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Two Contrasting Springtimes: Tunisia and Egypt

Photo by Chris Belsten | CC BY 2.0<b><br>TUNISIA: ADVANCED DEMOCRATIZATION</b>After 23 years of domination, the end came quickly for President Zine el-Abidine …

Middle East

Egyptians forget their woes, briefly, as their soccer team heads to the World Cup

CAIRO — For a few hours, at least, Egyptians forgot their lives.<p>On Sunday night, their national team defeated Congo 2-1, which meant it was heading to the World Cup for the first time in 28 years. The capital erupted in collective joy. Fireworks lit up the night. Horns blared on traffic-clogged …

World News

Egypt goes wild as football team qualify for first World Cup since 1990

Egypt’s national football team secured a spot in next year’s World Cup with a 2-1 win over Congo, launching the nation into paroxysms of glee.<p>It’s a fair bet that few – if anyone – got a good night’s sleep in Cairo last night.<p>Egypt’s favourite son, 25-year-old forward Mohamed Salah, who plays for …

FIFA

“Volcano of Homosexuality”: Coptic Church to Hold Conference to ‘Treat’ Homosexuals

Graffiti near Tahrir Square in 2012 (credit unknown).The Coptic Church in Egypt is set to organize a conference titled “The Volcano of Homosexuality” …

Egypt

Conversations with Egyptian Uber Drivers: Why Emigrate? Why Canada?

Commuting in Alexandria’s mid-day traffic. Author’s photo.<p><i>Michael Akladios</i><p>Census Canada estimated earlier this year that the proportion of Arabic …

Omar Khadr

Egyptian students told to respect the flag or risk a year in prison

Crackdown by education minister, which includes fine threat, prompts ridicule on social media<p>Egypt’s education minister has ordered students to respect the Egyptian flag or risk jail time.<p>Students who mock or desecrate the flag could be fined 30,000 LE (£1,260) and sentenced to up to a year in …

Egypt

“Sometimes People Write Poetry with Their Feet”: A Conversation with Tamim Al-Barghouti

Over the past twenty years, thousands of people have attended performances by the Palestinian-Egyptian poet Tamim Al-Barghouti. In conversation, he speaks with the booming voice of someone practiced at commanding a crowd. He is deliberate about word choice, rummaging around for the precise match, …

Books

In the Last Days of the City review – adrift in Cairo as the Arab spring looms

A film-maker returns to the place of his boyhood on a quest for love and creative fulfilment in this melancholy cine-journal<p>In the Last Days of the City is a densely textured, contemplative, beautifully shot film in a self-reflexive, docu-realist style about Cairo in the era just before the Tahrir …

Film (UK)

US report says Egypt failing on rights, Sinai monitor access

State Department memorandum says human rights in country deteriorating, Cairo not allowing US observers to enter restive peninsulaThe post US report …

Egypt

International artists explore fragmented Middle East in Istanbul

The first image that appears on screen is that of a boy mimicking the overflight of planes. He then pretends to be armed and searching for a village, …

Egypt

Walk Like an Egyptian: Part II

<b>:: 2017 SPRING TRAVEL WRITING CONTEST WINNER ::</b><p>Hibiscus juice, Friday clerics, amputees, persea trees, Aswan, feluccas, sempiternal asses, raki, the …

Travel

Buzzing Bits of Memory: On Omar Robert Hamilton’s ‘The City Always Wins’

<i>“All good novelists have bad memories.”</i> <br>—<b>Graham Greene</b><b>1.<br>Omar Robert Hamilton’s</b> debut novel, <i>The City Always Wins,</i> capturing Cairo in the convulsions …

Egypt

Read the Resistance, September 2017: Twitter and Tear Gas

• Home<br>• Read the Resistance, September 2017: Twitter and Tear Gas<p>Monday, September 18, 2017 | 2:00 pm EDT – 3:00 pm EDT<p><b>BUY THE BOOK: Amazon |</b> …

Social Movements

To raise an adventurous eater, eat adventurously together

America is one of the few places in the world where, from night to night, parents have one menu and kids another. In some cultures and at some income …

