Posts by: Mohamed ElGohary

An Egyptian veteran blogger.Global VoicesLingua manager.

Book review: The Promised Land by Grace Ogot

The Promised LandThe Promised Land by Grace Ogot
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My Global Voices friend, Laila, who lives in Kenya, gave me this book during her visit to Egypt. It hit me deeply how can Kenya and Egypt be so similar regarding family ties and traditions, and how local traditions are sometimes considered part of religion, sometimes even overwhelming it. Whenever you read the first chapter you won’t leave it until the end.

I give this book 5/5, I really enjoyed it, and it gave me an idea why Egypt should be explicitly back to her African roots.

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Sueño con Serpientes

Hay hombres que luchan un día y son buenos
Hay otros que luchan un año y son mejores
Hay quienes luchan muchos años y son muy buenos
Pero hay los que luchan toda la vida
Esos so los imprescindibles.
(Bertold Brecht)

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Reflections on technology

I just finished watching a Lebanese-Swedish movie, Zozo. It is about a Lebanese boy, with the name Zozo, during the civil war, who gets separated from his family and ends up in Sweden. In the beginning there is this scene where the father is mad at his son for trying to get his mother’s attention while they were following the news about the war on TV,  while the boy had just finished crafting a piece of wood and wanted to show it to his mother.
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Twitter translations priorities

With all due respect to western European languages, why do twitter ignore a language like Arabic with hundreds of millions of speakers and begin with less-popular western European languages? I applied to be a volunteer translator for Twitter in 2009 and no one answered which is something weird considering Twitter’s efforts to switch to Web interfaces vs API by acquiring the most used twitter clients on all platforms.
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