Posts Tagged ‘Bikya Masr’

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Bikya Masr interviews Marwa Rakha: Women, Quotas and Egyptian Society

Bikya Masr interviews Marwa Rakha: Women, Quotas and Egyptian Society

In an ideal world the quota should be removed! The quota is an insult, actually. Treating women as politically handicapped individuals is clear discrimination. But then again, we live in the real world where a lot of men – trying... (Continue reading)

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Egypt: Youth using social media to close the gap

Egypt: Youth using social media to close the gap

“Closing The Gap” project consisted of three phases which took place in a partnership between The Egyptian Life Center for Creativity and Culture jointly with the American Freedom House organization. Its primary phase included an intensive workshop that took place... (Continue reading)

Egypt: Niqab ban in France stirs controversy again

Egypt: Niqab ban in France stirs controversy again

In October 2009, the Niqab (or face cover) stirred a lot of controversy when the late Sheikh Mohammed Tantawi - head of Al Azhar and Egypt's Imam - asked a 13 year old girl to uncover her face while he... (Continue reading)

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Bikya Masr: Women judges in Egypt see back and forth game

Bikya Masr: Women judges in Egypt see back and forth game

Rakha added "If a person - male or female, heterosexual or homosexual, HIV infected or not, dark-skinned or fair-skinned - has passed their exams and assessments for any position in the state then they are fully entitled to assume that... (Continue reading)

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Egypt: Crackdown on the Egyptian Da Vinci Code

Published in 2008, Dr Youssef Zidane's Azazeel (Beelzebub) created a stir, followed by resentment. Today - in 2010 - he is being accused of blasphemy and defaming Christianity and as insulting any of the 'heavenly faiths' is illegal in Egypt,... (Continue reading)

Egypt: No Longer Jewel of the Nile

Four of the seven upstream Nile Basin Initiative countries have decided to sign a new Nile deal. Despite strong Egyptian and Sudanese opposition, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Ethiopia signed a new water-sharing agreement. The other three countries, Kenya, Burundi and... (Continue reading)

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Egypt: Let’s Shoot those Protesters!

Upon discussing recurrent demonstrations and the 6th of April pro-democracy protest, Egyptian ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) members of Parliament lashed out during a verbal battle with Muslim Brotherhood MPs over protesters in the country on Sunday and said Egyptian... (Continue reading)

Egypt’s free e-book publishing (Bikya Masr)

Egypt's free e-book publishing (Bikya Masr)

Rakha says that "if you think you are a writer, if you think you want people to hear your voice, if you do not want to be at the mercy of a publisher who will make you pay, will not... (Continue reading)

Egypt’s First Adult Graphic Novel Officially Banned

In April 2008, freedom of speech and creativity in Egypt was hit in its core with the confiscation of Magdy El Shafee's adult graphic novel - Metro. Since then the author and his publisher have beenon trial and while every... (Continue reading)

Egypt: Niqab Ban Stirs Controversy

The Niqab (or face cover) is making the headlines again after the head of Al Azhar and Egypt's Imam, Sheikh Mohammed Tantawi asked a young girl to uncover her face while he was inspecting an Azhar school in Cairo.... (Continue reading)

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Egypt: Blogging Farouk Hosni’s Defeat

Egypt's Culture Minister Farouk Hosni has kept bloggers busy over the previous few days. His failed bid to secure a seat at the helm of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) has polarised the blogosphere, with some... (Continue reading)

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Egypt: Will Farouk Hosni be Unesco’s Next Director General ?

Egyptian Minister of Culture, Farouk Hosni has made it to the fourth round of voting for the post of Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), the global institution concerned with genuine dialogue based upon... (Continue reading)

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