On January 27th an old woman named Concepion Picciotto died in Washington, D.C. Most people probably do not recognize her name, but if you ever visited the White House in the last 3 decades you probably saw her camped outside on Pennsylvania Avenue, even if you don’t remember. About two weeks ago I went to … More Waiting for PeaceDoes Peace Have a Time Limit?
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?
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
2013 proved to be yet another turbulent and dramatic year for the nations of the Middle East. Protesters have continued to keep the area volatile; the Syrian Civil War has continued to shed blood and uproot its citizens and it appears, reflecting back on my past years’ resolutions for the Middle East, that none of … More Predictions and Resolutions for the Middle East: 2014
“J’appelle à ne pas verser de l’huile sur le feu,” a dit Dalil Boubakeur, recteur de la grand mosquee de Paris. In other words, don’t add fuel to the fire, especially when it is already particularly incendary, flaming out of control. But once again, French magazine Charlie Hebdo, he of the infamous cover cartoon of Mohammed that … More Charlie Hebdo pt. 2 & the MTA: the catastrophe continue…
If the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH, as they say) was alive today, I feel that even he might be disgusted by the shame that has happened “in his honor” this past week. Even if the violent quotes that are attributed to him are true. Angry protests in Yemen where vehicles were burned and the US Embassy … More In the Tale of ‘Innocence of Muslims,’ neither Party is Innocent
If you give people what they want, they will stop complaining, so logic would say. Unless, of course, they start asking for more. In the case of governments and protesters, giving the people what they want does not solve the problem or satisfy the public for long. Why? Firstly, the real problem is usually the … More Middle East: When Giving ‘Gifts’ Fails
Enough is enough. Reading news coverage of the Middle East is more often than not a somber affair. Don’t get me wrong: most news, wherever you are, is depressing, but it always seems to be the same story in Arabia: human rights (and humans) being crushed. Tyrannical governments. Islam and oil being pretty much the … More When Enough is Enough
Modern-day Egypt–that is, the Egypt that’s not associated with the pyramids or sphynx or Luxor or other motifs of antiquity–rocked onto the international scene this year with their “successful” coup d’etat back during the January 25 revolution. The world was riveted by the fact that Egypt had largely managed to overthrow ol’ Hosni Mubarak without … More You’ve got My Attention, Egypt
After the nude photo of Aliaa Magda Elmahdy became world wide news, everyone, it seemed, was trying to find out more about her, or at the very least, find her infamous picture. In the following 4 days since I posted about Aliaa, my blog managed a total of 1,336 views. Why, I wondered, were so … More Egypt, the Country with Bigger Problems than a Girl and her Body