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Sam Hamad

Hamad is an independent Scottish-Egyptian activist and writer.

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Goodbye, Maradona, an imperfect hero

27 November, 2020

Comment: Maradona was a hero not just to football fans, but Palestinians, leftists and people across the Global South alike, writes Sam Hamad. May he rest in peace.

Walid al-Muallem: The legacy of Assad's Goebbelsian late FM

22 November, 2020

Comment: Sam Hamad reflects on the legacy of Walid al-Muallem, Assad's foreign minister who died this week, after he spent the past decade justifying Assad's crimes to the world.

Assad's sham refugee conference marks dark 50-years of regime

19 November, 2020

Comment: Displaced Syrian refugees know all too well that 'reconstruction' can never happen under the grip of a Russian-backed Assad regime, writes Sam Hamad.

Close the door on your way out, Mr Trump

10 November, 2020

Comment: Trump's electoral defeat is just a single blow against the authoritarianism that he represents. Biden's work to defend democracy begins now, writes Sam Hamad.

Would Biden really stop writing blank cheques for Egypt?

15 October, 2020

Comment: Only a Biden administration would be capable of holding Sisi's regime accountable. But whether it would is another matter, writes Sam Hamad.

Russia's experimental Covid-19 vaccine comes to Egypt

02 October, 2020

Comment: Russia's Covid-19 vaccine has been developed with an unsurprising lack of transparency, and Sisi's willingness to distribute it is serious cause for concern, writes Sam Hamad.

Syrian gravedigger recounts a genocide, but is anyone listening?

24 September, 2020

Comment: As we hear testimony on the extent of Assad's murderous apparatus, we must remember that these are crimes not just of past, but the present too, writes Sam Hamad.

Sisi bulldozes homes with renewed disdain for Egypt's poor

18 September, 2020

Comment: A year after the 'Palacegate' protests that saw so many incarcerated, Egypt's streets are a grim mix of apathy, fear and resentment towards the regime, writes Sam Hamad.

For dissidents, Egypt has crossed a chilling new threshold

02 September, 2020

Comment: Sisi's heavy-handed persecution of Hassan instils fear and paranoia that will ultimately cause Egyptians at home and abroad to think twice before speaking out, writes Sam Hamad.

UAE adds Israel to its coalition of anti-democratic allies

28 August, 2020

Comment: UAE-Israel normalisation should be understood in a broader context of illiberal, anti-democratic actors solidifying their global alliances, writes Sam Hamad.

Egypt's senate election farce helps Sisi recruit more loyalists

18 August, 2020

Comment: Egypt's newly created senate is will have no legislative power, and is just a method of expanding the regime's system of loyalty and patronage, writes Sam Hamad.

Rabaa wasn't just a coup, but a totalitarian beginning

13 August, 2020

Comment: Seven years after the massacre, it's clear that the violence at Rabaa marked the dawn of a new era ruled by fear and state control, writes Sam Hamad.

Sam Hamad
Sam Hamad

Hamad is an independent Scottish-Egyptian activist and writer.

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