Elections are just around the corner, and yes, there is an app for that. But it won’t vote for you.
Elections are just around the corner, and yes, there is an app for that. But it won’t vote for you.
Transgender men and women from the United Kingdom, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand and Canada wore their military uniforms Monday at the American Civil Liberties Union building.
From singing on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and riding the subway to recording a program for a Chicago radio station, Kenya’s Afrizo singing group is on a tour like no other.
 
 
 

Monica Ibrahim - Fall 2012

Being a journalist is not just a career for me, it defines who I am because I have always been passionate about news and politics. That is why the Scripps Howard Foundation internship is like a dream coming true; being at the heart of the capital gives you a close insight on the news industry with high-profile events happening around the clock.

During my first year of college at Cairo University, I had an internship with youm7 online newspaper at a time when online news started to kick off in Egypt. The work environment was pretty challenging, considering funding and readership, but it was a very successful experience for me because it gave me hands-on reporting techniques and multimedia reporting skills.

Later, I worked for the official publication of Cairo University. Being a board member enhanced my ability to make critical decisions in a short time regarding what to publish and what to discard. It taught me that a newspaper is mainly about our responsibility to deliver accurate and fair news to the public.

That work is in addition to a lot of courses and activities I have done that put me closer to my goal of being a professional reporter: I have taken a summer course on human rights at Beirut Arab University. An exchange program in the U.S. last year changed my life: the Women’s Leadership Institute at the University of Kansas opened many doors for me and helped me sharpening my talents.

I am from Cairo, a senior in the Faculty of Mass Communication, Cairo University: I am doing double major in mass communication and journalism.

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Egyptians in U.S. protest President Morsi’s latest decrees

Click on photo to enlarge or download: Egyptians protest in front of the Egyptian embassy in Washington Wednesday to oppose Egypt’s President Mohamad Morsi’s latest decrees. SHFWire photo by Monica IbrahimClick on photo to enlarge or download: Egyptians protest in front of the Egyptian embassy in Washington Wednesday to oppose Egypt’s President Mohamad Morsi’s latest decrees. SHFWire photo by Monica IbrahimWASHINGTON – Egyptians in the United States have been protesting recent decrees by President Mohamad Morsi, who has seized almost dictatorial power even as his government has set an election to ratify a new constitution.

A senior office for a freshman congressman

Click on photo to enlarge or download: Rep.-elect Scott Peters, D- Calif., enjoys some spare time Friday morning at the Capitol. Unlike other freshmen House members, he inherited the office of the incumbent he beat in the election and didn’t have to take part in the lottery. SHFWire photo by Monica IbrahimClick on photo to enlarge or download: Rep.-elect Scott Peters, D- Calif., enjoys some spare time Friday morning at the Capitol. Unlike other freshmen House members, he inherited the office of the incumbent he beat in the election and didn’t have to take part in the lottery. SHFWire photo by Monica Ibrahim

WASHINGTON - Unlike other freshmen members of Congress, Rep.-elect Scott Peters, D- Calif., didn’t have to attend the House office lottery Friday to compete for a desirable office.  Instead, he inherited the office in the Rayburn House Office Building occupied by his opponent, Rep. Brian P. Bilbray, R- Calif.

National Thanksgiving turkey pardoned at White House

Click on photo to enlarge or download: The president shares a laugh with his daughters during the turkey pardon ceremony in the White House. From left, Steve Willardsen, chairman of the National Turkey Foundation, president Barack Obama, Sasha Obama, Malia Obama. SHFWire Photo by Monica IbrahimClick on photo to enlarge or download: The president shares a laugh with his daughters during the turkey pardon ceremony in the White House. From left, Steve Willardsen, chairman of the National Turkey Foundation, president Barack Obama, Sasha Obama, Malia Obama. SHFWire Photo by Monica Ibrahim

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama held a light-hearted event Wednesday at the White House to pardon the National Thanksgiving Turkey, also known as Cobbler.

Balloons launched to demand the release of a Bahraini political prisoner

Click on photo to enlarge or download: Blue Balloons depicting the face of Bahraini political prisoner Nabeel Rajab were launched Tuesday by Amnesty International to demand his release. SHFWire Photo by Monica IbrahimClick on photo to enlarge or download: Blue Balloons depicting the face of Bahraini political prisoner Nabeel Rajab were launched Tuesday by Amnesty International to demand his release. SHFWire Photo by Monica IbrahimWASHINGTON - Blue balloons depicting the face of Nabeel Rajab, a Bahraini political prisoner, were launched Tuesday by Amnesty International to demand his release.

