Sisi and the Can’t Shoot Straight Gang When Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi is just a blip on history’s radar, discerning eyes will look back on this week as revelatory of the current polemic. Both the soul crushing murder of Regeni and … Continue reading

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Threat Level Rising

Threat Level Rising Effective threats are often delivered in a voice not much above a murmur and with a smile. Fate drew me to this important conclusion when I tripped upon the Oscar nominated “The Imitation Game” for the second … Continue reading

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Citizen X speaks to Al-Sisi

Citizen X speaks to Al-Sisi Dear Mr Al-Sisi, This letter will do something you are not used to: it will force you to listen to a citizen rather than lecture or imprison him. I recognise this will be incredibly difficult … Continue reading

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Defining 25 January

Defining 25 January I kneeled down to the floor, knees pressed hard to the floor, tears of rebirth rolling down my cheeks, forehead to the parquet, in prayer: Mubarak was leaving. The reaction was not unique. That day, throughout the … Continue reading

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A message from ‘Islamic State’ to Al-Sisi

A message from ‘Islamic State’ to Al-Sisi By Amr Khalifa The sun rose in Cairo on Saturday morning with a fury: another explosive message from “Islamic State” to Al-Sisi. The attack on a building, associated with the Italian consulate, left … Continue reading

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Judicial Bullets And Egyptian insecurity

Judicial bullets and Egyptian insecurity Egypt has become one massive kangaroo court for Islamist opponents of the Al-Sisi regime. The security repercussions of such systematic repression and injustice may potentially lead the shortening of the life span of a regime … Continue reading

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Fear, Oppression and the Pen

Fear, Oppression and the Egyptian Pen By Amr Khalifa To be an Egyptian journalist on World Press Freedom Day (3 May), one must have a healthy sense of ironic juxtaposition. In Egypt, as most journalists and readers know, the words … Continue reading

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The Sisification of Egypt

2014: The Sisification of Egypt By Amr Khalifa If your wishes for 2014, in Egypt, included respect of human rights, a civil state and respectable judiciary, the year was an efficient delivery system of pain. The stark reality that this … Continue reading

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