Stories about Egypt from July, 2010
Do Egyptians have a natural aversion towards women? Zeinobia is very unhappy with this emerging social trend, Mohaly is wondering where we are going with segregation, Diptychal wonders why they want to shut them up, and Eman Hashim is begging mothers to love their daughters!
The Economist has published a special report on Egypt and its future after President Hosni Mubarak, who has now been recognized as the 21st century sick man of the Middle East. Egyptian bloggers have their say.
Joseph Mayton, who is based in Cairo, tweets: “American Embassy in Cairo bars Americans from walk-ins, starts appointment only access to Embassy – down with Embassies!”
Dr. Nasr Hamed Abu Zeid, a prominent Egyptian scholar once accused of apostasy for his contemporary interpretation of Islam, has died on July 5, 2010. He was 66. Officials at the Cairo hospital where Abu Zeid had been receiving treatment for the past two weeks said he died Monday from a brain infection. Liberal Egyptian bloggers mourn his death.
The lower house of the Spanish Parliament is debating a proposal to prohibit the wearing of body-covering burqas and face-covering niqabs in all public spaces in Spain, and the French parliament just approved a ban on niqabs (face veils). Bloggers from across the Middle East react.
Today is the Egyptian television's 50th anniversary, and Zeinobia wrote a post in her blog on this occasion.
What started as an observation by an Egyptian blogger on Twitter on women you shouldn't date turned the microblogging site into a battlefield. Tweeps from Egypt and further afield joined the warring factions. Tarek Amr reports from the front line.
“Welcome all to ‘Bedayaa‘ (which translates to ‘The Beginning’ in Arabic) a long-awaited project, a special place for gays and lesbians in the Nile Valley- Egypt and Sudan”: A new online space has been created where LGBTQI from the Nile Valley can meet, talk, discuss issues, and share experiences. Take...
“LET'S TWEET MUBARAK TO DEATH !!!” writes Egyptian blogger Wael Abbas on Twitter.
From Egypt, Maryanne Stroud Gabbani writes about her experience dealing with knee surgery. “I went in to fix my knees, but came out with a new appreciation for my life,” she concludes.
Trouble is brewing in the Golan. Egyptian Chronicles zooms in.
Zeinobia, from Egypt, writes about the winners of Miss Egypt 2010 here.
Egyptian author Alaa Al Aswany has started blogging at the World Affairs journal. Here‘s his first post entitled Islam, Election Rigging and Right vs. Wrong.
Egyptian Mostafa writes: “Since change from the top seems unlikely. Civil society should establish programs to reach out and provide alternative career options for current police officers who are willing to leave their jobs.”
Kolana Khaled Said is a new blog set up following the murder of Egyptian Khaled Said, allegedly at the hands of police officers. Zeinobia reacts to the new site.
Lebanon's Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, a leading Shiite figure, has died at the age of 75 yesterday. The religious leader, with a huge following, was remembered by bloggers from across the region.
Egyptian blogger Mostapha shares his thoughts on the murder of Khaled Said, allegedly at the hands of two secret service policemen.