Author Archives: Mona Abouissa

The Singing Brothers

I hoped they would have beards, but they were clean shaven. Beards, like vocals or religion, are political under those florescent lights. I didn’t write after this story for a year. I got an award for it though [the Anna Lindh Mediterranean award 2012]. And champagne won’t be the same any more, or sorbet on the Muslim Brother’s victory parade. Continue reading

Ghost Workers

Forged papers, secret routes, police checkpoints, the constant threat of violence – welcome to the world of Palestinians labouring illegally in Israel, helping to build the very country that restricts them. Continue reading

Salafeyo Costa

A short TV documentary I made for CBC TV in Cairo about men with beards (in Arabic). Continue reading

Mister President’s Circus

I traveled around Egypt with one of the most magical of Egyptian government departments: the State Circus. Continue reading

Revolution? [part one]

Writer Ala’a Aswany is for & editor Abdallah Kamal is against. An icon of feminism Nawal Saadawy & new culture minister Emad Abou Ghazi. Dreaming young revolutionaries & a flamboyant circus director.Those who they call evil & good in one article. I asked one question ‘what’s next’, they talked. Four days, nine interviews, a frantic search for contacts. I’m glad to have met all these people. Now I’m waiting for the interesting part of the revolution – the aftermath. Until then, where’s my cocktail-party jacket? Continue reading