May 2013 – The curious case of Arab men reportedly deported for being “too handsome” demonstrates that the beautiful can also be the victims of discrimination.
February 2013 – Does a gaff about rural women’s breasts belie the belief among Egypt’s new Islamist leadership that women are the source of all society’s ills?
January 2013 – Despite its bonding potential, a trip to the hairdresser’s can inflict trauma on soap-phobic pre-adolescent boys and their mullet-phobic fathers.
June 2012 – Like an ocean predator, if Facebook is not moving forward, it is dying. So is this big fish drowning or can it continue to swim with the tide?
February 2012 – For the perplexed this Valentine’s, The Chronikler offers this “scientific” guide to winning hearts and getting high on the “drug” of love.
February 2012 – Is buying a secondhand car after nine months of contemplation akin to becoming a father or a lover?
October 2011 – Jailing Egyptians for insulting religion and the military goes against the revolution’s spirit, and violates people’s secular and sacred rights.
September 2011 – A story that redhead sperm is not welcome at a Danish spermbank has gone global, reflecting how good reporting is being crowded out of the media by ‘incredible free content’.
August 2011 – Only self-hating Arabs and Jews can save the Middle East from itself.
July 2011 – Israelis and Arabs tend to believe that they share little in common. But in reality they are more alike than they like to admit.
March 2011 – Muammar Gaddafi and Silvio Berlusconi have something in common: delusions of grandeur that keep them desperately holding on to the reins of power.
February 2011 – In the second leaked extract from his secret diaries, President M is enraged by what he sees as an unpresidented act of cowardice and treachery.
February 2011 – We’re entering a world of augmented reality (AR) which might sound scary to rational-thinking grown-ups but perfectly natural to iPhone-savvy toddlers.
February 2011 – In the first leaked extract from President M’s diaries, he calms an alarmed fellow dictator in Tunisia.
December 2010 – Animal rights activists are calling for global vegetarianism, but the Middle East is not ready to sacrifice its meat-eating lifestyle.
November 2010 – Unflattering as some Western stereotypes are of Arab men, Western women also get a bad press in conservative Arab circles.
November 2010 – Some in the West are more likely to believe in elves in Middle Earth than in Arab men in the Middle East who are secular and do not oppress women.
October 2010 – Yes, it’s a famous Cole Porter song but an even better ambition for a fading socialist of the 1980s kind.
September 2010 – If God wants to reach out to humanity, why rely on prophets and scripture when he presumably has the power to connect with each of us directly?
August 2010 – Love is a universal theme in music, but there are good reasons for the Arab world’s preoccupation with romance.
July 2010 – Egypt’s pavillion at the Shanghai Expo 2010 misses the mark of modernity and dwells excessively on the country’s ancient past.
June 2010 – Being monolingual can be limiting, so why not learn another language and get a new perspective on the world?
April 2010 – I spend so much time sorting my rubbish that I’m thinking of putting it on my CV as a skill or taking it up as a profession.
January 2010 – From ‘gay girls’ to ‘shagging flies’, the changing meaning of English words causes no end of confusion.
November 2009 – Are Saudi Arabian beauty shows for goats as weird and outlandish as they seem?
November 2009 – As the singer prepares to visit Egypt, Christian and Muslim fundamentalists agree: Beyoncé is the root of all evil.
October 2009 – Having kids is no longer the preserve of married couples, or couples full stop, it now seems. That’s all good and well, but does it mean dads will soon be surplus to requirements? No way!
October 2009 – Is technology designed to monitor and report on our every move a sign of ambient intelligence or stupidity?
September 2009 – From fashion tips to adult breastfeeding – rulings by some clerics range from the eccentric to the downright bizarre.
September 2009 – If I were to vanish into thin air, my Swedish in-laws would have a suitable expression for this.
September 2009 – Just because I want to wear high heels to work, that doesn’t make me a brainless bimbo.
September 2009 – Elevating food to celebrity status has turned the theory of motivation upside. It’s time to stick one up the foodies.
September 2009 – A new search engine claims to filter out ‘haram’ (sinful) content for the faithful. Should non-believers now demand their own version – let’s call it Godpile – that blocks religious content?
August 2009 – Egyptians should not be too harsh on poor Gamal Mubarak. He’s bound to become the president of the many entrepreneurs and professionals and not of the few who live on less than $2 per day.
August 2009 – What passes as a good joke in the office or at a party nowadays? Not much, it seems.
July 2009 – Beauty, failure, enchantment, … you name the emotion and poetry’s got it. But this noble art is not for everyone. And it’s by no means easy to call yourself a poet.
July 2009 – Deciphering hieroglyphs is much more fun than decoding the ‘thumbspeak’ of SMS texting.
July 2009 - A revolution is on the way and it’s going to change everything – in our house.
July 2009 – It’s bad enough, in the Friends era, being able to quote Ross Geller – the nerdy palaeontologist – but being fully versed in the McDreamy language of Grey’s Anatomy is a nauseating form of existentialism.
July 2009 – Being called a miserable sod might not be everyone’s moniker of choice, but Shakespeare was on to something with his comment “The miserable hath no other medicine but only hope”.
July 2009 – Christian Nielsen’s long-dead Psion Organiser is a constant reminder never to buy any technology that promises to help him remember things.
July 2009- Wacky conspiracy theories cause damage by drawing attention away from the real plots being hatched by our governments.
March 2009 – Rumours of deadly SMS messages are symptoms of a worrying trend in Egypt – the unstoppable rise of superstition.
March 2009 – God now has a number. Sadly, it goes straight to voicemail, but I’ve got my messages ready. What about you?
January 2009 – The adult world shouldn’t dismiss childhood romances as cute follies – first loves can leave a lasting impression.
December 2008 – It’s the Western world’s greatest childhood controversy: does Santa Claus exist? The answer is both comforting and disturbing to the children among us and within us.
December 2008 – Can science make us more attractive and appealing? Let’s put it to the test.
December 2008 – An Iraqi journalist expressed his contempt for President Bush in a manner familiar in the Arab world: by throwing his shoes.
October 2008 – John McCain has furnished compelling proof that Barack Obama is not an Arab: the Democrat is a family man.
September 2008 – With booze in short supply, the month of fasting can be a thirsty wait for some Muslims.
August 2008 – If Barack Obama were a pop star, he would be a jazz musician or a rapper, not a Britney Spears. And to prove it, BaRock should release an election rap, UnPrezidented.