Category Archives: Diary of Aak

Sisi’s red carpet saga

A massive red carpet that was laid over public roads for Egyptian president Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s motorcade during a trip to open a social housing project in a Cairo suburb has triggered ridicule and criticism, especially after Sisi’s call for … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2016- Week 4 ( Jan25-31)

Top Headlines Amid heavy security, Egypt marks 5th anniversary of uprising. Monday Egyptian F-16 aircraft crashes, killing crew. Thursday Charges lifted for 73 security officials in illicit gains case against Mubarak’s El-Adly. Thursday Egypt refutes reports claiming those responsible for … Continue reading

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Egypt’s nonsensical heroism

  A video of two young men, Ahmed Malek, an aspiring actor and his friend, satire show reporter Shady Abu-Zaid, handing out condom balloons to police on the fifth anniversary of Egypt’s uprising has gone viral, triggering an ongoing flurry … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2016 – Week 3 ( Jan19-24)

Top Headlines Giza blast kills 7 Egyptian policemen and 3 civilians. Thursday Chinese president arrives for Cairo visit, set for bilateral talks. Thursday Two Egypt-based militant groups claim responsibility for ‪Giza attack. Friday Egypt denies reports of mediation efforts with … Continue reading

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The anniversary of the Revolution and the need for truth and clarity

  Egypt’s 2012 election, Ahmed Shafiq versus Mohamed Morsi. Via Ahram An Egyptian proverb claims that Egypt was built by a “Halawani” sweet maker, a reference to the Egyptians’ addiction to sweet deserts and sweet talk too. The making of … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2016 – Week 2 ( Jan 11- 17)

  Top Headlines Egypt extends state of emergency in North Sinai until April. Tuesday Egypt’s Cabinet has approved a draft law criminalizing the use of “terrorist” symbols. Wednesday ‪ Egypt extends participation in Yemen conflict for up to one year. … Continue reading

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Suleiman Khater: Egypt’s Fake Hero

Iranian stamp honouring Suleiman Khater for killing Israelis   Sinai October 1985 — Egyptian conscript Suleiman Khater killed 7 Israeli civilians, including 4 children, during their vacation in Ras Burqa, in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. In December 1985, Khater was tried … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2016 – Week 1 ( Jan 4-10)

Top Headlines  Egypt convenes parliament for the first time in three years. Sunday Egyptian court upholds Mubarak jail sentence. Saturday Three knifemen storm a hotel in Hurghada. Friday ISIS-affiliated group claims responsibility for an attack on Giza hotel. Friday   President … Continue reading

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Mohamed Sheka: The Young Egyptian Behind the Hurghada Attack

A group of knifemen stormed a hotel in Egypt’s Hurghada on Friday evening, injuring a number of foreign tourists before security forces killed one of the assailants and injured the other, ending the attack. The police said the dead assailant’s … Continue reading

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On Copts of Egypt: A Personal Journey

Cairo ___ many years ago, my primary school teacher took me aside and gave me a stern ultimatum. Either cut my links with one of my friends, “C,” or my school performance would be affected. In my teacher’s view, “C” … Continue reading

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