A Pharaonic fish tale from Cairo

April 5, 2010 No Comments

Sham el Nessim, or ‘smelling the breezes’ is a holiday from pharaonic times, ushering in the first day of spring. But every year, one popular custom creates quite a stink. Originally published by Global Post on April 5, 2010.

Pharaonic Porn?

March 22, 2010 No Comments

At the famous Luxor Temple on the Nile River, tourists come to touch a wall relief of Min, the ancient God of Fertility, in the hopes that some of his luck will rub off. But now the Pharaonic relief is in danger of destruction. Originally published by Daily News Egypt on March 22, 2010.

Oriental Jazz

March 10, 2010 No Comments

At the first annual Cairo Jazz Festival, local musicians are fusing sounds from East and West.  Story originally published by Daily News Egypt on March 10, 2010.

Limp Butts in Egypt

February 17, 2010 No Comments

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but many Egyptians are speechless over an image that recently hit the streets here.  Can a new impotence warning dent the manhood of Egypt’s smokers? Originally published by Global Post on February 17, 2010.

Tentmaker in Cairo

February 8, 2010 No Comments

For more than 150 years, craftsmen in Cairo’s tentmaking market have passed the hand-made, needle skills on from father to son. But not everyone wants to continue the cycle. Story originally published by Daily News Egypt on February 8, 2010.

Pumping Iron in Gaza

January 15, 2010 No Comments

Throughout the Gaza Strip, where many cities are still destroyed from the Israeli offensive, some young men are finding hope in the gym.  But steroid use is a growing problem. Originally published on Global Post on January 15, 2010.

Copts see Virgin Mary over Cairo

January 7, 2010 No Comments

In December 2009, a flash of light appeared over a church in Cairo. Was it the Virgin Mary or just a hoax?  GP’s Jon Jensen visits the church and speaks with witnesses.  Originally published by Global Post on January 7, 2010.

Backstory: Reporting in Gaza

January 3, 2010 No Comments

Daily News Egypt’s Jon Jensen discusses the challenges of reporting in the Gaza Strip. Story originally published by Daily News Egypt on January 3, 2010.

Gaza’s Five-Star Destination

December 15, 2009 No Comments

On the shore of Gaza City, a large building lays as a casualty of the years of conflict.  Story originally published by Daily News Egypt on December 15, 2009.

Israeli Hold on Gaza Strains Fishing Industry

December 7, 2009 No Comments

Early morning in the harbor off Gaza City and fishermen are busy hauling in the day’s catch. But see why scenes like this one are becoming more and more rare in Gaza.  Originally published by Global Post on December 7, 2009.

Oud Maker in Cairo

October 19, 2009 No Comments

On Cairo’s Mohamed Ali Street, craftsmen build traditional musical instruments by hand. Several small factories make the oud, a popular string instrument in the Middle East. Originally published by Daily News Egypt on October 19, 2009.