“I don’t feel guilty. What I do is devoid of emotion,” says Samia, a civil servant by morning, sex worker by night.

While she wasn’t asked whether she feels guilty to elicit this response, Samia's thought addressed an imaginary...


When President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announces a project, it's usually of the mega scale variety. In March 2013, when he was still minister of defense, Sisi launched a mass housing scheme to build a million homes for low income Egyptians. In...

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A group of students were protesting in front of Mansoura University last year, amid the heavy crackdown on campus dissent. The ensuing arrests did not leave bystanders out.

Ibrahim Reda, a 16-year-old student living in a village...

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