On returning from Palestine

Omar Robert Hamilton 12 June 2015, Mada Masr At the border it is always the same questions. Do you have another name? Do you have another passport? What is your father’s name? What is his father’s name? Have you ever been to Syria? Lebanon? Morocco? What are you doing here? I used to feel sick for days before coming to

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Art and revolution

on 07 Novembre 2014. Interview with OMAR ROBERT HAMILTON (MOSIREEN COLLECTIVE) – by SARA MARCHESI and DUCCIO SCOTINI “We trust to each other’s strength. Or we did. And we were strong, undefeatable, once. Now, more than ever, we must find that strength, that trust. If you ever saw hope in this revolution, if you ever gave someone a cigarette on a

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On Hunger Strike

Omar Robert Hamilton London Review of Books Vol. 36 No 19 · 9 October 2014 page 30 | 1717 words After the shock and awe tactics of the Rabaa massacre last summer, when Egypt’s military regime murdered around a thousand supporters of the deposed president, Mohamed Morsi, the rolling counter-revolution has played out mostly within the justice system, between police stations,

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After the Ceasefire

  Omar Robert Hamilton   12 September 2014     On 26 August a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas was agreed, bringing a fragile end to a war that killed 2150 Palestinians (mostly civilians) and 73 Israelis (mostly soldiers). Since then Hamas has not fired a single rocket, attacked an Israeli target, or done anything to break the terms of

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Egyptian citizen journalism 'Mosireen' tops YouTube

  Mosireen, a media collective responsible for collating some of the most iconic videos of the Egyptian revolution, is now one of the most popular non-profit channels in the world after just four months of being on YouTube Bel Trew, Friday 20 Jan 2012   Mosireen, an Egyptian media collective of filmmakers and citizen journalists, has become the most viewed

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On Alaa’s hunger strike

By Omar Robert Hamilton Wednesday, August 20, 2014 – 07:33 After three spells of imprisonment since the start of the revolution, Alaa Abd El Fattah has declared that he is starting a hunger strike. Alaa is one of 25 people who were sentenced to 15 years in prison for attending/organizing a protest in November. A protest in which a policeman who

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Another promise to be fulfilled

By Omar Robert Hamilton Tuesday, December 24, 2013 – 01:14 The light is different in Zeinhom. The narrow street, arching trees and gentle slope of one of Cairo’s only hills combine to soften the bright, direct light that casts the city in her familiar monochrome. The light comes at you at an angle. Maybe it’s the hill. Or maybe it’s

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Everything was possible

  Saturday, August 17, 2013 – 22:26 by Omar Robert Hamilton I sit, for the 12th hour now, alone and struggling for what to do. For the first time since I got on a plane for Egypt on January 29, 2011, I am at a loss. Worse days than today lie ahead of us. We thought we could change the

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