Five years ago, thousands of Egyptians celebrated in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, as President Hosni Mubarak stepped down. In the nearing sunset crowds were cheering, dancing, some fell on their knees in prayer. Its was the end of Mubaraks almost 30-year rule. Five years later, even key figures of the 2011 uprising, such as the secular … Continue reading Five Years after the Egyptian Revolution: A Menac Retrospective
Menac team member Agnija Kazuša was one of the twenty young people from different countries of Europe who gathered in the picturesque resort city Platres at the mountains of Cyprus to participate in the first meeting of an innovative global project called "Reinventing Democracy in the Digital Era". During a week-long workshop that took place from 7th … Continue reading Reinventing Democracy Begins in Cyprus Mountains
The case of photographer Mahmoud Abu Zeid by Basma El Mahdy Menac-member Basma El Mahdy about the press freedom in Egypt and the case of Mahmoud Abu Zeid, an Egyptian photographer who has been imprisoned without any charges over two years. Back in August, the international community was shocked by an Egyptian court ruling, that … Continue reading Journalism in Egypt remains a Crime in 2016
Opinion piece by Katarzyna Mortoń Our contributor and menac-founder Katarzyna Mortoń on the Western perspectives on terrorism after the Paris attacks. Have we understood yet our responsibilities in a global world? Today some may think that what is predominantly relevant in countering terrorism is whether Western industrial nations bomb Daesh's positions in Syria. Unfortunately current … Continue reading The West and the rest?
Menac-member Theodosia Gkournelou about how psychologically and physically challenging it can be to repot on human rights and what we can do to improve our stories on human rights issues. Three years ago I traveled to Rwanda as a member of a NGO. The aim of the trip was to produce a documentary about HIV … Continue reading Reporting on Human Rights; a demanding path
When asked about Sawfar Grand Hotel, most of the Lebanese would know it as “that big old abandoned structure off the main road of the town”. But what is the story behind the building that, in the 60s, used to be the happening place for all established families of Beirut, as well as the travelers … Continue reading Afternoons with the Sursocks: Sawfar & Beirut
This post and the accompanying video is a cooperation with the No Hate Speech Movement and StuffByMorton. The Camp Energetic music, loud signging and vivid clapping fills the air of the Maximilian Park in Brussels. The smell of barbecue, colourful tents and a joyful crowd competes with the gloomy Belgian weather. On the 24th of … Continue reading The Power of Community