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Hijabs, hyper-machoism and hypocrisy: Egypt’s story

violence against women in Egypt

On 6 April, a Facebook post by a self-proclaimed women's rights activist demanded that women all over Egypt should march to Tahrir Square in Cairo to take off their hijabs to show that they are in control of their bodies. This post ensured that all women in the protest will be protected from any form of assault by men; it also happened to be written by a man. Just by looking at the post, it's clear that it's plagued by male privilege masked with his claim to be "re-thinking" Islamic values. The deeper one looks into the issue, it shows that the post, and the man who wrote it, Cherif Choubachy, represent the continuation of the dehumanisation of women, but under a new ideological framework that criminalises both religious freedom and the rights of women in order to boost his ego and that of other pseudo-feminists in Egypt.


Normalising links with Israel in defiance of public opinion

Abderrahim ChalfaouatSince the rise of Islamists to power in Morocco, activities have come to light that hint at the country's normalisation process in its relations with Israel. For instance, in its 2013 annual report, the Moroccan Observatory against Normalisation, a multi-current grassroots group for advocacy and activism against Israel, listed numerous normalising public figures, institutions and engagements. Feeling the mounting threat that the normalisation of relationships with Israel presents to the social and ethical fabric of Morocco, the monitoring group prepared a proposed law to criminalise official or civil society activities that would result in such links. Even so, despite public activism, street demonstrations and meetings with parliamentary groups to pass the criminalisation law, the level of normalisation appears to be increasing.


Sisi's Egypt pushes migrants into the sea

Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi

Europe wept crocodile tears over the mass grave that the Mediterranean has become. Reactions ranged from a begrudging acknowledgment from British officials that they got the consequences of Nato's military intervention in Libya wrong, to calls for another one. Few have shown any sign that they will treat the mass drownings as what they are: a humanitarian disaster.


The partisanship of Egypt's judiciary

In every country in the world, the judiciary is the source of justice and it delivers justice to the oppressed, or so it should be. The judiciary is the entity that should reassure people, regardless of their affiliations, that the law is applied to everyone without exception and should serve as a shining example of a state's morality and its commitment to create stability and civil peace.


The phoney ‘enlightenment’ battles in Egypt

Khalil Al-Anani

Nothing is more indicative of the intellectual vacuum and political bankruptcy in Egypt than the ruckus caused by the phoney "enlightenment" battles on the nightly television programmes. It seems that there is no longer anything to fill the gaps in daily life after the windows for free expression were closed; the fake battles are intended primarily to distract people from the reality of their problems and crises, much like adults distract children with lines like "I spy, with my little eye, something beginning with..."


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