Tagged with Tahrir Square

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Sexual Harassment

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Sexual Harassment

God, The problem is well known: Over 90 percent of Egyptian women complain of sexual harassment. The problem is well witnessed: Repeatedly at mass rallies in Tahrir women are sexually assaulted by groups of men. Finally, perhaps, the problem is well addressed: The cabinet passed a law to criminalize such conduct and is undertaking plans … Continue reading

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Repackaging January 25

Repackaging January 25

General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is an unannounced, unofficial candidate for president, but the announced, but still unofficial campaign for him to run has long been strong. Immediately after deposing President Morsi on July 3 he denied any intention for seeking office, but has since expressed an openness without declaring himself either way, though he dropped … Continue reading

Men on Motorcycles

Men on Motorcycles

From the New Yorker, providing an account of the dawn killings between the military and pro-Morsi protestors: Fifty-one dead at dawn. A doctor who said he preferred not to give his name lives in an apartment building that overlooks the Republican Guard barracks in Cairo. He told me he woke for the dawn prayer before … Continue reading

A Signature Rebellion

A Signature Rebellion

I got in a taxi on Thursday and within a few minutes of conversation the driver asked my nationality. This has been a sensitive question recently; last week an American near the embassy answered in the positive and was stabbed in the neck for his troubles. ‘I hate America,’ the assailant confessed afterwards. For the … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Sinai, Rebellion

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Sinai, Rebellion

God, Egypt is not quite rumbling again; bubbling is more like it, though the bubbles can grow bigger. Security apprehended alleged terrorists plotting to blow up the US and French embassies, while their colleagues in the Sinai abduct seven security officers. In Cairo a small protest in Tahrir threatens a creative escalation. The ‘rebellion’ campaign … Continue reading

A Family Errand through Tahrir

A Family Errand through Tahrir

My life in Cairo is spent mostly in our house and the surrounding area of Maadi, which is about half an hour from the famous Tahrir Square.  Friends and family in the states get nervous when they see the violence and flare-ups in Egypt, but the reality for me is generally far removed.  Last week, … Continue reading

Photos from the Aftermath of Tahrir Clashes

Photos from the Aftermath of Tahrir Clashes

Egypt has just witnessed some of the fiercest clashes in the revolutionary era, as many protestors appear radicalized. There are still peaceful demonstrations, to be sure, but even these appear to be violently resisted by police. It is hard to blame the police, though, as the lines are blurred. I missed out on the latest … Continue reading

Two Years of a Shrunken State

From the Arabist: This is a useful follow-up to the previous post on diplomacy: Perhaps the only viable way to get the state to function is for the Brothers to offer the opposition enough reassurance that major political forces together could reach consensus on the illegitimacy of violent protest. If Egypt’s political forces acted in … Continue reading

Family in Tahrir

Family in Tahrir

With Egypt on the eve of another potentially massive demonstration, it is time to pull these pictures out from the archive. They are from the day I took my four year old daughter and her grandfather to Tahrir. I didn’t post them immediately, as I didn’t want to scare the rest of the extended family. … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Morsy’s Inviolability

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Morsy’s Inviolability

God, Egypt is once again divided, perhaps more visibly now than in some time. President Morsy issued a decree to shield both his past and present decisions from judicial review, until a new constitution and parliament appear. He promises not to abuse this authority, claimed as necessary to stabilize Egypt and complete the revolution. He … Continue reading

Voting Behind Barbed Wire

Voting Behind Barbed Wire

It is usually not an easy process to vote overseas. And then, all of a sudden, I had. Weeks ago we printed out our internet registration form, necessary to secure a ballot sent from America. We also heard we could drop this off at the US Embassy in downtown Cairo, but delays – including a … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: An FJP Ezba?

Friday Prayers for Egypt: An FJP Ezba?

God, Protests this week were stronger, safer, but the symbolic divide was wider. It remains to be seen who has the momentum. As thousands filled Tahrir Square to protest lack of social justice and an unrepresentative Islamist constitution, they introduced a uniquely Egyptian term to the English speaking world. ‘Egypt is not an ezba,’ they … Continue reading