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Hosni Mubarak

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

The Mubarak Show

Hosni Mubarak denied all charges of economic corruption, illegal export dealings and murder against him during his first day in court. Mubarak, laid out on a stretcher in a cage in his Cairo courtroom, and his two sons, Alaa and Gamal (each holding a Quran in their hands), are represented by Farid al-Deeb, a lawyer

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:

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

Gangster Fashion

Hosni Mubarak, former Life President of Egypt, liked himself so much, his name became the stripes in his pinstripe suit. Via Doll’s Factory

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Gaddafi like ‘… a depressed Nigerian grandmother at a wedding’

One of the myriad references thrown into this part-imitation, part-rant by sharp, madcap British comedian Charlie Brooker (on his BBC show), of the Brother Leader, Muammar Gaddafi’s most recent utterings, style, as well as of Gaddafi’s son,...

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

Freedom Day

By Sophia Azeb For every day I have been alive, Muhammad Hosni Sayed Mubarak has been my president. Hosni Mubarak’s face, blown up onto enormous posters loomed over every street in Alexandria. His speeches and political declarations...

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...

Monday, February 7th, 2011

‘If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next’

“… The United States and leading European nations on Saturday threw their weight behind Egypt’s vice president, Omar Suleiman, backing his attempt to defuse a popular uprising without immediately removing President Hosni Mubarak from power.” Source. Too bad for them the...

Friday, February 4th, 2011

‘We All Shall Be Free’

Everyone wants in on the revolution in Egypt. Video for American rappers Jasiri X and M-1 of Dead Prez’s just released ode to the protesters in Tahrir Square.

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Hosni Mubarak has a macabre sense of humor

We know that Egyptian dictator has a macabre sense of humor: I am fed up. After 62 years in public service, I have had enough. I want to go if I resign today, there will be...

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

The Endgame

The End is near. I have no illusions about this regime or its leader, and how will pluck us and hunt us down one by one till we are over and done with and 8...

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

‘Against the Government’

Egyptian rapper Ramy Donjewan’s song “Against the Government” is an appropriate music break today as Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak, his allies in the West, and Egyptian state TV–in the face of mass protest–still pretend Egypt is a stable...

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Anderson Cooper is in Egypt

Overheard: “At least he will introduce the Egyptians to the form-fitting black t-shirt.” “If the Egyptians I know in New York City are any guide, the form fitting black t is not going to be a revelation...

Monday, January 31st, 2011

5 Things the US Mass Media Get Wrong on Egypt

From Kabobfest, a website run by one of my former students, Will Youmans: 1. Social media did not play a major role in the uprising. Sorry CNN, I know I’m dissing your only source for international news,...

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

Our Man in Cairo

The New Yorker has a piece by Joshua Hammer (who parachutes around the continent writing about anything and everything) about the struggle to succeed Egypt’s 81-year president, Hosni Mubarak, who has governed for 29 years. Mubarak became...