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Egypt: A Hidden Uprising

"In pursuit of stunting the organization of uprisings, more than 2,000 Egyptians have been arrested in the last two weeks, preventing protest leaders and organizers from continuing to lead. A number of those jailed are still waiting to be released"

Photo by Getty Images via the New York Times


3 Nov 2019

                   Rally for the right to vote in Moscow on August 10th 2019.

        Source: Sergey Leschina, via Wikimedia Commons.


6 Dec 2018

Crystal Mason. Source: Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram

In 2011, Crystal Mason, an Afro-American woman from Fort Worth, Texas, was charged and plead guilty to tax fraud and was sentenced to three...

15 Nov 2018

In the week following the United States midterm elections, there is still great uncertainty regarding some key elections in typically Republican stronghold states. In both Florida and Georgia, results...

4 Dec 2016

On October 28th, the small ocean-side city of Al-Hoceima was shaken by the death of Moroccan fish salesman Mouhcine Fikri. Although the fishing, possession, and dissemination of swordfish after autumn...

29 Nov 2016

“Not My President.” These three words have been entering the daily conversations of the American public since November 9, when Republican nominee Donald J. Trump was declared the next President of the...

21 Nov 2016

Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Central Asia have long been regarded as a vital part of the democratisation of the region. Central Asian governments have recently introduced a series of laws...

10 Apr 2016

There is an old saying about how to cook a frog. If you drop it into a pot of boiling water, it will leap out immediately. However, place it in cold water and proceed to gradually increase the tempera...

2 Apr 2016

With the media mostly focused upon Taliban aggression, less attention has been given to an important human rights topic: gender equality and democracy in Afghanistan. Despite a male population of whic...

7 Nov 2014

Burkina Faso, a landlocked country in Western Africa, is currently going through a massive governmental upheaval. Widespread civilian protests over President Blaise Compaore’s bid to change the consti...

7 Nov 2014

Ever since the Arab Spring, Egyptian politics have been a mess. Beginning with the successful ousting of US-backed technocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011, the Egyptian people have been taken on a tumultuo...

12 Mar 2013

Singapore is known to outsiders for its unique laws on the likes of chewing gum, tobacco, toy currency (not counterfeit, but the ones children play with) and pornographic material. It is also one of t...

27 Dec 2012

The Egyptian government has struggled to consolidate its power since the fall of Hosni Mubarak; the Muslim Brotherhood now dominates the newly elected government. The fact that a religious political o...

25 Nov 2012

Last summer, I had the chance to travel throughout the eastern part of Cuba and stay in casa particulares – rooms in Cuban homes rented by locals who obtained a license from the government. This trip...

23 Feb 2012

(and incidentally, vice versa…)

On the occasion of Mawlidon February 4, 2012, Hamza Kashgari, a columnist for the Jeddah-based daily Al-Bilad, published three tweets about an imagined meeting with Muha...

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