Remember Samira Ibrahim the 26-year-old Egyptian activist who won a case against the military army for carrying out ‘virginity checks‘? Samira was supposed to be presented the Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage award in the U.S. on Friday, March 8 along with nine other women. The award was given by Michelle Obama and John Kerry […]

On this day two years ago, March 9th 2011, seven women were forced to undergo ‘virginity tests’ by the Egyptian army after they were arrested during a protest in Tahrir Square. The tests were allegedly carried out to protect the soldiers from claims of rape. The women were also beaten, given electric shocks, strip-searched, and […]

Violent clashes are continuing in the city of Port Said. Last year, a football riot occurred there and left 74 people dead. Trials of some of the people who took part in the riots are still ongoing and so far 21 people have been sentenced to death. Now what some locals see as a heavy-handed […]

A hot air balloon caught fire in a mid-air explosion near the ancient city of Luxor, killing 19 tourists. The state news agency MENA reported that tourists who died were from Britain, France, Japan and Hong Kong. Two Britons and a UK citizen were among those, in what is described as ‘the deadliest hot air ballooning […]

A group of graffiti artists have filled the streets of Egypt with colours that match their spirits; bright and hopeful. El Teneen, Keizer and Ganzeer gained popularity and notoriety in Egypt for their work following the 2011 revolution.

Have you heard about Egyptian Mozart? Mozart in Egypt is a 1997 album, created by various talented artists and arranged by French musician Hughes de Courson. It represents a fusion of Mozart‘s work with the sounds, rhythms and instruments typical of contemporary Egyptian music. And I particularly love this one:

I finally picked up the courage to start writing my own blog; something I’ve been postponing for quite some time now. I think the reason I’ve been hesitant on posting my views on the Internet for the whole world to see is because I’m scared of Grammar Nazis and people judging me and that I will end up on an island […]