Tahrir Sqaure: there’s room for everybody

Some old shit I wrote back in 2011 when I was way more naive yet obviously less bitter. It was merely reflection on a million-man march organised on 8 July, 2011 in Tahrir Square, calling upon the then ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) to achieve “revolutionary demands”. It was probably the last time the revolutionaries, the liberals, the Islamists, and the Muslim Brotherhood joined in the same protest.

 

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Teenager arrested in Cairo for taking photos of his birthday party

The view from the Nile didn't only cost Tohamy fortunes to organise his birthday party; it also cost him his freedom

The view from the Nile didn’t only cost Tohamy fortunes to organise his birthday party; it also cost him his freedom

An Eighteen year-old student was arrested during his birthday party while taking photos with his friends as a form of celebration. Police forces accused him of “unlawfully shooting public institutions” which was visible in the background of his friends’ photo. Continue reading

New entry requirements for Tahrir Square

Tahrir Square filled with pro army demonstrators on 7 July

Tahrir Square filled with pro army demonstrators on 7 July

Egypt’s Ministry of Interior announced on Thursday a new set of regulations governing the entry into Tahrir Square, which has remained an icon for the 25 January revolution for the past 33 months. Continue reading

Post 30 June glossary

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With the 30 June revolution came change. And with change, came new terms and expressions which weren’t as common to Egyptians before. In other cases, some common expressions just got new meanings. Continue reading

Egypt Through Time: Photographs From 1800-2013

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Since the 2011 revolution, old photographs of Egypt and classic films showing an elegant and prosperous Egyptian society have sporadically appeared on social networks. Essentially, many are searching to learn and be inspired by the past in order to build a brighter future.  Below, is a collection of photographs of Egypt (mainly from Cairo and Alexandria) taken between the 1800s and present day.

1800s

1900-1939

1940-1999

Present Day

[Photographs sourced from various locations – many without credits. Some sources include Egypt Zaman, The Denver Post, LIFE, and The New York Public Library]

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Plans to relaunch Egypt

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Relaunching Egypt would remove the great pyramids off any new Egypt postcards

Anonymous sources confirmed on Wednesday that Prime Minister Hazem Al-Beblawi’s cabinet is taking positive steps to “relaunch” Egypt within the international arena.

The relaunch, expected to be carried out by February 2014, would see Egypt granted a new name and identity. Continue reading

Egypt cancels Friday

Photo of the new, minus-Friday calendar, in effect starting October

Photo of the new, minus-Friday calendar, in effect starting October

Prime Minister Hazem Al-Beblawi issued a decision to take all Fridays off the Calendar until further notice, following a cabinet meeting on Friday, possibly the last Friday Egypt will see in a long time. Continue reading