News & Politics

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Diaries of a Disgruntled Development Worker

Entry 1: Rio+20  “I want you to imagine a generation that has been damned. Imagine children deprived of a world without war, imagine a community where human beings are slaves to fellow beings and where disease and hunger are the order of the day. That is the future we warned you of in 92 and […]

The what if syndrome….

It seems to me from the reactions of the people to Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s decision to dismiss Marshal Hussein Tantawi and Commander in Chief Sami Anan, that we as Egyptians tend to overanalyze subjectively to what we think is the right. Some say the decisions taken by the president were plotted with the generals […]

A question with no answer: Whose fault is it? Who is responsible?

A question I find after every problem that occurs in Egypt – who is responsible for what happened? Who do we need to put in a position of accountability? Response from government and media is always one and the same – let us form a committee of investigations.  This happened in all the events in […]

The Tables Have Turned! Again…

A lot went down in Egypt today. As of 8 PM this is my summary: . Morsy “fired” Tantawi and Anan by making them his advisors (they join the rest of the ex-Mubarak era officials who are in that group) . Morsy promoted the very people Tantawi would have needed to conduct a coup d’etat […]

Maria’s note: Tantawi dismissed

According to state TV Al Arabiya, President Mohamed Morsi has just dismissed Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawy, the head of the Supreme Council of Armed Forces replacing him forField Marshall Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi as minister of defense and general commander of the Egyptian forces. Morsi has also sacked Chief-of-Staff and SCAF’s number two, Sami Annan. […]

One on One: Meet the Man Behind the ‘Sandmonkey’

For starters, @Sandmonkey, perhaps at the top of the Egyptian Twitterati leader board with over 130,000 followers, calls himself the “ungrateful son of divorced parents”. When asked about his family he said, “I have one sister who has two kids. I think.” He went to the German school but then dropped out on a mutual agreement […]

Maria’s note: The Morsi Meter revised

Most of you still probably remember the website “Morsi Meter”, that has been scrutinizing the performance of the Egyptian president in his first 100 days in power. During the electoral campaign previous to his appointment as the rais, Dr.Mohamed Morsi proposed his voters a 100-day project –called Al-Nahda (Renaissance)- in which he would focus on […]

Plagiarism – a Big No NO for Fareed Zakaria

Fareed Zakaria is in big trouble! The kind of trouble that possibly ends careers when it comes to his line of work, but before we delve into that, do you even know who the man is? Fareed Zakaria for those of you who don’t know who he is (don’t be embarrassed some of the Scoop […]

Summer Olympics – London 2012 – Round Up 5

The event of the summer is coming to a close pretty soon, which means only one thing…. ATHLETICS FINALS. Most importantly, the men’s 200 meter and the men’s and women’s 4 x 100 meter relay. Yesterday (August 8th) Team USA collected several gold medals in the Olympic Stadium including the men’s 110 meter hurdles, the women’s long jump and […]

Summer Olympics – London 2012 – Round Up 4

Today’s round up is a combination of the results from August 6th and 7th. Lots of medals were won yesterday, mostly by China but that’s not really surprising. Over at the Olympic Stadium, athletics were well underway, though several disciplines are still in the qualifying stage, some medals were awarded on Monday. Felix Sanchez of the Dominican Republic won […]