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Writing by Patrick Keddie

Dinamo Mesken: Turkish Football as a Political Football

IN “DINAMO MESKEN,” a multimedia exhibition at Ankara’s SALT Ulus gallery, Turkish artist Ege Berensel tells the story of an amateur football club dragged into Turkey’s political turmoil of the … Continue reading

March 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Children of the revolution: Egypt’s grassroots education movement

CAIRO – Mostafa Wafa, 24, recalls the time he was walking through Saft el-Laban – the tough, mostly informal suburb of Cairo where he lives – when a group of … Continue reading

March 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Syrian refugees in Egypt struggle amid UN funding crisis

As the fourth anniversary of the Syrian uprising passes, reduced support is pushing some Syrian families in Egypt towards dangerous choices. CAIRO – “This place was full of life,” says … Continue reading

March 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Syrian refugees in Egypt: The Assad family

Hossam Assad, a 42-year-old Syrian refugee, says his family lives for Fridays. “This is his favourite time of the week, going to football training,” Hossam tells Al Jazeera, gesturing to … Continue reading

March 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Could Turkish football collapse?

ISTANBUL – Five minutes before kick-off, Deniz Dogruer was nervous. Her beloved Galatasaray – one of Turkey’s most successful football teams – was about to take on Caykur Rizespor in … Continue reading

February 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Egypt’s Ultras: ‘We don’t believe in state justice’

Sunday’s tragic events should be seen in the context of a widespread crackdown on dissent in Egypt, analysts say. For Mohamed*, a 23-year-old member of Ultras White Knights (UWK) – … Continue reading

February 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Beginning to see the light: Shining the sun’s rays into Cairo’s dark streets

Egypt is typically associated with searing sun. Yet, for many people who live in densely packed urban areas, the light scarcely penetrates the narrow streets. “I get about half an … Continue reading

February 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Hidden hell: The growing crisis of female drug addiction in Egypt

On her wedding night 13 years ago, Wafaa found her husband injecting ayoun – a cheap powder-mix found in Egypt that gives users a heroin-like hit. “It’s just something fun,” … Continue reading

January 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Sunset in the black hole: 500 days in prison

CAIRO: “I have been kidnapped and imprisoned, for almost sixteen months now. 500 days in prison, without committing any crime. My family are unable to negotiate my release. I am … Continue reading

January 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Unprotected: Refugees attacked with machetes in Egypt

6th OF OCTOBER CITY, EGYPT – Blood was spattered across the floor of the café and on the walls of the kitchen counter. In the corner were smashed sheesha pipes. … Continue reading

December 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Blood Sport: The Ultras White Knights vs. Mortada Mansour

LATE AT NIGHT, waiting as instructed by the Opera House on the island of Zamalek, my phone rings. “You know the lions by the bridge? Meet us there.” I go … Continue reading

December 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

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