Suspect Device

Writing by Patrick Keddie

Blackout: Independent Journalism in Egypt Today, and the Case of Mahmoud Abu Zeid

JAMMES AND SHAWKAN were in trouble. A police officer was standing on Jammes’s toes and a line of police trucks had arrived. The officer stared into Jammes’s face for several … Continue reading

September 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Beaten & begging: all India’s parties ignore the “untouchable” widows

  Last December, the non-governmental organisation (NGO) Maitri India found 95-year-old widow Kanchan Dal living and begging on the streets of Radhakund, a small village a few kilometres outside of Vrindavan. Now … Continue reading

June 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

An unlikely partnership: Vrindavan’s widows and a New York fashion designer

Vrindavan, just over 100 miles south of Delhi, exudes the chaos and filth that afflicts many small Indian towns; cows ambling amid noisy traffic, animals rooting through rubbish, and the … Continue reading

May 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

Living alongside leopards in Mumbai

A curious night-time incident between a dog and a leopard was captured on CCTV in the Mumbai suburb of Goregaon earlier this year. Footage was released on Youtube and Indian … Continue reading

May 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

LGBT Russians attempt to take refuge in the UK

The message delivered to Irina Putilova’s friend, a fellow political activist in Russia, was blunt: “You should stop your activities, otherwise you might lose both your legs.” It was not … Continue reading

February 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

‘The Square': Egypt’s three-year tumult

It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness, suggests The Square, Jehane Noujaim’s Oscar-nominated documentary, as it begins with the striking of a flame that illuminates a group … Continue reading

February 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Whatever happened to the Egyptian Revolution?

An incident last June, a few days before Egypt’s Islamist President Mohammed Mursi was ousted by the military, made Ahmed realise there had been a significant shift in the country’s political … Continue reading

January 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Inside Egypt’s Dismal Primary Schools

The primary school building in Imbaba – a deprived, scruffy area of Cairo – looks more like a detention centre, with its stern institutional design, metal gates and huge walls … Continue reading

December 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

Egypt’s Embattled Atheists

As Gabr sat in a seafront cafe in his hometown of Alexandria, he spoke about his past opinion of atheists. “I used to think that they should be killed,” he said … Continue reading

November 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

Egypt’s Epidemic of Nonsense

In her recent book, Sex and the Citadel, Shereen El Feki writes about the increasing scourge of impotence afflicting Egyptian men. El Feki discusses the widely held view that Egyptians’ wilting … Continue reading

November 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

Egyptians Divided and Struggling as they Celebrate Eid al Adha

[This article was first published in the Huffington Post here] A jolt of excitement ran through the house as it was announced that the butcher Ahmad Najjar had arrived. Ahmad … Continue reading

October 22, 2013 · Leave a comment
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