The Supersonic GeneralsOn January 13, 2020 by Mona Abouissa
Supersonic speeds made them vain, and war made them crazy. A dive into the secret world of Egyptian mavericks of the 1973 war during contemporary armyphilia.
A Nation ReinventedOn January 8, 2020 by Mona Abouissa
An essay about the search for identity that starts at the Suez Canal. From myth to reality, how the Canal played a role in Egypt’s mutation from 19th century orientalism to today’s neo-nationalism.
Dispatches from the Generals FrontOn January 17, 2018 by Mona Abouissa
The Generals know best – it has been the guiding principle in Egypt for 64 years. The rest of us know not to get on their bad side. A new dawn of patriotism.
The Comrades and IOn January 12, 2017 by Mona Abouissa
A cross-border tale of three funerals; Lenin’s, Egyptian communism and my father’s.
Mister President’s SwansOn January 11, 2013 by Mona Abouissa
The legacy of Egypt-USSR comradeship, the Egyptian State ballet survived wars, presidents and fires, and then in 2012, the dancers faced a new foe.
Mister President’s CircusOn January 14, 2011 by Mona Abouissa
After President Mubarak was gone, and the mass euphoria afterwards, Egypt slipped loudly and proudly into chaos. One thing was certain, the drumrolls at the nighttime shows. It is a reportage about the military state through its most magical department, the state circus.