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Pascale Ghazaleh, Hesham Sallam, Adel Iskandar, Mouin Rabbani, and Sherene Seikaly

The Politics of Trains

[Train crash scene in Asyut. Image Source: O News Agency]

Amidst Israel’s ongoing “surgical” brutality in the Gaza Strip and authoritarianism’s slow, stubborn, yet very bloody demise in Syria, further tragegy and horror was delivered yesterday from an unexpected source. At 7:00 on the morning of 17 November, a speeding train passing through Egypt’s Manfalut district of the southern governorate of Asyut, struck a busload of children. The bus driver drove across the tracks even though the warning lights and sirens were reportedly ...

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Pascale Ghazaleh, Hesham Sallam, Adel Iskandar, Mouin Rabbani, and Sherene Seikaly



Pascale Ghazaleh is Assistant Professor of History at the American University in Cairo. She is the author of Fortunes Urbaines et Strategies Sociales: Genealogies Patrimoniales au Caire, 1780-1830 (Cairo: IFAO, 2010), and the editor of Held in Trust: Waqf in the Islamic World (Cairo: AUC Press, 2011).



Hesham Sallam is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Government at Georgetown University. He is Co-Editor of Jadaliyya Ezine.



Adel Iskandar is a scholar of Arab studies whose research focuses on media and communication. He is the author and coauthor of several works including Al-Jazeera: The Story of the Network that is Rattling Governments and Redefining Modern Journalism (Basic Books). Iskandar's work deals with media, identity and politics and has lectured extensively on these topics at universities worldwide. His latest publication is an edited volume entitled Edward Said: A Legacy of Emancipation and Representation (University of California Press). His two forthcoming works are books on the role of new media and dissidence in the Arab world. Iskandar teaches at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies and the Communication, Culture and Technology program at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.



Mouin Rabbani is a Contributing Editor of Middle East Report and has published and commented widely on Palestinian affairs and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He was a Senior Analyst of the Middle East with theInternational Crisis Group. Previously he worked as Palestine Director of the Palestinian American Research Centre. He is Co-Editor of Jadaliyya Ezine.



Sherene Seikaly is Assistant Professor of History and Director of the Middle East Studies Center at the American University in Cairo. She is a co-editor of theArab Studies Journal and co-founder and contributing editor of Jadaliyya ezine.