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?
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
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
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
Enough with the movie reviews for the moment! As I have had to delay my post on Arab-world national beauty pageants, I will weigh in instead on recent events in two of my favorite countries to discuss, Egypt and Iran! Egypt: We don’t give a “dam;” No Morsi! Oh, what else is new? President Mohammad … More Egypt and Iran, Morsi and Rouhani
The recent massacre of 16 Egyptian soldiers on the Gaza border in Sinai has fingers pointing, people crying, accusations flying and tensions escalating. But what’s missing in the melee is the truth. It is no secret that Egypt-and especially Egyptians-do not like Israel. During my time spent in Egypt I was appalled beyond belief the way … More Usual Accusations and Perplexing Protests over the Sinai Peninsula