Flashes from another Life

It is imperative to understand that the rise of political Islam in Egypt is the result of methodical and continuous planning and execution that has been in the making for decades. I witnessed the birth and growth of Islamic extremism in Egypt in the eighties of the last century. It was inevitable that the snowball that had started rolling back then would acquire momentum and these extremist movements would gain enough strength to drive the country in the direction which we are witnessing today. I recall an incident that happened to me thirty years ago, on a hot and humid … Continue reading Flashes from another Life

The Night the Virgin Mary Wept

By: Alexandra Kinias — I pulled myself out of bed and put an end to another long insomniac night. Sleep had been unattainable since the news of the army dispersing the Muslim Brotherhood’s (MB) sit-ins that were occupying the streets of Cairo, Egypt took center stage, and the anticipated violence and terrorist attacks by the ousted President’s followers were swiping the country from one corner to the other, as they had promised. Filled with exhaustion after several sleepless nights, I crawled out of bed and back to my computer screen that I bid goodnight few hours earlier. The crickets were … Continue reading The Night the Virgin Mary Wept

The Night the Virgin Mary Wept

By: Alexandra Kinias — I pulled myself out of bed and put an end to another long insomniac night. Sleep had been unattainable since the news of the army dispersing the Muslim Brotherhood’s (MB) sit-ins that were occupying the streets of Cairo, Egypt took center stage, and the anticipated violence and terrorist attacks by the ousted President’s followers were swiping the country from one corner to the other, as they had promised. Filled with exhaustion after several sleepless nights, I crawled out of bed and back to my computer screen that I bid goodnight few hours earlier. The crickets were … Continue reading The Night the Virgin Mary Wept

Can a Pan Arab State really materialize?

Arabism or Arab Nationalism is an ideology that was proposed at the beginning of the twentieth century by several Arab thinkers and leaders, with the objective to unite Arab countries in one single nation that speaks the same language, to stand against the West. However, until the mid of the twentieth century, Egyptian nationalism was the ideology that dominated the political arena in the lands of the Pharaohs. It was not until the rise of Nasser to power after the 1952 coup d’état that Arab nationalism or the formation of a Pan- Arab State became a project in progress that … Continue reading Can a Pan Arab State really materialize?