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The curious case of Egypt’s economy

According to economists, any country that experiences a revolution should have an economic recession within six months. For anyone who has followed our news, this was not the case in Egypt, and curiously, still isn’t. One of the strangest economic facts that very few people cite about this country is that it hasn’t suffered a …

Mahmoud Salem

The selfish heartless argument for keeping Syrians in Egypt

Dear Egyptian readers: This article will not try to garner your sympathy over the plight and horror that Syrian refugees face in Egypt. It will not try to appeal to your humanity by informing you of the horrible conditions under which they live here, the random arrests they face or the horror that awaits them …

Mahmoud Salem

Here to inform…

When the television was invented back in the early 20th century, many people believed that they had finally found an effective method to eradicate ignorance all over the world. Enthusiasts believed that children would learn from their homes, and the public would become better informed about the issues that governed their lives. While most people …

Mahmoud Salem

The murky waters of 30 June part 2: On revolutionary depression

The June 30 revolutionary alliance is made of very strange bedfellows and its reaction to the events that have transpired since reflects its inherent contradictions. The newbie revolutionaries (Independents) are more than ecstatic due their success and are acquiring an ego that rivals those of the Jan 25’s; the social conservatives are jubilant for the …

Mahmoud Salem

Bad for business

A few days ago I told a Tunisian friend who just arrived some stories about the Egyptian political scene. She listened to me intently while suppressing her laughter, and after I was finished her only comment was: “Cheap Drama..You guys are living in a cheap drama.” I have found her comment not only a fantastic …

Mahmoud Salem

Myths

Egypt is a country where people operate on myths instead of facts, which is one of the primary reasons why we never seem to get on with the country. Between the 7,000 years of civilisation (of which 2,000 we were under occupation), the army that never gets defeated (except in every war it actually partakes …

Mahmoud Salem

Renaissance

On Saturday, seven members of the Islamic group ‘Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice’ in Suez, Egypt, decided to promote virtue by trying to whip a woman on the street due to her “un-Islamic” dress. The woman took off her shoe and beat one of them with it while yelling at them, which caught …

Mahmoud Salem

The Civilian Products of Military Factories

Last Thursday the news websites greeted us with a picture of the US Ambassador to Egypt, Anne Patterson, celebrating the decision of the US department of agriculture to allow the importation of Egyptian strawberries to the American market by opening a box of strawberries and eating one. On that same day, we were also greeted …

Mahmoud Salem

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

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

The cautionary tale of NSFMommy and MBDaddy

Good morning Children, Today we are going to tell the story of the unfortunately very Egyptian marriage of NSFMommy and MBDaddy. Like most Egyptian marriage stories, it’s a very stupid family drama where there are no heroes and even the victim looks bad in the end. We are not sure if there is a moral …

Mahmoud Salem

Blockheads

The genius of turning the Black Bloc into the new enemy is how perfect they are for it

Mahmoud Salem

The Children

Egyptian children might not be the geniuses that you claim they are, but they are smart enough not to respect you.

Mahmoud Salem

Victory

The mood in the office yesterday was sour, with people being sad and disappointed at the results of the first phase of the “constitutional referendum”, which was passed by 56 per cent, amidst reports of the worst case of voter fraud in the history of post-revolution Egyptian elections. Those angry and depressed eyes of my …

Mahmoud Salem

Imagine

Imagine sitting at a friend’s house, watching the president address the nation after a week long crisis, with his supporters just the night before opening fire on civilian protesters in Heliopolis in horrifying clashes that spanned the whole day. Imagine finding out that he issued the illegal constitutional declaration that enflamed and divided the entire …

Mahmoud Salem

Tuesday is the New Friday!

In light of yesterday’s events, we urge you to convince your president to withdraw the constitutional declaration and cancel the referendum

Mahmoud Salem

Down with Shari’a in the constitution

With every semblance of what is commonly referred to as “the civil forces” (the church representatives, the secular parties and members) withdrawn from it, the Egyptian Constituent Assembly’s fate seems more precarious than ever. While many speculate about its fate and the fate of the constitution it is supposed to present to the public soon, …

Mahmoud Salem

The rights of the martyrs

As the first anniversary of the clashes of Mohamed Mahmoud approaches, my social media timelines are bombarded with the images of the martyrs who died there and how we should never forget until we get back their rights. As the pictures and the names keep rolling in, it becomes impossible to distinguish the faces and …

Mahmoud Salem

Letter to the president

Dear Morsy, Like many Egyptians, I was looking forward to your government’s attempt to implement its decision to close down shops at 10pm, out of the sheer comic value it would’ve presented. I set up an observation post in front of my building in Roxy Square, chairs, Shisha and all, to get a front row …

Mahmoud Salem

Entropy

Explore our magical skies, and try to avoid getting shot down by stray bullets that are being shot by neighbour to kill neighbour, all over this blessed land

Mahmoud Salem

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