From the Editors
Two years ago today, Egyptians celebrated their toppling of President Hosni Mubarak and looked ahead to a future of change. Yet the second anniversary of Mubarak’s departure has been marked by further demonstrations, bloodshed, and new scenes of extreme state violence. Amid the now-routine use of tear gas and live fire on protests nationwide, there was the incredible footage of the repeated beating and violation of a citizen stripped naked by a gang of policemen in riot ...Keep Reading »
Having toppled a dictator of thirty years in the uprisings of January and February 2011, millions of Egyptians looked ahead to a future of comprehensive change. In May 2012, they faced the disturbing prospect of choosing a new president from a list that included Mubarak’s last prime minister, and foreign minister. When the former, Ahmad Shafik, was allowed to pass through to the second electoral round, waves of nationwide protest decried his candidacy. Over the past week, to ...Keep Reading »
[Note: This Is My Picture When I Was Dead is the opening film at the DC Palestinian Film & Arts Festival, Monday, 26 September 2011 at Landmark E Street Cinema, 7pm. The festival runs Monday-Friday 26-30 September. For more information please visit http://dcpff.tumblr.com. This review of the film was originally posted on 11 May 2011.] This Is My Picture When I Was Dead. Directed by Mahmoud Al-Massad. Netherlands/Jordan, 2010. "If you don’t know Ma’moun ...Keep Reading »
وسط غضب المصريين لمقتل جنودهم فى سيناء والإبقاء على السفير الإسرائيلى فى القاهرة جاء قرار الحكومة التركية بطرد سفير إسرائيل وتجميد العلاقات العسكرية معها، وأثارت المقارنة حسرة فى النفوس. ولا شك أنها شكلت جزءا مهما من خلفية أحداث التظاهر أمام السفارة الإسرائيلية يوم «جمعة تصحيح المسار». غير أن علينا حين نفكر فى «الدروس التركية» كما يسميها البعض، أن نتذكر الاختلافات الجذرية فى تاريخ كل من الدولة المصرية والدولة التركية فى علاقتهما بإسرائيل. فالذى يميز الاتجاهات الجديدة فى ...Keep Reading »
On the morning of August 3, 2011, Egypt stood still as millions watched the televised trial of their former president Hosni Mubarak begin. The other defendants in Case 1227, Qasr al-Nil, were Mubarak’s two sons Gamal and Alaa, his tycoon business associate Hussein Salem, former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly, and six of his aides, variously charged with the deliberate killing of protestors, and profiteering on a massive scale. Traffic reduced to a trickle on Cairo’s ...Keep Reading »
This Is My Picture When I Was Dead. Directed by Mahmoud Al-Massad. Netherlands/Jordan, 2010. ‘If you don’t know Ma’moun Mreish, you don’t know the history of the Palestinian Revolution.’ This line is key to the mixture of personal and national history presented by director Mahmoud Al-Massad in This Is My Picture When I Was Dead. It begins with the shooting of father and son, Ma’moun and Bashir Mreish, in Athens in 1983, one of many Mossad assassinations of senior PLO ...Keep Reading »
Reem Abou-El-Fadl is Junior Research Fellow in the International Relations of the Middle East at St Edmund Hall, Oxford University. Her interests include the July and January Revolutions of Egypt, the Palestinian Revolution, Arabism and Turkish nationalism, and Arabic music and cinema. She teaches courses on Middle East Politics and International Relations. She completed her doctorate in Politics at St Antony's College, Oxford, comparing foreign policy and nation building in 1950s Turkey and Egypt. Her current research examines Egyptian solidarity with the Palestinian Revolution in the 1960s and 1970s. She tweets via @Reem_AbouElFadl.