"A final goodbye to Ahram", by Hani Shukrallah
"The deed is done: the MB has now fulfilled its resolve to drive me out of Ahram. It began with cutting my salary in half (the first act of the then new MB chairman); I hung one. Then came my forcible retirement (3 years too early in the case of a chief editor, which I had been); I hung on, pushing for Ahram Online managing editor, the wonderful Fouad Mansour, to take my place (telling my staff that I'd be Vito Corleone -after he was shot- to Fouad's Michael). Then they moved on the remaining half of my salary, cutting that by two thirds (whereby I was now getting paid less than the most junior of my staff) - and one and half month later, no decision to appoint Fouad as my successor. Just today I found out that in a meeting with a committee formed by Ahram Online staff to negotiate with the management, they were told that my status was "too complicated", and that (despite previous denials that it'd all been a bureaucratic mistake) the third of one half would remain in place, while my connection with Ahram Online would depend on the wishes of the new editor (who's yet to be named). The object of course is humiliation. Which simply shows how stupid they are.
So now, I bid a final goodbye to Ahram. I do so with zero savings, own nothing, and will have to sell my car (to pay back Ahram what I owe on it). But fools! I have something immeasurably more precious: my dignity and self-respect. What do you have?"