Egypt's Newest Music Style: Mahragan

 There is a new underground music style quickly gaining popularity in Egypt, especially around the suburbs of Cairo....more

She gets a kick out of helping people

Every time she heard someone saying that she should be doing something else, Caroline Amasis Maher’s determination grew and she trained even harder. She ignored the naysayers and the cultural barriers by not only playing a male-dominated sport but also excelling in it. Recently she became the first Arab-African female to be inducted into the Taekwondo Hall of Fame – the highest and most prestigious award in the sport. This meteoric rise to the top makes her extremely proud. In 2011, Caroline was ranked 11th on the World Taekwondo Federation’s World Athlete Ranking. ...more

From bike rides to pink ribbons, Egyptian anti-violence campaigns create ripples across the country

In Egypt, where up to 94 per cent of women report having been sexually harassed, students across 28 universities have devised clever anti-sexual harassment campaigns. ...more

Women’s cooperatives changing lives and lands in Upper Egypt

A cattle-raising cooperative in Luxor has secured decent jobs and working conditions where 26 women earn an income and are the primary decision-makers on land and the division of labour. ...more

My Response to "How Can We Live?"

This morning, I read a post over on Grow Mama Grow. When I read this question: "How can I laugh when a bereaved mother in Cairo is crying? " I felt compelled to comment. Below is my response. ...more

The Parade of Nations and a falafel recipe.

Yesterday was the annual Local Colors Festival in my hometown. It's an annual festival that celebrates the diversity of the nationalities living here in the Roanoke Valley, of which there are over ninety. This spring festival boasts a parade of nations and a series of performances that last all day long. There are also a multitude of vendors selling wares and food that are representative of their countries. ...more

When the Days Close In

I had been in Egypt for over a year when the rogue movement to sling acid into the faces of non-covered women began. It was right around the time that Bush was declaring war on Iraq. It was a dangerous combination and we were ordered to stay inside our houses. The world had gone mad....more

Women's Day and Africa/Middle East

Until my second year in college, I did not know International Women's Day existed. But one day in March, as I walked the main thoroughfare across campus, a stranger with a bunch of flowers handed me a blossom with an informational tag and said, "Happy Women's Day." I was intrigued. I returned to my apartment after class, did some internet research, and discovered a holiday dedicated to advancing the political, economic, and social rights of women--a holiday so unlike the American Mother's Day, a day of expensive brunches, flowers, and cards....more

Egypt is Open for Business: Our Bags are Packed

I called my parents to let them know that we were moving forward with our trip to Egypt and Jordan.  It’s for two weeks in mid-March.  My mom wasn’t happy.  I had anticipated that.  Then she asked: ...more

That trip is an amazing example and I appreciate you sharing it. I was joking with the husband ...more

Mubarak Resigns: The Egyptian People Have Spoken

On Friday, February 11, against all odds and most predictions, the unthinkable happened: after more than two weeks of peaceful protests, the Egyptian people forced the resignation of Hosni Mubarak, the country's president for over 30 years (though as one tweep, @imPalestine, put it, “He did not step down, he was stepped upon”). ...more

I found the peaceful power of the Egyptians inspiring, and the humor that has found its way in ...more