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Mai Shams El-Din
A day after the bloody dispersal of two Islamist sit-ins by security forces left hundreds dead, the Al-Iman Mosque in Nasr City had been converted into a makeshift morgue, where ice and fans were used to cool the bodies of the slain protesters. Amid the chaos, grieving families there and at the Zeinhom morgue had to deal with the logistical nightmare of obtaining burial permits for those killed in the violence. According to the Health Ministry’s latest report on ...Keep Reading »
The ouster of Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated President Mohamed Morsi has left the nation starkly divided down lines popularly described as either “fascist” or “terrorist.” The latter accuse the former of siding with the military in their tour de force against the Islamists, while the former describe Islamists as inherent lovers of violence. In the process, new groups are emerging that hope to create a third wave out of this impasse—but not without difficulty, or divisions of ...Keep Reading »
Clashes escalated between supporters and opponents of President Mohamed Morsi around the presidential palace in Heliopolis on Wednesday after the sit-in there was attacked. Tens of protesters staging a sit-in were confronted in the afternoon by a rally of hundreds of pro-Morsi demonstrators in the absence of security forces. The day before, thousands had marched to the palace, denouncing a constitutional declaration issued by Morsi that grants him sweeping ...Keep Reading »
After passing a controversial constitutional declaration late Thursday giving himself expansive powers, President Mohamed Morsy later went on to articulate the details of the Revolution Protection Law introduced in the declaration. Meant to uphold revolutionary demands, the law failed to quell the anger of the thousands of protesters in Tahrir Square, who vociferously called for the downfall of Morsy and the new regime. Although there have been numerous ...Keep Reading »
Mai Shams El-Din graduated from the American University in Cairo with a degree in journalism. She worked mostly for local English-language news outlets but has also been writing in Arabic, particularly when it comes to her home city, Aswan, Upper Egypt. She covers a variety of issues, but is drawn to the student movement, campus politics, human rights journalism among other things. You can find her on Twitter @maishams.