Posts Tagged: Egypt

Nothing Foreign about It: Talking with Omar El Akkad

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Omar El Akkad discusses his debut novel American War, suicide terrorism, fossil fuels, and blankets.

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Home Is Here

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There is no singular Muslim story, no definitive identity for the entire religion. […] Here, four women discuss what it’s like to be a minority in America in 2017, post-9/11 and post-Trump.

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This Week In Indie Bookstores

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A New Paltz, New York bookstore with an anti-Trump sign is fighting a ban against it. An Egyptian bookstore has a “scream room” where customers can scream as loudly as they like. With the Gilmore Girls revival only a month a way, there’s a hypothesis that Jess might own a Stars Hollow Bookstore. Christian bookstore chain […]

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The Rumpus Interview with Saleem Haddad

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Saleem Haddad discusses his debut novel Guapa, the Orlando shootings, the importance of queer spaces, and Arab literature.

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The Rumpus Interview with Raphael Cormack

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Raphael Cormack discusses The Book of Khartoum: A City in Short Fiction, a collection of short stories he co-edited and translated, the editorial process, and the responsibilities that accompany translating writing.

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Fire in a Blackout

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In Egypt, as elsewhere, journalists are under fire.: Those who do not adhere to self-censorship are likely to face pressure from the state. Al-Masdar website features political news and is loosely affiliated to the recently banned secular activist group April 6 Movement. “We can’t do most of the work we want to do,” says Ali Asem, director […]

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An Egypt/Arab Spring Roundup

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Start with Juan Cole, who specializes in this area. He has a good list of links to Arab news sources and gives a well-rounded look at what’s happening right now in Egypt. Short version–the revolution is ongoing and the military doesn’t want to give up power. The Guardian continues its stellar live coverage. Turkey’s Prime […]

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The Revolution Is Incomplete

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It is tempting to read the photos of last week’s renewed conflict in Tahrir Square as yet another isolated round of violence between the Egyptian youth and the Central Security Forces. But this subverts the root of the rage in Tahrir, a rage driven by the premonition that the youth who ignited and died in […]

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Get These Authors on Your Shelves!

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From a place bubbling over with intellectual stimulation and social change comes a lot of good literature. The Millions is spotlighting six Egyptian authors that you should know about, inspired by an afternoon at Cairo’s Diwan Bookstore. There’s a lack of Egyptian authors on the shelves of American bookstores, so read this and help correct […]

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Rafah Crossing

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Approaching the Rafah crossing on the morning of its historic opening, I pass a lone Palestinian woman in her mid 20’s holding a newborn, walking into Egypt. Twenty yards behind her, sweltering in the late morning desert sun is a cluster of children and teens, pressed beside the black gate of boarder. Beside them, standing […]

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Cairo: Scenes from a Revolution

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“All books about all revolutions begin with a chapter that describes the decay of tottering authority or the misery and sufferings of the people. They should begin with a psychological chapter, one that shows how a harassed, terrified man suddenly breaks his terror, stops being afraid.” -Ryszard Kapusciski

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Banned Books Welcomed Home

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Controversial books once banned in Egypt and Tunisia are starting to appear again in stores. Cairo’s Tahrir Square, now famous as the site of tense political protests, will soon be the site of a large book fair. “Everyone around the globe now associates Tahrir Square with freedom and revolution,” said one bookstore owner. “We really […]

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Egypt Today

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The BBC has put together a pretty cool interactive map of Tahrir Square. Click around on it. Also from the BBC: it isn’t over yet. Don’t get too excited. Is Algeria next? Juan Cole sets out some potential scenarios for Egypt in the near term. The Swiss have frozen Mubarak’s bank accounts. US talking heads […]

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Why the Egyptian Revolution is Good for the Middle East

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It’s early yet for the discussions to begin on how the Egyptian revolution will turn out for the majority of Egyptians and for the rest of the region. My take on these things is to generally be pessimistic, and then be pleased if it doesn’t turn into an epic failure. But that’s mainly because I’ve […]

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Alaa al Aswany and the Egyptian Uprising

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“Aswany has participated in the protests with a passion. He will will write a book about the events still unfolding here: ‘It has been a unique experience not to read about history but to live inside history,’ he told The Independent yesterday.” Egyptian author Alaa al Aswany talks about the uprising in Egypt and about […]

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The Latest from Egypt

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Pro-government supporters are fighting back against demonstrators, and are armed, according to Nick Kristof, with machetes, straight-razors and clubs. Andrew Sullivan looks like he’s turned The Daily Dish over to Egypt roundups all day. If you can’t get Al Jazeerah from your cable or dish subscription–and most people in the US can’t–they’re also streaming live […]

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Egyptian Morning

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How Not to Say Stupid Stuff about Egypt. Emily Hauser writes with great feeling and depth about why, as an Israeli, she’s invested in the Egyptian revolution. Al Jazeera provides a timeline of events so far. Some details on the March of a Million. Google and Twitter have provided a workaround for people to be […]

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Egyptian Morning

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Over at The Awl, Choire Sicha on some ways the Egyptian Revolution could still die. Israel is allowing Egyptian troops into the Sinai peninsula for the first time since 1979. Jeff Goldberg: What happens if the Muslim Brotherhood comes out on top? Egyptian police reappear alongside the army. Al Jazeera reporters detained. Watch Al Jazeera […]

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THE EDITOR’S DESK: Hope For Egypt

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Yesterday there was a blog on HTMLGIANT about apolitical writers. I disagreed with it. First, because The Rumpus has had regular roundups of the news from Egypt. Second, because most serious writers I know are very political, very engaged. I’ve edited three books of political fiction and never had difficulty finding contributors. In 2004 I went […]

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What’s Happening in Egypt

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The New York Times is also live-blogging from Egypt, and columnist Nick Kristof is in Cairo as well. Anonymous provides 20 ways to circumvent the Egyptian government’s internet block. A friend of mine said this about Anonymous, and I have to agree: “I love Anonymous. And I am frightened of it.” Via Mother Jones, The […]

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What’s Happening in Egypt

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I’ve discovered, having done a number of these roundups for The Rumpus now, that The Guardian is one of the best anywhere at covering a story like this. Nick Baumann at Mother Jones also has good explanations of what’s going on. Choire Sicha at The Awl is also doing good coverage. Egypt has attempted to […]

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What’s Happening in Egypt, updated

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The Twitter hashtag #Jan25 is still hopping. It can be difficult to filter out some of the noise, but it’s a way to get some real time information on what’s happening. The Egyptian government had blocked Twitter, but local activists seem to have managed a workaround for now. Here’s more on the Egyptian government’s attempts […]

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What’s Happening in Egypt?

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Let me say at the outset here that I don’t really know. This is a developing story and there are some conflicting reports coming out of an area that isn’t exactly known for its love of a free and independent press. One other thing: I’m doing this on the fly, so I’m skimming these pieces […]

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