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Alaa Al Aswany: Egyptian citizens must take their fate into their own hands

I’m pleased to see that Alaa Al Aswany, the author of the iconic The Yacoubian Building, is blogging for World Affairs Journal. He has only written two articles so far: here and here. They are insightful calls for action, urging … Continue reading

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Force Feeding of Girls in Mauritania

I am horrified to learn that girls are force-fed in Mauritania because “fat is beautiful.” Girls are locked away and forced to eat up to 16,000 calories a day. They are literally human foie gras. There are a number of … Continue reading

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Daily Sexual Harassment in the Streets of Cairo

I have just moved back to Cairo and I am finding it hard to adjust back to the constant sexual harassment on the streets. I have been here for a month now and have been spat at 3 times (once … Continue reading

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UNDP Report: Egypt Excluding Youth from Political Participation

The new UNDP report on youth in Egypt is described here, in an article pointing out that “the Egyptian government is at a crossroads: either it can include its youth in the political and economic system and advance, or stay … Continue reading

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Really? Egypt’s Not so Hot on Gender Equality??

A recent study conducted by the Pew Research Center and written up in The New York Times emphasises the virulent sexism in Egyptian society (something women walking in the streets of Cairo have to experience and battle every single day). … Continue reading

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Women: Thou must be submissive and look good!! Your divine (and probably fat) husband is king

I was struck by the following pearls of wisdom from a “women’s page” in the in-flight Virgin Nigeria magazine. They entertained me into the 7th hour of a tortuous flight from Lagos to Dakar (with touchdowns in Cotonou and Abidjan… … Continue reading

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Powerful Account from British Citizen on Mavi Mamara

This is a powerful account from Jamal Elshayyal, an Al Jazeera journalist and British citizen who was on the Mavi Mamara. What the hell were the Israeli soldiers and government thinking? And where was the British government?

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