Ahdaf Soueif

Ahdaf Soueif's new book Cairo: My City, Our Revolution is published by Bloomsbury in January, 2012. Her novel The Map of Love was shortlisted for the 1999 Booker prize.

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Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 6:49am
Now Egyptians Are All Paying the Price
On Wednesday the Egyptian police moved in to break up the Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins. Cairo and many other cities are divided: some neighbourhoods are weirdly empty, the shops shuttered, no cars in the streets. Others are seeing pitched battles with guns and armoured personnel carriers and teargas.
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Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 5:18pm
In Egypt, We Thought Democracy Was Enough. It Was Not
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Monday, December 19, 2011 - 10:02am
Image of Unknown Woman Beaten by Egypt's Military Echoes Around World
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Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 11:10am
Mubarak's Regime Cannot Satisfy the Demands of Egyptians
Yesterday the call went out for a million people to gather today in Cairo's Tahrir Square, the main focal point of the pro-democracy demonstrations. I will be one of them. The regime of President Hosni Mubarak is fighting for its life in Egypt . But shape-shift as it may, it cannot satisfy the demands of the Egyptian people. As today's gathering will show, they will not be fooled by the swearing-in of a new government that resembles 99% of the old one.
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Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 8:34am
Israel Reveals Its True Face
This will count. A flotilla of relief boats attacked in international waters . Armed commandos boarding a vessel carrying supplies for a besieged civilian population. More than 10 peace activists reported killed. This has to be made to count.
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Friday, June 5, 2009 - 10:54am
We Wanted a World Leader. We Saw Only a US President
This is hard. It's hard because we so need to believe that Obama is about change, that he's wise, that he's good, that he has the interests of the world – rather than just the interests of the United States – at heart.
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Saturday, January 17, 2009 - 11:45am
The Palestinians Say: 'This Is a War of Extermination'
Everyone says something new is going on here; something different. The residents of Egyptian Rafah are used to the sounds of rockets and shells exploding on the other side of their border, but they've never heard the sounds they've been hearing over the last 20 days. Twenty-five miles further into Egypt the general hospital at el-Arish is used to receiving the Palestinian wounded. The staff have never seen injuries like these before. The hospital forecourt is swarming with ambulances, paramedics, press. The wounded are raced into casualty.
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Tuesday, August 12, 2008 - 4:48pm
Mahmoud Darwish: The Laureate of All Arabs
None of us really thought he'd die. Our loss is great, we tell each other. In our minds we think of Edward Said, of Haider Abdel-Shafi, of Faisal Husseini, and even - yes - of Yasser Arafat. The "big men" of Palestine. And now, Mahmoud Darwish.
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Thursday, May 22, 2008 - 3:35pm
The Palestine Literature Festival Was an Enlightening Experience -- But Not Always for the Right Reasons
By Lion's Gate I sat down and surveyed the Valley of Jehosophat. Well, actually, we Arabs call it Nutmeg Valley after the trees that used to grow here in abundance. Opposite me, across the valley, is the Mount of Olives where the pine trees favoured by Israelis to give a European look to the landscape are overtaking the indigenous olive. At the top of the hill to my right the UN has placed its offices - unwisely perhaps, for to the Biblically minded this is the Hill of Evil Counsel where Jesus' arrest was planned in the house of Caiaphas.
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