Monthly Archives: July 2008

Faith in the known

A man of unidentifiable age gathers together all his hope and crosses Tala’at Harb Street. In his left hand is a thick stick, held slightly aloft, a sign rather than a support. His right hand is extended in front of … Continue reading

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Another protest today, outside the public prosecutor’s office. Ten or so activists from the Shebab 6 April group surrounded by twenty men in white bearing truncheons. The cordon would eventually mutate into fifty boys in black riot gear with the … Continue reading

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More hours of my life lost in dark rooms

Mr El-Sobky, butcher turned film producer, has an identical vision of customer service in both careers: give the people what they want and don’t surprise them with lamb’s brain when they’ve asked for half a kilo of chicken breast. Like … Continue reading

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Bread & butter III

Here I become irate about the travesty which is Sex and the Shitty. And here I present civil society reactions to the draft law on audio-visual transmission. Yesterday I watched cuddly Moatez, presenter of 90 de2ee2a, become irate as he … Continue reading

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"I felt like I had died" – Mohamed Maree’s account of his detainment and torture

CAIRO: Mohamed Salah Maree is a 23 year-old, 4th year student of veterinary science at Mansoura University who doesn’t really want to be a vet. “I wanted to study political science, but my father was determined that there should be … Continue reading

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Tosson evictees demonstrate in front of Ministry of Agriculture

Around 70 people forcibly evicted from their homes in Alexandria protested outside the Ministry of Agriculture on Thursday demanding that they be given the right to buy the land they have been living on for between five and ten years. … Continue reading

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Craptain Hima

Egypt’s answer to Beyonce, the ubiquitous Tamer Hosny, is a spectacularly hardworking man. A man who does not allow his busy schedule of album releases, TV appearances, film releases and complicated hair maintenance to prevent him from updating his own … Continue reading

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