Latest in Opinion Highlight

Advertising Area







Latest in Opinion


Poverty: the dark side of the American empire

If we have learned anything from this last presidential election, it is that poverty continues to be a concept ignored by president-elect Donald Trump and by United States politicians. Although both avoid using the word like a naked man avoids a poisonous snake, poverty is integral to the current reality of the US socio-political landscape. …

Cesar Chelala

The price of Egyptian bureaucracy

  Learning that officials, who are designated to solve Egypt socioeconomic challenges, are the core beneficiaries of keeping them superseded, should have prompted us a long time ago to realise why we have been living with those challenges for decades. This is the myth of Egyptian bureaucracy—a number of old-fashioned executives who have been ruling …

Mohammed Nosseir

The Muslim Brotherhood: the one-size-fits-all approach

The Muslim Brotherhood is a fundamentalist group, and subsequently they believe they possess the absolute truth. They are ultra-conservative. They were founded on fundamentalist approaches. They base everything on religion. They consider the Qur’an, Haddith, and Sunna to be the ultimate sources of all types of knowledge. Brotherhood founder Hassan Al-Banna highlighted the importance of …

Sherif Rizq

Egypt must push ahead with reforms to attract investment, spur growth, create job opportunities

Egypt has struggled in the five years since the Arab Spring, as political uncertainty and economic instability erode investor confidence and limit growth. Its economy has expanded a modest 2.5% annually between 2011 and 2015. Foreign exchange reserves have dipped to precariously low levels. An overvalued currency has hurt Egypt’s export competitiveness. Foreign currency shortages …

Philippe Le Houérou

Egyptians’ dilemma: our singularly inward-looking focus

Imagining that the entire world revolves around Egypt, combined with our belief that we are always right, has kept Egyptians from coming to terms with universal political dynamics, leaving the entire population trapped within the boundaries of their unique—and false—convictions. Egyptians are “living in a shell” that they have built up around themselves and as …

Mohammed Nosseir

Meeting Fidel

As a young medical student in Argentina, I had been fascinated by Fidel Castro and his rebel combatants. I followed with interest their advance from the mountains to the plains to the capital city of Havana. I longed to visit the island but the US blockade made it extremely difficult to travel to Cuba. Then, …

Cesar Chelala

The missing keyword in the fundamentalist mindset

“Situations vary dramatically from country to country. It would be foolish to take a one-size-fits-all approach and barrel forward regardless of circumstances on the ground,” said Hillary Clinton in her Keynote Address at the National Democratic Institute’s 2011 Democracy Awards Dinner. This quote reveals a lot about a cornerstone concept that fundamentalists, radicals, and extremists …

Sherif Rizq

Middle Eastern unrest: dimensions beyond religion

Given the current Middle Eastern scenario, one may reasonably hold the argument that the ongoing turmoil in the Middle East owes its burden equally to the Machiavellian Anglo-American policies in the region and the harrowing failure of the Muslim majority governments or leaderships in the Middle East to rationally respond to those challenges. But are there …

Hakim Khatib

Conscription: what is it good for?

This article neither responds nor is even remotely interested in the televised report broadcast by Qatar’s Al-Jazeera about conscription or compulsory drafting in the Egyptian army. This goes back to many reasons, but foremost because the virus only infects the body that suffers from weak immunity. I argue that the immunity of Egypt, of both …

Moataz Bellah Abdel-Fattah

Equality for women can reduce world hunger

  Giving women the same tools and resources as men, such as financial support, education, and access to markets, could reduce the number of hungry people worldwide by up to 150 million. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and other humanitarian agencies estimate that 925 million people across the world are undernourished. Of this number, …

Cesar Chelala

Violence against women: hesitant legislatures and societal obstacles

The world is celebrating the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women through the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign. Just a week ago, 15-year-old Reem Magdy, Egypt’s wrestling world champion, left this world after her father beat her, pushing her to jump out of a fast-moving car and die on …

Abdel Salam Sidahmed

Congratulations, we have 2 million newborn Egyptians every year

The Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) has announced that the population of Egyptians inside Egypt reached 92 million on Thursday at 8:00pm. CAPMAS stressed on 5 June that the population reached 91 million, which means that the recent increase has taken place in less than six months. It is worth mentioning that …

Moataz Bellah Abdel-Fattah

Social safety nets can be a lifeline for victims of pound flotation

I decided to swim against the tide that accompanied the flotation of the Egyptian pound, the rumbling flood of comments on social media networks and opinion articles that filled newspapers and websites. Everyone is talking about the flotation and cuts to fuel subsidies, some people understand what they are talking about while others are driven …

Hany Aboul Fotouh

Hamilton v Trump

“Apologise!” was president-elect Donald Trump’s conclusion of two messages he wrote to the cast of Hamilton, one of the most successful Broadway musicals in recent times. He was thus responding to the incident in which actor Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays former vice president Aaron Burr, addressed the audience of the show. At the end …

Cesar Chelala