Egyptian blogger from Cairo.
Revolutionary Socialist.
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Are the Lebanese Forces simply sectarian?

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I got into a debate with a friend who argued that the Christian parties of Lebanon, mainly the Phalangists and the Lebanese Forces, were sectarian in similar fashion to reactionary, opportunist groups such as Hezbollah and the rest of the political spectrum. While I do agree that every single political group in Lebanon is taking an exclusively sectarian approach to…

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Fair’s Fair: Friends, Salaries and Mac & Cheese

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“Guess who just got a raise.” “That’s awesome! Congrats, man. Lots-a-maanies?” “Kind of… flat 5 as opposed to 4300. So yeah, drinks on me.” “That’s a big jump! What’s with the below-par excitement levels?” “I don’t know… I feel like a bit of a corporate slut, you know?” “Slut is good… ” “Am I supposed to celebrate a raise knowing…

#June30: A rebellion without rebels

Morsi trapped by the army

On the evening of February 2nd, 2011, I found myself courageous enough to be directly engaged in a violent battle for the first time since the uprising that started a few days earlier. I remember making my way through the barricades and to the make-shift wall that separated the diverse group of revolutionaries from a homogenous crowd of thugs hired…

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France to the rescue: the liberation of Mali’s uranium

The French troops on the ground in Mali

After almost 20 years of right-wing rule in the French republic, Social Democrat Francois Hollande came out victorious in a tight presidential race. His ousting of Nicolas Sarkozy brought a lot of hope to many left-leaning Europeans who were tired of having to normalize with the xenophobic rhetoric, to say the least. Hollande promised to withdraw the French troops in…

Article 53: SCAF and MB unite

27,000 workers go on strike at the state-owned Ghazl El Mahalla textile factory in December, 2006

As we find ourselves in turmoil, there’s a lot to talk (and fight to the death) about. The Muslim Brotherhood’s Morsi whipped out a jaw-dropping decree to ‘protect the revolution’ while conveniently having the MB-dominated Islamists cook up a constitution overnight. The entire process is outrageous, and very few non-blindly-Brotherhood would brag about how representative the committee was, or how…

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Are NGOs really making this world a better place?

Main st. not Wall st.

The other day I was with my dear friend Heba ‘Boobie’ El Sherif and the topic of non-governmental organizations came up. And how wouldn’t it? Long before #jan25, but especially since right after, many young, pro-active Egyptians are exploring the different channels of bringing about social change and turning things around for all of us. Naturally, NGOs and development projects…

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My vote goes to Jill Stein in the US presidential farce

Jill Stein speaking at Occupy Wall Street

After having actively, and proudly, boycotted the Egyptian parliamentary and presidential elections (both rounds), I took a seemingly inconsistent approach to the play taking place at the other side of the Atlantic, where many of the calls are made. Although 100% Egyptian, my American passport allows me to partake in the elections where the Republicans and Democrats go head-to-head and…

Snippets from Trotsky’s “Results & Prospects”

Tanta Flax strikers demonstrate in front of Ministerial Cabinet HQ

Friend and comrade Karen Dominguez bought me Leon Trotsky’s classic The Permanent Revolution which also includes his 1906 book, Results and Prospects. I’ve finally had the chance to thoroughly read the first half, and it inspired me to share my reflections on Trotsky’s ideas from over a century, with points that, with regards to the ongoing Egyptian revolution, appear to…

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Marxist Revolutionaries and Elections

Naguib Mahfouz school poll station, Faisel district, Cairo

The intense weeks of Egypt’s presidential elections were tough on everyone. Constant debates – heated debates, and aggressive arguments catapulted all over no-man’s land, and even the tightest of political groups were threatened by divisions. I personally went through quite an emotionally exhausting time myself, and I’ll recognize that my strong feeling towards my position with regards to the elections…

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The top seven myths on the Abbaseyya sit-in

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After being pushed out by force, and following the arrest of hundreds of protesters at the Ministry of Defense sit-in last Friday, I was shocked to see the negative reaction by pro-revolution activists. It felt like SCAF had successfully infiltrated dozens of twitter accounts. I couldn’t help but feel disturbed that the majority of those opposing the MOD sit-in had…

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