Daily Show Democracy
His TV show’s set, his smile and even his hair look just like Jon Stewart’s. But Egyptian television host Bassem Youssef’s rights couldn’t be more different.
On The Daily Show on Monday night, Mr. Stewart came to the defense of his Middle Eastern alter-ego, host of the Egyptian satirical TV news show Al Bernameg (“The Read More
All Twitter Everything
Earlier this year, O/R Books published Tweets From Tahrir, a compilation edited by Alex Nunns and Nadia Idle that told the story of the protests to oust Hosni Mubarak from Twitter missives sent as the protests unfurled. With thousands of demonstrators now back in Tahrir to advocate for a handover of power from military to civilian rule, O/R has compiled a live Twitter feed from contributors to its original compilation — perhaps as they Tweet out a sequel in real time?
In late January, during the protests that eventually led to the revolution in Egypt, the news broke that looters had raided the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, current home to some of the most impressive artifacts of early human history. The thieves made off with 18 objects and The Huffington Post, practicing its own brand of Read More
Zahi Hawass, the controversial Egyptian antiquities minister who announced over the weekend that he had been fired in a cabinet shakeup, has reportedly returned to power, at least for now.
Mr. Hawass tells The Art Newspaper that Egyptian prime minister Essam Sharaf asked him to return to work, after his proposed replacement, Abdel Fatah Read More
On Sunday, Zahi Hawass confirmed to New York Times reporter Kate Taylor that he will indeed be losing his job as Egypt’s antiquities minister.
Mr. Hawass had stepped down in March, only to return to his post in a few weeks’ time, but quickly became embroiled in a legal dispute, according to earlier reporting Read More
Egypt’s political woes and resulting chaos won’t change the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s plans to return 19 objects from the tomb of Tutankhamun to the nation permanently, for display in Giza.
Zahi Hawass, Egypt’s minister of antiquities, had alleged that the Met’s objects had been stolen from the excavation early in the 20th century. The Read More
The upheaval, violence and riots in Egypt are immensely troubling.
Who’s responsible for this faux pas? Well, if those initials at the end are to be taken literally, it came straight from the BlackBerry of Kenneth Cole himself. A subsequent tweet indicated that the company wasn’t “intending to make light of a serious Read More
There is absolute chaos in Cairo, Egypt. And the chaos has been lighting up Twitter, where the masses have relayed every small instance of horror, each time affixed with the hashtags #egypt and #cairo. It’s really a stunning mess over there.
But there are happy things too! Media is saved thanks to The Daily, and Read More
Reading and listening to the immediate euphoric response to the protests in Egypt, I realized that America’s proverbial optimism and its legendary escapism were beginning to look more and more like each other.
Remember the earthquake that struck Haiti almost one year ago? At the time, the airwaves and print-byways were full of voices hailing Read More
I have sat here in the desert for more than 4,000 years. I watched as Pharaoh Ahmose I expelled the dreaded Hyksos from the Nile. I saw the missionaries of Hatshetsup deliver her myrrh trees from the Land of Punt. Thutmose III forged his empire from the banks of the Euphrates to the fourth Nile Read More