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Writing by Patrick Keddie

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 · 1 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

‘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