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About Mina Fayek

Mina Fayek is a Cairo-based blogger and activist. He can be found on Twitter: @minafayek or his blog: http://minafayek.

Articles by Mina Fayek

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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The "Coptic issue" and the cycle of suffering

Mina Fayek

To single out the mistreatment of Copts and the failure of the state to protect them, as a “Coptic issue”, is a wrong diagnosis of the problem.

Social media is still powerful in Egypt

Mina Fayek

Could social media help build another uprising soon?


Cognitive dissonance in Egypt

Mina Fayek

The Egyptian regime tries to show the world an image of respect for freedoms and rights while widely violating them.


The Coptic Church: mixing politics with religion

Mina Fayek

To mourn the unjustly massacred and raise your voice against oppressors is unwelcome in the Coptic Church, but to interrupt prayers and let politicians speak during a mass is welcome and appropriate.

Who cheered Mubarak’s acquittal on?

Mina Fayek

Less than four years have passed since the people of Egypt revolted against a tyrannical regime. Those tyrants have had all charges against them dropped, to many people's dismay.

Three years on and the Copts' plight continues

Mina Fayek

Three years after the Maspero massacre, no justice has been served. This was a state crime, and more worryingly, the Egyptian state seems to be increasingly engaging in hostile acts towards Copts.

Re-writing Egypt's unforgettable history

Mina Fayek

The old tactics of governance are back with a vengeance in Egypt, however, the youth have changed and through their embrace of modern day technologies will not sit back and watch this process of historical revisionism and whitewashing.

Egypt’s police: a department of thugs

Mina Fayek

Ironically, the protest which was peaceful and demanded freedom for political detainees and an end to the "protest law" ended with more of them locked up and served with trumped up charges.

Copts in El Sisi's Egypt

Mina Fayek

Although the majority of Copts are perceived as supporters of Sisi and many do see him as a saviour from the Islamists, time may reveal that Sisi does not have their striving for equality or their attainment of full rights as first degree citizens at heart.

Welcome to the 'Factory of Men'

While it is true that a civilian oversight on Egypt’s military might seem far from being attained for now, so is every other demand of the revolution. If 'human dignity' is one of the 25 January 2011 goals, then every political party and rights group should demand it for everyone.

Four reasons for throwing down a gauntlet to El Sisi

With increasing workers strikes, gas shortages and daily power cuts in addition to a dwindling economy and tourism industry, Egypt’s presidential hopefuls, including Sisi, should be aware that using traditional tactics to solve Egypt’s problems is not going to work in his or anyone else’s favour.

Egypt: church and state

Should the Coptic church be involved in Egypt's political transition? Or in politics at all?

Egypt’s mythical ‘law and order’

The Egyptian authorities appear to be more concerned with how to curb their opponents than they are with the future of the country and the wellbeing of its citizens.

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