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Hoda Osman

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Egypt: Tantawi Did Not Learn From Mubarak

(5) Comments | Posted November 23, 2011 | 9:44 AM

The similarities were striking. Never before did I feel the real strength between the regime of former president Hosni Mubarak and the current rulers of the country, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), like today.

An announcement was made. Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, the de...

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Will the Islamists Win in Egypt Too?

(7) Comments | Posted October 26, 2011 | 2:21 PM

"I still think they would get a majority," I insisted. Peter Jennings, the legendary anchor of ABC's World News Tonight who was visiting the Middle East at the time, believed the Muslim Brotherhood would not win if there were free and fair elections in Egypt.

I had covered the...

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Mubarak Appears in Court Again

(0) Comments | Posted August 16, 2011 | 6:13 PM


Ramadan Farag took an early morning train from Alexandria to Cairo to attend the trial of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

This was Mubarak's, along with his two sons, second court appearance. Mubarak faces charges of corruption and complicity in killing protesters....

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Egypt's State Media... Same Old, Same Old

(5) Comments | Posted July 27, 2011 | 1:08 PM

"The people and the army are one hand," reads a logo now permanently displayed on Egyptian State TV. I remember chanting this sentence at the top of my lungs in Tahrir Square after Mubarak stepped down.

But times have changed. The Egyptian people and the army are not one...

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Egypt: Muslim, Christian, One Hand

(7) Comments | Posted May 9, 2011 | 5:16 PM

I hadn't checked the news nor Facebook and Twitter all day Saturday. When I finally did, I found disturbing messages by my friends on Facebook. "Did something happen in Egypt?" I quickly asked my husband.

Something had happened. Something horrible had happened. Clashes between Christians and Muslims in...

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Meet Egypt's Revolutionaries... in NYC

(6) Comments | Posted April 29, 2011 | 5:00 PM

What a great week! Well, at least for an Egyptian living in New York. Several young Egyptian activists who helped plan the protests and were prominent participants in the revolution that toppled the 30-year-regime of former President Hosni Mubarak were here this week.

It started off on Monday with...

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Koran By Heart on Easter Sunday

(24) Comments | Posted April 25, 2011 | 9:49 AM

It was a beautiful Easter Sunday afternoon in New York and time for me to head to my first Tribeca Film Festival screening: Koran By Heart. As a Muslim and an Arab I was by default attracted to the subject matter. A film about an annual competition in...

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Egypt's Bad Choice for The Arab League

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2011 | 12:09 PM

The recent influx of news out of Egypt, including the detainment of former President Hosni Mubarak and arrest of his two sons, overshadowed an important announcement: Egypt is nominating a former assistant to Mubarak and a long-time member of his party to the post of Secretary General of...

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Mubarak Ordered Detained: Accountability Finally Setting Foot in Egypt

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2011 | 12:39 PM

Last night I slept to news that the two sons of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak had been detained for 15 days while being investigated on corruption charges. This morning I woke up to news that Mubarak himself was ordered detained for 15 days by Egypt's general prosecutor.

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Getting a First Taste of Egyptian Democracy -- Win or Lose, There's a Smile on My Face

(1) Comments | Posted April 1, 2011 | 11:10 AM

As my plane landed in New York, I quickly turned on my phone to check the results of Egypt's constitutional referendum. A sweeping 77% voted for the approval of the amendments that I had traveled all the way from New York to Cairo to vote against.

Yet the...

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