Egypt

My.Kali: A Novel To Remember

Antonia Kreissl meets the writer Saleem Haddad in a conversion on identity, gender, sexuality and on how the novel can be a part of forming a queer, cosmopolitan identity. 

 

“The Facebook revolution”

What is known as the “Arab Spring” was allegedly the result of social media and its power to organise and mobilise demonstrations in 2011. But, how accurate is this picture? Poet and blogger Evronia Azer gives us her views on the matter.

Egypt’s digital opposition has reached its “critical mass”

Social media played a central role in the popular uprising in Egypt. But the new rulers, regardless whether they belonged to the Muslim Brotherhood or the military have done their very best to take control of the digital domain—with help of European and US companies. The writer and blogger Mohamed El Dahshan writes about the state’s increasingly advanced tactics. 

Egypt: The fanatic heart

The situation in the divided Egypt is full of uncertainty—also for those living in the midst of the crisis like author Somaya Ramadan: “How do you act on the courage of your own convictions if you do not know what those convictions are?”

The bridge

It is way too early to talk about the “results” of the revolution in Egypt. Some commentators worry about that everything will remain the way it was, but the Egyptian writer Somaya Ramadan sees a slow change of the life in the streets—not least in a blurring of the class borders. The very symbol of this is the construction of a new bridge across the Nile.

Requiem for pigs

The Egyptian revolution showed us how people with very different backgrounds could work together for one cause: to fight a totalitarian regime. But who were they? And how can the conflict between the Christians and the Muslims, which threatens the rise of a new democratic Egypt, be understood?

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