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Letter From Cairo: US Mideast Policy Bewilders Egyptian Intellectuals

Pamela Nice

In Cairo, one can always count on the unpredictable. This January was no exception. The first couple of weeks saw record rainfall and freezing temperatures. With no drainage system in the city, this created flooded streets, impromptu bridges composed of broken slabs of sidewalk, and a wait of up to 15 minutes to cross a busy intersection.

Um Kulthum

Mai Ghoussoub

She stood straight and tilted her head slightly towards her public; I have to bend the aluminum rod harder towards her neck. I stop. I look at her. I have the feeling that she is staring at me. I pull harder and bang heavily on the material but I still can't reduce her to her own figurative self. Here she is again, triumphant in her myth. A winner.

A Personal Vision of Poetry

Amal al-Jubburi

I belong to a generation the critics labled the "‘80s generation," later known as the "war generation." This name referred to the war with Iran, and to the war of 1990, a war of global proportions-experiences making us a generation born out of the heart of wars.

Marcel Khalife Faces Charge Over Darwish Poem; Arab Intellectuals Rally to Defend Creative Freedom

Elie Chalala

Celebrated singer and composer Marcel Khalife, who has spent over a quarter of a century singing for Lebanon, the Palestinian cause and the Arab world, will go to trial in November on charges of "defaming" Islam by setting to music a poem that includes a quote from the Koranic account of Joseph.

In early October, criminal charges were filed against Khalife by Beirut's newly appointed Chief Investigating Magistrate, Abdel-Rahman Chehab. He called for a sentence of six months to three years on charges of "disrespecting" a religious text.


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