Khaled Diab

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Khaled Diab is an Egyptian journalist, writer and blogger. He writes for a range of leading publications in Europe, the Middle East and the United States. He has spent half his life in the Middle East and the other half in Europe. His website is www.chronikler.com. Follow him on @DiabolicalIdea

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In league with the people of Gaza

In order to avoid history repeating and tragedy multiplying, Arab leaders should convene in Gaza to end the deadly confrontation there and to present creative solutions to the wider conflict.

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The square root of the Egyptian revolution

On its third anniversary, the Egyptian revolution may have come full circle back to square one, but it will eventually, perhaps decades from now, square the circle and deliver on its root promises of “bread, freedom, dignity” The word “revolution” perfectly encapsulates the events of the past three years. It is almost as if Egyptians …

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Egypt’s underground sisterhood

What the post-revolutionary Islamist and conservative onslaught against Egyptian women distorts is the growing strength of Egypt’s feminist counter-culture and grassroots female emancipation. Surveying Egypt’s political landscape, you might be excused for thinking that women are a minority. Only five members of the Committee of 50 tasked with revising the constitution are women. Unsurprisingly, this …

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Friday of peace

To counter all the rage and violence, Egypt urgently needs a Friday of Peace to mourn all the dead and reject violence

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Confessions of an Egyptian infidel

Though never officially recognised, atheists and agnostics have always been part of Egypt’s landscape. So it’s time society granted us our right to believe… differently.

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Democracy is (still) the solution

In Egypt, neither Islamism nor militarism is the solution. What we need is a visionary founding document, and the stillborn constitution of 1954 fits the bill. It is a sign of just how awry the situation has become this past week that Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya actually sounds like one of the more sensible players on the …

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Freedom of choice, the real birthright

Unlike eye colour and skin tone, religion is not hereditary. This reality needs to be reflected in Egyptian identity documents and personal status laws. In Egypt, like in many other traditional societies, the idea that religion is hereditary is so widespread that it is written into the law and children are stamped with the seal …

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Egypt’s clash of freedoms

What is happening in Egypt cannot be reduced to a simple conflict between Islamists, secularists and the military. It is a fundamental clash over conflicting concepts of “freedom”. The millions of anti-Morsi protesters who flooded the streets across the country were out to oppose what they saw as a dictator-in-the-making who was robbing them of …

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True people power in Egypt

Egypt has a rare opportunity to build a unique direct democracy – without a president or political parties – tailored to its needs that could also serve as a model for other Arab countries. In my previous article, I promised to outline a vision for Egypt’s democratic future. But in order to do so, we …

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Egypt’s coup de quoi!?

What happened in Egypt was not a ‘coup’. It was the millions on the streets, not dressed in khaki, who democratically ejected Morsi. Now they must finish the job of removing the military from politics. As an Egyptian abroad, I cannot but bow my head in admiration and appreciation at what my compatriots have achieved …

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