KarmaMole The View From Here..


KarmaMole is a nickname for Omar Kamel. He is a writer, musician, photographer, director, and producer. He makes things out of words and sounds and images. He spent three years of his life in a futile fight for a better future in Tahrir Square and has more opinions than any mortal man should be allowed. Some of them are on this blog.

Goodbye, Mahmoud Reda


I just found out that Mahmoud Reda passed away today. I didn’t know him well but met him while shooting a documentary on his work with Keti Sharif.

He was a wonderfully sweet man, and he was definitely a cultural force in Egypt, his work with the fantastic Farid’s Fahmy did much to keep Egyptian folkloric dance alive, and evolve it along the way.

If At First, You Don’t Succeed..


Not everybody succeeds at what they try to do, but many keep trying. Some keep trying the same thing until they succeed, and others keep trying different things, like they’re throwing spaghetti at the wall, hoping some of it will stick. Often, nothing does. These people meander through life, trying one thing after another, one business idea after another, struggling to figure out what they’re...

Baited By Biden


Here’s what you need to understand; Oliver, Colbert, Conan, Fallon, and those other guys, all of them – they’ll push you towards Biden, they’ll make jokes about Bernie, and they’ll portray him as the interesting but unelectable candidate. They all pretend to be edgy and liberal, but they all tow the DNC line. This is why they punched down at the greens when Clinton was running. This is why...

Blowing Up Your Hearts


There is nothing this world needs more than empathy. I want to build an empathy bomb, big enough to envelop the whole world in an explosion of empathy. If all the fed can feel the pangs of hunger that others feel, if all the unjust could feel the anguish that victims feel, and if all the liars can feel the betrayal caused by their deceit, perhaps this would be a better earth. A slightly more...

Trumping Your Standards


I’m starting to feel that the real threat of a Trump presidency is that it’s lowering everybody’s standards.  It’s made people think well of presidents like George W. Bush, a mass-murdering liar by any measure. It’s made people elevate drone-happy Obama, who casually ordered the murder of more than 4,000 innocent Pakistani’s into almost godlike status...

Bernie, The DNC, And Your Shopping Cart


For a long time now, I’ve held the view that the DNC would rather lose the presidential election than choose Bernie Sanders as their Democratic nominee for the presidential election. Everything that’s happened in the last few months supports that view; the attack on Bernie Sanders by Warren, the willful lack of Bernie coverage on networks that ostensibly frame themselves as being the...

Jan25, 2020


Today is a special, heartbreaking day for everybody who participated in the attempt to liberate Egypt from the yoke of oppression. We tried, and we failed. Our attempt was at first noble, then grew more pathetic, more desperate. We clung to the unworthy, put our hopes in the undeserving, and our dreams slipped through our fingers like so many grains of sand. Our friends got murdered, and we tried...



1917 is a damn good movie. By focusing on a microcosm, a tiny slice of story within what was otherwise a ‘world’ war, it creates incredible cinema. The cinematography by Roger Deakins is fantastic. The production design and set staging are mind-boggling. The music by Thomas Newman is perfect, enhancing and influencing the viewer but never overwhelming the narrative or the performances and never...

Gabriel: Hide & Seek


Gabriel: Dadda!! Let’s play Hide n’ Seek! Me (exhausted): How about we play Hide n’ Forget..? Gabriel: What’s that? Me: You hide, and I forget about it. Gabriel: Is that a real game, or did you just make it up? Me: It’s a real game because I just made it up! Gabriel: Okay! He runs off while I start counting to 20. He comes back when I’m at 5 to get his iPad, clearly discerning this won’t be like...

Ahmed Mohie


This brave young man went to Tahrir today, holding a sign that says ‘Leave, Sisi”, ‘ thus making him undoubtedly the bravest man in Egypt, if not the world.  Sadly, I fear the worst outcome will follow. I don’t mean arrest (he’s already been arrested) or torture (that’s just a regular given) – I’m afraid that tomorrow morning we’ll see footage...

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