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The power of arrest and the future of music in Egypt

Two incidents took over the Internet on November 11. The first was the surprising release of Hossam Bahgat, leaving everyone elated with the …

A music-filled Tunisian film perfectly fits this doubtful moment

For anyone who’s followed Khyam Allami’s shape-shifting modes of musical expression, it’s no surprise that his compositional talents are finally …

Egypt's literary gems: Malim the Great

In 1942 World War II was raging in Europe, the first battle of Alamein began, the Japanese invaded Burma, Albert Camus delivered his masterpiece <i>The</i> …

Poet Fatima Naoot sentenced to 3 years in prison for contempt of religion

Poet, journalist and ex-parliamentary candidate Fatima Naoot was sentenced to three years in prison and a LE20,000 fine for contempt of religion and …

Cartoonist Islam Gawish arrested for anti-gov’t comics

Security forces arrested cartoonist Islam Gawish on Sunday for drawings critical of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and the Egyptian state, his …

The cautionary literature of Michel Houellebecq and Ezzedine Choukri Fishere

In the face of the influx of refugees, perceived by right-wing factions as menacing Europe’s demographic equilibrium, Michel Houellebecq seemed to …

The strange Middle East focus of Banksy's Dismaland

“The way Banksy chose my work was strange, and the place is strange, and so I feel my participation in the exhibition is strange,” explains Syrian …

Imported consumer goods are about to get more expensive

Courtesy: Laura Cugusi<p>Beginning Monday, customs duties on hundreds of consumer goods will increase by 5 to 10 percentage points, making total import …

Regulation

Four Coptic teenagers tried for insulting religion

Courtesy: www.shutterstock.com<p>Four Coptic teenagers from a village in Minya are being tried for insulting religion in a video mocking the Islamic …

Human Rights

NO HOPE FOR SAKAKINI

Walking around the Heliopolis district of Dhaher at dawn, I enter a small maze of paths, all nine of which lead to the heart of Dhaher: Sakakini …

Archaeology

Damning portrait: A review of Mumar al-Safsaf

<i>This summer, Ismail Fayed is reading and reviewing the six novels shortlisted for the 2015 International Prize for Arabic Fiction, including Tunisian</i> …

Books

Hussein Sherbini objects: A review of ELECTRO CHAABI

First, some background on the music scenes in Egypt. A large number of Arab rock and fusion bands have formed and become popular over the past few …

Synthesizers

Smart card fuel subsidy scheme delayed at the last minute

Courtesy: Shutterstock<p>A much-discussed, much-delayed smart card system to meter the distribution of subsidized fuel looks set to be postponed again …

Opening the black box of Egypt's slush funds

<i>A version of this article was originally published May 26 on Africa Confidential and has been reprinted courtesy of the Angaza Foundation for Africa</i> …

Punishing the state: The rise of urban militant cells

On April 14, most of Egypt’s satellite channels went down after two electricity grids feeding Cairo’s Media Production City were bombed.<p>Hours later, …

Faith security: The new moral anxiety

Controversial TV host Islam al-Beheiry deserves to be in prison, as his ideas endangered “faith security,” Al-Azhar Dean of Sciences Abdel Moneim …