Ukraine War Strains North Africa Economies

Egypt imports most of its wheat from Russia and Ukraine, and is looking for alternative suppliers. And Tunisia was struggling to pay for grain imports even before the conflict.

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First Arabic Film by Netflix Stirs Fierce Morality Debate

Critics argued that the remake of the Italian film “Perfect Strangers” flouted moral standards by projecting Western norms out of sync with the largely religious public across much of the Arab world.

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Message to Prince Charles: This Is Not Your Father’s Egypt

The prince and his wife, Camilla, made Egypt their first foreign destination since the pandemic. Vestiges of British colonialism aside, they saw something new.

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Cairo’s Antique Elevators, Glorious and Glitchy, Are Scenes of Love and Fear

For some Cairenes, the city’s geriatric lifts are beautiful marvels. Others consider them frustrating and frightening. Everyone has a story.

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Egyptology Is Having a Big Moment. But Will Tourists Come?

Tourism in Egypt has been buffeted by political instability and terrorism. But the pandemic has dealt the industry its biggest blow in years.

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A Ramadan Closer to Normal for 2021

Compared with last year, when mosques around the world were closed because of the coronavirus, this Holy Month has limits, but friends and family, too.

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22 Mummies Are Moved in a Glittering Display in Cairo

But the made-for-TV spectacle also underlined the jarring divide between Egypt’s celebrated past and its uncertain present.

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The Freedom of Natural Curls: Egypt’s Quiet Rebellion

For decades, many Egyptians have been straightening their hair to fit a conservative, Western-influenced beauty standard. Many younger Egyptians are rejecting all that.

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A Decade After the Arab Spring, Autocrats Still Rule the Mideast

The popular uprisings of 2011 mostly failed, but they gave the region a taste for democracy that continues to whet an appetite for change.

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A Decade On, Silence Fills Egypt’s Field of Broken Dreams

In 2011, Tahrir Square was at the vanguard of popular uprisings known as the Arab Spring. But hopes for a democratic Egypt were crushed and the historic square given a sterile new look.

#cairo-egypt, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #egypt, #egyptian-civilization, #middle-east-and-north-africa-unrest-2010, #morsi-mohamed, #mubarak-hosni, #museums, #sisi-abdel-fattah-el

Rowing the Nile: A Soothing Respite in a Chaotic Metropolis

Ancient pharoahs rowed the Nile. Now Egyptians have rediscovered the practice, finding a new perspective on the river that shaped their country.

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Egypt Frees Human Rights Workers Amid Rising International Pressure

The arrest of the civil rights advocates received international attention, as Western policymakers, celebrities and the incoming Biden administration pressed for their release.

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Gasser Abdel-Razek, Egyptian Human Rights Activist, Is Jailed

Before his recent arrest, Gasser Abdel-Razek had no illusions about the risks in being a leading rights advocate under the increasingly repressive el-Sisi regime.

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Egypt Arrests Human Rights Leader, Continuing Crackdown on Dissent

The head of a human rights group and two of its other staff members have joined thousands of opposition figures, protesters and activists already in prison.

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Sisi Promised Egypt Better Health Care. Virus Exposed His True Priority.

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi vowed to put improved health care “at the heart” of his agenda. It hasn’t worked out like that in a country where the military’s needs always come first.

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Egyptian Teen Seeks Justice for Rape, and a Battle Erupts Over Women’s Rights

A generation of young women in Egypt who have found their voice on social media are challenging the old rules that blamed women when they were attacked by men.

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We’re Living in a World of Walls. Here Is a Window to Escape.

On ancient stones and new barriers, computer screens and emergency exits.

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The 22-Year-Old Force Behind Egypt’s Growing #MeToo Movement

In a moment of rage, Nadeen Ashraf created an Instagram page naming a man accused of being a sexual harasser. Within a week, it had 70,000 followers.

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After 7 Years on the Run, a Muslim Brotherhood Leader Is Caught

Egypt said that a raid in Cairo had netted the outlawed movement’s acting leader, Mahmoud Ezzat, who was thought to have fled abroad.

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She Waved a Rainbow Flag at Our Cairo Show. Tragedy Followed.

That Sarah Hegazi felt safe enough to honor our music with her bravery is thrilling; that such a simple act forever altered and then ended her life brings me great sorrow.

#arabs, #cairo-egypt, #hegazi-sarah-1989-2020, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #music

Cairo Badly Needed a Detox. Lockdown Supplied One, at a Steep Price.

Three months of lockdown slowed its pulse, stripped its grit and exposed a new side to a weary city. But without the noise, bustle and grind, was it really Cairo?

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Accusations of Serial Rape Push Egypt Toward a Reckoning

In a country where women are often blamed when they are sexually assaulted, the arrest of an Egyptian student has raised hopes for changing attitudes.

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Arrested for Waving Rainbow Flag, a Gay Egyptian Takes Her Life

Charged with “inciting debauchery,” Sarah Hegazi was jailed and tortured.

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Coronavirus Rips Into Regions Previously Spared

As the West settles into a grinding battle with the disease, the virus surges across the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and South Asia.

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In Egypt, Images From American Protests Evoke a Lost Revolution

Memories of 2011’s Arab Spring, and its fragile hopes, have been revived in the minds of many Egyptians as they’ve watched a strikingly similar dynamic play out in the United States.

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Tux, Gown, Masks: Arab Couples Scramble to Marry During a Pandemic

Undeterred by the coronavirus, couples across the Middle East are pressing ahead with scaled-back weddings. The authorities aren’t always thrilled.

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As Ramadan Begins, Muslims (Mostly) Accede to Pandemic Orders

Islam’s most sacred sites were largely deserted as the holy month started, but Muslims in some places were resisting in ways that could spread the coronavirus.

#cairo-egypt, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #mecca-saudi-arabia, #medina-saudi-arabia, #ramadan

Coronavrus Dims Ramadan Celebrations

The holiest month in the Islamic calendar promises this year to be the strangest ever for the world’s 1.8 billion Muslims. In Cairo, known as the city of a thousand minarets, the coronavirus has cast a long shadow.

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