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Egyptian political commentary published this year!

In Comedy, egypt, Political on October 20, 2014 at 10:15 am

It’s complicated, the difficult marriage between Egypt and Palestine, published at YourMiddleEast.com in October 2014

Family of Peter Greste speak out, published at EgyptianStreets.com in June 2014

Get reading!

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Bulldogs win helps restore community spirit

In Community on September 28, 2014 at 3:41 am

This piece also appears in the Wednesday October 1 edition of the Bankstown, Canterbury Torch.

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Though team spirit swelled high on the field last night, it was the sense of community which made the greatest comeback after the Canterbury Bulldogs 6 point victory over the Penrith Panthers last night.

Scenes of loud jubilation rang through the streets of Belmore, in Sydney’s South West, where supporters from the Canterbury region celebrated the team’s win.

Sam from Greenacre celebrates the victory with his son

Sam from Greenacre celebrates the victory with his son

“I’m very excited about the win, we were the underdogs and now we’ve made it to the grand final!” said Giselle Gedeon, 28, from Belmore.

However, the team’s victory was particularly pertinent in the aftermath of the Sydney terror raids which sparked such confusion and tension in the greater Canterbury region.

Bulldogs Supporters celebrate their victory in Belmore.

Bulldogs Supporters celebrate their victory in Belmore.

“It’s a great atmosphere, with what’s going on around the world, it makes you just forgot everything. It’s really positive, the crowd and the community feels safer, you see multicultural people living this happy life!” said Sam, 33, from Greenacre.

His sentiments were shared by Theresa Kairouz, 24, from Belmore, who said, “We always get a bad rap, but there’s a mad community spirit here. We sometimes get negative comments, the community here, but as you can see, nothing bad is happening!”

The Bulldogs will play their next game against the South Sydney Rabbitoh’s at ANZ Stadium on Sunday the 20th of October.

Egypt at a crossroads

In egypt, Political on June 8, 2014 at 10:05 am

Egyptians are in two minds.

Many of them are celebratory. Even in the diaspora, they are waving their flags and singing their anthems of praise for Egypt and of hope for its future. The photos below, for example, we’re taken at a Coptic church in Sydney.

Yet, for Egyptians like myself, it seems the case that we “are always choosing between bad and worse” (says Gigi Ibrahim, speaking for the Revolutionary Socialists, on a recent episode of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) The political prisoners of this regime are many of the same young and women who brought us the revolution in 2011, Journalists are in cells and activists are banned from Tahrir Square.

This is a tense time, and the hopes of young Egyptians, are not pegged on one man, on any man for that matter. It’s systemic reform that we need.

In any case, we all wish and pray for our country’s future, for justice in its courts, freedom in its streets (what kind of freedom that is remains open to debate) and prosperity for its economy.

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