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Egypt's Written Word, Increasingly In English

Families of certain social standing in Egypt often educate their children in English. Publishing houses too are getting in on the Anglo influence, publishing literary works and texts written directly in English.

A library in eastern Cairo
A library in eastern Cairo
Rowan El Shimi

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CAIRO — I was born in Egypt, raised in Egypt, went to a school with a curriculum that was in both English and Arabic, and yet I consider English my first language in writing. When I publish an article in Arabic, it's usually a translation, and I post it on Facebook with pride at having achieved the impossible.

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Our 'Emotional' Divide: How The Ukraine War Reveals A World Broken In Two

Russia's invasion has created a stark global divide: them and us. On one side are the countries refusing to condemn Moscow, with the West on the other. It's a dangerous split that could have repercussions far into the future.

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Dominique Moïsi

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PARIS — "The West and the Rest of Us." That's the title of a 1975 essay written by Nigerian essayist and critic Chinweizu Ibekwe. I've been thinking about his words as the war in Ukraine both reveals and accelerates divisions of the world that I believe are ultimately "emotional" in nature.

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With war returning to Europe and the risk of escalation, there is a gap between the Western view and that of the "others," a distinct "us and them." This gap cannot be explained in strictly geographical, political, and economic terms.

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