Suspect Device

Writing by Patrick Keddie

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

‘Ultras’ fuel Egypt’s campus protests

Protests continued on university campuses across Egypt following the court verdict that cleared ousted President Hosni Mubarak of charges of killing protesters during the January 25 uprising. The protesters comprise a … Continue reading

December 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

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

The Lebanese Landmine Survivors’ Football Team

At first glance there is nothing remarkable about the football team warming up and firing balls towards the goal. After a while there are cries of “yalla, yalla;” two teams … Continue reading

September 7, 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