Presidential campaigning kicked off on May 1 paving the way for a flurry of slogans, party promises and propaganda designed to convince the electorate whom to vote for on May 23 and 24.
Among the tens of thousands of posters, banners and fliers throughout Egypt one finds "We'll Make a Dream Come True", "Up for the Challenge", "Project of a Nation", or "One of Us" in addition to other slogans.
"One of Us" was perhaps the first to emerge as the slogan of leftist candidate, Hamdeen Sabbahy.
Saudi Arabia's ambassador returned to Cairo last week signalling an end to a political crisis that was sparked when an Egyptian lawyer was arrested at Jeddah Airport three weeks ago.
Ambassador Ahmed Kattan was recalled a week earlier after protesters converged on the Saudi embassy in Giza and demanded the release of Ahmed El Gizawy.
Some of the protesters carried banners and shouted disparaging remarks against the Saudi King. Egyptian and Saudi media traded barbs for a few days while the Kingdom closed its Cairo embassy, and Alexandria and Suez consulates.
As presidential hopefuls launch their campaigns against the backdrop of the recent violence in Abbasiya, a number of Egyptian cinema insiders have expressed their fears of possible more stringent restrictions and censorship rules.
There are also fears that the Islamist-dominated committee to rewrite the constitution might introduce codes which restrict the freedom of artists.
Saad El Katatny, speaker of the Egyptian People's Assembly, announced on April 29, the suspension of the assembly's activities for a period of one week as a protest against the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) resistance to allow the parliament to appoint a new cabinet.
The decision represents an escalation of the tension between the Islamist-dominated parliament and the SCAF, only weeks before Egypt's presidential elections.
As inter-parliamentary parties battle it out to dominate the process of selecting a 100-person committee responsible for re-authoring Egypt's constitution, the Egyptian cinema industry has expressed its unrest.
This comes as the Islamist-dominated People's Assembly represent 50% of the committee, a method of choice that Egyptian intellectuals harshly condemned.
"I'm not only worried as a film director, I'm more worried as an Egyptian," director Khaled Youssef told The Caravan.
The Egyptian Administrative High Court has declared a ban on pornographic websites after Salafist Member of Parliament (MP), Younis Makhyoun filed a request for the ban. Makhyoun had called for the block of all pornographic websites in February and proposed that the request be put in front of the People's Assembly.
As the court has officially declared the ban, the Ministry of Communication will be forced to block all such websites.
In an attempt to understand the religious dimension of January 25 uprisings, Ibrahim Negm, senior advisor to the Egyptian Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa addressed claims about religion being a motivating factor behind the uprising, the future of the religious scene in Egypt, and the difference between Islamic values and their political interpretation during his last visit to AUC on February 22.
Two incidents in the Egyptian Parliament last week put the term "immunity" under the spotlight raising unanswered questions of whether or not members of parliament (MPs) are "above the law." This has led some to call for canceling it all together.
The first incident was MP Musatafa Bakry's request to refer MP Ziad El-Elaimy to the ethics committee after the latter had allegedly insulted Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi and Salafi Sheikh Mohamed Hassan in a rally in Port Said, calling them a "donkey" and a "radish vendor" respectively.
Low turnout marked the first and second rounds of the Shura Council elections, with a participation of 15 percent and 12 percent respectively.
Results announced so far appear to mimic those represented in the Parliament, with the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) taking the lead and the Salafist Noor party in the second place.
"People got exhausted after participating in the parliamentary elections," Ali Abdel Fattah, Muslim Brotherhood leader and spokesman, told The Caravan.
Associate Director of the Core Curriculum and newly appointed Associate Dean Hoda Grant is promising to make students the center of attention and introduce new systems of advising and registration.
"Dr. Hoda's dedication, hard work and commitment to service are exemplary - as has been fittingly recognized by her recent selection as recipient of AUC's prestigious Academic Service Award, to be presented at next month's Convocation," Robert Switzer, Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Director of the Core Curriculum said in his email to the AUC community.
I’m sitting on the Tokyo subway, my sweat glands are hyperactive and my inner ear is undergoing a highly unpleasant experience with the train scratching the railroad tracks. The train stops again to carry Tokyo salarymen from their offices to their homes.
They used to sleep or nod off during the ride. But now that Japan’s biggest subway and train operators decided to reduce number of trains running, cut air conditioning and keep the windows open to conserve power after the March 11 earthquake crippled the Fukushima power plants, comfort zones in Tokyo are becoming scarce.