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Abdellatif El-Menawy

Abdellatif El-Menawy is a critically acclaimed multimedia journalist, writer and columnist who has covered war zones and conflicts worldwide.

Twitter: @ALMenawy

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The poisoned air of Egypt’s education system

People in Egypt are arguing over the dramatic change in the country’s education system, which will take effect in the next academic year. 

May 23, 2018

Why these snakes have no place in our classrooms

When the Saudi Education Minister, Ahmad Al-Issa, said his country would “renew the educational curricula to eliminate any trace of the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood,” it was a recognition of the group’s influence and penetration, not only in Saudi society but in the Gulf as a whole.

March 24, 2018

The future of South Sudan lies with the Arabs

When it emerged last week that the Arab League had refused a membership request by South Sudan — followed by a denial of such an application by a South Sudanese official, who said it had only asked to become an “observer” — I recalled an interview I carried out before secession with Salva Kiir Ma

March 16, 2018

Saudi crown prince's Coptic Cathedral visit ‘a response to the radicals’

Since the late 1970s, huge numbers of Egyptian workers have been streaming into Arab Gulf countries as a result of the dramatic upturn the region has seen thanks to increasing oil prices. Saudi Arabia received the greatest number of Egyptians from all intellectual and social levels.

March 09, 2018

How Egypt will gain from private gas deal with Israel

It was during the evening of an autumn night in 2013, in a hotel in the Egyptian capital Cairo, when I met Sherif Ismail, the Egyptian Minister of Petroleum at the time and the current Prime Minister, only four months after Egypt had toppled the Muslim Brotherhood.

February 27, 2018

Egypt determined to avoid water supply ‘Day Zero’

Some local media outlets in Egypt, which do not care much about international affairs, have suddenly decided to report how Cape Town, the coastal South African city, is at risk of running out of water and is preparing for “Day Zero” — expected on July 9 — when the city’s system will completely ru

February 23, 2018

Egypt and a history of missed opportunities

In the coming weeks, Egypt will conduct an unexpected electoral experiment: With no real competition for Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, the presidential election will turn into a semi-referendum.

February 03, 2018