• Egyptians defy emergency law

    Egyptian protesters defied a nighttime curfew in restive towns along the Suez Canal, attacking police stations and ignoring emergency rule imposed by Islamist President Mohamed Mursi to end days of clashes that have killed at least 52 people. At least two men died in overnight fighting in the canal city of Port Said in the […]

  • Egypt: Protests mark 2nd revolution anniversary

    Aswat Masriya reports on demonstrators’ activities, in “Scuffles between protesters, security forces in downtown Cairo.” A live newsfeed from The Guardian keeps one updated with the current situation in Cairo. Sky News LIVE shares a multimedia report on the reaction of Egyptian citizens towards the revolution’s anniversary. “Clashes in Egypt on eve of uprising anniversary,” by Agence […]

  • Clashes in Egyptian cities reveal ongoing divisions

    Egyptian police have fired tear gas as supporters of President Mohamed Morsi clashed with opposition activists besieging a mosque in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria. Friday night’s clashes come just hours before voting is to start around the country on a divisive new constitution. The protests started after a Muslim cleric appealed for support for […]

  • How Cairo moves around the city

    Cairo’s traffic is often portrayed as a reflection of Egyptian society. The street life has transformed dramatically over the course of the past several decades due to the widening gap between rich and poor and the government’s timid policies on public transportation. While only 15 percent of Cairo’s population own private cars, the city functions […]

  • Tear-gas in Tahrir

    Anti-riot police fired tear gas on Saturday to disperse protesters camped out in Cairo’s Tahrir Square as Western governments voiced growing concern over Islamist President Mohamed Morsi’s assumption of sweeping powers. A hard core of opposition activists had spent the night in the iconic protest hub — epicentre of the popular uprising that toppled veteran […]

  • Private development vs. the public interest

    Across Cairo public service institutions are deteriorating due to severe corruption in the last two decades. The slow collapse of the state throughout the years, leading up to the uprising of last year, entailed the mismanagement of institutions such as schools and hospitals. The Bulaq General Hospital is a prime example of how private interests […]

  • Snapshot of an ancient city

    “Despite being very old, very big, very crowded and gloriously messy, it can’t quite claim to be the oldest, or biggest or grubbiest world metropolis.” This is how Max Rodenbeck, author of Cairo’s biography Cairo: The City Victorious (2000) describes his home city. “Cairo is not a city of superlatives,” he adds. However, it is […]

  • A city in danger of losing its heritage

    The question of urban heritage has become increasingly politicised in Egypt. Cairo is a city with traces of its built heritage going as far back as its founding in 969. In addition, the city’s Greco-Roman, Coptic and Ancient Egyptian heritages are all visible. Cairo is a city of many histories, reflected in many remains. However, […]

  • What future for Cairo’s satellite towns?

    When news of President Hosni Mubarak’s downfall first washed over the crowds in Tahrir Square, protesters began to jostle in front of the watching TV cameras and hold aloft handmade signs. Amid a thicket of slogans, one stood out: “A kilo of meat costs 100 pounds, yet a square metre in Madinaty costs half a […]

  • The city and Egypt’s constitution 2013

    Last year as a new constitution (for Egypt) was drafted issues pertaining to the right to housing, right to the city, protection and management of patrimony, right to information (including municipal budgets, etc) and the right to elect municipal officials including governors were almost entirely excluded from the final draft or were given vague unbinding […]