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What Happens When You Travel and Your Name Is the Same as a Terrorist’s…

What Happens When You Travel and Your Name Is the Same as a Terrorist’s…

By Abu Bakr Shawky

If you look to your right after the passport control at JFK airport’s arrival hall, you will find a door marked “Security Personnel Only”. Over the past four years in which I called New York City home, I started calling this room “the office.” Entering “the office” makes you feel like you stepped from a […]

Tinder in Egypt – AKA Three Left Swipes and You’re Depressed

Tinder in Egypt – AKA Three Left Swipes and You’re Depressed

By Ronnie Khalil - RK is an Egyptian American comedian and star of several international comedy specials. If you find him on Tinder, swipe right for your own good

This article is about Tinder in Egypt or, as I like to call it, “There’s No One New Around You.” Or, perhaps, we should call it “Three Left Swipes and You’re Depressed.” Sure, Tinder doesn’t fall into our notions of a fairy tale love story – what would have happened if Cinderella “swiped” Prince Charming to […]

Cairo’s Growing Garbage Problem: An Open Letter to Local Residents

Cairo’s Growing Garbage Problem: An Open Letter to Local Residents

By Amira Tarkhan

Garbage collection in Cairo is an intricate, complex and decentralized business, which means it’s also inefficient and inconsistent. Sick of the waste buildup polluting our streets, one local resident is on a mission to find a solution. Read what Amira Tarkhan has to say below and leave your thoughts in the comments.   Dear Maadi Residents, […]

13 Things Women Think After Being Harassed

13 Things Women Think After Being Harassed

By Whitney Buchanan

As a graduate student in Cairo, I experience sexual harassment almost on a daily basis. Videos such as “Creepers on the Bridge” and UN Women’s anti-street harassment PSA have gone viral in recent months showing harassment in not-so different worlds. “Though the video only includes stares, it gives an idea of just how intimidating it […]

Alexandria’s Armless Calligrapher

Alexandria’s Armless Calligrapher

By Omar Shehata

In the wake of political turmoil and civil disruption in Egypt, it can be difficult to get our minds off the frequent grim and violent news. In our daily lives, we often face numerous obstacles in everything we do and we make excuses to justify unfulfilled promises we make to ourselves. But there’s plenty of […]

Why Being Veiled In Egypt Is Actually Easier

Why Being Veiled In Egypt Is Actually Easier

By Sherif Khalifa

Browsing through my Facebook feed the other day I came across an article published on Scoop Empire by a young woman. The article was entitled: “Why Being Veiled In Egypt Is Becoming Extremely Difficult”. Considering the political upheavals and religious tensions in the country, I was curious to see how current events were interpreted by […]

A Note on God and Mythical Superheros

A Note on God and Mythical Superheros

I choose to believe in a higher power. To most, that higher power is referred to as God. With life being as sophisticated and complex as it is, I believe it has to be a byproduct of a more powerful and higher source of knowledge. But the whole idea of religion to me is, to put mildly, crazy and funny. It has to be, with all its […]

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