Holly Dagres

Holly Dagres has written 9 posts for democrati.net

US Versus Iran Match: Lessons Politicians Can Learn

The Islamic Republic of Iran and the United States went at it, but it was not over Iran’s nuclear program or the US’s sanctions on Iran — it was over a gold medal at the Olympics. The US’s Jordan Burroughs beat Iran’s Sadegh Saeed Goudarzi at the final for the men’s 74-kilogram freestyle wrestling. When … Continue reading

In The Garden of Mullahs: ‘Apple,’ A Forbidden Fruit?

By now you have probably heard of the Apple versus Iranian diaspora sanctions dispute. Like most Americans, I own an iPod. I even ‘turned to the dark side’ and purchased a MacBook Pro a year ago. But when news came out about 19-year-old Sahar Sabet, a college student of Iranian descent, was denied the purchase … Continue reading

Mona Eltahawy sparks debate on plight of women in the Middle East

Mona Eltahawy’s piece “Why Do They Hate Us?” in Foreign Policy Magazine has sparked a debate that has shaken the social networks. Views of vitriolic dislike or profound approval of her controversial article have been expressed on Twitter, Facebook, blogs, and may even be a main topic on Al Jazeera English’s “The Stream”. An ardent … Continue reading

Genocide: How could they kill their own so effortlessly?

The month of April has become widely associated as “Genocide Prevention/Awareness Month,” marking the anniversary of six major genocides taking place during the 20th century: Armenia, the Holocaust, Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur. The term “genocide” was coined by Raphael Lemkin, a Polish-born holocaust survivor and lawyer who dedicated his life to advocating for a … Continue reading

Port Said Clashes: Evidence of Division

Clashes between protesters and the Egyptian police have recommenced again in Tahrir Square, almost reminiscent to the November 18th clashes: gas masks, vinegar remedies for tear gas, motorbike angels – all in its essence. However this time around, it’s due to an incident at a football match; where the winning team al-Masry’s fans after the … Continue reading

Egyptian Blogger Aliaa Elmahdy: Rebel with a Cause?

By now if you have been keeping up with the ‘Arab Awakening,’ you have probably heard of Aliaa Magda Elmahdy, the 20-year-old Egyptian blogger who posted a nude photo of herself. For those of you not familiar with the story, Elmahdy posted the photo as an act of expression against the ‘norm’ found in the … Continue reading

Israeli Embassy Raid in Cairo, Pointless Setback for Democracy

September 9th was to be a day of protests in Tahrir Square not seen since prior to the month of Ramadan. Known as “correcting the path” amongst organizers, it was to express frustration at the military’s handling of the Mubarak trials and such. Here is a translation of the demands from a website (http://www.elshaheeed.co.uk/): Egyptians … Continue reading

Egypt: What’s Next?

On Thursday morning, rumors were circulating that Egyptian President Husni Mubarak may potentially deliver his resignation on State Television.  Media outlets confirmed that the Egyptian Army had told the people their “demands would be met” and the continuous repetition of a top CIA official confirming the rumor. Egyptians watched with utter shock and dismay when President Mubarak … Continue reading

U.S. should save face, take cues from past and stay neutral on issues in Egypt

In a domino effect, the Arab world has resorted to social uprising due to its displeasure with the continuous decline of the economic and political situation in its countries. Rising unemployment, poverty, corruption and police abuses are some of the reasons why Tunisia, Lebanon and now Egypt have made widespread outcries by taking to the … Continue reading