Category Egypt

Luxor’s first film festival should fill a gap after most of Egypt’s major festivals were cancelled last year

Megan Detrie for The National Feb. 21, 2012 For the filmmaker Sayed Fouad, Egypt’s first major film festival this year is a coup on several fronts: The first Pan-African festival held in Egypt, organised by civil society and not the Ministry of Culture, and a major cultural event staged outside Cairo. “There are a lot […]

Bassem Youssef is known as Egypt’s Jon Stewart for his no-nonsense stand

Megan Detrie for The National Feb 14, 2012 Bassem Youssef spends most of his day in a cramped room lined with whiteboards, poring over YouTube with a team of interns. Each week, they select clips from hours of news footage that exemplify the “deceit and hypocrisy” Youssef says is so prevalent in Egypt’s television news. […]

Experts in salvage bid amid ashes of Egypt’s history

Megan Detrie for The National Dec 30, 2011 CAIRO // Haitham Osman looks over mountains of charred books. He’s spent 16 hours a day training volunteers to handle fragile documents burnt during a fire at the Institut d’Egypt during the protests that have racked Cairo. Three volunteers in masks and surgical gloves carefully manoeuvre a […]

One Cairo band becomes a revolutionary discovery

Megan Detrie for The National Dec 29, 2011 When the rock band Cairokee agreed to perform last September in Mansoura, a conservative, agricultural city in the Nile Delta region, they expected to find few fans. Instead, they took to the stage to loud cheers from a packed audience. “Everyone was singing along – I was so […]

Large turnout in second round of Egyptian elections

Megan Detrie for The National Dec 15, 2011 SUEZ CITY // When Ashraf Aly visited the polls yesterday to vote in the second round of Egypt’s parliamentary elections, he cast his ballot for the party he believes will form a civil, moderate government: the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP). “People can’t distinguish now […]

Egypt set to count the votes cast by expatriates in second round of elections

Megan Detrie for The National Dec 13, 2011 CAIRO // Egyptian embassies abroad will count absentee ballots today for the second round of parliamentary elections after polls closed yesterday. Their numbers will be added to the votes cast within Egypt tomorrow and Thursday. Of the estimated eight million Egyptians abroad, 350,000 registered to cast absentee ballots in […]

Protester to President?

Megan Detrie for The National Dec 3, 2011 Bothaina Kamel helped to topple Hosni Mubarak and now is the only female candidate trying to replace him as president of Egypt. Following the latest protests in Tahrir Square, the charismatic activist tells Megan Detrie about her time in jail and the latest unrest when Egyptian security […]