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Bahia Shehab is a Lebanese-Egyptian graphic designer, artist, and Islamic art historian whose studies focus on ancient Arabic script and the use of visual heritage to solve contemporary design issues. In 1999 Bahia graduated with a degree in graphic design from the American University in Beirut. She currently teaches at the American University in Cairo, where she has developed a four-year Graphic Design program that features courses in the History of Arab Design.

The latest work of the anonymous Egyptian street artist Keizer titled, “The Lady of the Ladies- ست الستات”

On his Facebook page, Keizer writes, “This piece is dedicated to our working class women that make our daily lives in Egypt possible.To the beautiful hardworking mothers, bawabas , cleaning ladies, cooks, farmers, nurses, maids, vegetable vendors and the like.This one is for you. Thank you.”

Egyptian artist, El Zeft, pays homage to Egyptian women in the revolution by creating this Nefertiti inspired street art.

“It was in Mohammed Mahmoud street, one of the most brutal clashes during the revolution. Most of the martyrs that died were then tagged on the walls of the street. It all looked very masculine, it was a battle and most of them were men. So I wanted to include some femininity because there were women with us in the revolution. I saw women in the front clashes fighting against the police. I wanted to give them their right, so I thought about who is the most powerful Egyptian woman figure… Nefertiti and combined her with one of the symbols of revolution, a gas mask.” (Source)


Egyptian Theatre circa 1989 and then 26 years later just before the start of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.  In 1989, the Festival had three theatres – Egyptian, Holiday, and Prospector.  In 2015, Park City alone has nine theatres, with 16 total including Salt Lake, Ogden, and Sundance Mountain Resort.

Check out all the 2015 Festival festivities here.

Photos by Sandria Miller and Stephen Speckman

Egypt today...

At least 30 soldiers have been killed and dozens injured as militants waged a series of attacks on military checkpoints in Egypt’s North Sinai, reported state radio, citing a government official. Meanwhile, the Egyptian Armed Forces has stated that 10 soldiers were killed. The Military added that 22 militants were eliminated and that five checkpoints had been attacked by more than 70 militants.

However, sources on the ground told Al-Qahera Al-Youm and Sky News Arabia that up to 60 may have been killed.

According to Al-Ahram, five military checkpoints were attacked by heavily armed militants. In an official statement, the Sinai Province militant group, previously known as Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis, a Sinai-based group that pledged allegiance to ISIS in 2014, has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

The attacks, which centered around a checkpoint in Sheikh Zuweid, have reportedly also killed a number of militants, reported Youm7.

Meanwhile, Al-Qahera Al-Youm reports that 10 civilians have been killed or injured in the attacks which were waged by up to 250 militants.

As Egyptians begun fasting, massive explosions and gunfire erupted in the Sheikh Zuweid area. At approximately 9:30AM, a large explosion rocked the area, reportedly the result of a suicide truck bomb, according to Youm7.

Unverified reports from Al-Masrsad Al-Sinawi, a Sinai-based news outlet, states that an Apache helicopter was hit by a militant missile and was forced to withdraw from the battlefield.

Hours after the massive attacks erupted in North Sinai, Israel closed off the Nitzana and Kerem Shalom border crossings into Egypt, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported.

Egypt’s North Sinai has witnessed a wave of attacks since the ouster of Morsi in July 2013. On Tuesday, two children were killed when a rocket reportedly fired by militants struck their home.