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Rana Elhawary


Rana studied Political Science and Women & Gender Studies, this pretty much means she has something to say about anything and everything, even when she really shouldn’t! She is a serious insomniac, an intense reader, and a firm believer in the power of sarcasm. She has no aspirations towards becoming a politician, but she tends to throw around the “F” word -Feminism – a lot.

Marie Le Pen Might Be France’s next President, and Arabs Should Care

Marie Le Pen Might Be France’s next President, and Arabs Should Care

The results of the first round of the French Presidential Elections are in, and Emmanuel Macron is in the lead with 23.9% of the vote, and Marie Le Pen is in second place with 21.4% of the vote.     This means that Macron and Le Pen will be going head to head for the […]

Youssef Nabil: The Artist Breaking Orientalist Stereotypes and Arabic Taboos

Youssef Nabil: The Artist Breaking Orientalist Stereotypes and Arabic Taboos

When art is done containing footage or reference to the Middle East, there is a typical arsenal of imagery that pops up. From camels standing in the middle of the dessert to exotic belly dancers, to heavily gender- segregated spaces, the Middle East is more often than not portrayed as a region stuck in its […]

Footage of Egyptian Food Truck Getting Brutally Confiscated Makes Social Media Angry

Footage of Egyptian Food Truck Getting Brutally Confiscated Makes Social Media Angry

This video, containing footage of a food truck, its equipment, and cooking utensils, getting confiscated by Egyptian authorities has caused a frenzy over social media platforms.   The food truck in question is owned and operated by two Egyptian women, Shaimaa and Yasmine. The two women are 31 year old graduates of reputable universities who […]

35% of Egypt’s Population to Get Free Medical Treatment, but What About the Rest?

35% of Egypt’s Population to Get Free Medical Treatment, but What About the Rest?

Ahmed Emad, Minister of Health and Population, stated that the new Health Insurance Law, debated and passed during these last few weeks in Egypt’s Parliament, will guarantee free treatment to low-income individuals.     Those who qualify for this free treatment represent an approximate 35% of Egypt’s total population. The percentage remains approximate because the […]

Things I Learned to Watch out for When Dating My Best Friend

Things I Learned to Watch out for When Dating My Best Friend

Now that a number of people know that we got together after he bravely suffered 8 years in the friendzone, I think it is appropriate to do this as a follow-up piece.     I always read a lot about how it is so important for you and your significant other to be best friends. […]

Throwback to a Time Before Egypt Was Veiled

Throwback to a Time Before Egypt Was Veiled

Straight off the bat, this is not an opinion piece on the concept of the hijab or the niqab. I am not a religious spokesperson to have such an opinion nor do I condone any doctrine that dictates how women ought to dress.   This is more of retrospective piece, if you will, documenting an […]

What I Learned from Being Bullied

What I Learned from Being Bullied

Yes, I know, hard to believe that this social butterfly that is myself was for a large portion of her adolescent life on the receiving end of bullying. All jokes and sarcasm aside, however, I have chosen to write about this for two reasons.   Firstly, I do not think there is enough literature coming […]

Man Charged with the Bombings of Egyptian Churches Turns Himself In

Man Charged with the Bombings of Egyptian Churches Turns Himself In

It has been more than a week since tragedy struck on Palm Sunday -9th of April-, when two churches were bombed in Egypt’s Alexandria governorate, and Tanta city of Egypt’s Gharbia governorate.     This Wednesday morning -dating April 19th, 2017- a man by the name of Mahmoud Mohammed Aly Hussein was escorted by authorities […]

Horse-Surfing: Everything You Need to Know About UAE’s New Favorite Royal Sport

Horse-Surfing: Everything You Need to Know About UAE’s New Favorite Royal Sport

Yes, you heard that right, horse-surfing! What is it, you may ask? Well, horse-surfing is a novel form of sport where surfers are tied and pulled by horses moving in water.     This sport has apparently become the nearest and dearest to the hearts of Dubai’s royal family, especially to the hearts of Dubai’s […]

Muslim Teen Flawlessly Shuts down Islamophobic Nonsense by Texting Her Dad

Muslim Teen Flawlessly Shuts down Islamophobic Nonsense by Texting Her Dad

A few days ago a 17 year-old Muslim girl by the name of Lamyaa- residing in Pennsylvania tweeted a screenshot of an iMessage conversation she had with her father.     The conversation she tweeted was one that involved Lamyaa asking her father a direct question regarding his reaction and/or opinion should she decide to […]