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Adel Iskandar

Entries by Adel Iskandar

Demise of Egypt's Journalistic Form

(1) Comments | Posted September 7, 2012 | 2:00 PM

I am no wordsmith, but I have a fascination with language. I am no grumpy grammarian, but I admire clean prose. I am no adherent to structure, but I appreciate good form.

As a self-attested news junkie, I spend many hours of the day sifting through content and coverage, perusing...

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Morsi in Debt

(6) Comments | Posted July 9, 2012 | 5:19 PM

For sixteen months, Egypt's military council has tried to convince us we are indebted to them for the revolution. In reality it was the military council that was indebted to us for its newfound absolute powers. Today, there's enough debt to go around. The Salafis owe the revolution their newfound...

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Egypt's Conscientious Objectors

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2012 | 10:18 AM

In August 1966, at the height of the Vietnam War when the United States was embroiled in a deep and lengthy conflict, a young fighter with considerable renown and popularity across the world became persona non grata for refusing to take part in his "national duty" and go to the...

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Egyptians Bend Over Backwards for a President

(2) Comments | Posted May 30, 2012 | 8:01 PM

Being a non-smoker in Cairo is a tiring experience, never mind the inhalation of suffocating fumes from vehicle exhausts and hovering industrial smog or the annual mass combustion rice grains that sends a colossal billowing cloud over the city. Never mind the lack of concern and consideration for clean air...

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Egypt Media Flourish Amid Fears

(0) Comments | Posted January 10, 2012 | 12:28 PM

On the morning of February of 12th, the Egyptian national newspaper and the publication with the widest distribution in the Arab world, Al-Ahram, ran a headline over its banner declaring "The People have Toppled the Regime." For years, this government mouthpiece had been losing both credibility and readership. During the...

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The Baltageya: Egypt's Counterrevolution

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2011 | 12:10 AM

The night's events in Cairo's Imbaba district began with a Salafi flash-mob demonstration in front of the church demanding the release of a Coptic woman convert to Islam. Christian and Muslim youth converged on the church to defend it against a possible attack. As the fires grew in...

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Liberating Egypt's Media

(1) Comments | Posted April 1, 2011 | 2:09 PM

On June 7, 1967, Egyptians nationwide sat glued to their radio sets listening to the news bulletin about a war involving many of their beloved sons. While most were anxious and worried, there was an air of optimism. As a patriotic song came to an end, the familiar and trusted...

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Egypt's Revolutionaries Face Constitutional Battle

(1) Comments | Posted March 14, 2011 | 3:29 PM

Throughout the 18 days of protests, which began on January 25, Egyptians demanded the "fall of the regime." And while February 11 was celebrated like any major feat, most realize that the end of a regime is not simply the fall of its patriarch, but rather the dismantling of the...

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Egypt Defies All

(3) Comments | Posted February 14, 2011 | 8:09 PM

February 11, 2011 is a monumental day in human history. The resilience and resolve of the Egyptian people have shown the world how a revolutionary movement can rise up to sweep all that lies in its path and create a new reality. I understand that this sounds like hyperbole, but...

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The Gravity of Pharaohs

(1) Comments | Posted January 28, 2011 | 5:18 AM

The dizzyingly rapid demise of Mubarak's exceptionally stable regime is a surprise to even the most seasoned analysts and avid observers of Egypt. For all those who speculated that Egypt was not Tunisia, who paraded that its populace was notoriously apathetic, that the Arab world's most populous nation had an...

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New Media and Iran's Revolutionary Impulse

(6) Comments | Posted January 27, 2011 | 3:20 PM

The rise of new media technology, the emergence of global networks of social groups, and the pace at which information is shared through social media, blogs and other forms of communication have all contributed to permanently altering the way political expression happens in the 21st century. It is commonly stated...

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Thunderous Silence on the Nile

(3) Comments | Posted July 26, 2010 | 1:32 PM

July 23rd marked the 58th anniversary of the end of the monarchy and the birth of the Egyptian republic. All three Egyptian Presidents since 1952--Nasser, Sadat and Mubarak--have used heavy-handed approaches to maintain a firm grip on power while allowing for occasional political expression to air out the pressure pot...

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