Tagged with Cairo

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Fire in Cairo

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Fire in Cairo

God, Once before, Cairo burned. With fire true and abstract, she is threatened again. The incidents are curious, God, and in the sequential diversity conspiracy spins. Familiar foes blame each other, while official authorities blame faulty wiring. Settle the cause of every and all, holding accountable for each liability. Connect the dots or prove them … Continue reading

Misguided Ideas on the Egyptian Economy

Misguided Ideas on the Egyptian Economy

Writing in the UAE-based National, Patrick Werr outlines six common motifs that Egypt tends to rely on for the promotion of its economy. They are dead wrong, he explains, and actually harmful. Here is the list: A strong currency means a strong Egypt Egypt has vast desert areas. With only a bit of resolve they … Continue reading

Convergence

Convergence

A few days ago I stood in the center of a crowded metro car. It was around 95 degrees, hotter inside. Strangely enough with the open windows and rotating ceiling fans, the temperature was tolerable. Sometimes it can be preferable in the aisle, rather than squeezed five across a four person bench. But generally it … Continue reading

The Egyptian Street is Still Alive…

The Egyptian Street is Still Alive…

Thousands are in jail for breaking the protest law. Revolutionary hope takes a backseat to stability and security. Yet, despite the crackdown on opposition politics, an unlikely source of protest is taking back the streets. ‘Even now, I am calling for the revolution to continue and the rejection of dictatorial paths,’ Fr William Sidhom told … Continue reading

Mama Maggie, by Makary and Vaughn: A Review

Mama Maggie, by Makary and Vaughn: A Review

How much good can one person do? Why do anything when the need is so great? One woman’s mission to love the forgotten children of Egypt’s garbage slums offers a glimpse into answers for these questions. A rich Egyptian girl who grew up in a doctor’s family and continued her affluent lifestyle into her 30s, … Continue reading

Borio: Milk’s Favorite Cookie

Borio: Milk’s Favorite Cookie

Life can sometimes be much less expensive in Cairo than in other cities of the world, and what better test can demonstrate this than the Oreo cookie? Or rather, the Borio. I am not sure about any of the legalities in this locally produced knockoff of the popular Nabisco product, but it is ubiquitous in … Continue reading

A Color (Printed) Revolution?

A Color (Printed) Revolution?

With decent regularity pro-Morsi supporters have conducted small protest marches around our Maadi neighborhood since his removal from office in July 2013. They do not tend to be violent but usually result in ugly graffiti insulting now-President Sisi. Recently, new graffiti has emerged, calling the people to ‘man up’ and protest on January 25, the … Continue reading

Ancient Egyptian Church Renovated

Ancient Egyptian Church Renovated

It is often said of Egypt that it is impossible to build or repair a church without presidential permission, even simply to fix a toilet or change a light bulb. There are historical reasons for this statement and contemporary examples of the difficulty. But this article in Ahram Online celebrates the full reopening of the … Continue reading

Yalla Maadi Clean-Up Day

Yalla Maadi Clean-Up Day

Following the success of the January 25, 2011 revolution, Egypt witnessed a great wave of civic activism. One of the most popular manifestations was in campaigns to clean the city streets, often accompanied by vibrant artwork and pro-Egypt graffiti. But as the enthusiasm waned and the political situation became more and more polarized, citizens went … Continue reading

Cairo’s Christian Garbagemen Back to Work

From the Guardian, describing a reversal in state policy to work with those who do the job best: In 2012 former president Mohamed Morsi had made the state of the streets an electoral issue, claiming that he would clean them up in 100 days. He failed. “There’s only one solution,” said Greiss, “and that is … Continue reading

Our Little Ones Watch a Protest

Our Little Ones Watch a Protest

The other day Emma’s best friend, Karoleen, and her younger brother, Boula, came over to play at our home following church. As the kids were gathered around the table working on crafts, I heard the familiar sounds of a protest approaching. A fair number have passed near the house in recent months, although they usually … Continue reading

Kerry’s Visit, as Reported in Cairo and Washington

First from Ahram Online, in very negative tones: US Secretary of State John Kerry met with top Egypt officials to convey Washington’s “deep concern” about the transitional period and to offer the US’s goodwill should developments move “on the right track,” according to Western diplomats. But on CNN, the focus brushes over any difficulties at … Continue reading

Changes in the Neighborhood

Changes in the Neighborhood

We spent a good part of this past summer in the United States, far away from the explosive political situation. As we prepared to return, nearly everyone asked a similar question: Is it safe? It was a fair question. Hundreds of supporters of the deposed president were killed while security dispersed their sit-in. Dozens of … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Wedding Terror

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Wedding Terror

God, Of the troubles that Copts face, this may portend the worst. A wedding celebration in a working-class Cairo neighborhood church suffered a drive-by shooting. Five died, including two children and the mother of the groom. Church buildings have been attacked. Land disputes may be disguised criminal aggression. But rarely has anyone shot to kill. … Continue reading

A Tale of Two Weddings

A Tale of Two Weddings

From my new article at Christianity Today, published October 23, 2013, on why protesting a drive-by shooting is complicated for Egypt’s Christians: The wedding party stood outside the church, eagerly awaiting the ceremonious arrival of the bride. Instead, drive-by shooters killed four, including two children and the groom’s mother, and injured 18. Beyond its poignancy, … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Upper Egypt

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Upper Egypt

God, All too often Upper Egypt is neglected, unless there are problems. Then, they must be extraordinary and embarrassing; normal problems go unheeded and have for decades. Almost by nature, farmers do not agitate, and this nature has permeated much of the region’s character. But is Upper Egypt the frog that boils heedlessly or the … Continue reading

On the Message of Bishop Raphael to Coptic Mourners

From Ahram Online, during the funeral sermon for Copts killed in sectarian violence in Khosus, but before the attack on the cathedral itself: “This deep wound, which is not the first of its kind, leaves me with three messages in my heart,” said Rafael. “One is to the heavens…We [Copts] believe in heavens’ justice…Christ taught … Continue reading