News & Politics

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Maria’s Note: Morsi’s Historical Visit to Iran – The World is Watching

On August 30, Egypt’s first democratically-elected president, Mohamed Morsi will visit Iran to attend the Non-Aligned Movement summit. During this meeting, designed to support developing nations, Egypt will hand the leadership of the movement to Iran.  However, the encounter is now under high scrutiny from the side of political analysts and media as it could […]

Saudi Princess threatens Egyptian Woman with Prison

The family of Nagla Wafa, an Egyptian woman in prison in Saudi Arabia, said they were threatened that Wafa would be held in prison for life if they reported the matter to the media. Wafa had been sentenced to five years in prison and 500 lashes following a dispute in a business partnership with a […]

Pussy Riot Sentenced to 2 years

Three members of the feminist punk-rock band, Pussy Riot, who briefly took over a cathedral in Moscow in a raucous prayer for deliverance from Russian President, Vladimir Putin were sentenced to two years in prison for hooliganism yesterday, a decision that drew protests around the world as it highlighted the Russian president’s intensifying crackdown on dissent. Protesters […]

Fareed Zakria Cleared!

Fareed Zakaria is off the hook at both Time magazine and CNN after he admitted plagiarizing a New Yorker column last Friday. Zakaria, Time’s editor-at-large, was suspended for a month over his most recent column, which shared suspicious similarities to a earlier piece in the New Yorker. He admitted to making a “terrible mistake.” He […]

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 […]