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Ahmed Zewail
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Dr. Ahmed Zewail was awarded the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1999. Currently he is a professor at the California Institute of Technology, serves on President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, and is the president’s special envoy for science to the Middle East. Holding dual Egyptian-American citizenship, Zewail is often mentioned as a potential candidate for Egypt’s presidency.

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Healing Egypt: Three Steps to Unify the Nation

(128) Comments | Posted July 12, 2013 | 2:42 PM

The uprising of millions of Egyptians since June 30 has led to sharp polarization. Some consider the removal of Dr. Mohammed Morsi a coup by the army against an elected president. Others treat it as the second revolution, or the continuation of the January 25, 2011, revolution. The media, especially...

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Syria: Is the World Waiting for Genocide?

(6) Comments | Posted November 28, 2012 | 3:51 PM

CAIRO -- From Nazi Germany to Rwanda, some of the most inhumane atrocities and genocides were committed while the rest of the world was watching. Today we are all witnessing atrocities and mass destruction in Syria. Again we are observing it all unfold before our eyes, with heavy hearts perhaps,...

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Curiosity -- America's Endangered Triumph

(8) Comments | Posted August 19, 2012 | 11:41 AM

On Sunday August 5, 2012, I was among a group of people who witnessed the Rover landing on Mars in real time at NASA's Caltech-managed Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. The excitement of this historic moment was overwhelming as we saw the one-ton, car-like Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) breakthrough the...

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A Compass of Hope for Egypt:The New "City for Science & Technology" Is the Aswan Dam for the 21st Century

(3) Comments | Posted June 22, 2011 | 5:17 PM

Cairo -- Nearly 100 days after the revolution, Egypt is very different from the country I experienced when millions were on the streets calling for the fall of Mr. Mubarak's regime. Despite a myriad of problems, now there is a new energy, or, as the Egyptians say "hawa gadid" --...

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Transitioning From Revolution to a New Egypt

(60) Comments | Posted February 2, 2011 | 2:14 PM

CAIRO -- The present revolt that has erupted across Egypt is in many ways historic and should take the nation into a hopeful future. Unexpected, even by the Egyptians themselves, is that this intifada is led by youth, the so-called Facebook children, with no religious or ideological agenda other than...

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