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
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?
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
Note: Between going on vacation, settling things with school and, well, life, I’ve been absent from blogging, but I’m back! My trip to Cairo recently could hardly be called a trip–stopover is more like it-as I spenta mere 36 hours in the country. Yet during those 36 hours I managed to get a lot done, … More Cairo Diary December: Zamalek Street Art
“To celebrate or to protest” seemed to be the question on people’s minds as they gather today, January 25th, in Tahrir Square to mark the 1-year anniversary of the Egyptian revolution and overthrow of Hosni Mubarak. While some people find cause for celebration, others find reasons to be angry, as they accuse the military of … More Tahrir Square January 25 2012: A Year After
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
Being away from the computer for a mere 24 hours shows that a lot can happen! I returned home from NYC to find out that Colonel Muammar Gaddafi had been killed, thus punctuating the end of over-long era. The fate of Gaddafi–the first of the Arab Spring dictators to be killed- is one that all … More The End of Gaddafi, the Start of a New Libya