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Bassem Youssef

#FreeHappyIranians and Bassem Youssef's Forced Retirement: Turning Apathy into Activism for Freedom of Expression in the Muslim World

Atif Choudhury | Posted 08.06.2014 | World
Atif Choudhury

I completely respect anyone's right to object to the utility or even the permissibility of making such videos. Here's the thing: It's not the stance you take, but the way in which you articulate that stance which matters.

Jon Stewart RIPS Into New Egyptian President

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 06.03.2014 | Media

Jon Stewart responded Monday night to news that Bassem Youssef, "the Jon Stewart of the Arab World," had his show cancelled due to the changing politi...

Sophia Jones

Egyptians Launch Anti-Semitic Attacks At Author Of Politico Article

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 03.21.2014 | World

CAIRO -- When Ben Judah, a writer currently based in London, penned an article for Politico Magazine earlier this month entitled "Why Russia No Longer...

Sophia Jones

Top Egyptian Comedian Slams Military For Saying It Can 'Cure' AIDS And Hepatitis C

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 03.04.2014 | World

CAIRO -- Egypt's leaders have lately managed to make themselves punchlines in the national conversation. First, police arrested the so-called "spy sto...

Egyptian Blogger's Dancing Cops Case Back in Court

Brian Dooley | Posted 02.18.2014 | World
Brian Dooley

Egyptian blogger Ahmed Anwar has again found himself in court on charges expected to have been dropped with overturn of the Morsi regime. The reopening of Anwar's case by the military-backed government is reflective of a surprising and disturbing trend in Egypt.

'Egypt's Jon Stewart' Dropped From The Air

AP | SARAH EL DEEB | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

CAIRO — CAIRO (AP) — A private Egyptian TV station stopped the airing of the latest episode of a widely popular political satire program Frida...

Bassem Youssef and the Lie That Is Freedom in Post-coup Egypt

Patrick Galey | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Patrick Galey

One of the principal reasons so many Egyptians cheered the tanks out on to the street was the belief -- sincere or otherwise -- that whatever sort of government arose from the coup would be freer and more democratic than the Muslim Brotherhood it usurped.

'Egypt's Jon Stewart' Mocks Military, Draws Complaints

AP | SARAH EL DEEB | Posted 10.27.2013 | World

CAIRO -- CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's top prosecutor received complaints Saturday against a popular television satirist less than 24 hours after he returned...

'Egypt's Jon Stewart' Back On The Air For First Time Since Coup

AP | SARAH EL DEEB | Posted 10.25.2013 | World

CAIRO -- CAIRO (AP) — "Welcome to The Program!" Every week Egyptians obsessively tuned in to hear that slogan and watch groundbreaking TV political ...

Jon Stewart Returns to The Daily Show -- Why Satire Matters

American Anthropological Association | Posted 11.05.2013 | Media
American Anthropological Association

Jon Stewart, Bassem Youssef, and the satirical Billionaires deploy ironic humor to query the powerful and to insist that elected politicians owe voters an honest accounting of their actions.

Egypt and Morsi Don't Mix

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 08.31.2013 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Egypt and Morsi don't mix. The message was loud and clear in the visuals, on TV, online. The picture of a banner erected on a Cairo street ahead of m...

Bassem Youssef Brings Down House at 12th Arab Media Forum

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 07.19.2013 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Strutting onto the stage at this week's Arab Media Forum (AMF) to a burst of applause and cheers, Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef had a captive audie...

'Egypt's Jon Stewart' Sparks Controversy After Hosting Arab Band With Openly Gay Frontman

Posted 04.25.2013 | Gay Voices

Egyptian comedian Bassem Youssef discussed his decision to host an openly gay performer on his "El Bernameg" satirical news program. Of his experi...

Youssef: Jon Stewart 'Stood Up For Me'

Posted 04.25.2013 | Comedy

Bassem Youssef, the comedian and television presenter also known as "the Egyptian Jon Stewart", stopped by HuffPost Live on Wednesday to discuss his r...

Bassem Youssef: Islam Is Being Hijacked By Those Who Have Power

The Huffington Post | Hunter Stuart | Posted 04.24.2013 | Religion

Speaking on HuffPost Live with host Ahmed Shihab-Eldin on Wednesday, Egyptian comedian Bassem Youssef said that Islam was being hijacked by people in ...

Egypt's Jon Stewart: 'I Would Love To Be Arrested Every Day'

The Huffington Post | Danny Shea | Posted 04.25.2013 | World

Bassem Youssef, the host of Egyptian political satire show "ElBernameg" hailed as "Egypt's Jon Stewart," made international headlines in March after t...

The 'Most Influential' Comedians Of 2013

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 04.18.2013 | Comedy

Late night talk show hosts Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel have made the 2013 TIME 100 Most Influential People in the World list. Also making the list i...

Eating Children, Satirically Speaking

Shahid Mahmood | Posted 06.09.2013 | Media
Shahid Mahmood

Jonathan Swift, in his satirical essay, "A Modest Proposal" recommended that the Irish could fix many of their problems by eating their children. Could he write such an essay in 2013?

Youssef to Morsi: 'Thank You, Mr. President'

Sami H. Elmansoury | Posted 06.07.2013 | World
Sami H. Elmansoury

Figures like Bassem Youssef are instrumental in moving government officials into a forced sense of awareness of the most urgent social concerns. Cornering Youssef into legal troubles is a cop-out, and only portrays weakness, not strength.

Egypt Drops Lawsuit Against TV Satirist

AP | AYA BATRAWY | Posted 06.06.2013 | World

CAIRO — A Cairo court on Saturday dismissed a lawsuit filed by an Islamist lawyer demanding that a popular Egyptian satirist's TV show be banned...

Egypt's Jon Stewart Is No Hero

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 06.03.2013 | World
Hani Almadhoun

Bassem Youssef, the famous host of an Egyptian satire news show, is being sued. Bassem is no hero of mine, and there are countless others who share my...

Morsi Denies Involvement In Arrest Of Satirist

AP | SARAH EL DEEB | Posted 06.03.2013 | World

CAIRO — Egypt's Islamist government is "strongly committed" to freedom of expression, a presidential spokesman insisted Wednesday, distancing th...

Jason Linkins

What's Going On With The U.S. Embassy In Cairo's Twitter? The Super Easy Explainer For Dummies

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics

Okay, let's sort out what's going on with the U.S. Embassy in Cairo's Twitter feed, shall we? Because there's a lot of weird reporting coming in the w...

U.S. Embassy In Egypt Briefly Suspends Twitter Account After Spat With Egyptian Presidency, Muslim Brotherhood

The Huffington Post | Eline Gordts | Posted 04.03.2013 | World

The U.S. embassy in Cairo briefly shut down its official Twitter account after a viral spat with Egypt's presidency and the country's Muslim Brotherho...

Harassing Bassem Youssef, Fueling Societal Divisions

Neil Hicks | Posted 06.02.2013 | World
Neil Hicks

These protests -- together with the prosecution of Youssef and now also of another comedian, Ali Qandil, on charges of "insulting religion" -- are a steepening slippery slope that the Egyptian government would be wise to pull back from.