The January 25th Revolution, which took place 5 years ago, can be compared to a newsbroadcaster who accidentally says “fuck” on live TV. It happened without warning or planning; it cannot be forgotten; but afterward, everything is back to normal. In other words, #Jan25 was a blip on an otherwise dull broadcast, also known as … More 5 Year Anniversary: #Jan25 Revolution is Back to Square One
March 8th marked International Women’s Day and the kickoff to the Commission on the Status of Women, now in it’s 59th year. 2015 is a pretty important year for feminists, as it marks the 20th Anniversary of the Beijing Conference, in which the Beijing Platform for Action was created to accelerate women’s rights across the world. … More International Women’s Day 2015 Celebrations in the Middle East
January 25th. Four years later. As I was reviewing my post from last year, I realized that what I had hoped would not transpire-the election of former General Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi-has come true. Sisi has been president for less than a year, and in some ways Egypt has calmed: there are less protests, the Muslim … More #Jan25 Revolution Yr 4: What Revolution?
I always like to do a visual post every year to show how Christmas is celebrated in the Middle East. Unfortunately, the region’s Christians have suffered a terrible year, with Syria’s Christians and Iraq’s Christian population forced to flee their respective countries due to the Syrian Civil War and the emergence of the Islamic State. Fun … More The Christmas Season in the Middle East
The Egyptians have come around full circle since the January 25th Revolution, right smack dab to where they started. Former General Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has been crowned (a much better word choice than elected) president of Egypt in a landslide win that surprised zero percent of the population. I still don’t know why Hamdeen Sabahi … More Seriously Not Surprised over Sisi
First of all, a Happy Belated Valentines Day to my readers! I am back full-time in school and have a new full-time job so my posts until June will be quite sparse and will likely err on the lighter side of Middle Eastern affairs (read: cultural). I wrote about Valentines Day last year; despite being … More 2014: V-Day and Love in the Middle East
Today is the third anniversary of the January 25th Uprising, the day that shall “live in infamy” in Egyptian and world collective memory. The past three years have been rough for Egypt, but the situation has devolved into a confusing shift of battle lines and allegiances: I can’t help but feel that Egypt is going … More The Square and January 25th’s 3rd Anniversary
The above photo was posted by France’s Le Monde on their Facebook page on July 7th, a relatively “tranquil” scene on the Qasr al-Nil Bridge. Although Egypt was in turmoil then, having unseated ruling president Mohammed Morsi just 4 days earlier, it is nothing compared to the violence and disaster ripping through the city right … More Egypt: The Next Iraq or Syria?
The controversy over the bikini segment of the 2013 Miss World pageant, taking place this September in Indonesia, made me question: do beauty pageants exist in the Muslim world? The idea of a beauty pageant seems to contrast 100% with the as-interpreted-through-social-custom Islam that is the norm in most Middle Eastern countries (heck, it even … More Middle Eastern Beauty Pageants Part One: National
As we celebrate Independence Day, aka the Fourth of July, here in the United States of America, Egyptians too are celebrating on a national level: on July 3rd, yesterday, the Egyptian military overthrew President Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood party in a military coup. I am pleased that Mohammed Morsi is no longer in … More As Americans Celebrate Freedom, So Do Egyptians