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Dr H.A. Hellyer

“The Revolution continues”: No longer a slogan

When the crowds swelled in the Square of Liberation in January 2011, the chant of al-sha’ab yurid isqat al-nidham (‘the people demand the fall of the regime’) was a pithy slogan. By the time Hosni Mubarak was pushed out of power eighteen days later, Tahrir Square had become much more than simply a place where …

Dr H.A. Hellyer

Review: America’s support to Morsi and Tahrir Square explored in columns

The recent visit of the United States Secretary of State John Kerry has pushed several writers to analyse America’s reasons to support the Muslim Brotherhood and President Mohamed Morsi. Meanwhile, some commentators have discussed the objective of demonstrators, who appear persistent to remain in Tahrir Square.   Mohamed Salmawi The Muslim Brotherhood’s American Support Al-Masry …

Daily News Egypt

The end of the Muslim Brotherhood

I have no problem admitting how much the Muslim Brotherhood annoys me. There is absolutely nothing that I admire about this group. I hate their fascist intentions, I disrespect their manipulative politics, their constant lying appalls me and I am offended by how much they distort a peaceful religion like Islam. The mere presence of …

Ziad A. Akl

Editor’s letter: Chapeau to Al Nour Party

In Egypt’s post-Mubarak first parliament, which lasted for a few months in 2012, it was the first time for the Salafi Islamists (primarily Al Nour Party) to have such political representation. It was very messy though, as many Egyptians found it entertaining and liked to call it the “circus”. The parliament channel Soot Al Shaab …

Maher Hamoud

A visionary without a vision

By Robert Mogielnicki On Saturday Mohamed ElBaradei, leader of the National Salvation Front (NSF), called for a boycott of the upcoming Parliamentary elections in Egypt. On Tuesday the boycott became party policy after a meeting of the NSF leadership While the NSF demands the formation of a national unity government and a committee to amend …

Daily News Egypt

Is Boycotting the Solution?

There currently exists within Egypt’s democratic forces a raging debate as to whether or not to take part in the upcoming parliamentary elections. Those who advocate for boycotting the elections do so for a number of reasons, many of which are based on the assumption that it will only be a matter of time before …

Farid Zahran

Review: Op-Eds fueled against Morsi’s late interview

Sunday night turned into Monday morning with Egyptians still waiting for an anticipated television interview with President Mohamed Morsi. The president offered no explanation for the delay, and several newspaper columnists criticized Morsi for leaving millions of citizens waiting late at night for the long-awaited interview. The broadcast was supposed to begin at 8 pm …

Daily News Egypt

Awesomely Egyptian

It’s our one and only message to a world that has always tried to crush us: “You won’t break us. Do your worst”.

Mahmoud Salem

On blasting Morsi into space

Egyptians have done it again. After ousting a dictator two years ago, now they are sending their first elected civilian president into space. President Mohamed Morsi is now sitting in first place in Axe’s competition to send one civilian to space, an adventurous soul seeking a new frontier. Voting is required and whoever gets the …

Sara Abou Bakr

Morsi’s fake election

Mohamed Morsi is indeed full of surprises. Ever since Morsi took office, he has never ceased to present us Egyptians with surprising decisions that make us wonder how, why, and for what purpose these decisions were made in the first place. Decisions like calling the dissolved Parliament back to session, applying new taxes which were …

Ziad A. Akl

Review: Authority and opposition appear top priority in columns

After announcing the timing of the parliamentary elections on April 27, Egyptian columnists debate the upcoming political marathon and condemn both the authority and the opposition in dealing with the crisis.   Farewell to a hopeful consensus Emad Al-Din Hussein Al-Shorouk newspaper As President Mohamed Morsi issued his decree to hold parliamentary elections on April …

Daily News Egypt

The ‘insult’ of political criticism

By Nick Gjorvad Few would argue against the maxim that freedom of speech is one of the foundational pillars on which democracy rests.  Freedom of speech is widely understood to include speech concerning government officials, which may be critical or even demeaning of an officials’ performance.  While the lines between unfounded slander and legitimate criticism …

Daily News Egypt

Review: Fallen statues and fighters

Commentaries discuss the recent attacks on statues of famous Egyptians, including writer Taha Hussein and singer Um Kolthoum, and the reported death of an Egyptian citizen killed while fighting the Al-Assad regime in Syria. The ignorance of beards and Jilbabs Mohamed Salmawi Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper Salmawi condemns the recent attacks on the two statues of …

Daily News Egypt

Red hearts on a torched truck

A photo of a torched CSF truck painted with red hearts near Tahrir Square took the virtual world by storm a couple of days ago. It seems some creative soul decided to decorate the recently torched truck with festive hearts, possiby to display his deep and undying love for his beloved amid the rubble. Valentine’s …

Sara Abou Bakr

Review: Commentaries ask: ‘What are Islamists fighting for?’

After Islamists organised a number of protests on Friday calling for the implementation of the Sharia, many writers are asking what their exact definition of “Sharia” is. On another note, some columnists criticise the performance of the “opaque” security apparatus in Egypt.   Who stands against the Sharia? Emad Al-Din Hussein Al-Shorouk newspaper Hussein recalls …

Daily News Egypt

Review: Columns attack Brotherhood’s electronic militias and slow decision-making processes

Writers explored an assortment of political topics in Egyptian newspapers. Some have debated the issue of the electronic militias of the Muslim Brotherhood, and others have denounced Morsi’s slow pace in making urgent decisions.   The failure of the electronic militias Mohamed Salmawi Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper Salmawi speaks about the groups belonging to the Muslim …

Daily News Egypt

Review: Op-Eds encourage consensus ahead of elections

The current state of political polarisation might drag Egypt to an even more dangerous stage after the upcoming parliamentary elections. Writers in several newspapers have debated the importance of reaching consensus ahead of the elections. On another note, some other commentators have listed the reasons for President Mohamed Morsi’s failing management.   What does the …

Daily News Egypt

The Horror

For the past week I have been avoiding, ducking and evading the black hole of negativity that has seemingly sucked everyone in. It wasn’t an easy task especially because for everyone I spoke to, the news of what’s been happening in the country, from mass sexual assaults and terrorism to police torture of street children, …

Mahmoud Salem

Review: Columns attack opposition

The Egyptian opposition is in dire need of creative ideas that can enable them to defeat the ruling Muslim Brotherhood, wrote several commentators.  As many opposition groups focus on the constitution and the constituent assembly, parties need to consider new mechanisms to gain the support of Egyptians, who have proved their inclination towards Islamists.   …

Daily News Egypt

Review: Commentaries ask if opposition is ready for elections

Writers in Egyptian newspapers have explored a variety of topics recently. Some writers questioned the opposition’s readiness to compete against the Muslim Brotherhood in the upcoming parliamentary elections. Others chide the independent and opposition media for failing to provide a fair coverage of the 12th session of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which is …

Daily News Egypt