The Saddest Year

Today is the last day of the Gregorian calendar.  The holiday blues will soon be over. This morning, I clicked through the front page stories of the newspapers that I read online:  The NY Times, The NY Post (mainly for the coverage by Costello of the Jets), the Daily News (for the coverage by Manish…

The Wayback Machine

Someone sent me an email recently asking if I really was in a "famous," pioneering rock band in Cairo in the 60s. I'm not sure why this piece of trivia is important, in this day and age, when we all have to deal with the unfortunate reality of this lot... Jair Bolsonaro Viktor Orbán Bashar…

Ramadan TV and the War on Terror

It's Christmas; which in Egypt this year normally would be a time when various independent producers would be scrambling to line up scripts, stars, and funding for the development of the country's upcoming Ramadan TV series. Ramadan TV is a big deal in Egypt. It's a time when most Egyptians, as they digest their iftar…