Make a wish and blow out your birthday candles. See a shooting star, stop what you are doing, and offer your longings to the universe. These are wish-making tactics for wherever you may be, but what of the places that have a strong history of wish lore?
Any notion that Egypt's new military rulers would assume power only to allow the Muslim Brotherhood to win it back can now be fully dismissed. The military leaders who drove Mohammad Morsi from power on July 3rd are going after Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood hard.
It was said in jest but a professor of politics at Egypt's Nile University warned journalists and anyone taking pictures not to do so after an escalat...
The Middle East promises to be every bit as complicated and challenging to US policy-makers as it has been in the year just ending. There is a dizzying array of conflicts and crises unfolding across the region -- all of which will involve the US in the year to come.
I was a bit skeptical, but in just under ten years, Al Hurra has achieved a great deal in the MENA Region and a grand part of that has been due to the presence of Fran Mires, program developer and television executive for the network.
This year, as Arab Christians gather to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the promised "peace on earth, good will to men" will appear, at best, as a remote dream.
My name is Kamal Abdoun and I am 24 years old. I was born in Sharkia, Egypt. I live with 5 family members, and have a younger brother and sister.
To what extent do governments influence media or do media influence governments? Western media, in large part, has portrayed Egypt as a nation in a state of chaos after a military coup. But Egyptians have a say in this: they know better.
The antagonism and deadlock between the military and their opposition, notably the Islamists, will eventually lead to the emergence of new, decentralized and violent groups as witnessed in Syria. It's the ultimate sign of a "failed state."
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.
On a gusty November night, the vanguard of Egyptian journalism and activism convenes upon a roof overlooking the River Nile to commemorate the genocide of Native Americans.
The survival of Moses and Jesus calls us to resist politics of oppression and violence that emerge out of fear.
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The hope for democracy in Egypt remains slim as long as the voices of people outside Cairo are once again marginalized.
I don't know about you, but when someone says 'legendary' it's not often a word I associate with contemporary, entertaining and wonderfully human. Yet Khan's latest film Factory Girl, which enjoyed its world premiere at this year's DIFF is all that, and much, much more.
As the Turkish experience shows, democracy is a messy process with a steep learning curve. It sometimes can seem like too much to ask of both governments and the governed to have patience to learn the difference between legitimate democratic opposition and rebellion; enforcement and oppression.