U.S. must accept the status-quo in the Middle East, some experts say

Click on photo to enlarge or download: Amr Hamzawy, president of Egypt Freedom Party, says the rights of women and non-Muslims are not safeguarded in the new draft of the country’s constitution. Hamzawy spoke Wednesday at the 66th Annual Conference of the Middle East Institute. SHFWire photo by Monica IbrahimClick on photo to enlarge or download: Amr Hamzawy, president of Egypt Freedom Party, says the rights of women and non-Muslims are not safeguarded in the new draft of the country’s constitution. Hamzawy spoke Wednesday at the 66th Annual Conference of the Middle East Institute. SHFWire photo by Monica Ibrahim

WASHINGTON - Scholars and experts on the Middle East agreed Thursday that the U.S. should start dealing with facts in the Arab region the way they are. They said some recent developments  can’t be changed, and the U.S. should look out for its own best interests.

Allen admits defeat to Kaine in Virginia’s tight Senate race

 Click on photo to enlarge or download: Former Virginia governor and senator George Allen concedes defeat Tuesday in Richmond in his quest to return to the Senate. With him are his wife, Susan, and their children Tyler, Forrest and Brooke. SHFWire photo by Kristopher RiveraClick on photo to enlarge or download: Former Virginia governor and senator George Allen concedes defeat Tuesday in Richmond in his quest to return to the Senate. With him are his wife, Susan, and their children Tyler, Forrest and Brooke. SHFWire photo by Kristopher RiveraRICHMOND, Va. - Former governor George Allen admitted defeat in a speech before his supporters Tuesday at what they hoped would be a victory rally. Allen spoke on stage with his wife, Susan, and their children.

Allen hopes for victory as Virginia Senate race remains tight

WASHINGTON - New polls in the battle for the U.S. Senate in Virginia indicate a race that remains tight.

According to the latest Rasmussen report poll, which came out Monday, former governor Tim Kaine, a Democrat, and former governor and senator George Allen, a Republican are in a statistical tie.

Metro reopens following a shutdown due to Hurricane Sandy

 Click on photo to enlarge or download: Passengers wait on a platform at Washington’s Metro Center station for the first train through the station since Sunday night and the arrival of Hurricane Sandy on Monday. The system re-opened with a limited schedule Tuesday at 2 p.m. and will be running normally Wednesday. SHFWire photo by Monica IbrahimClick on photo to enlarge or download: Passengers wait on a platform at Washington’s Metro Center station for the first train through the station since Sunday night and the arrival of Hurricane Sandy on Monday. The system re-opened with a limited schedule Tuesday at 2 p.m. and will be running normally Wednesday. SHFWire photo by Monica IbrahimWASHINGTON - Super storm Sandy continued to affect D.C. commuters for the second day in a row Tuesday. But with partial Metro service returning in the afternoon, the city began to recover from the hurricane’s effects.

Tourists defy Hurricane Sandy to take pictures in front of the White House

Click on photo to enlarge or download: Krummi Kristgamssom, left, and Nathan Timbli, college students from Sweden, were heading to New York on a connecting flight from Sweden to Washington. Their flight was canceled because of the hurricane, so they took the opportunity to take some pictures iClick on photo to enlarge or download: Krummi Kristgamssom, left, and Nathan Timbli, college students from Sweden, were heading to New York on a connecting flight from Sweden to Washington. Their flight was canceled because of the hurricane, so they took the opportunity to take some pictures iWASHINGTON - The White House witnessed an unusual, crowdless, day on Monday. With Hurricane Sandy approaching, the rain started to get heavier and the wind blew even stronger. The number of tourists who stop to take pictures in front of the president’s residence had shrunk remarkably.

Arab Americans at debate-watch party troubled by candidates’ support for Israel

 
Click on photo to enlarge or download: A group of Arab Americans watches the last presidential debate Monday at the Arab American Institute office in Downtown. SHF Wire photo by Monica IbrahimClick on photo to enlarge or download: A group of Arab Americans watches the last presidential debate Monday at the Arab American Institute office in Downtown. SHF Wire photo by Monica IbrahimWASHINGTON – A group of Arab Americans watched the last presidential debate Monday in anticipation of how a discussion focused on American foreign policy would respond to issues they cared about.

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