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[25 Jun 2013 | 4 Comments | ]
After the Revolution: Division, Depression, & Fear of Civil War

Yasmine Mahmoud Fakhry
Alexandria, Egypt
“While many people found their identity with the Revolution – and they quickly labeled themselves as Muslim Brotherhood, Salafists (Islamists), or liberals, many others, like myself, feel they have lost their identity and every sense of who they are and what they believe in.”
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Many people spend all their lives searching for their identities – trying to understand who they are and what their purpose in life is. I thought I was luckier than many of those people when a few years ago I finally realized my mission …

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[24 Jun 2013 | No Comment | ]
June 30: A Day History Will Remember

Yasmine Mahmoud Fakhry
Alexandria, Egypt
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“The question remains: Will June 30th be a milestone in Egyptian history or just another bloodbath?”
Huge numbers of people are expected to demonstrate in cities across Egypt this weekend to demand the resignation of Mohamed Morsi. All eyes are on the ‘Tamarod Campaign,’ which has been very active in gathering signatures from across Egypt to withdraw confidence from President Morsy and pledging to make June 30th ”a watershed in the history of the Egyptian revolution.” Politicians, activists, and intellectuals from across the country are demanding the people of Egypt …

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[30 May 2013 | 9 Comments | ]
Egypt and the Candle

Yasmine Mahmoud Fakhry
Alexandria, Egypt
“While there may be conspiracies by governments, there are no boundaries for love and friendship to grow among people.”
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I didn’t know when my Italian friend Elisa gave me a candle as a symbol of friendship that this candle would be more than just a souvenir. For years, I have stored the candle to remind me of the good old days I spent in Italy during the cultural exchange.  I bet Elisa herself never thought when she gave me that candle it would light up the corners of my …

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[14 May 2013 | 13 Comments | ]
Can Faith Substitute for Human Rights?

Yasmine Mahmoud Fakhry
Alexandria, Egypt
“While the international community and human rights activists emphasize that human rights are universal, inalienable and imprescriptible, the truth is that human rights are inherent only in places where the culture of human rights exists.”
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Through my work as a human rights educator, I sought to bring hope to young people and motivate them to be agents of change. I lived the happiest days of my life teaching, especially because I maintained a good rapport and a positive relationship with my students. I have been blessed by the …