Author Archives: Sarah Carr

Revolutions

So here we are, a year later, waiting for January 25th again. At the end of 2010 the country felt like it was at the end stages of some lingering, incurable disease, like it was stagnating. It had been a … Continue reading

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Army country

In Mostafa Mahmoud Square on Tuesday, a roaring man went up to another man and started slapping him across the face. There was that moment of hesitation as the accosted man processed what was going on. He looked at the … Continue reading

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Crackdown in Cairo

Here is something about Fayza’s day out at the NGOs. CAIRO – There was a flurry of good news last week in Egypt. Activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah was released on Christmas Day, Cairo’s Administrative Court issued a ruling banning “virginity tests,” … Continue reading

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ONE HAND GROUP APOLOGISES TO OKASHA AND ZBAYDAR

Members of the One Hand Group yesterday apologised to their spiritual leaders Tawfik Okasha and amoeba Ahmed Zbaydar for failing in their duty to kill and/or imprison absolutely all Egyptians. The One Hand Group is a group of 20 retired … Continue reading

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Walls go up

  There are now not one, but four walls in downtown Cairo. Huge cubes of round-edged cement are clumsily stacked on top of each other, as if by a child. Hours after its construction, the Qasr al-Aini wall was almost … Continue reading

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Piss off!

As a service to readers who don’t read Arabic, we have translated a recent important column* by Al-Masry Al-Youm editor Magdy El-Gallad, commenting on this. And this.  I have been bestowed with many blessings, and one of them is that … Continue reading

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Bloody elections

I wrote something about them and Arabist put it up here.

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November 19th

There is a public toilet in a car park in Falaky Square, downtown Cairo, whose walls have become an outlet for people’s grievances. At the end of January a joker had scrawled “we want freedom, we want to live, we … Continue reading

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ABDEL-FATAH HAS LONG HISTORY OF CRIMINAL ACTIVITY, SAYS AMOEBA

A group of pensioners running the Egypt tour bus say that they will not allow the tour to be disrupted by uninvited elements who surreptitiously enter the bus with the assistance of foreign backing and then attempt to sabotage it. … Continue reading

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Marching from Shubra to deaths at Maspero

This is my account of what I saw yesterday at Maspero, originally published here. The march from the Cairo district of Shubra was huge, like the numbers on 28 January. In the front row was a group of men in … Continue reading

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