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…

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…

Insurgency in Sinai

The Egyptian government does not like the word insurgency when used to describe events in Siani. The term implies a rebellion where there might be some local buy-in. It also obfuscates, from the point of view of the government, the true terrorist nature of the Ansar Baitulmaqdis (ABM), the prevalent armed group fighting against the…

Bringing the Best to Everyone We Touch

President Sisi received a phonecall from the White House just before April Fools, apparently informing him that arms purchases that were withheld from Egypt will soon be released. Why the sudden change of heart within the Administration? Rumour has it that it was Roland Lauder’s involvement that did the trick. Lauder, of Estee Lauder fame,…