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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…

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Nobel Defiled

Originally posted on Archer Burrows' Egypt:
A diary entry written in January 2015. As ridiculous as it may sound, it is actually true. ? I just heard the darnest thing. So we’re at this gig to honour [a G7] Foreign Minister who was visiting Cairo on the 15th, and a friend of a friend of someone’s cousin…

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…

So why should I be funny?

* * Daddy, mommy says you’re funny. — Why that’s really nice of her. ** But I told her “daddy doesn’t want to be funny. He wants to be smart”. — Funny people are smart. You can’t be funny without being smart. ** But you’re not funny most of the time. — Funny people are…

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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 child,…

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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…