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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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On social media, upheaval and hate.

Posted on November 18, 2014 at 2:10 AM Comments comments (38)

Can't get away from your smartphone come day or night? Well, you're cerainly not alone as the addiction to smartphones, facebook and Twitter hits an all time high in our world.  But, isn't it an oxymoron that social media networks have in fact created a de facto parlallel universe of sorts where you could feel closer to strangers you'e never met in real life more than you are with people you already know and socialize with in real life?

But, wait...shouldn't getting to know one ano...

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""The Pathway to Sustainable Development Series"

Posted on May 5, 2014 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

The Pathway to Sustainable Development Series: An Introduction

Having just completed an immensely interesting online course in "Sustainable Development" with the "Earth Institute", Columbia University, New York, it became imperative for me to attempt to apply and share my newly acquired knowledge with Egyptians who are eager to look into the future rather than focus on the negativities and events of the tumultous past 3 years (2011-2014). Many politic...

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Operation Sinai: Facts & Figures you have to know...

Posted on November 11, 2012 at 6:35 AM Comments comments (564)

OPERATION SINAI: Facts & Figures you have to know...

This blog post attempts to shed light on how Operation Sinai came to be and the history of the "Sinai Insurgency" since Egypt's January 25th Revolution.  Much of the information is in brief paragraphs and bullet form, for the sake of simplicity and clarity. The information is entirely gathered from Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/sinai_insurgency).  It is my utmost convict...

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Posted on November 9, 2012 at 4:35 AM Comments comments (20)


My sweat dries,

      And is replaced,

Rolling over to either side,

       I close my eyes,

Breathing deeply,

      I squeeze the sand, tranced,

I touch the water, cold as ice,


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"The Key of Life"....

Posted on November 7, 2012 at 4:30 AM Comments comments (21)

"The Key of Life"...

(This is a prose dialogue between an ancient Egyptian female pharoah and a person living in Egypt today...)

She led me by the hand, the corridor was dark,

      The stench of urine welcomes me to "old Age",

"Here is the chamber, or in your tongue, sarcophagus!"

       Scrolls spille...

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"Anti-sexual harassment initiatives: the birth of "vigilante justice"?...

Posted on October 31, 2012 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (16)

Eid al-Adha in Egypt, a time previously known for children rejoicing in the streets in newly purchased colorful outfits, outdoor family outings, and entertaining TV shows, has slowly but most certainly metamorphosed into a time of fear and apprehension for Egyptian females.  Yes, sexual harassment, an old, yet increasingly pressing issue, is now at the forefront of newspapers, social media networks, and TV talk shows.  Finally, this social phenomenon is now in the limelight, thanks ...

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Posted on October 25, 2012 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (20)
Egypt is a strong example for other countries in the region. Watching the Tweets being sent and the intelligence of the individuals is truly inspiring to everyone investing in freedom.

From Revolution to Evolution & "Political Consciousness"

Posted on April 19, 2012 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (20)

From Revolution to Evolution & "Political Consciousness"

Was Egypt's Revolution hijacked? Did the Revolution fail to meet people's aspirations? These are questions being asked ever so often, and incessantly, in cafes, living rooms, and most of all, in people's minds in Egypt, and beyond.  Revolutions require ample time to run their course before being subjected to judgments of success...

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The Hunter...

Posted on February 28, 2012 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (21)
The Hunter...

The hunter recalls the path of loneliness,
     Treading on ashes and softened feathers,
He raises his head,
     A distinctive countenance...

Bow and arrow, he aims,
    Then chooses,...
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The Ticking of Time...

Posted on February 17, 2012 at 6:10 AM Comments comments (0)
The Ticking of Time...

As you begin to bloom, you leave your protective cocoon,
    You're breaking free from your tiny bud,
Brighter and rosier than ever before,
    Now one amongst many,
Beware it's the ticking of time...

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