Cairo: September 2014

WIAM EL-TAMAMI 28 JANUARY 2015 I left Cairo on 19 April 2014. I was so glad to have left, so relieved and slightly disbelieving that I had finally loosened myself from the grip of Al-Qaahira – in Arabic the name, quite fittingly, means ‘The Oppressor’, ‘The Crusher’, ‘The Vanquisheress’. I knew that I could not be there then, but that I was […]

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Is Cairene Graffiti Losing Momentum?

By Mona Abaza, 25 January 2015 Clearly Cairene graffiti has lost momentum during this year. Having been the faithful barometer of the revolution over the past three years, graffiti has recently faced transmutations and drawbacks that run parallel with the political process of restoring “order” in the street. The heartbreaking story of the recent death of a cheerful and bright […]

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Palestine: A Nation of Translators

Monday, 26 January 2015 by Mahmoud Al-Hirthani One field in which Palestinian intellectuals and writers have invested heavily, particularly since the Nakba in 1948, is translation. Interestingly, translating from Russian preceded translation from English due to the early exposure of Palestinian intellectuals to Russian literature, disseminated in Palestine via Russian schools and missionaries during the 19th century. Translation from English started to […]

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The news website that’s keeping press freedom alive in Egypt

Mada Masr was formed just before military coup of 2013. Amid growing censorship, its staff have risked their lives to continue reporting. Can they stay true to their mission? Leslie T Chang Tuesday 27 January 2015 On the afternoon of 17 June 2013, a group of friends gathered in a fourth-floor apartment in downtown Cairo. They sat on the floor […]

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Then and now: The singer, the graffiti artists and the writer

    Cultural producers who gained fame after the revolution Sunday, January 25, 2015 – 09:53 By: Rowan El Shimi; Laura Gribbon; Amany Ali Shawky We take a look at the trajectories of four cultural producers who gained fame during or after the January 25 revolution and find out what they’re doing now. Youssra El Hawary (by Rowan El Shimi) The first time I saw Youssra El Hawary […]

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Visualising Information for Advocacy

  Elements of Visual Advocacy The first edition of Visualising Information for Advocacy was published in October 2013 and to mark the one year anniversary we have released the second edition for free. Of course, you can still order a physical copy of our book through either our Big Cartel Store or Amazon and if you write a blog post about the book, we’ll send you […]

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Revolution and Despair

Asef Bayat    Sunday, January 25, 2015 Things in the Middle East usually appear far worse than they really are when looked at from the outside. But  on my recent visit to Egypt — as I talked and listened to people, watched local television, read daily papers and made observations  — it became clear that revolutionaries were going through painful […]

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Unauthorized memory

Sunday, January 25, 2015 Yasmin El-Rifae   Yesterday they shot and killed a woman on Talaat Harb Street. She was walking, along with other members of the Socialist Alliance Party, through downtown to commemorate those killed since all of this started four years ago. Many of them were carrying flowers, wreaths to lay in Tahrir. Photos of Shaimaa Sabbagh in […]

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Historic Debate with Foucault and Chomsky: In English, with Arabic Subtitles

Debate in English, with Arabic subtitles Human Nature, Justice, Against Authority     Published on Jan 11, 2015 الترجمة العربية الكاملة لمناظرة ميشيل فوكو ونعوم تشومسكي حول [الطبيعة البشرية: العدالة ضد السلطة]. عُرِضَت هذه المناظرة في التلفزيون الهولندي عام 1971 ويدير النقاش أستاذ الفلسفة الهولندي فونز إلدرز. كلاً من فوكو وتشومسكي لديه أفكاراً تركت أثراً كبيراً في حقول الدراسات العلمية […]

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