Long Time Coming…

I know it’s been a while since I posted, but the past couple of weeks have been pretty crazy. If you don’t already know, I’ve moved to New York to do a Masters’ of Applied Urban Science and Informatics at NYU’s Center for Urban Studies + Progress (CUSP).

So far, being here has been great. The class is made up of an amazingly diverse (but all very fun, friendly, and smart) group of people, and I’ve been lucky to have two pretty great flatmates. Now that I’m done with the paperwork, moving in, getting settled, and starting school, I expect to be updating the blog somewhat regularly.

Sectarianism: Post-Sit-in Dispersal

A list of sectarian attacks after the dispersal of the Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins yesterday compiled by Amira Mikhail, Mai El-Sadany, and myself…

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This post is dedicated to tracking the most recent wave of sectarian attacks across Egypt. The format has recently changed due to the sheer volume of data. Currently, everything is in a DATABASE instead of list format. If the database is not opening please contact us. The original format is saved, for those who need it for blog purposes, please contact us.

The blog was started and is managed by Mai El-SadanyAmir Beshay, and myself, Amira Mikhail. A sincere thanks goes to @Sleipne and Catie Burleson for the database development, and to Mina Fayek for contributing a lot of time to assist in the aggregation of information.

Please note that this is a work-in-progress and is being updated on a regular basis. Information so far is unverified although most is backed up with tweets and photos. We are hoping to continue the efforts to verify details. If…

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On death and humanity…

I am deeply upset by the fall of victims in the clashes in Cairo over the weekend. Regardless of anyone’s political or religious affiliation, death should not be celebrated. Whether some may call those who died terrorists or not, they were human beings with families, friends, joys, and pains, and their death should be mourned. If you cannot find it in your heart to feel sorrow at the death of a fellow human being, I would encourage you to search deeper. It is our compassion and concern for others by virtue of their humanity – not their affiliation or their feelings towards us – that makes us most human. Lastly, mourning someone’s death does not give them absolution, it just proves that the mourner can see beyond the flaws of those who died and into their human nature.

In the beginning was the word…

Words have been a force to be reckoned with throughout history. It is not in vain that a pen is said to be mightier than the sword, or the tank, or the fighter jet.

In an age when words are spoken, written, sent, received, read, and stored in seemingly infinite amounts, what hope does one voice have to be heard? I believe any voice that is consistent, honest, and heartfelt always has a chance to make an impact.

I believe such voices abound, and it is my great desire to join that great chorus of spoken, written, shouted, screamed, sung, and even sometimes unheard voices.

This is the beginning of the journey, and as I set off, my great consolation is the belief that not all who wander are lost.