I wish I were Egyptian so I could vote 22 May 2012 More than 50 million Egyptians will vote for a president tomorrow, the first time in Egypt’s history after the success of their peaceful and blessed revolution in overthrowing a corrupt, dictatorial regime which perched on their chests for more [...]
Egyptians lineup to choose their president on May 23, 2012. (Aljazeera) By Hasan Afif El-Hasan Arab people are demanding democracy after living for decades under authoritarian regimes suffering systematic violations of their natural rights where injustice, impunity, police torture, battering and excessive use of deadly force were the norm. Ramzy Baroud put it [...]
thecoldwhisper (CC BY 2.0) Flags and demonstrators in Tahrir Square, late 2011. Dispatches From Cairo: Blood, Youth and Revolution Posted on May 4, 2012 By Lauren Unger-Geoffroy We asked Lauren Unger-Geoffroy, an international artist who lives in Cairo, to share her perspective of life in Egypt after the revolution. In this entry, she writes about the outbreak of new [...]
THE EGYPTIANS MUST NOT GIVE IN TO THE THUGS 3 May 2012 The thuggery witnessed in Abbasiyah Square in central Cairo yesterday, resulting in the deaths of twenty and injuries to hundreds, reveals the extent to which the country’s security has deteriorated as Egypt collapses into a dark tunnel of [...]
From prisoners to rulers: Mobilising for Arab democracy Militant movements, such as the African National Congress, often go through growing pains before societal integration.
The African National Congress, which celebrated its centenary in January, went from being a violent resistence movement to a peaceful de facto state party in South Africa [REUTERS] Exeter, United Kingdom - The Arab Spring has precipitated the rise of new politicians: formerly excluded or incarcerated non-state actors who are, today, either claimants of the state [...]
Hossam el-Hamalawy (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) Two men fly an Egyptian flag above Tahrir Square on Friday. link http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/dispatches_from_cairo_sand_and_political_excitement_in_the_air_20120421/ By Lauren Unger-Geoffroy We asked Lauren Unger-Geoffroy, an international artist who lives in Cairo, to share her perspective of life in Egypt after the revolution. In this entry, she writes about that nation’s approaching presidential election and the travails of [...]
State crime and street crime: Two sides of one coin? When society is this corrupt, are the poor entitled to rise up and take what is ‘theirs’?
Criminal acts by the state created the environment for revolution [EPA] Cairo, Egypt - The revolutionary process that erupted in this country on January 25, 2011, is an uprising against crime. This crime was structural and legalised – made legal by the political leadership of Egypt and their friends and business partners that practice it. Various [...]
Omar Suleiman’s black box 14 April 2012 The deicision of General Omar Suleiman, the former head of Egyptian intelligence, to enter the presidential elections ring a few minutes before nominations closed suggests, or perhaps even asserts, that some party, or parties, inside and outside Egypt have pushed him to take [...]
Cairo protests against Mubarak-era candidates Rally called by Muslim Brotherhood backs parliamentary moves to ban former officials from running for presidency.
Thousands of Egyptians have taken to the streets in support of parliamentary legislation that bans former top officials from the regime of Hosni Mubarak from the right to run for office in the next 10 years. The Muslim Brotherhood, along with ultraconservative Salafis, rallied their supporters Friday in [...]
Egypt’s Brotherhood and its grave mistake 02 April 2012 On Saturday, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood made a strategic mistake, by nominating its Deputy Supreme Guide, Khairat al-Shater as its presidential candidate in the elections scheduled for June. The mistake is not the choice of al-Shater or his qualifications, no, the mistake [...]
‘Stability’ Trumps Democracy in Egypt Charles Davis and Medea Benjamin, March 24, 2012 | Print This | Share This | Antiwar Forum Confronted with popular protest, the country’s unelected rulers have doubled down on repression, jailing peaceful activists and killing dozens of civilians who have the gall to exercise their rights. Those who state security forces haven’t [...]
Egypt house for expulsion of Israeli envoy Parliament’s lower chamber approves text which calls on the government “to revise all its relations… with that enemy”.
