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  • Hacked pics show nude J-Law?

    1 Sep 2014 | 10:21 am
    In a major breach of privacy, a hacker leaked a series of pictures allegedly showing Jennifer Lawrence and other female celebrities in the nude.
  • When food kills

    1 Sep 2014 | 10:13 am
    It was in a bland, windowless third-floor courtroom here that Jeff Almer first locked eyes with the man he holds responsible for his mother's death.
  • The world's first 'flying motorcycle'?

    1 Sep 2014 | 10:08 am
    Engineer Chris Malloy has created a hoverbike, which could help out in disaster zones in the future.
  • NATO's big plan for Russia

    1 Sep 2014 | 10:07 am
    A Russian army tank attacked airfields in eastern Ukraine on Monday, Ukrainian military officials said, amid worsening tensions between Kiev and Moscow.
  • What they don't tell you about weight loss

    1 Sep 2014 | 10:02 am
    Shannon Britton lost 268 pounds after having gastric bypass surgery. What she's learned since then will surprise you.
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    Egypt on Huffington Post

  • Alon Ben-Meir: Now That the Guns Have Been Silenced

    Alon Ben-Meir
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:42 am
    The new ceasefire between Israel and Hamas has immediately raised the same old question: Will it last, or is it merely just another pause, providing the prelude for the next round of fighting à la previous ceasefires? I believe the current ceasefire is different as it was achieved under completely different circumstances and may well last. Read more: Naftali Bennett, Palestinian Authority, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Mahmoud Abbas, Arab Peace Initiative, Islamic Extremism, Gaza, Egypt, Avigdor Lieberman, Saudi Arabia, Palestinians, Benjamin Netanyahu, Hamas, Israel, World News
  • Terry Connelly: Tough Choices Indeed -- For Everybody

    Terry Connelly
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Three boxes sit on any policymaker's desk: "In," "Out" And "Too Hard." Comprehensive immigration reform typifies the kind of issue that inhabits the "Too Hard" box, where it has sat for many years. As is common to the "Too Hard" box, the need for a fix is glaringly obvious. Read more: Terry Connelly, Isis, Warren Commission, Egypt, Gop, Immigration, Ferguson, Hillary Clinton, Citizens United, Israel, Golden Gate University, Bush v Gore, Politics News
  • Fadi Elsalameen: Defeating the ISIL Threat -- For Good

    Fadi Elsalameen
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:06 am
    In last few days I have appeared on a number of Arab TV channels discussing the growing threat of ISIL and what will be required to fully defeat the organization. ISIL is an existential threat to every Muslim, every Arab -- and soon an existential threat to everyone. Read more: Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Abdul-Fattah El-Sisi, Politics News
  • Antoun Issa: Egypt Offered Hamas an Impossible Deal

    Antoun Issa
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:40 am
    With over 2,000 dead, and a political funeral beckoning for Hamas should it return to a besieged Gaza Strip, the Israelis and Egyptians may have underestimated Hamas' determination to fight it out to achieve what it needs: an end to the siege. Read more: Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Palestine, Gaza, Egypt, Gaza Siege, War, Hamas, Israel, Cease-Fire, World News
  • Mohamed Elmenshawy: Egypt's Emerging Libya Policy

    Mohamed Elmenshawy
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:11 am
    After weeks of fighting, an Islamist and jihadist alliance led by Ansar al-Sharia--a group with ties to Islamic State (formerly ISIS)--has taken control of Benghazi and declared an "Islamic Emirate." Read more: Egypt, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, Moammar Gadhafi, Libya, Labor, Khalif Hafter, Terrorism, World News
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    Egypt News

  • Brasch Words'Following Orders' is No Defense for Cold-Blooded Murder

    1 Sep 2014 | 8:19 am
    LOS ANGELES, Calif., Feb. 3, 12:50 p.m. PST -- With some 47 million people living in poverty, 50 million without health insurance, millions jobless and millions more underemployed, President Barak Obama could be less circumspect and more passionate about stimulating our economy.
  • They might hip-hop but the El Sawy Culturewheel singers don't...

