Thoughts & Insights

Hilarious ramblings and poignant confessions by our columnists about the worlds of politics, fashion, motherhood, lifestyle, consumerism and everything in between.

Mommy Diaries: I Want it All

People are always discussing how difficult it’s going to be for our children once they’re teenagers. Temptations will be everywhere, more so than they are now supposedly. We always hear jokes about how drugs will be accessible online instantly and on and on about all the different horrors a mother of two girls just loves […]

Step Up to the Plate!

For those foodies out there who can’t make the pilgrimage (or spend a fortune) to fly out and visit Michel Bras’ legendary hotel-restaurant in the remote plains of Laguiole, France, film director Paul Lacoste’s smart and mouthwatering documentary, Step Up to the Plate (Entre Les Bras), offers a captivating cinematic alternative! Both an incisive exploration […]

Charlie What?

In my last article, I underlined the importance of protecting and respecting freedom of speech. But, as it often happens with most freedoms and rights, there is a limit not to be crossed. And where does that line (not talking about the one Mr Morsi referred to last week) stand? Well, now we all have […]

Lost in Florence: It’s ALIVE

Italy is the European Egypt; Italians are horrible at driving, they curse like there’s no tomorrow, and they will rip you off once they find out you’re a tourist. The only difference between us Egyptians and the Italians is that all life comes to a screeching halt by 8 PM; literally everything shuts down and […]

Mommy Diaries: When Traffic Resembles Hell

I’ve lived in this country for over 13 years and loved every minute of it. Well, almost every minute. I hated the minutes spent in traffic. That practically cuts those years in half. But multiply my hatred of time spent in traffic by two when it’s the time I’ve spent in traffic with one of […]

Maria’s Note: DEDI Reports 59% of Morsi’s voters are illiterate

The Danish Egyptian Dialogue Institute (DEDI) along with Egyptian and International organizations has published an interesting report which main goal is to analyze the political arena in Egypt during the transitional period comprise between 2011 and 2012. The study focuses on the evolution of the presidential race and the elections that took place in Egypt […]

Khetm, Visa Wala Adab!

So today I counted how many times I have been checked/sub checked/full checked/semi checked at Cairo Airport. You start of with the car check point where I’m assuming the Country has payed a good amount to put the machines where all you have to do is PRESS THE BUTTON and voila the card pops out! […]

Your Exit Plan Revealed

Everywhere we go nowadays all the conversations revolve around everyone’s exit plans out of the region! Some are lucky to have dual nationalities, while others not so lucky. Let us let you in on a little secret. Meet the little Caribbean island of St. Kitts & Nevis, originally a state that was known for exporting […]

Maria’s Note: Libya consulate attack, organized?

First reports suggested that the main reason for the attack to the American consulate in Benghazi was the offenses against the prophet Muhammad contained in the amateur and nonsensical film “Innocence of Muslims”. However, Obama’s government has indicated that the assault may have been organized and planned in advance by a militant Islamist group, contradicting […]

Maria’s Note: US Ambassador in Libya Killed

The American ambassador to Libya, John Christopher Stevens and three other workers of the American delegation in Benghazi have died during the assault at the hands of a group of alleged Islamic militants. As reported by Al Jazeera the ambassador, who was paying a visit to the Libyan city, died of suffocation in his car […]