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RANYA KHALIFA: "Democracy Digest"...


This blog is a personal quest from me to anyone out there who is interested in making Egypt a more efficient and human-friendly country, given our January 25th revolution which is paving the way for our transition to a true democracy.....I believe in Laws that are just, taking into account the plight of citizens who cannot speak for themselves out of poverty, illiteracy, or lack of a medium to get their voices heard.

Being an Egyptian with a western education, has given me the chance of seeing life from both prisms.  It is a privilege and yet a burden to explain two sides of a story all the time!! But, I am sure such is the plight of many people in this world who have a foot in both the oriental and the western culture.

My blog is designed to shed light on the myriad of issues that Egypt's economy, culture, and people will have to go through as they transition to democracy, as well as the plight of many Egyptians who cannot get their voices out to the media.  I want to try to put my knowledge to use whereby this blog could speak out on behalf of the underprivileged as well as minority groups in Egypt. 

My utmost objective is that this blog actively takes part in Egypt's post-revolution transition (and beyond) whereby readers all over the world gain insight into the real lives of Egyptians; be they poor, middle class, or elite Egyptians.  Egyptians are all in this ship together and it is up to us to steer it in the right direction, battling the high waves and dire straits that we will surely face on our route to democracy.... 

I envision a democracy where every citizen is respected, and is also an active participant in Egypt's progress...and where every leader is responsive to the people and is held accountable by these very same people.

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Who Will Write Our History?

Posted on January 21, 2012 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

A question keeps hounding me these days as the first anniversary of our January 25th Revolution draws ever so close..namely, "who's going to write about January 25th and its aftermath in our history textbooks?" How will this revolution go down in history and how will the next generations perceive the "facts"?  What are the "facts" and who can claim to have a neutral take on what happened in Egypt, not only during the 18 days till the fall of Hosny Mubarak on February 11, 2011, but on the...

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"Black Sunday"...What Lies Beneath...

Posted on October 11, 2011 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Countless blog posts and articles have been written and pundits have analyzed the events that took place on Sunday evening as Copts marched from Shubra to Maspero on October 9th, 2011.  But this march wasn't like the others that were held by Copts in Maspero since January 25th.  This "Bloody Sunday" brought out all that has been lurking beneath the "Egyptian fabric", which is in my opinion, in desperate need for alterations. And it was about time that this fabric rippe...

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The Dark Compliment... (against repression in Africa)

Posted on June 28, 2011 at 6:31 AM Comments comments (0)
The Dark Compliment...

The link was cut, defined,
   Boundaries set, ranks resigned,
Minds saw reason, others struck blind,
    Torn in two, not aligned...

Separated by a stream of thought,
   Waters over which armies ...
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The Flowing Stream...(published this poem in the U.S.)

Posted on June 28, 2011 at 6:25 AM Comments comments (0)
The Flowing Stream...

A stream of no beginning,
    A tunnel of no ending,
An endless dream,
   A flowing stream...

Time has no meaning,
  It's no longer demeaning,
To show thy feeling,
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Re-visiting "gender inequality" post-January 25th....

Posted on June 7, 2011 at 5:33 AM Comments comments (1)

When women are fearful of walking in Egypt's streets because of increasing rates of sexual harassment, physical assault and rape, then we have a very serious social and behavioral problem.  I am not talking about a novel phenomenon that's taking shape post-revolution Egypt, nor am I speaking of increasing incidents that are due to lack of police forces.  I am speaking about a fact of life that has existed way before the revolution, specifically around the mid-1980s, when I personall...

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Deadly traffic jams: We need garages in buildings!!!!

Posted on May 31, 2011 at 6:36 AM Comments comments (0)

I absolutely detest traffic jams in Cairo, just like everybody else!!! But, one thing that truly bothers me is the fact that governors and governorate councils do not impose strict rules and regulations on buildings in the entire country!!! I mean, why in the world is there not a Law that stipulates and enforces all building owners to build and open up garages in buildings??  Why are the garages either not there, closed to the residents, or used as retail shops???

I am ...

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From revolution to constitution...who will sprint to the finish line?

Posted on May 22, 2011 at 12:03 PM Comments comments (0)

Egypt is definitely in a state of fluidity, fluctuation, exhaustion, unemployment, inflation...you name it, we have it.  And yet, I get this feeling that keeps tugging at my heart that there is a sleeping tiger out there waiting to sprint to the finish line.  That tiger will use everything and every means to win the trophy and be crowned "King".  For the time being, that tiger is not striped with dense black lines, but is rather camouflaged, inconspicuous and laying low, wantin...

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Murder: and Senior Citizen Homes in Egypt...

Posted on April 20, 2011 at 1:24 PM Comments comments (1)

Dear Readers,

Going through the daily newspapers today, I came across a murder that took place in Mohandeseen, Cairo.  An elderly woman in her seventies was repeatedly stabbed by a worker at her ironing service (whom she knew quite well).  The murderer climbed up her plumbing poles and went in through the bathroom window.  He was busy stealing her jewelry, cash, and cell phones, when the old lady woke up.  He strangled her, then stabbed her four times in ...

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"Do we have a vision post Jan-25th?"

Posted on April 18, 2011 at 12:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Yes! Egypt's January 25th Revolution was a dream that had to be realized after 30 years of Mubarak's corrupt, stifling and repressive regime!!  Protesters in Tahrir Square as well as in many other governorates, notably Alexandria and Suez, came out in huge numbers and stood their ground, determined beyond a shadow of a doubt, that toppling the former president was both a necessity and an act of patriotism.

The Revolution was deemed "clean" and heroic by the internationa...

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"Reflections on the Niqab & "Clash of Civilizations"

Posted on April 17, 2011 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Readers,

On Monday, April 11, 2011, France became the first European country to formally ban the wearing of the "niqab/burka" in public.  Any woman found wearing it in public will face a fine of up to 150 Euros or will have to take lessons in French citizenship.

A big question arises here: aren't lessons in French citizenship, tantamount to lessons in "French secularism"? On the other hand, some of the 2000 Muslim women who are believed to actuall...

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