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Clerical error

By: Philip Whitfield Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei must be walking on air. His acolyte President Mohamed Morsi apes Iran’s every move. Essam El-Haddad, one of the top honchos in the Muslim Brotherhood Guidance Bureau, has been in Tehran chewing over Syria. Just as on 4 December …

Daily News Egypt

Justice in Boston and Cairo

By Mina George Yassa Watching the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombers unfold live on TV, I cannot help but feel a certain sense of awe at the precise and methodical nature of law enforcement in the United States. At times, even in between the conflicting reports and hearsay, there was certain senses of inevitability …

Daily News Egypt

Wizards or woozies

By Philip Whitfield One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors – Plato. For what it’s worth, the election degenerates into a scrap between bigots and zealots. Tactical withdrawal? Tacit defeat? Haughty hogwash? Take your pick. Either way the self-styled democratic opposition has …

Daily News Egypt

One man, one vote, one time

By Philip Whitfield CAIRO: You’d die to be immortalised by a zinger, wouldn’t you? Like Ed Djerejian”s after Islamists and pro-democracy groups fell out in Algeria — condemning 30 million to decades of misery, penury and slaughter. Some counted 200,000 corpses. The killing hasn’t stopped 21 years on. That North African torment began with Morsy-like …

Fady Salah

Shahira Amin

The volcano erupts

The outpouring of rage in Islamic countries isn’t just about a low-budget film insulting the prophet Muhammad. It is the eruption of a volcano that has been simmering for the past eleven years

Shahira Amin