Tag Archives: Egypt

Egyptian follies

Egyptian rulers and planners have been pursuing the fantasy of desert cities for a long time. The efforts till date have all gone to waste. Developers have become rich, the army profits because it holds the land and also owns … Continue reading

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Egypt’s state killers

It happens in many places, it’s nothing much new, I just happen to have lived there for a while and thus notice these kinda tidbits. Worse killing has happened in the recent past, more will happen in the future. Worse … Continue reading

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Egypt from space

Former astronaut Chris Hadfield shot many pics from above and just published a selection of them in book form.  I was alerted to it through two articles on fastcompany’s exist site (here and here) and one of the photographs featured in those … Continue reading

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closing the Egypt chapter, reblogging strangers in the crowd

Still following Egypt’s news but it’s time to officially close the chapter of commenting on it. A final reblog, that substantiates my previous pessimistic impressions of the direction the country has taken, as well as proof of the confirmation bias … Continue reading

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mellow Shanghai, so different from Cairo?

My first impressions of Shanghai focused on the build environment. I didn’t mention another distinct impression, equally based on where I come from, but more immediate. Even walking the incredibly busy Pearl Tower area of Lujiazui, and the central shopping … Continue reading

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Egypt, energy, corruption and realpolitik

Today, the Arabist promotes this Al Jazeera documentary as a must watch. I did and I fully agree. Anyone interested in Egypt and the Middle East will find it extremely interesting. I would even argue that it’s importance transcends the … Continue reading

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Cairo Chairs

Dutch photographer Mark Nozeman recently spent two month in Cairo. I like his Cairo Chairs the best. Enough to reblog them here. I can assure you that Caireen streets are plastered with these chairs: house masters (bawebs), guards, car washers/parking attendants, … Continue reading

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re-blogging Egypt’s next president

My impressions of the short-term future for Egypt are bleak, and they aren’t changing. Not much point in going on about that but when I come across an insightful piece that really adds relevant detail, re-blogging is warranted. As usual, … Continue reading

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how democratic fear can result in autocracy

A concise and accessible explanation of the answer to this question with Egypt as the explanatory example is given by Shadi Hamid in this wrap up commentary on the role of religion in Egyptian politics. He’s the writer of a … Continue reading

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Brotherhood background

I have nothing to add to my recent posts on Egypt, my own, and what I re-blogged, but for those interested in some serious background to one major player in this country’s tragedy, watching Michael Prazan’s documentary on the Brotherhood … Continue reading

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re-blogging Egypt’s instability by the numbers

Every so often, I come across an analytic piece about Egypt that stands out. With thanks to The Arabist (again), who brought this to my inbox: an article by the Middle East Program of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace about … Continue reading

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patriarchy

One of the things that bothers me most living in Egypt is the restrictions on the way females can lead their lives. I’ve written about this before, and am hesitant about it. Cairo-based writer and journalist Ursula Lindsey said it better … Continue reading

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Nijmegen and Cairo: happy running

I’ve written a lot about running lately. So my mind has been on it even more than normal. It’s always funny to notice how a focus of attention seems to correlate with coming across unexpected ‘relevant’ information. Go on holiday … Continue reading

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Egypt outlook

Not good. I won’t beat around the bush. I moved here from Nepal, a country dear to me, and one that I left disheartened by its stagnant political economy. But I have to admit that I will leave Egypt even … Continue reading

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Egypt travel warnings

Always a bit a mystery to me, travel warnings. The differences between countries suggest they have access to different intel, but why would the Netherlands, Germany, the UK, the US, etc. not share tourism relevant security information? They seem to … Continue reading

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Luna of Cairo

Just too good to not reblog. With thanks to The Arabist for pointing me to this gem. The original of this story by Luna and Leela Corman, produced by Symbolia, can be found here. In 2008, Luna left New York City … Continue reading

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singing the revolution has changed its beat

A recent article at ahram online triggered this post, a piece starting with this sentence: Ramy Essam’s new song, ‘We Don’t Belong to Them,’ gives voice to those caught in the middle of Egypt’s Islamist-military tug of war. That caught my eye, because … Continue reading

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explosm Cairo

The car bomb and possibly the suicide bomber, have finally reached the capital. As was to be expected Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis claimed the spectacle, but if they are actually behind it, what the purpose of it would be, if there is any … Continue reading

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Egypt is more than trouble

Every place has many faces of which one or two tend to dominate its media image. Unfair, and thus in need of some correction. Some sounds that make Egypt make me happy:

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revolution on ice re-blogged and mindmapped

The piece below by Elliott Colla appeared on Jadalliya. Although that site is on my resources list I had missed it but Foreign Policy‘s Democracy lab channel pointed me to it. This long and winding article is probably too much for most … Continue reading

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pyramids and the Egyptian revolution

I’ve just read my first Terry Pratchett novel and absolutely loved it. Reading it in the Sinai definitely added a dimension to it. It’s about religion and belief, has a camel as one of its main characters that also happens … Continue reading

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the good, the bad and the ugly

Christmas holidays brought all the kids to Egypt and we spent most of that time in the Sinai. A couple of days in Dahab  to explore under water, walk, run, climb and relax, and then a four-day camel trek in … Continue reading

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how are things in Egypt?

How are things in…? is the question everyone living elsewhere is asked regularly. As habituation goes, initially lots seems worth reporting in response, but after a while, it all seems so much more of the same. One way of dealing with it … Continue reading

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Egypt back at square one

This reposted blog of a piece by Ursula Lindsey in the NY Times pretty much expresses my feelings of where Egypt stands. Why paraphrase, her words do better justice to this opinion than mine could ever do.

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watching Cairo

Let me limit myself to my immediate environment, rather than Egypt. I’ve been very quiet for many weeks now. Left the country a week before the 30 June anti-Morsi protests, and only returned to Cairo the day two squares were … Continue reading

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