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Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Happy Africans

By 11am this morning Pharrell Williams' pop friendly and infectious "Happy" had racked up 138,948,968 views on Youtube and obviously making him and his record company a lot of money. If it's not enough that it is playing on every commercial radio station (or in every department) store and is "the world's first 24 hour music video"...

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

The Jews of Egypt

The subject is fascinating, both broadly and specifically. Specifically, “Jews of Egypt” explores the history of a group that has been all but forgotten in a country whose current Jewish population, by several accounts, amounts to roughly...

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Egyptian director Mohamed Diab talks about his film on sexual harassment

Over the last few years, the waves of sexual assault and harassment on the streets of Egypt have been in the news perpetually: Initially as a disheartening stain on the euphoria generated from the promise of political...

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

What The #@%* Is Going On In Egypt: The Danger of Media Noise

On Monday at least 51 people were killed around Nasr City in Cairo. What followed were gruesome images of the wounded and killed, and speculation about who bore responsibility for the deaths. It was reported that the...

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Another Side of the Story: A Discussion with the Managing Editor of “Daily News Egypt”

I had the opportunity to sit down with Rana Allam, Managing Editor of the Daily News Egypt towards the end of January this year, just days before the two-year anniversary of the start of the Egyptian uprising that...

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

A Very Short History of the Africa Cup of Nations

The big kick-off is nearly upon us. Just 11 months after that extraordinary Zambian triumph in Libreville, starting Saturday we have another month of football ahead as Africa’s top teams (and South Africa, there as hosts) fight...

Friday, July 20th, 2012

What, dear readers, are your most cherished Ramadan meals and traditions?

It’s that time of year once more – Ramadan Kareem all! Last Ramadan I reminisced about my favourite sights and sounds in Egypt during our annual period of fasting and self-reflection. This year, food is on my mind....

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Egypt after Edward Said

Last December, when the Institut d’Egypte was burned down, I thought immediately of Edward Said. Napoleon’s expedition to Europe is described at the beginning of Orientalism, where it is a classic example of how academic and scientific discoveries...

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

The Wisdom of Nawal el Saadawi

Earlier today on Twitter I summarized 80 year-old Egyptian feminist activist and writer Nawal el Saadawi’s comments in an interview published in the weekend edition of The Financial Times.  The parts I did not tweet is about...

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Tank Girl

Nadine Hammam’s work turned out to be “too risky” for Art Dubai. Her new exhibition, Tank Girl, opens tonight at the Gallery Misr (Cairo, Egypt).

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Ahdaf Soueif’s Cairo

Days after "The Economist" decided no-one in the "Middle East" reads books, Ahdaf Soueif dedicated a short piece to Cairo in Newsweek. Just like Youssef Chahine's Cairo, beautifully expressed on film, Soueif identifies the ugliness that exists...

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Egyptian Post

Consider this painting by Mai Heshmat. Its her proposal for the new Egyptian stamp - now that Mubarak's head has been deposed - and demonstrates a refreshing humor. The ambivalence of this woman's faceless face is suggestive...

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Political Football in Egypt

Remember way back when in 2011, when I shouted out Egypt’s crazed football fans for kicking ass during and after the fall of Mubarak? Well, in honor of the upcoming protests marking one year since the initial...

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

January in Cairo III

We can deduce certain trends about Egyptian painting and the nature of its buyers.

Monday, January 16th, 2012

January in Cairo II: The Ministry of Culture

Negar Azimi reflects on the difficult decisions facing Egyptian art: “A survey of titles of works from recent exhibitions in Cairo reveals the following: ‘Freedom,’ ‘Drink Freedom,’ ‘Shadow of Freedom,’ ‘People Demand,’ ‘Man Crying’ and so on.”...

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

January in Cairo: Nothing has changed in Egypt

On the third day of the New Year millions of Egyptians in governates outside the city voted in the third round of elections. In the capital, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) has placed barbed...

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Free Blogger Alaa Abd el Fattah

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

The Striker from Mauritania

Fans and announcers alike chant “Domoneek Domoneek Domoneeeeek!” each time Dominique da Silva scores a goal for the Egyptian club team Al Ahly (and he scores a lot). ‘Da Silva’ is relatively pronounceable in Arabic, but Egyptian...

Friday, October 14th, 2011

‘New music for new politics’

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Youssef Chahine’s Cairo

The late, great Egyptian director Youssef Chahine shot this drama/documentary/biography on Cairo for television in 1991. As brilliant and beautiful a depiction of the city as any, Chahine infused the story with his usual political narratives–power, wealth, poverty, racial...

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Ramadan Kareem

Though it remains to be seen what political, economic and social changes will happen (if any) in the “New Egypt,” its first Ramadan after Mubarak’s downfall will undoubtably be memorable. Iftar in Tahrir will be magnificent, I...

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Tomorrow Is Waiting For You (and so is Coca-Cola)

As a child I remember that each bright, hot morning in Alexandria my father would listen for the call of our neighborhood baker, run down the stairs and come back with the most amazing pit-oven baked pita...

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Football: The Cairo Derby

If you want to know more about why every Egyptian football fan you know is in hysterics right now, the Guardian has provided a pretty nice summary of the Cairo Derby:

Friday, May 20th, 2011

“Piss Off to Tahrir Square!”

Al Jazeera’s documentary on the April 6 Youth Movement (“The Arab Awakening: Seeds of Revolution”) follows the group leaders – among them Ahmed Maher, Mohamed Adel, Amr Ali and Amal Sharif – throughout Egypt’s January 25 revolution...

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Nawal el Saadawi Feels Young Again

On March 11 – just one month after Hosni Mubarak was ousted by the January 25th protesters – Nawal el Saadawi (my hero) spoke as one of the “Revolutionary Women: Voices of Dissent from Egypt and Pakistan”...

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Vanity Fair does Egypt

Vanity Fair’s May issue features a photographic series of young Egyptians dubbed, at various points in the accompanying article, ‘tech-savvy internet activists.’ The first photograph is of Wael Ghonim, the Google executive who created the Arabic-language Facebook...

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Images of the Egyptian Revolution

A special edition of Sowar Magazine is dedicated to pictures of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution which occurred between January 25, 2011 and February 11, 2011 and led to the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak. The images are...

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

Many Feminisms

Nawal el-Saadawi on Al Jazeera English.

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

‘You know where Egypt is on a map?’

The “internet stand-up comedian” Kassem G talks to beach goers in Venice Beach, California, about what’s going in Egypt. Some sample responses: “The one with the Cairo river and the pyramids?” “We’re going to war with Egypt?”...

Monday, February 7th, 2011

The Real Housewives of Cairo

The Egyptian revolution faces a terrible crisis in the U.S. media: it does not understand how to be a good reality show. It was exciting when it broke out and roses were handed out to twitter and...

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