Ohoud Saad

Ragia Omran, Human Rights Lawyer, Stopped at Cairo International Airport

As Egyptian activists, human rights defenders and journalists – among many others – face wave after wave of arbitrary arrests, those who aren’t arrested face other… inconveniences. “How long can Egypt’s government justify the seemingly random arrests of its opposition without being called out as a dictatorship?” Ragia Omran, human rights lawyer, was stopped at…

Cairo Mood

Cairenes are known for several things, most of which relate to their humorous nature, improvisational skills, and incomparable, at times incomprehensible, moods that deem them ‘mazagangeya’. Ahmed Mehanna takes the best and weirdest of actions and thoughts carried out by Egyptians and compiles them in an easy-read little book titled “Cairo Mood”.   The book…

Egypt’s Version of ‘LOST’

If the main witness, when asked if they “swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth” replies with “no,” what happens then?   I think, sometimes. I also sometimes wonder, or try to dig deeper into topics. It’s only natural, supposedly. For now, I’m thinking that there are several things…

Dr. Laila Soueif: Mother of a revolutionary household

One of Egypt’s courageous mothers is Dr. Laila Soueif, mother of activists Alaa Abdel Fatah and Mona and Sanaa Seif. She’s a teacher, an activist, and founding member of Kefaya and the Movement for the Independence of Universities. We met the wonderful Dr. Laila in her apartment 24 hours after her son’s release and due…

Egypt’s Sarcasm Society

23-year old doctor to be Kareem Icy, as known by his friends on Facebook, created a group to get your daily fix of humor, wit and sarcasm. To Kareem, sarcasm is “basically a sort of self expression that uses mockery to deliver a message, usually in a witty, indirect way,” and that’s why he created…

On the couch with Ezzat Amin

Ezzat Amin is the author of the new book ‘hezb elkanaba’ (The Couch Party) and co-host of the TV show of the same title on El Gomhorreya Online TV. In his book he talks about his journey from the couch to the Square. We got to sit with Amin and got more insight on his…

Magy Mahrous: From Iraq to Darfur and a Vision for a Better Egypt

Magy Mahrous, a Political Science AUC graduate, ran for Parliament in the historical 2011 elections. She holds Masters in Management of Development Programs from the Arab Academy in Alexandria and Masters in Alternative Development, from the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, Holland. She worked on developmental and educational programs in Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon,…