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Egypt and Political Satire

Will political satire survive in Egypt? Since January 2011, satirist Bassem Youssef has become Egypt’s most popular comedian. He has poked fun at nearly every one of Egypt’s political elite, and his merciless, biting jokes about ex-president Morsi’s poor performance and … Continue reading

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Egypt’s ‘Daily Show’ has provoked the worst in Islamist ideology

(Photo: YouTube Screengrab) This piece initially published in The Globe and Mail Many Egyptians still remember the eagerly awaited speeches of presidents Gamal Abdel Nasser and Anwar Sadat, and the intense debate that usually followed. Nowadays the eagerness and the … Continue reading

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In Egypt, Brotherhood may ‘spoil’ everything

Egyptian president Morsi orates last year in Germany. (AFP photo) This piece was initially published in NOW.  Look forward to your feedback Whenever there is a regime change, there are those who carry the potential to ‘spoil’ it. This idea … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak: Episode One

Presidential adviser for foreign affairs, Essam el-Haddad (Egypt’s real FM)  in UAE after arrest of “Brotherhood cell.” courtesy AlArabyia   Here is the first episode of my diary. As I wrote last week, ‘Aak’ is an Egyptian term that describes a messy situation.  Tuesday … Continue reading

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