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An irrational executive decision issued by the government of Hisham Qandil under the rubric of "comprehensive development" of Sinai is set to ruin thousands as well as Sinai

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It is perhaps one of the most detailed, sophisticated visions of Cairo’s future to have been put together in the past thirty years or so

Have you ever spent any time reading El-Maqrizi, Ibn Iyas or Ibn Taghri Birdi, completely losing your bearing in the Cairo of the tenth or thirteenth centuries?

When the art of tinsel needlework known as tally began to disappear in the twentieth century, conservation groups and researchers tried to keep it alive, and also to document its methods and motifs

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Half of Cairo's charm is in it's past, which the Downtown Memory project manages to preserve

The city has a way of accommodating the past without deferring to it; scratch beneath the layers added by time and another age is there to be discovered

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When you stand at the intersection of Qasr el-Nil and Sherif today, what you see right across from the central bank is a multi-story building that was, when it was built in 1936, the pride and joy of downtown Cairo

The downtown we often long for, the one enshrined in the black-and-white films of the 1940s and 1950s, is not what Khedive Ismail would have had in mind when he began his grandiose urban renewal scheme in the mid 1860s

At Darb 1718, a whole wall is draped with posters taken straight from Tahrir Square, and include witticisms and loud calls for the president’s departure

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Time for a new Arab League, dictators need not apply, writes Nabil Shawkat

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We have killed our ruling party, and its ghost is coming back to haunt us

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