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The saga of Mohamed Mahmoud

Throughout the mid 1990s, Mohamed Mahmoud was a street that carried so many good memories for me and perhaps other students of the American University in Cairo who would cross this street several times per day trotting from one campus to the other, stopping by El Kady to get the occasional chocolate bar or odd …

Dr Mohamed Fouad

Managing editor Rana Allam

Humiliating Mohamed Mahmoud

The thing about the Mohamed Mahmoud clashes specifically is the mere fact that those who had never joined a protest even through the 18 glorious days took to that one. They did so not because they wanted to grab power or even present a political demand, but in defence of family members of those who …

Rana Allam

Dr. H.A. Hellyer

Days of impunity

On 2 February 2011, I was in Tahrir Square and I left in the early afternoon to go home. Within a half hour of my leaving, camels, horses and thugs attacked Tahrir Square, resulting in more than a dozen deaths and hundreds wounded. That day is now etched into Egyptian revolutionary history as the Battle …

Dr H.A. Hellyer

Maher Hamoud

Editor’s letter: The collective shame of a massacre

Why does commemorating the anniversary of Mohamed Mahmoud massacre hurt? It’s a simple and valid question to ask in trying to better understand the deadly violence that broke out again on the clashes’ first anniversary and put things in context. I believe that what makes such a massacre special and different from other ones committed …

Fady Salah

Shahira Amin

Anger over unmet expectations

It was as if the clock had turned back to those fateful days last November when youth revolutionaries had battled with security forces on Mohamed Mahmoud Street in downtown Cairo, in protests demanding an end to military rule. This week’s clashes between activists and riot police on the very same street were reminiscent of last …

Shahira Amin

Who can oppose the Muslim Brotherhood?

Morsy’s administration and the Muslim Brotherhood’s blatant domination, vulgar exclusion of other forces and sheer propaganda will end up facing the Brotherhood militias that were mobilised last Friday.

Ziad A. Akl

Protesters keep memory of Mohamed Mahmoud martyrs alive

CAIRO: Hundreds of protesters marched from Mostafa Mahmoud Mosque carrying symbolic coffins covered with Egyptian flags to mourn the martyrs of Mohamed Mahmoud Street, where five days of violence left more than 40 dead. After Friday prayers, the march made its way to Tahrir Square where thousands gathered on what was dubbed “Friday of the …


Egypt awaits poll results, Tahrir protest starts

By Marwa Awad and Tamim Elyan /Reuters CAIRO: Egypt will hear the results of elections which Islamist parties expect to win on Friday, and protesters gathered at a rally to remember 42 people killed in clashes with police last month. Islamist success at the polls in the most populous Arab nation would reinforce a trend in …