Exodus

Home is so sad. It stays as it was left, Shaped to the comfort of the last to go As if to win them back. Instead, bereft Of anyone to please, it withers so, Having no heart to put aside the theft.– Philip Larkin.   After years of travelling disturbed the inner compass of my…

A reality check on the New Suez Canal | Mada Masr

At the end of this page is the link to the Mada Masr piece on the Suez Canal. It is factual and contains numbers. It should have been disallowed by our friends in Mada. Nothing should have been allowed to tarnish the country’s “Farha”. So what happens after the inauguration? Where to now? Perhaps the…

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,…

Meeting an Old Friend

“You are poised for greatness,” my friend says matter-of-factly. We immediately engage in a conversation about the subjectivity of abstract nouns and the relativity of emotive adjectives, using all the Arabic equivalents of latinizations, nominalizations, and pedantic psycho-babble. Now and then, we cuss and swear. Our undeclared understanding is that swearing, although unnecessary, is a…

Doting Mum, Ungrateful Bum

I cling on to his sanity for assurance. I assume I am a bedrock for his mental soundness too. We share tidbits of news, and hope in our doubting minds that we will both find it equally ridiculous, incredulous and absurd. Our common laughter dispels the sense of normalcy and prosaicness with which this news…

The Lives of Others

What we had in mind in 2011 was a full disclosure of truth. Needless should I say that we found “truth” a right entanglement of unverifiable facts and figures, some imaginary, some forged, and some unfortunately true. And yet our strive for disclosure continues, for it is only with the demise of the gatekeepers can…