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Salma Essam

Cairo, Egypt.

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Latest posts by Salma Essam

Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Shawkan to be released soon after five years in prison

"He never should have been behind bars. He was arrested while doing his job as a photographer."

A ‘Detainee of All Eras': The Prominent Case of Egyptian Activist Alaa Abdelfattah

"His trial is an attempt to silence criticism of a judiciary that has itself become a source of human rights violations."

As Italy and Egypt Strengthen Diplomatic Ties, Will Giulio Regeni’s Murder Case See Justice?

Did Italy give up on the quest for Giulio Regeni's killers so Egypt would help Italy block migration to Europe?

Ditching the Egyptian Islands: Between Cash, Legitimacy, and Public Outrage

Going against popular opinion, Sisi is transferring the ownership of two Egyptian Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, and Egyptians are fighting back.

Egypt Ups Systematic Efforts to Silence Independent Media

In an environment of persistent conflict, free and independent media that cover events in the public interest — not in the interests of politicians — is more important than ever.

Sisi's Visit to the White House Met with Controversial Reactions in Egypt

On the chessboard of Egyptian politics, Sisi's relations with the United States is no small matter. But how are Egyptians reacting?

Jaysh Al-Islam Is Leading Peace Talks in Geneva, While Clamping Down on Speech in Syria's Eastern Ghouta

The group controlling the region has shut down a magazine and five well-known civil society organisations, according to activists.

Egypt's Revolution: Between Lost Hopes and Growing Apathy

"I have always dodged casual conversations about the Egyptian revolution from people who know little about it, fearing that words would fail me."

Egyptian Authorities Are Using Travel Bans to Crack Down on Human Rights Activists

"The government has been working for the last two years on restructuring the legislative system to violate the constitution. Even in the time of Mubarak we didn’t see this."

Cairo's Rabaa Massacre: Three Years On, the Smell of Death Still Lingers

Three years have passed, but we refuse to forget the Rabaa Massacre.

Thousands Protest in Egypt Calling Upon Sisi to Step Down for “Selling” Islands to Saudi Arabia

"The numbers are increasing to thousands and the roar is getting louder: “People demand to overthrow the regime."

#FreeShawkan: After 900 Days in Jail, Egyptian Photographer Finally Faces Trial

"I look around and I am left with the reality of four ugly windowless walls and a never ending dream of freedom."

Five Years After Revolution, Egyptians See #PanamaPapers as Further Vindication of Mubarak's Ouster

"Every day I become even prouder of taking part in the great January revolution that toppled a corrupt regime."

Moroccans Rally for Unity, While Sahrawis Push for Independence After Ban Ki-Moon’s ‘Occupied’ Remark

"When will you be relieved from your prolonged pain? Oh, my homeland. Peace be upon you"

Egyptian Satirist Bassem Youssef Slams the Military with Kofta_Time Hashtag

"I will take the AIDS from the patient then give it to him as a skewer of Kofta to nourish him," announced army Major General Ibrahim Abdel-Atty in 2014.

Will Egyptian Doctors Vote in Favor of a Nationwide Strike Next Friday?

Egyptian doctors are threatening a nationwide strike if an investigation is not launched after colleagues in a teaching hospital were assaulted by policemen. Netizens back doctors in their demands.

Five Years On: Time to Remember Those Who Gave All for the Egyptian Revolution

It was the beginning of the end to a 30-year rule of a tyrant regime. Five years later, here's a rundown of what's happening in Egypt today.

Israel Strikes Lebanese Town Following Roadside Bombing Claimed by Hezbollah

Israeli forces have shelled the southern Lebanese town of Al-Wazzani near the border between the two countries in a retaliatory attack against the political party and paramilitary group Hezbollah.

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