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
To his fellow Egyptians and to most observers across the world, Mohammed el-Baradei looks like a hero–an international diplomat who might well have lived out his days in the comforts of Geneva and New York, but returned home to provide leadership despite serious personal peril. But to leading figures on the American right, Mr. El-Baradei Read More
Amid FBI raids against 40 of its members, online anarcho-pranksters Anonymous has turned its sites toward the Egyptian government over internet censorship amid widespread civil unrest in the country.
In a YouTube press release, the collective aims itself at Egypt’s government amid shutdown of Facebook, Twitter and other media services that had provided real-time updates Read More
Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.
After a long day in which thousands of Egyptians took to the streets to demand a new government, President Hosni Mubarak just appeared on television and promised to give it to them…sort of. Speaking on Al Jazeera, the long-serving president—who looks remarkably young Read More
Vodaphone, the world’s largest mobile operator and the largest carrier in Egypt, has shut down service in the country due to a government order, the company said:
All mobile operators in Egypt have been instructed to suspend services in selected areas. Under Egyptian legislation the authorities have the right to issue such an Read More
Ripped open by an iceberg! Who could forget the Titanic, all 46,329 gross tons, breaking in half and sinking for two hours and 40 minutes into the black and icy sea with Leonardo DiCaprio turning blue, holding onto a piece of paneling?
April 14 is the time to commemorate with thoughts of the sea. (Especially Read More
Henry Siegman has again and again proved a leader on the Israel/Palestine issue. His review of Jimmy Carter’s apartheid-in-Palestine book in the Nation offers breathtaking relief from the smear campaign against Carter. His piece concludes with an explanation of Carter’s enormous contribution to Israel’s security.
Accusations by Alan Dershowitz and others that Carter Read More
In Tuesday’s New York Sun, editor Seth Lipsky refers to the Six-Day war of 1967 in typical fashion, saying that Ariel Sharon “saved the Jewish state” by enveloping the Egyptians in the Sinai. Lipsky’s view of the war is unreconstructed chauvinism; it shows no familiarity with Israel’s new historians, who have described the Read More
I saw The DaVinci Code last night with a friend, a lapsed Catholic, after two other friends, also lapsed Catholics, raved about it. Even a lapsed Jew like me knows that this movie will be poison at the confession box. It’s like the idea I discovered in college, that I didn’t have to marry a Read More
A queen who proclaimed herself king is the spectacular subject of a spectacular new exhibition at the Met. Hatshepsut: From Queen to Pharaoh spotlights a woman who rose to govern Egypt way back in the 18th Dynasty, more than 3,000 years ago. Today’s sensibilities will undoubtedly applaud the feminist overtones of this venture. Certainly, the Read More