Why the singer of Egypt's revolution, Ramy Essam, wants to return to his homeland

Sat on a wooden bench in a busy beer garden on a warm night in Edinburgh, Scotland, Ramy Essam is upbeat, talkative and free. In the three years …

Egypt

What does it take to trigger mass protest? Egypt’s revolution has some lessons for India

Photographer Laura El-Tantawy’s close documentation of Tahrir Square offers insight into social media, news coverage and an intensely personal …

Mercedes-AMG GT

Ever Closer Disunion

Here, for some Monday cheer, is historian Niall Ferguson, writing in the <i>Boston Globe</i> and anticipating a “systemic crisis”:<p>Regardless of who is …

Conservative View

China is trying to deal a death blow to the free internet

I live in the only country in the world where the internet gets worse every year — at least if you’re trying to look at YouTube or Twitter or Google or virtually any other large non-Chinese site.<p>For years, the only way to get to such services has been with a virtual private network (VPN), a tool …

China

For 10 years, the Twitter hashtag has fueled both social activism and dad jokes

About 125 million hashtags are shared every day on Twitter.<p>Ten years ago today, the Twitter hashtag was born with a very simple tweet.<p>Organizing tweets around topics was nearly impossible when Twitter first launched in March 2006. Twitter was merely a stream of thoughts and random musings. The …

Activism

The City Always Wins by Omar Robert Hamilton review – a stirring debut

The Egyptian revolution of 2011, seen through the eyes of two young activists, is vividly brought to life in this moving chronicle of mortality<p>Cairo is the city evoked in this ambitious debut novel and it is seen from a prismatic range of perspectives, including those of Mariam and Khalil, two …

Books

Of Arab intellectuals

From NYRB, Joshua Hammer reviews <i>The Egyptians: A Radical History of Egypt’s Unfinished Revolution</i> by Jack Shenker and <i>Egypt and the Contradictions of</i> …

Egypt

Mother ‘happy’ after paedophile who raped and murdered her daughter is executed

The mother of a four-year-old girl who was raped, murdered and buried under a floor has told how she is “happy” after her daughter’s killer was shot …

Middle East

Why Was an Italian Graduate Student Tortured and Murdered in Egypt?

The target of the Egyptian police, that day in November 2015, was the street vendors selling socks, $2 sunglasses and fake jewelry, who clustered under the arcades of the elegant century-old buildings of Heliopolis, a Cairo suburb. Such raids were routine, but these vendors occupied an especially …

Egypt

Yemen paedophile shot dead and hung from crane Yahoo7 News

Paedophile shot dead, hung from crane in brutal public execution<p>WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT: A convicted paedophile has been shot dead and hung from a …

Australian News

Yemeni man publicly executed for raping and murdering four-year-old girl as crowd film on smartphones

A Yemeni man convicted of raping and murdering a four-year-old girl has been executed in front of crowds of onlookers in the second such death …

Middle East

Man who raped and murdered 4-year-old girl is publicly executed and hung from crane

For the second time in under a month, a man was publicly executed in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa in front of hundreds of onlookers for the rape and murder of a young child.<p>Hussein al-Saket, 22, was shot several times by a police officer in Tahrir Square after he was found guilty of kidnaping, …

Egypt

Another child rapist is publicly executed for killing 4-year-old

A 22-year-old man who raped and killed a 4-year-old girl in Yemen paid for his heinous crime Monday by being shot dead and hanged from a crane, …

Crime

The City Always Wins: a poetic, intimate debut set in Cairo during the Arab Spring

The novel's author Omar Robert Hamilton has activism in his blood.<p>Literature can have the emotional edge, telling the truth in a way pure reporting …

Books

Are We Egypt?

Tom HastingsWhen the world watched Egyptians bravely gather en masse in Tahrir Square in Cairo in January 2011 to Arab Spring Hosni Mubarak out of …

Liberal View

'Live From Cairo' wants readers to understand what happened in Egypt's days of chaos

<i>Live from Cairo</i>, Ian Bassingthwaighte's debut novel, is set in Egypt during the buildup to the summer of 2011. The nation's president, Hosni Mubarak, …

The Arts