    1 Sep 2014 | 4:37 am
    They might hip-hop but the El Sawy Culturewheel singers don't skip over hard subjects like terrorim and corruption El Sawy Culturewheel hosted a two-hour hip-hop concert, dubbed HipHop 03 Volume 3, on 26 August featuring promising acts Foo2 El-Sefr, 3adam E-En7yaz, and one man project Mohamed El-Deeb.
  • Israel and the U.S.-Qatari Axis

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:57 am
    When considering the geo-political map of the current Middle East, not everything is negative or alarming, at least from an Israeli point of view.
  • Egypt: Generals Drawn Out By Libyan Islamist Threat

    31 Aug 2014 | 2:20 pm
    For decades, Egypt has felt like a world unto itself. The state's preoccupations were internal: containing protests and arresting its critics and alleged terrorists.
  • Life as a Belly Dancer in Egypt

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:48 am
    Cairo Scene, Egypt Aug 30 2014 Life as a Belly Dancer in Egypt 30/08/2014 08:00 GMT+2 A report published by USA Today elucidates on the daily struggles of women who work as belly dancers in Cairo, and the largely unfriendly atmosphere that surrounds the profession.
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    Living in Egypt

  • Learning To Live And Living to Learn

    9 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
     I was talking to a friend today about this blog post and he told me that there is an Egyptian saying "If you do something, you might make a mistake and be punished, but if you do nothing you can't make a mistake."Once a social psychologist, I suspect always a social psychologist. I went off to graduate school at the University of Waterloo in the mid 70's with a lot of illusions, but mostly I went there because they had a very short application form and one of my peculiar oddities is a horror of filling out forms. I can always think of other ways to answer the questions on them, ways…
  • Losing A Voice of Reason in Egypt

    29 Apr 2014 | 10:17 pm
     A young man died yesterday who by any reasoning should still be here with us. Bassem Sabry was a writer, analyst, activist of the highest ethical standards whom I first encountered online during the winter of 2011. At times, reading the discussions on Twitter, Facebook and other social media, I was struck by his strong wisdom and innate kindness. When he published this on his blog I was stunned to realise how young he was, only 31 at this death, and how wise he was beyond his years. I posted many things that he wrote because he did it so much better than I did. I would urge everyone to…
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

    19 Mar 2014 | 1:36 am
     Revolutions are interesting things. While they can be quite exciting, frightening, exhilarating, and hopeful at the beginning, as we saw in 2011, they tend to drag on as a society tries to readjust and recalibrate...a process that is draining, frustrating, and often very boring. When it became quite apparent that the uprising in Egypt in 2011 was having a severely adverse effect on tourism which had been the main source of income for my staff at the farm, I began looking around for ways to keep a staff that was used to escorting tourists around our area busy with new activities. One of…
  • The Power of One

    3 Feb 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Tomorrow we will be driving downtown to Sednaoui hospital with my housekeeper's son Ali and a friend of mine here who works as a groom and has a son with cerebral palsy so bad that he has fallen over many times and broken his chin. We are going to consult with my friend Dr. Mostafa Shokry, who is one of the best orthopedic surgeons I know (he's reconstructed one of my shoulders and replaced both my knees) and also the administrator of Sednaoui hospital, one of the  dreaded governmental hospitals...but one that he is transforming into a real hospital.  For some odd reason, an…
  • Another Year Another Anniversary

    24 Jan 2014 | 9:44 pm
     It's 6 am and I find myself awake on this Jan 25 without any apparent reason. The older I get, the more anniversaries of different events I have crowding my life. I remember well the Police Day three years ago. I had one of my daughter's friends staying with me at the farm and neither of us had any real intimation that the day was going to be so momentous. We'd heard rumours of marches and such being planned but no one really had any idea what would be started that day and we still don't know how it will end. Today I will be staying out here in the countryside with my animals and staff.
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    The Arabist

  • On the so-called Islamic State

    The Editors
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:09 am
    Ramy Khoury argues in the Daily Star that the extremist movement is the nearly inevitable result of the region's (often foreign-backed) authoritarianism. But the single biggest driver of the kind of criminal Islamist extremism we see in this phenomenon is the predicament of several hundred million individual Arab men and women who find – generation after generation – that in their own societies they are unable to achieve their full humanity or potential, or exercise their full powers of thought and creativity; or, in many cases, obtain basic life needs for their families.The…
  • Syria Speaks

    Ursula Lindsey
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:43 am
    This summer, while the young men of the organization-formerly-known-as-ISIS -- men whose inner lives I find it hard to fathom -- were marauding across what is left of Iraq and Syria, I was reading the powerful anthology Syria Speaks: Art and Culture from the Frontline. I just reviewed it for the blog of the London Review of Books.  Untitled by Khalil Younes. One of many works of visual art included in the book.  Much of the work in Syria Speaks seems to have been written a year or two ago, and what a difference that time makes. Most of the more than fifty contributors are…
  • Links August 2014

