Rana Sweis

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What Egypt’s Military Council Didn’t Learn from the Revolution

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My friend Yusri Foda is the host of the Egyptian talk show, The Last Word. Yusri invited me to take part in his show to comment on a program that featured Generals Assar and Hegazy of the military council. Despite my full respect for the generals, what they said in the program was disappointing because they confined themselves to praising the decisions of the military council. The next day, Yusri called me to tell me that the show had been cancelled. When I asked him what had happened, he said, There were pressures that led to cancelling the program, so Ive decided to suspend the show. In my work, I obey only my conscience and I can never agree to take orders from any other party. ... Read More

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J. Edgar, the movie(2011)

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Even with all the surprises that have characterized Clint Eastwoods twilight film years, with their crepuscular tales of good and evil, the tenderness of the love story in J. Edgar comes as a shock. Anchored by a forceful, vulnerable Leonardo DiCaprio, who lays bare J. Edgar Hoovers humanity, despite the odds and an impasto of old-coot movie makeup, this latest jolt from Mr. Eastwood is a look back at a man divided and of the ties that bind private bodies with public politics and policies. With sympathy for the individual, not his deeds it portrays a 20th-century titan who, with secrets and bullets, a will to power and the self-promotional skills of a true star, built a citadel of information in which he burrowed deep... Read More

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