I remember Rabaa

An Egyptian riot policeman points his gun towards at stone-throwers during clashes that broke out as Egyptian security forces moved in to disperse supporters of Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi by force in a huge protest camp near Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque in eastern Cairo on August 14, 2013. MOHAMMED ABDEL MONEIM/AFP/Getty Images)

An Egyptian riot policeman points his gun towards at stone-throwers during clashes that broke out as Egyptian security forces moved in to disperse supporters of Egypt’s ousted president Mohamed Morsi by force in a huge protest camp near Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque in eastern Cairo on August 14, 2013. MOHAMMED ABDEL MONEIM/AFP/Getty Images)

I remember 14 August, 2013, more than I remember most days of my life. I was planning on wearing my new black shirt to work that day; the one with a semi-transparent back.

I remember drowsily getting out of bed, considering which stories I would cover for the paper that day, before being updated by my mum about the latest news.

“They’re dispersing the sit-ins,” she said, shaking, while anchored in front of the television airing live footage of the dispersals.

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Bring back Sadat! (the metro station, not the president)

Interim President Adly Mansour rides a train taking its first trip through the new metro line

Interim President Adly Mansour rides a train taking its first trip through the new metro line

The amount of time it took me to get sardined into the ladies’ cart made it obvious; this would be a special ride. But … it was just way more special than I had calculated. Continue reading

Reward for providing journalists with ‘No’ voter on Egypt’s constitutional referendum

A female 'Yes' voter wrapped in Egypt's flag as she waits her turn outside the polling station

A female ‘Yes’ voter wrapped in Egypt’s flag as she waits her turn outside the polling station

The media outlets union announced on Wednesday a $100,000 reward for whoever puts the union through to a ‘No’ voter on Egypt’s constitutional referendum.

The reward comes after journalists from different news services failed to find a single citizen who voted ‘No’ on the draft constitution. Continue reading

Alaa Abdel Fatah detained for four days pending investigation

Alaa Abdel Fatah's twitter avatar

Alaa Abdel Fatah’s twitter avatar

Prominent political activist Alaa Abdel Fatah was remanded in custody for four days for organising and taking part in a protest outside the Shura Council on Tuesday. The protest breached the newly passed and highly controversial Protest Law.

Security forces raided Abdel Fatah’s house on Thursday night, taking him into custody. Continue reading

Coming this winter; the latest in the nationalism fashion line

egyptian-women-casting-her-voteEgypt’s patriotic nationalists announced the latest campaign in the fashion line; “vote yes on the constitution to prove you don’t want to see Egypt crumble”.

Patriotic nationalist psychiatrist/political analyst Manal Omar launched the campaign during her weekly appearance at the show of patriotic anchor Mahmoud Saad.

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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