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Osama Gaweesh

Osama Gaweesh is Editor-in-Chief at Egypt Watch and a TV presenter at Al-Hiwar. He has previously worked for Journalism.co.uk

 

Items by Osama Gaweesh

  • A power bequest in Egypt needed Sisi Junior to make a pilgrimage to Tel Aviv

    In November 2004, the Kefaya (Enough) movement was formed by Egyptian thinkers, activists and politicians, including George Ishak and Professor Abdel Wahab Al-Messiry. It was a broad political umbrella for persons and entities against the grooming of Gamal Mubarak, the son of the then President Mohamed Hosni Mubarak, to...

  • Leave, Sisi!

    It was a week full of “Leave, Sisi!” What does Abdel Fattah el-Sisi want from the Egyptian people when he comes out with his lack of charisma, promising everyone that he would leave his position if the people ask him to do so? It has occurred before, currently happening, and will...

  • Sisi's new elite: contractors, ex-militaries and businessmen who support him

    Over the past few days, the arrest of the renowned Egyptian businessman, Mohamed Al-Amin, has been trending on social media. The media mogul who founded CBC network in 2011, which turned rapidly into one of the most prominent TV network in Egypt, is charged with human trafficking and sexual...

  • In Egypt, the regime exchanges citizenship for freedom

    After being forced to give up his Egyptian citizenship, Ramy Shaath has been released by the regime of President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi. The activist in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement spent two and a half years in pre-trial detention and has now been deported to Jordan. By forcing...

  • Egypt's Sisi leads a luxurious life despite austerity measures

    A few days ago, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi issued a sudden decision to stop granting food subsidies cards to newly married couples, declaring that the subsidy has been the reason for the state’s decades-long delay toward development. Unfortunately, this decision was preceded four months ago by a similar decision...

  • Jon Snow, the legend, 'we will miss you'

    “I thank everyone who trusted me to write, publish and cover their stories around the world.” “To those who watch me from home and in front of their screens, it has been my pleasure to bring you the news on a daily basis.” With those emotional words, prominent British journalist...

  • Refugees in Egypt: Sisi's political trump card

    The Egyptian officials have highlighted growing refugee numbers in Egypt. In 2016, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi stated at the G20 summit that Egypt hosts over five million refugees and migrants. Then in 2020, Al-Sisi put the number of Syrian refugees and migrants in Egypt at 500,000. The figures declared contradict...

  • The internal exile of Egyptian detainees

    Hundreds of detainees in Egypt’s many prisons woke up last week to arbitrary decisions by the prison authorities to move them to other prisons very far from their homes. They have been sent into internal exile. Gamasa Supreme Security Prison had the largest share of prisoners affected, with more than...

  • A former Egyptian presidential candidate fears for his life after cyberattacks

    The leader of Ghad El-Thawra party and former Egyptian presidential candidate Ayman Nour fears for his life after his phone was hacked by two different groups. The exiled activist was a long-standing opponent of the late dictator Hosni Mubarak and stood in the 2005 presidential election before being jailed...

  • The crime in Sisi’s Egypt is not being corrupt, it is exposing corruption

    Every time audio leaks related to the regime in Egypt are published or broadcast and affect President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi as a person or one of his aides, the matter makes headlines and trends on social media for days. Egyptian activist and You Tuber Abdullah Al-Sharif broadcast such a...

  • The Egyptian economy is in danger and people cannot eat, says ex-media CEO 

    Osama Gaweesh interviews Mamdouh Al-Wali, the former Chief Executive Officer of the official Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram...

  • The world is no longer a safe place

    The past week was full of many tragic events, all of which connect in the lack of any value placed on human life and respect for the right to dignity and safety. The experience of the Arab Spring, including its limited victories and successive defeats and failures over the...

  • Sisi’s battle with human rights is not over yet

    This article is not about promoting intellectual tranquilisers or selling illusions to those oppressed by the injustices in Egypt for the past eight years and more. Rather, it is an attempt to analyse some real events that give a genuine glimmer of hope in the darkness of Abdel Fattah...

  • Dictatorship in Egypt is more dangerous than carbon emissions

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi a couple of weeks ago regarding the latter’s invitation to attend the 26th Climate Change Conference being held in Glasgow over the next couple of weeks. Johnson also expressed his happiness about Egypt’s nomination to host the 27th conference next...

  • Don’t blame Zaki Anwari, blame those who drove him to make his fateful decision

    “You are the painter of your life,” wrote Zaki Anwari on his Facebook page last week. “Do not give your paintbrush to anyone else.” It was the last thing that the young Afghan footballer wrote before his death. The remains of the nineteen-year-old were found in one of the wheel...

  • A message to the people of Tunisia

    Temporarily suspending the constitution; having the President of the Supreme Constitutional Court take an oath before the court; preparing a road map that includes holding early presidential elections; and developing a code of honour regulating the nature of media work in Egypt. These were the highlights of the statement...

  • Tunisia and the final page of its history

    Tunisia is the answer. This is, and has been, what we’ve been saying and believing all along. Even before writing this article, Tunisia was the answer to all possible and impossible questions. It has been so since Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire, declaring the beginning of the Arab...

  • 100m Egyptians at risk of going thirsty

    “Failure” or “stumble” are the two words most frequently associated with the Renaissance Dam when you Google the issue. The failure of negotiations and stalled round of talks between Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia emanated, unfortunately, from marathon meetings between the upstream and downstream countries regarding the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam...

  • This world is not a safe place for journalists

    Be careful please … if you are a journalist, then your life is in serious danger. Dear reader, this article is not meant to trigger feelings of pessimism or spread panic, fear, and anxiety, but it is rather an acknowledgement of a fact and an assertion of an unfortunate reality...

  • Murder through drama in the Sisi era

    Egyptians woke up to the tragedy of the execution of nine prisoners convicted in the Kerdasa Police Station storming following the July 2013 military coup. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi’s regime has been one of the most prolific security apparatuses in executing death row inmates in recent years. But this...

  • Put the distractions aside, the real threat to Egypt is Sisi’s regime

    I would like to make two suggestions to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, regarding possible TV programmes for Ramadan 2022 and 2023. The first would be a third season of The Choice covering the role of the Muslim Brotherhood in the numerous railway accidents during the era of the...

  • Sisi and his regime have just witnessed a week of continuous failure

    Negligence, corruption, and failure are three words that sum up Egypt’s condition under the regime of Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi this week. It has been a week when Egypt experienced a number of crises which thrust it into the international spotlight: the MV Ever Given running aground and blocking the...

  • Piers Morgan and the Egyptian media

    The audience of Good Morning Britain, hosted by well-known British journalist Piers Morgan on ITV, was shocked this week after Morgan announced his resignation from UK’s most celebrated TV programme six years after joining the channel. Morgan’s resignation came a few days after he criticised the controversial interview that Meghan...

  • Tamer Amin is not the only racist in Egypt

    Television presenter Tamer Amin has sparked a storm of anger on social media with a racist story. “Sa’idi people and farmers ,” he said, “have a lot of children so they can work as servants.” Amin is close to the regime in Egypt and tries...