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Articles by Maria Golia

Country Profile: Egypt

Maria Golia considers Egypt’s past, present and future.

  • March 1, 2013
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To everything there is a season

How can Egyptians make sure last year’s uprisings have a lasting legacy? Maria Golia looks forward.

  • November 1, 2012
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Letter from Cairo

The future is unknown, but we can learn on the job, says Maria Golia.

  • January 1, 2012
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A fierce beauty

Maria Golia experiences beautiful music and blunt talk at a Cairo gathering.

  • December 1, 2011
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Egyptian laughter

In a climate of uncertainty, Maria Golia discovers that laughter can sound hollow.

  • November 1, 2011
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Podcast: Maria Golia on Egypt

An interview with Maria Golia, author of our longstanding and popular Letter from Cairo column.

  • October 27, 2011
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Letter from Cairo

Love can be tough amid the boredom and despair of a city slum, writes Maria Golia.

  • October 1, 2011
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Letter from Cairo: the struggle for a free press

The independent press has gained strength from the revolution, writes Maria Golia.

  • September 1, 2011
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What is a 'true Egyptian'?

There may be no easy answer, but identity has become an obsession, discovers Maria Golia, among a people in turmoil.

  • July 1, 2011
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A stitch in time saves...

Maria Golia’s tailor has the currency markets stitched up.

  • June 1, 2011
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A rooftop view

After the euphoria, reality is beginning to bite, says Maria Golia.

  • May 1, 2011
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Bearing witness

Maria Golia savours a moment of extraordinary clarity for Egypt.

  • April 1, 2011
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Mubarak: the father of all killjoys

Maria Golia on a wily strategist who is sowing division as his palace crumbles – and the protesters holding firm against his will.

  • February 4, 2011
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Egypt: 'What has happened to us?'

Maria Golia on the question that has galvanized Egypt’s people – and their struggle to reclaim their dignity.

  • February 1, 2011
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Cognac and horse sweat

In the name of research, Maria Golia meets a man with an unusual mission.

  • November 1, 2010
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Letter from Cairo

Maria Golia meets the man with the eyes of a caged god.

  • October 1, 2010
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Handle with care

Returning to Cairo after some time away, Maria Golia is waylaid in the labyrinth of a cargo warehouse.

  • June 1, 2010
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The soaring call

Maria Golia recalls a transcendent moment amid the clamour of Cairo.

  • May 1, 2010
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A face for today

Maria Golia feels she’s getting old, while the city around her is ‘getting new’.

  • April 1, 2010
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The pampered paws

A trip to the pedicurist reveals the changing face of Egypt’s middle class to Maria Golia.

  • March 1, 2010
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Cairo 2010

The dawn of a new decade has Maria Golia pondering the past.

  • January 1, 2010
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The return

An overseas trip lets Maria Golia see her hometown in a new light.

  • December 1, 2009
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Losing the edge

Perceptions of efficiency – and cleanliness – can differ, Maria Golia discovers.

  • November 1, 2009
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Permission denied

Maria Golia recalls why part of her Egyptian education involved learning how to break the rules.

  • October 1, 2009
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Wealth in abundance

Make do and mend’ is a time-honoured Egyptian talent, discovers Maria Golia.

  • September 1, 2009
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Turning Japanese

Maria Golia recalls a moment of cultural confusion.

  • July 1, 2009
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Shake and sway

Maria Golia ponders Egypt’s attitude towards sexuality.

  • June 1, 2009
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Making room

Even when the odds are stacked against them, Maria Golia observes her neighbour’s family taking life as it comes.

  • April 1, 2009
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Friday fracas

Maria Golia goes into battle for the underdog – and then wonders just what she has done.

  • March 1, 2009
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No place like home

Cairo’s poor show a peculiar brand of camaraderie.

  • January 1, 2009
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Manners and the man

In the damp, dark winter, Maria Golia finds cold comfort in a pharmacy queue.

  • December 1, 2008
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The lightest touch

From brandished bottoms to a difficult death, Maria Golia plays nurse for her neighbours.

  • November 1, 2008
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Living theatre

Patience is running thin and tempers are flaring in Maria Golia’s apartment block.

  • October 1, 2008
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What love’s got to do with it

Maria Golia on conflicting loves in Cairo

  • September 1, 2008
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The pen is messier than the sword

Maria Golia explains why the pen is messier than the sword in her Letter from Cairo.

  • August 1, 2008
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A hold-up at the bank

Maria Golia tackles taboos about money in Cairo.

  • July 1, 2008
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A world apart

Maria Golia gets a glimpse of Egypt’s high society in Letter from Cairo.

  • March 1, 2008
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The thinness of things

Living in Cairo means accepting much that isn’t how one might want it, discovers Maria Golia – and that everyone looks good in pink.

  • December 1, 2007
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A marriage of convenience

Maria Golia observes the wheeling and dealing behind a Cairo wedding.

  • November 1, 2007
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‘We can take it’

First in a new series by Maria Golia.

  • October 1, 2007
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