Give the Devil Benefit of Law

“Torture absolutely works,” said President Trump, ignoring findings of the Senate Intelligence Committee report of December 2014 which concluded that the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques provided no actionable intelligence, led to decreasing the U.S.’s international standing, and was used as a selling-point to facilitate recruitment by terrorist organizations. Ignoring the report might be the President’s…

On the “Historic” Elections

The people I find most frustrating are those who claimed to have “called it all along” and really knew- not expected, knew- this was going to happen. I followed soberly, and analytically. I observed with the notion that one really should not interfere in, or comment on, the choices of other peoples. But I broke…

The Militant and the Mufti

On August 5th, an assassination attempt targeted the country’s previous Grand Mufti, Ali Gomaa, only a day after the Army announced the death of Wilayat Sina’ (WS) leader Abu Duaa Al-Ansari. This may be a mere coincidence, but the two events tie up nicely when we learn that WS have often portrayed Gomaa as an…

Clash

After receiving praise in the Un Certain Regard portion of Cannes last May, Mohamed Diab’s latest movie, Clash (Ishtibak) is opening in theatres today. Yesterday, Diab lamented deliberate attempts to derail the commercial success of his enterprise, citing pressures from certain “agencies” to ensure the movie is a box office flop; pressures that led to…

Bereaved

A blip on the radar that blipped no more. Such was the insidious fate of MS804, and an analogy to life in general. Strutting and fretting our hour upon the stage until we are heard no more. The anguish in his voice was only as palpable as the apprehension in mine. I asked him if…

Islands in the Wind

Yes, this is yet another piece on Tiran and Sanafir. Discontinue reading if you’re quite fed up with the discussion. I do not question the legal status of the islands. That is not my purview. Although the exuberance of this quarrel reminded me of what one friend used to say about Egypt in 2011; that…

Revolution persists

What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up Like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore… and then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over… like a syrupy sweet? Maybe it just sags like a heavy load. Or does it just explode? —Langston Hughes What…