April 23, 2014

  • José Antonio Iglesias before his recovery in Infierno O Paraiso (Heaven or Hell) (Photo courtesy Joaquin Sarmiento/FNPI)

    Love in the Time of Cartagena

    BY CHITRA KALYANI Colombia - Somewhere in the streets of Cartagena in Colombia, you will encounter a performer at a pavement appearing to float in mid-air. You look at him in astonishment, and it takes you many minutes to figure out his trick. The Carribean city is setting up another kind of magic at the film festival, where you are listening to the director who surprised himself by making it big with Amores Perros. “Sometimes bad films make me happy. I am not ashamed of that.” If Alejandro Iñárritu can say that, surely you can too. “Ciudad Delirio” makes me happy. The…

  • Scene from “Triangles are My Favorite Shapes”  written and directed by Seif Abdel Salaam. (Photo courtesy Mostafa Abdel Aty)

    The opposite of hope pervades 2 B Continued fest

    BY DALIA BASIOUNY Cairo – In it’s fifth edition the plays and dance pieces presented at the 2 Be Continued Theatre and Contemporary Dance laboratory festival at Falaky Theatre last week appeared to be unrelated, but in fact they all shared a common thread of defeat, suffering, control, and futility. The evening starts with “A Room Filled with Smoke” choreographed by Mounir Said. This two-person dance piece is beautifully executed in a very well-designed set. Grey colors, scattered clothes, and unfinished wall paint create an ominous impression that is deepened by the eerie music performed live on stage. This murky…

  • Eskenderella electrified the audience who chimed in and closed with "down with military rule". (Photo courtesy Hassan Amin)

    Negm: Powerfully present, even in his absence

    CAIRO BY DALIA BASIOUNY Devotees of Egyptian poet and songwriter Ahmed Fouad Negm held a memorial for him at the Cairo Opera House last week, which morphed into an emotional affirmation by the audience that the “revolution continues”. Negm’s poems and Sheikh Imam’s music have been the voice of rebellion in Egypt for decades and appropriately became a true expression of the Jan. 25 revolution. The songs they wrote more than 30 years ago, were so befitting for contemporary Egypt, reflecting the current revolutionary situation so much so that activists used them as chants in demonstrations. People called Negm “the…

  • مصر بعد الانقلاب

    فيديو مصر بعد الانقلاب

    فكرة ومونتاج وجرافيك – رانيا المالكي – اشرف قدري – حسين عزام أكثر من ستين عامًا من الحكم العسكري في مصر بدت على وشك الانتهاء في فبراير 2011 عقب انتفاضة شعبية استمرت ثمانية عشر يومًا انتهت بالإطاحة بحسني مبارك الذي حكم طوال ثلاثة عقود. الأشهر المضطربة التي تلت بلغت ذروتها في أول انتخابات رئاسية ديمقراطية في يونيو 2012، وأسفرت عن فوز أول رئيس للبلاد بإرادة شعبية حرة. تم عزل الرئيس محمد مرسي بعد مواجهة ضارية مع الدولة العميقة المعادية ووسائل الإعلام التابعة للنظام القديم، عن طريق انقلاب عسكري وبعد ثلاثة أيام من الاحتجاجات ضده في ذكرى السنة الأولى من وجوده…

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    شهداء مصر: أحداث و أرقام

    تصميم وتنفيذ: حسين عزام ـ اشرف قدري. هذا الملف هو حصر لأ‘عداد وأسماء المتوفين في مختلف الأحداث بالفترة ما بين 8 يوليو وحتي 19 أغسطس بناءً على المعلومات المجمعة من قبل نشطاء وحقوقيون في هذا الموقع. في أعقاب الإنقلاب العسكري الذي أطاح بأول رئيس منتخب في إستحقاق ديمقراطي وحر، إنتشر العنف والفوضى في جميع أنحاء مصر على الرغم من الإنطباع السائد بأن الإعتراض على الإنقلاب كان مقصوراً على مجموعات محدوده في القاهرة والجيزة. الحقيقة التي تكشفها أعداد الضحايا من الدلتا إلى الصعيد، في أسوان والبحيرة ومرسى مطروح والمنيا والدقهلية والعديد من محافظات مصر هي أن مقاومة الإنقلاب وعنف قوات الأمن في…

Opinion

Screen grab shows the flag-wrapped caskets of 25 policemen killed execution-style in Sinai on August 19.

