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Emad Barsoum writes: The Virtual Democracy

Looking back in time at the development of political approaches and awareness, we would realize that the principle of Democracy came to existence in the 400’s BC when Plato wrote his book “The Republic”, followed by many philosophers, thinkers, social reformers and patriots, Democracy became a crucial requirement for governing and human rights. Although the Roman Senate existed in 700’s BC, nonetheless it w ...

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Emad Barsoum writes: Solitary Confinement

Many of us hear words, expressions, even facts about events and incidents that we never experienced, and sometimes our reactions are not in line with these incidents and facts. Most of us heard, through movies, about the solitary confinement during a period of imprisonment, specially how it was demonstrated in the prominent movie “Papillion – 1973” and its remake in 2017. Nevertheless, what we hear or see i ...

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Emad Barsoum writes: The Parade of the Century

Every day I spend some time on social media to get an idea about current trends, conspiracy theories and how it transformed the earthlings to captives of screens. Few days ago I found quite a number of comments and criticisms of a spectacular event that took place in Cairo, Egypt lately. It was the Royal Parade, a celebration that was performed amidst the transportation of twenty two mummies for Queens and ...

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Emad Barsoum writes: The Suez Canal… and Covid

While the whole world was watching the developments of Covid 19, its vaccines, quarantines, a serious incident happened that did not draw the attention of the world for two days at the beginning. It was a Golden-class type container ship, one of eleven largest container ships ever built - that ran aground in the Suez Canal, and led to a blockage of the Canal for the marine transport. To many, nowadays, Suez ...

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Emad Barsoum writes: Civilization Reversed

A small piece of news on a renowned TV station, that did not attract enough attention, due to everyone's distraction by the Covid news and vaccinations, carried an astonishing message and trend. A trend in the media and public orientation that reflects a massive crack in a civilized world. The news announced and celebrated a person that has been appointed for an important law enforcement organization board, ...

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Emad Barsoum writes: The Clash of Generations (3)

When I wrote about the clash of generations, the differences between the younger and older generation, I never expected to receive as much feedback as the ones received from the younger generations; which I considered an extremely interesting phenomenon, to get the younger generation engaged in such kind of discussion. However, when Kate, my young colleague, a very smart and active young lady walked in my o ...

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(Emad Barsoum writes: The Clash of Generations (2

It was unlikely to receive, from the young generation, responses and feedback on the previous article about the differences and struggle between generations. However, and regardless of the slight positive responses versus enormous negativity, it carried for me much delight to see such interaction and concern to participate in the dialogue.  What dominated the young generation ideas is the sense of conceit t ...

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Emad Barsoum writes: The Clash of Generations

A friend came to me one day, from my age group, with a careworn face and with muttered words, why do they not listen? he said. I turned to him wondering, as he is known to be very sarcastic when he shares with his friends any worries or concerns. My friend believes that handling problem with less stress and through a bit of sarcasm helps overcome most of the tension that we might go through while solving ou ...

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Emad Barsoum writes: A Year without a MASK

It is the morning of the first day of the New Year, my daughter, looking through the window towards the empty streets, and in a calm but gloomy voice, she said; a New Year dad but we are still wearing the mask, nothing changed! When she heard me coming in. With a pretended cheerful voice I replied, it is a new year and a new hope, my princess. She turned to me and realized that I share with her the same fee ...

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Emad Barsoum writes: From Santa with Love

Dear Children of the world, For thousands of years, I have been dedicated to visit each one of you, read your letters, bring you what you wished for, regardless of what you did because you are angels and the most beautiful thing on our planet. You are the daily sunshine, the softest melody, and the ones who give us a perpetual hope for a better tomorrow. My children, forgive me, this year I will not be able ...

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Emad Barsoum writes: The Authority of Chickens

In a banana republic you may wake up everyday with a new law, or even a new government, where those who wake up first claim authority. However, this phenomenon is on its way to disappear, due to the increasing awareness of citizens of those small countries, and their quest for modern and civilized life.  A life that is governed by democracy yet with discipline, a state of institutions, that respects the law ...

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Emad Barsoum writes: Conquering the Tribulations

A few days ago, young assistant at my workplace hopped in my office like a sparrow, with a cheerful smile and shiny eyes, not without few tears, cried: "Finally!" I stared at her in amusement and asked: "what? Did you win the lottery?" She sarcastically replied: "No I wish, then added, my wedding day has been set!" I remembered; her wedding was postponed three times in over 6 months due to the unwelcomed vi ...

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