    The Editors
    30 Aug 2014 | 3:50 am
    Clearing the holiday backlog...Fathers of ISIS | P U L S EBlamed for Rise of ISIS, Syrian Leader Is Pushed to Escalate Fight - NYTAssad's ISIS blowback.Egypt's Wasat party withdraws from pro-Morsi bloc | Middle East EyeWonder if leaders to be released...Saudi princes visit Qatar as Gulf states try to end rift | ReutersI wonder how much of this is over LibyaLibya: Is civil war likely? | The EconomistLibya's New Power Brokers?Excellent overview of power networks by M. Fitzgerald.Libya: Anarchy On the recent UAE-Egyptian raids, and how they haven't tipped the balanceArt Beyond Politics, by…
  • "Palestinians Live What Israelis Fear"

    The Editors
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:43 am
    “The emails filling my box about Israel function as a remarkable document. They are a record of seemingly reasonable people who have completely lost track of basic moral reasoning. And that represents itself nowhere more consistently or powerfully than here: treating what could possibly happen to Israelis as more important than what already is happening to Palestinians. It’s such a profoundly bizarre way to think, that only this maddening issue could bring it about.“Hamas denies Israel’s right to exist!”Indeed– and Israel not only denies Palestine’s right to exist, it has…
  • “I will no longer play the role they’ve written for me”

    The Editors
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:12 am
    Alaa Abdelfattah decides to go on hunger strike: Statement from the Family of Alaa Abd El-Fattah Alaa is on Hunger Strike: “I will no longer play the role they’ve written for me”. At 2 o’clock on the morning of Sunday August 17, Alaa visited his father, Ahmad Seif, in the ICU Unit of Qasr el-Eini hospital, after Seif had become unconscious. Three days earlier we’d been on our latest visit to Alaa in Tora Prison. His father’s health at that point had been relatively good. Since then there had been no way for us to inform him that his father had gone into crisis. And so Alaa arrived…
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    Baheyya: Egypt Analysis and Whimsy بهيّة

  • A Grand Entente

    12 Aug 2014 | 1:28 pm
    In the old days, when the Israeli military bombed and shelled Palestinians and sought to destroy their society, Hosni Mubarak used a well-worn formula, fully abetting Israeli actions while uttering pro-Palestine platitudes. Occasionally, when huge protests rocked the streets, he green-lighted theatrical gestures such as his wife heading a relief convoy to Gaza in 2002, and his son fronting a delegation to Beirut when Israel bombed Lebanon in 2006. Today, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has not only steered clear of a single expression of token solidarity with Palestinians. He and his media creatures…
  • State Prestige Redux

    2 Jul 2014 | 4:45 pm
    (Anadolu Agency)When historians review this first year of Sisi’s rule, they will note that the military regime’s core priority was to crush popular mobilization. Under the doctrine of restoring “state prestige,” the entire state machinery went into avenger mode, brutalizing both supporters of the ousted president Mohamed Morsi and his diehard opponents. For despite their myopic hatred for each other, the Muslim Brothers and their critics espouse the same dangerous belief, the conviction that they should be able to control the state, not the other way round. This revolutionary idea and…
  • Sisi's Challenge

    30 May 2014 | 8:23 pm
    Abdel Fattah El-Sisi has certified his seizure of power with an electoral pantomime, and looks set to preside over a reconstructed Mubarakist system. The revolution appears as a blip in the stubborn tradition of one military dictator transferring power to another. But try as he might, the new leader of Egypt can’t rule the way Mubarak did. Sisi faces an entirely different set-up than the relatively tame country Mubarak inherited, and will have to devise a ruling formula from scratch to deal with a country in a protracted political transformation.It’s strange to me how so many commentators…
  • A Military Constitution

    10 Jan 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Now that the Egyptian military has ousted the first elected president, installed a government of civilian executors, massacred the former president’s supporters and sympathizers, and declared his organization a terrorist group, it is set to produce a document it calls a constitution that codifies military superiority over state and society. Not content to delegate the task of selling the document to the 50 people it appointed to write it, the military is doing its own sales pitch. It has issued this video laying out how all three branches of the armed forces, as well as special forces,…
  • Fetishizing the State

