The Nile Hilton Incident: The Egyptian Movie Everyone Is Talking About

The Nile Hilton Incident: The Egyptian Movie Everyone Is Talking About

  A cinephile like myself is always proud when an Egyptian movie makes waves internationally; and that is exactly what Egyptian director Tarik Saleh’s new movie is doing. The Nile Hilton Incident received very positive reviews from leading film magazines — such as Variety and Hollywood Reporter — for all the right reasons.     Earlier this year, the movie […]

Hosni Mubarak Gets Released and Returns to His Heliopolis Villa

Hosni Mubarak Gets Released and Returns to His Heliopolis Villa

  After spending six years in Tora prison and Maadi Hospital, the former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak has finally been released.   Following the outbreak of 25th of January revolution, we’ve been suffering from a political and economic turmoil. The former president, along with countless political figures, have been under arrest in the well-known case […]

Mohamed ElBaradei’s Interview on AlAraby TV Causes Media Outrage

Mohamed ElBaradei’s Interview on AlAraby TV Causes Media Outrage

By Katrina ELGahsh

  Egyptian law scholar, diplomat and former U.N Nuclear Chief, Mohamed El Baradei, decided to break his three-year-long media silence by a series of five interviews on AlAraby TV.   For the past few days, Egyptian TV hosts have been expressing their disappointment by ElBaradei’s decision, fearing that more lies would be spread by the […]

5 Progressive and Inspiring TED Talks from the Middle East

5 Progressive and Inspiring TED Talks from the Middle East

By Sana Panjwani

In an ideal world, each and every one of us would have the opportunity to be educated, and I’m not talking about trivial subjects like learning the chemical compound of salt or how to measure and graph the oscillation pattern of a singing pendulum – but lessons relevant to life. Ever since the World Wide […]

#Jan25: The Last Four Years In Pictures

#Jan25: The Last Four Years In Pictures

On the fourth anniversary of the Jan. 25 uprising, some of us are hopeful, some of us mourn the loss of the revolution, but most of us are left wondering how on earth we went from Tahrir Square four years ago to wherever we are right now. While a minority of us continue to remind […]

6 Things the Middle East Can Learn from Martin Luther King, Jr.

6 Things the Middle East Can Learn from Martin Luther King, Jr.

Every so often, a figure emerges from the masses who becomes a champion for the people’s cause. Even less often, their message, vision and oftentimes tragic end propels them onto the global stage and they come to represent universal struggles and values that know no borders. These giants of history and humanity – people like […]

An Open Letter to Egypt’s Sisi Haters

An Open Letter to Egypt’s Sisi Haters

Dear Wannabe Che Guevara, Just so we’re clear, what you’re about to read is not a staunch defense of a man, but rather, it’s a staunch defense of common decency. You’ve probably seen the hashtag about Field Marshal El Sisi and enjoyed it and rolled with it and used it quite a few times in […]

BREAKING: Mubarak to Run for Re-Election

BREAKING: Mubarak to Run for Re-Election

BREAKING: This evening, in a highly unanticipated move, Mubarak revealed to an anonymous source that he plans to run for re-election in Egypt’s upcoming presidential elections. According to the anonymous source, the former president popularly deposed in 2011 is confident that the Egyptian people will give him another chance at governing the country. “I still have […]

Calling It Like It Is in Egypt

Calling It Like It Is in Egypt

Recently, I wrote this on my Facebook page: “Funny how people are calling El Sisi’s last speech hypocritical or that he’s making preemptive excuses. I don’t think he said anything out of the ordinary. What he said is the exact situation on the ground right now. Yes, Egypt is in dire straits. We are a […]

How Ukraine and Venezuela Look Like the Arab Spring

How Ukraine and Venezuela Look Like the Arab Spring

The Anatomy of a Revolution

It’s something we in the Middle East don’t consider foreign, the uprising of citizens against corrupt governments and coups that topple regimes so old and in place no one would have thought possible. From Tunisia to Egypt then Libya, the world took notice and watched as these countries fought for their liberties, begged for basic […]

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