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Dr. H.A. Hellyer

Where are they?

“Where are they? Where have they all gone? Where are all those young activists from the 25 January revolution?” It is a question that I get asked almost every time I engage with non-Egyptians; those based in Egypt or those who live in other capitals. The cynical among them reckon those activists ‘sold out’, and …

Dr H.A. Hellyer

Education, the spy-duck and threats to Egypt

“The police had confiscated a spy-duck.” This was how my reporters greeted me five days ago. At first I thought it was another pun by DNE’s wily reporters until they showed me the links in Arabic; the police confiscated a duck carrying a “strange” device. Two days later, after the intervention of animal activists, the …

Sara Abou Bakr

Egyptian opinion on sit-in dispersals: Finding truth in reported facts

A recent poll suggests that 67% of Egyptians are “satisfied with the manner” in which security forces dispersed the sit-ins at Rabaa Al-Adaweya and Nahda Square. Meanwhile a different poll suggests that 79% of Egyptians believe the “massacres” on 14 August were “crimes against humanity”. These two polls seem to be presenting contradictory facts about …

Iris Boutros

Collective punishment and competing collateral

Blood and burned churches. These are the lasting images in Egypt over the past week. Out of context, each are abhorred and condemned by most. However, the unprecedented levels of violence in the country have not only desensitised many Egyptians to such images, but have sparked arguments as observers take parts of the images to …

Basil El-Dabh

MB denies ‘justification’ for Coptic attacks

Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Ahmad Aref has denied accusations of incitement of violence against Christians by the interim presidency. Presidential political advisor Mostafa Hegazy said in a Saturday press conference that leading Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Al-Beltagy had “justified” attacks on churches, which Aref denied in a Sunday statement as a “flagrant falsehood.” In his statement, …

Mostafa Salem