    8 Aug 2013 | 12:12 pm
    An old and pernicious idea is back in circulation since the July 3 coup. It was a running theme in the military ruler’s speech on July 24 where he demanded a popular mandate to “confront terrorism.” Right on cue, government officials parroted it repeatedly in their stern warnings to dissenters. Pro-military activists, politicians, and intellectuals happily invoked it in their jihad against the Ikhwan. The idea is haybat al-dawla, or the state’s standing and prestige, a central plank of the Arab authoritarian order that’s making a big comeback. It’s unsurprising that in his July 24…
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    Egyptian Chronicles

  • #FreeAJStaff : A message from Baher to his Son

    30 Aug 2014 | 7:15 am
    Baher Mohamed , the imprisoned Al Jazeera International produced was gifted by a very beautiful son last Thursday. The new born boy’s name is Haroun Baher wrote a very moving letter to his new born son from his prison in Tora that was published in English last Thursday. Here are parts of the letterBaby Haroun Sorry because you were born where free people are behind bars, including your father. Sorry too because you have come to a society where its freedom’s restricted. But I promise you I will always fight for liberty. I don’t want you to give up on this society…because I am sure…
  • Kodak Agfa Presents : Nile at Night

    29 Aug 2014 | 3:13 pm
    I took those photos last Ramadan at some café on the Nile in Zamalak. This is one of my attempts to take photos without tripod at night using my hands without any shakes. I love the colored light reflections on the Nile , it is more than beautiful especially where you are standing on the bank of the Nile.
  • And Mourners bid Farewell to Ahmed Seif El-Islam

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Hundreds of mourners bid farewell to human rights activist and leftist lawyer Ahmed Seif El-Islam in a big funeral. For hours we did not know if Alaa and his sister Sanaa were going to attend their father’s funeral or not. At 2 PM I knew that Alaa and Sanaa are going to attend their father’s memorial service next Saturday but there was no confirmed news that they were going to attend the funeral. Later we knew that they would attend the burial. Yes Alaa and Sanaa attended the burial. During the burial Alaa Abdel Fattah told the mourners that his father was martyr and that we all knew who…
  • #RIP Ahmed Seif El-Islam (1951-2014)

    28 Aug 2014 | 12:56 am
    From few hours ago Egypt has lost one of its famous human rights defenders lawyers and human rights activists MR. Ahmed Seif El-Islam Abdel Fattah.  Seif El-Islam died in coma after a cardiac arrest he got following an open heart surgery in Cairo. Originally a leftist , Seif El-Islam defended the rights of people in Egypt since late 1980s regardless of their ideological beliefs. Since the 1980s Ahmed Seif El-Islam defended the rights of political detainees whether liberals or Islamists or socialists or Nasserites. He was from the few that kept their humanity and refused to turn in to a…
  • And Some people protested against #CatMassacre

    26 Aug 2014 | 3:11 pm
    And yes there could be important stuff like the Emirati Egyptian airstrike in Libya “Which I am working on a post about it” and the detainees’ food strike as well the ceasefire in Gaza but I can not ignore thisA group of people including animals rights activists protested against the Cats Massacre outside the gates of the famous upscale club Tuesday afternoon[View the story "A protest against #catsmassacre in #Cairo " on Storify]Yes surprisingly not less than hundred people showed up and protested against the cats massacre at Gazeera sporting club. This protest also was set up by a…
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  • Catastrophe*

    Sarah Carr
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Animals are dear to my heart. I have five cats and am essentially one more cat away from being that woman who feeds 90 street cats and never talks to humans. I was thus really upset that cats living in … Continue reading →
  • Norman and his abominations

    Sarah Carr
    21 Feb 2014 | 1:21 pm
    My friend Hellyer alerted me to the existence of the charming thing below, a post by Norman Finkelstein in which he attacks me, slurs Human Rights Watch’s Heba Morayef and suggests that we would deserve horrible things to happen to us, … Continue reading →
  • Bread and butter

    Sarah Carr
    18 Jan 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Here is something I did on the radio. And here I ramble on about why I didn’t vote in the referendum.
  • Fun with facts

    Sarah Carr
    9 Jan 2014 | 9:28 am
      Two opinion columns on Egypt were published this week which could usually safely be ignored but taken together present a nice example of opposite ends of the bullshit spectrum of writing on this country. The first column was published in the … Continue reading →
  • Laughing till we cry

    Sarah Carr
    1 Jan 2014 | 11:33 am
    Sometimes it seems that Egypt does extreme tragedy and extreme comedy and nothing in between. As a result, living in this country is a bit like cohabiting with someone with a hormonal imbalance. Egypt dazzled the world today with the … Continue reading →
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