Amid entrenched political battle lines that have been reinforced by a brutal security force crackdown on supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi, Egyptians would do well to look at past events in the Philippines as well as the last two and a half years of their own history.
Anyone following the Egyptian media since President Morsi's overthrow would get a very quick education in how to invent the twilight zone, and then live in it.
Wael Nawara was there when the protests first started in Cairo in January of 2011. Nawara talks about how the landscape of the demonstrations extends beyond those seen in Tahrir Square or in Giza to the outskirts of the cities, to even the most rural of villages.
With Egypt the focus of continuing news attention this past month, it's worth reflecting on the hard work that accompanies political reform.
The EU should reject to be on the same moral level with these regional police states in its approach to the democratic aspirations of the Egyptian people. Such a move would not be only the right thing to do morally, it would also better serve the EU's intermediate and long term strategic interests.
The time to get on right side of the fence has not passed yet and the Obama administration could save future embarrassment by choosing the right path.
Rabaa Adawiya Mosque has become a symbol for Muslim Brotherhood protests in Egypt. The irony is that Rabia Adawiya, the woman -- yes, the woman -- who the mosque was named after, was known for being one of the first people in Islam to have introduce the idea of "divine love."
Given the perceived heavy handedness of the military regime's crackdown and the potential international isolation that Cairo may face in its wake, jihadists within and outside of Egypt may see a ripe opportunity to renew the battle against their most despised "near enemy."
I wrote my string quartet, The Named Angels, against the current backdrop of unrest in the Middle East. Each of the four movements of the quartet portrays of one of the four angels shared by the Jewish, Christian and Islamic faiths.
Responses to the developments in Egypt from American politicians, pundits and the media have too often reflected a lack of sophisticated understanding of what is happening there and a naivete about the appropriate United States reaction.
Many have suggested that the annual $1.3 billion that the Egyptian military is scheduled to receive from Washington also be suspended. Maybe it's time to turn the page and use that money for jobs for Egyptians instead of weapons for their military.
I do not believe that the latest turnover of power in Egypt, however popular among its citizens, will ultimately calm the situation.
When incidents, such as protests, strikes, or even riots occur close to your departure date, should you go and "see what happens," or should you cancel, despite impending penalties, because you want to err on the side of caution?
Sexuality, revolution, death, and love -- these are things that happen to us whether we choose them or not. Only someone whose life is so cradled in first world privilege can afford to deny this.
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