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Court rejects novelist Ahmed Naji's appeal to suspend 2-year sentence
Mada Masr   

Court rejects novelist Ahmed Naji's appeal to suspend 2-year sentence | babelmed | mediterranean cultureA Cairo court rejected Ahmed Naji's request for a stay of execution on his two-year prison sentence, of which he has served six months, on Saturday. (Ebticar/Mada Masr)

 
From Egypt to Colombia: On the content of comics
Sara Ahmed Abdel Aziz   

From Egypt to Colombia: On the content of comics | babelmed | mediterranean cultureIn awe and curiosity, we hunch over our desks in the cramped classroom at the American University in Cairo’s downtown campus, magnifying our attention on 25-year-old Lina Moreno. An illustrator and graphic designer from Medellin, Colombia, she has popped by Cairo to give a free workshop for 20 participants, organized by Kawkab El Rasameen, about her work and the world of illustration that exists halfway across the world in her native land. (Ebticar/Mada Masr)

 
After the Brexit, we need a leftist populism
Gianluca Solera   

After the Brexit, we need a leftist populism | babelmed | mediterranean cultureNever Facebook has been so proliferous in offering the most disparate views on the same topic, as in the day after the Brexit referendum. Some fellows were predicting the European Apocalypse, others were vocalizing their excitement for their rewarded hate against Europe, and others were sending to hell the Brits. Some distinguished friends were writing: “In an instant of time, we got rid of English people and Cameron”.

 
Fuck Humanity!
Gianluca Solera   

Fuck Humanity! | babelmed | mediterranean cultureFuck Humanity. [Signed] Aleppo, April 28, 2016. This is what someone wrote on a wall of Aleppo while the recent bombing campaign of al-Asad’s regime was going on without hesitations, with the backing of Russia, after having buried the ceasefire and started doing what they have always wished to do: annihilate people to win territory. Barrel bombs, one after the other, missiles on the city’s districts controlled by the revolutionary forces. Fuck Humanity. This is the only comment we deserve.

 
Deadlock in legislation regulating press freedom in Egypt
Mohamed Hamama   

Deadlock in legislation regulating press freedom in Egypt | babelmed | mediterranean cultureEgyptian journalists continue to face a critical threat to their freedom following the storming of the Journalists Syndicate headquarters by security forces on Sunday, May 1st. (Ebticar/Mada Masr)

 
Arab women in search of the disappeared
Abdel Rahman Gad   

Arab women in search of the disappeared | babelmed | mediterranean cultureThe crime of forced disappearance has contributed to the emergence of social movements comprised of the wives and mothers of the disappeared in the Arab region, whether victims of civil war or military rule. These women have become activists in their local communities and influenced decision makers. This article points to cases in Lebanon, Algeria and Egypt where women's appeals turned into influential movements.

 
The kanka series. More than just friends
Camille McOuat   

The kanka series. More than just friends | babelmed | mediterranean cultureMany languages have several synonymous words for “friend”. In Turkish there are plenty, each marking a subtle gradation on the highly revered hierarchy of friendship. It starts with arkadaş, which means friend. (Ebticar/Mashallah News)

 
Egypt. Breaking the back of the Journalists Syndicate
Omar Said   

Egypt. Breaking the back of the Journalists Syndicate | babelmed | mediterranean cultureA month after security forces stormed the Egyptian Journalist Syndicate and arrested two reporters, the standoff between police and journalists continues. Despite the syndicate’s attempt to de-escalate the crisis, the state seems determined to fuel the conflict. (Ebticar/Mada Masr)

 
How We Can Keep Press Freedom from Withering Away?
Farhana Haque Rahman   

How We Can Keep Press Freedom from Withering Away? | babelmed | mediterranean cultureMedia freedoms appear increasingly under siege around the world, with concerning signs that achieving middle-income status is no guarantee for an independent political watchdog in the form of the press. Farhana Haque Rahman, Director General of global news agency Inter Press Service issues a call to action.

 
The Journalists Syndicate's victory
Mostafa Mohie   

The Journalists Syndicate's victory | babelmed | mediterranean cultureIn an outrageous move, Egyptian security forces stormed the headquarters of the Journalists Syndicate late Sunday night, 1st of May. But what was even more unexpected, perhaps, was the impressive emergency general assembly meeting that was held at the syndicate on Wednesday, May 3rd, with over 3,000 members present. An unexpected victory for the press,amid an unprecedented crackdown by the current administration on press freedoms in Egypt. (Ebticar/Mada Masr)

 
Stillborn under occupation. Documenting Palestinian checkpoint births
Samar Hazboun   

Stillborn under occupation. Documenting Palestinian checkpoint births | babelmed | mediterranean cultureSamar Hazboun is a Palestinian photographer who has published several projects documenting life under occupation. Her latest project, “Beyond checkpoints,” documents the often forgotten stories of Palestinian women who have given birth at Israeli checkpoints, or been delayed for hours before being able to cross and go to a hospital. (Ebticar/Mashallah News)

 

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