Tagged with al-Jazeera

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Qatar Continues

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Qatar Continues

God, Since last week there has been much written but little resolved. Qatar and the Gulf allies have traded accusations and attempted mediation. But now a line in the sand has been drawn. A list of demands has been issued. Egypt, joining Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and others, have given Qatar ten … Continue reading

Debate: Genocide for Syria’s Alawites?

Debate: Genocide for Syria’s Alawites?

If you think American news is polarized, check out al-Jazeera. If you think American news pushes boundaries and aims to shape a narrative, check out al-Jazeera. If you think news in general reflects the attitudes of its audience, then God have mercy, check out al-Jazeera. I remember many years ago, when the channel was first … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Adjusting Justice

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Adjusting Justice

God, One is free, one is pending, and dozens are confirmed to remain behind bars. With them are others in the thousands. But the two individuals need special hoops to bypass the system. An Australian journalist is released after a year plus in prison due to a recently passed law permitting deportation of foreigners on … Continue reading

Allahu Akbar, Algeria

Allahu Akbar, Algeria

It has been a rather subdued World Cup so far in Maadi, Cairo. The cafes are full but by no means crowded. This World Cup has been a gem of a tournament, with average goals scored hovering around three per game. But it is not attracting local attention in our neighborhood. Most space is empty … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Tahya Masr

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Tahya Masr

God, Generosity is honorable. It is also symbolic. It can be a show. Make real and valuable its recent initiative. Tahya Masr was the campaign slogan of now-president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. It translates, ‘Long live Egypt,’ and centered his focus on the importance of the nation. During his campaign Sisi asked for sacrifice, promised two … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Jazeera Journalism

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Jazeera Journalism

God, Journalism is a difficult job, largely dependent on the conscience of the journalist. But not far removed is the outlet that pays the bills. Equidistant is the government which grants the credentials. For all plying this trade in Egypt, God, give them grace, courage, humility, and discernment. Show them what stories to tell. Find … Continue reading

World Cup Role Reversal

Watching the World Cup matches in Egypt has been an experience. Games here are 2:30, 5:00, and 9:30pm, so while some fall during working hours, others have been able to be viewed. I have made less of it than I would have liked, but so has Egypt, for a reason to be explained. One reason … Continue reading