Egypt: The Sonata of the Departed

Sep 6, 2013

BY NAEL M. SHAMA Cairo – The military funeral of 25 policemen who were massacred in cold blood in Sinai last month was intensely touching. The slow, dignified procession, the sad funeral dirge, the anguish of the mothers of the fallen and the tears of mourners exuded an overwhelming sense of grief. Funerals are always poignant and gloomy. They remind us of the brevity of life, the inevitability of death and the fragility of our souls. Some funerals also help us capture the immense capacity of the living to inflict injustice and death. Men are all equal in death, differences…

Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim (center) at the funeral of police officers on Aug. 15. Police has been instructed to use live ammunition to protect state buildings. Hundreds of protesters and tens of police have been killed since then.

Op:ed: In Egypt, Only the Dead Know Who is Right

Aug 25, 2013

BY DEENA DOUARA Cairo – I think, perhaps, amid all the emotion, one can make a calculated decision on where to stand on the violence in Egypt. I understand both arguments. Security forces are massacring mostly peaceful demonstrators with impunity, ushering in the type of force we sought to overthrow in 2011, the type of brutality we despised for years, that made martyrs of young faces now rendered across Tahrir Square. Or, Morsi supporters are being dealt with after firing first, attacking police stations and churches, threatening to “burn” Egypt. They are terrorists seeking to rip apart — both literally…

File photo of tens of bodies kept cool with ice blocks in Iman Mosque on Aug. 15, one day after the police's violent dispersal of an anti-coup protest in Nasr City, Cairo.

Editorial: Egypt’s False Dichotomies

Aug 21, 2013

BY RANIA AL MALKY Cairo – It’s been a week since the brutal dispersal of Cairo’s largest anti-coup protests in Rabaa and Nahda squares, a week of lies, hate, bloodshed and xenophobia. Having manufactured “enemies-of-the-state” out of tens of thousands of Egyptians opposed to a political setback that has catapulted the country back 60 years to the height of Nasser’s police state, Egypt’s de facto ruling military is on a path of no return. False dichotomies propagated by conspiratorial public and private media in perfect sync and that have tragically split every Egyptian family, are the bedrock of the violence…

Culture

José Antonio Iglesias before his recovery in Infierno O Paraiso (Heaven or Hell) (Photo courtesy Joaquin Sarmiento/FNPI)

Love in the Time of Cartagena

BY CHITRA KALYANI Colombia - Somewhere in the streets of Cartagena in Colombia, you will encounter a performer at a pavement appearing to float in mid-air. You look at him in astonishment, and it takes you many minutes to figure out his trick. The Carribean city is setting up another kind of magic at the film festival, where you are listening to the director who surprised himself by making it big with Amores Perros. “Sometimes bad films make me happy. I am not ashamed of that.” If Alejandro Iñárritu can say that, surely you can too. “Ciudad Delirio” makes me happy. The…

Scene from “Triangles are My Favorite Shapes”  written and directed by Seif Abdel Salaam. (Photo courtesy Mostafa Abdel Aty)

The opposite of hope pervades 2 B Continued fest

BY DALIA BASIOUNY Cairo – In it’s fifth edition the plays and dance pieces presented at the 2 Be Continued Theatre and Contemporary Dance laboratory festival at Falaky Theatre last week appeared to be unrelated, but in fact they all shared a common thread of defeat, suffering, control, and futility. The evening starts with “A Room Filled with Smoke” choreographed by Mounir Said. This two-person dance piece is beautifully executed in a very well-designed set. Grey colors, scattered clothes, and unfinished wall paint create an ominous impression that is deepened by the eerie music performed live on stage. This murky…

Eskenderella electrified the audience who chimed in and closed with "down with military rule". (Photo courtesy Hassan Amin)

Negm: Powerfully present, even in his absence

CAIRO BY DALIA BASIOUNY Devotees of Egyptian poet and songwriter Ahmed Fouad Negm held a memorial for him at the Cairo Opera House last week, which morphed into an emotional affirmation by the audience that the “revolution continues”. Negm’s poems and Sheikh Imam’s music have been the voice of rebellion in Egypt for decades and appropriately became a true expression of the Jan. 25 revolution. The songs they wrote more than 30 years ago, were so befitting for contemporary Egypt, reflecting the current revolutionary situation so much so that activists used them as chants in demonstrations. People called Negm “the…

The Workshops takes skills development to a whole new level, offering tailored trainings to match your needs. (Photo courtesy of The Workshops)

Follow your heart at The Workshops

BY LEYLA DOSS Cairo – “Pursue your Passion,” reads a banner in bright rainbow colours as it welcomes guests into a small garden filled with luscious trees and cushioned wooden chairs. The Workshop, a cultural center established last October in Cairo’s Maadi district, offers workshops and practical training to broaden your horizons. “As a writer, I have always loved arts and culture, but constantly felt that there is an absence of high quality skills in Egypt,” says Rasha Abo El-Soud, one of the founders. “Many are taught to pursue financial stability over their interests.” Abo El-Soud believes that The Workshops…