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RANYA KHALIFA: "Democracy Digest"...

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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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To dye or not to dye?? Is that the question?

Posted on April 17, 2011 at 5:16 AM Comments comments (0)

While Egypt struggles to navigate its way through dire economic and political straits, the Egyptian media has become obsessed with a ridiculous detail: was Mubarak's hair dyed jet-black or was it white during the hospital interrogations at Sharm El Sheikh hospital??


The Egyptian media never ceases to surprise and alarm me!! As if this minute detail is what will make or break public opinion!! I wish the media would concentrate on details that really matter like whether we can...

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"political fear" syndrome...

Posted on April 16, 2011 at 4:03 AM Comments comments (0)

Yes! The Revolution has succeeded in toppling and imprisoning Hosni Mubarak and his regime in a span of two and a half months.  But, that does not mean that Egyptians wake up every morning surfing the web for political parties to join or for civil society NGO's and organizations to volunteer for.  Should this come as any surprise after 60 years of political apathy and the almost complete absence of a functional civil society?


Would it not be great if all Egyptians ...

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My Mentor and I...

Posted on April 15, 2011 at 5:17 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear readers,


I have decided to dedicate my first blog entry under this category "Towards a Functional Civil Society", to my Mentor, who first introduced me to the term "civil society" back in 1996...


I was studying for a Masters Degree in Middle East studies at The American University in Cairo (AUC), and my Mentor called me into his office to discuss my paper entitled  "Copts in Egypt".  He was impressed that I chose to write about Copts and whe...

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Porto Torah...

Posted on April 14, 2011 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Today's chatter revolves around what may be happening behind the prison cell doors in Torah prison in Helwan.  Some people actually believe that a counter-revolution may be in the works as a "shadow government" lurks and plots to overthrow the Jan.25th Revolution and what it has reaped so far in terms of freedom and the Revolution's democratic blue-print from here onwards...

It is humor at its peak to hear Egyptians now referring to the notorious Torah Prison as Porto Torah or Tora...

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The price of tomatoes...

Posted on April 13, 2011 at 7:19 AM Comments comments (0)

Yes! It has been confirmed that the price of tomatoes today in Heliopolis is cheaper than it is in Al Haram!! While the cost in Heliopolis is 5 L.E. , it is reportedly 6 L.E. in Al Haram....


That's today's Chatter fact!!!!

Mubarak and his sons are held in prison pending further investigations...

Posted on April 13, 2011 at 6:45 AM Comments comments (1)

We all woke up to the news that former president Mubarak and his two sons were being detained for 15 days pending further investigations.  Some people celebrated while others continue to question whether or not Mubarak will actually be given a prison sentence...such conflicting sentiments will continue and poliarization within the Egyptian community is bound to intensify as parliamentary elections loom closer...

What the Egyptian people should be focusing on now is how to ensure th...

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News that the former president admitted to hospital??!!

Posted on April 12, 2011 at 12:40 PM Comments comments (0)

News is circulating that former President, Hosni Mubarak, has been admitted into a Sharm El Sheikh hospital today??!!  It is no news that Mubarak's health is in peril and that he is scrambling to find an exit from the political dilemma that he's in now.  If it is proven that his health cannot withstand a criminal prosecution trial, then he will not stand one...

The only way Egypt is to move forward is for it to become a civilian state, whereby citizens are given EQUAL rights t...

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Where is the Egyptian "Rehab" Law??

Posted on April 11, 2011 at 12:47 PM Comments comments (0)

I do not know of an Egyptian law that enforces "Rehab" for drug addicts and alcoholics.  This law is badly needed in a society where drug addiction in particular is rampant (will research the exact figures, if they are available).

This law will not only protect the drug addict, but will protect any family members that are constantly under threat of attack and rages by the addict. Instead of waiting for violent crimes to be committed, this compulsory law will help deter and decrease...

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Is there a law that punishes domestic violence??

Posted on April 11, 2011 at 5:44 AM Comments comments (1)

I need to search for a law in Egypt that criminalizes domestic violence.  This violence may be between a man and his wife, parents and children, or between siblings.  The reason why I am so concerned about domestic violence in Egypt is that I have witnessed first hand several cases where family members did not know how to deter the violent actions of another family member because the law does not arbitrate between family members unless a severe crime has been committed.  Such a...

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Welcome note

Posted on April 10, 2011 at 8:24 AM Comments comments (0)

Welcome to my thoughts....yet it is our world...This blog is no way meant to be a personal journal where I express myself freely thinking that nobody is really there to read what I post!!  No, this blog is truly meant to be interactive, where a constructive discussion ensues between the members and myself!!   All I hope for is that this blog makes us all think...of political and socioeconomic issues that affect and infect our everyday lives in Egypt!!  This blog is meant t...

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