The text presented to parliament said: ‘Egypt will never be the friend or ally of the Zionist entity‘ [GALLO/GETTY] Egypt’s lower house of parliament has called for the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador from Cairo and halting of gas exports. The vote was taken by a show of hands on a report approved by the Arab affairs committee [...]
Egypt clears ‘virginity test’ military doctor Military court denies humiliating tests even took place, despite a ruling by another court and admissions by generals.
Egypt clears ‘virginity test‘ military doctor Military court denies humiliating tests even took place, despite a ruling by another court and admissions by generals. A military court in Egypt has acquitted a doctor who had been accused of forcing female protesters to undergo virginity tests.Ahmed Adel was cleared because the [...]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 9, 2012 4:33 PM CONTACT: Amnesty International Tel: +44 (0) 20 7413 5566 After hours: +44 7778 472 126 Email: email@example.com Egypt: A Year After ‘Virginity Tests’, Women Victims of Army Violence Still Seek Justice WASHINGTON – March 9 – The final session of the trial of an Egyptian military [...]
By Ramzy Baroud, Special to Gulf News The initial clarity of Egypt’s revolutionary discourse has been replaced by perplexing discussions involving a range of issues from ‘Islamists vs liberals’ to football violence. The latest such issue involves the rift between the US and the Egyptian government over the latter’s crackdowns [...]
The first day of a controversial trial of 43 non-governmental organisation workers accused of working illegally and trying to push American and Israeli interests in Egypt has adjourned in Cairo. The defendants include 19 Americans and 16 Egyptians, though only seven of the US citizens reportedly remain in the country, where they [...]
Al Ahram Escalating crisis Diplomacy and threats fail to resolve tensions between Egypt and the US over pro-democracy NGOs, reports Doaa El-Bey
January 25 and the republic of Tahrir Square Tahrir Square, during those 18 days it took to topple Mubarak, turned into an existential ‘republican’ of its own.
Egyptians mark a full year since their January 25 revolution kicked off in Tahrir Square, where for the eighteen days it took to unseat Mubarak, it was its own ‘republic’ [REUTERS] Oxford, United Kingdom - It was a day in history when Cairo reclaimed its name as the “victorious” city. But what was launched on that momentous day at [...]
President Abbas and Hamas chief Khalid Mashaal.(MaanImages/file) BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Egypt intends to intervene in the implementation of a reconciliation deal between Hamas and Fatah, the country’s ambassador to the Palestinian Authority said Sunday. Yasser Othman told Ma’an that Egypt “intends to take its intervention to the top leaders level because that will be the [...]
An Egyptian man casts his vote at a polling station in Cairo, Nov. 2011. (Reuters/Ahmed Jadallah) http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=454170 CAIRO (Reuters) — The Muslim Brotherhood‘s electoral coalition has won 38 percent of seats allocated to party lists for Egypt’s parliament, with Islamists of various stripes taking more than two-thirds of the assembly, in line with with their [...]
Mohamed ElBaradei quits Egyptian presidential race Reform leader pulls out, saying country’s ruling junta has governed since Mubarak’s exit ‘as if no regime has fallen’
Mohamed ElBaradei said the conditions for a fair election were not in place. Photograph: Bernat Armangue/AP The Egyptian reform leader Mohamed ElBaradei has dramatically announced his withdrawal from the presidential race in protest at the ruling military council’s failure to put the country on the path to democracy. The Nobel laureate, regarded as a driving force behind [...]
Mubarak appears briefly in court Trial of former Egyptian president adjourned amid speculation he could be acquitted.
The trial of Mubarak and his aides resumed last week amid tight security [AFP] Egypt‘s former President Hosni Mubarak has briefly appeared in court, before the trial was adjourned until Tuesday. State television showed footage of Mubarak being wheeled on a stretcher into the police academy at the outskirts of Cairo on Monday as the court convened for [...]
1 Image by Erik – parked in Cairothese days via Flickr A Tale of Two Squares and Two Movements by Franklin Lamb Posted on January 1, 2012 by dandelionsalad by Franklin Lamb Featured Writer Dandelion Salad Cairo, Egypt December 27, 201 This observer spent a good part of Christmas Eve divided between two main Cairo Squares, Tahir [...]
Egypt police raid offices of human rights groups in Cairo US National Democratic Institute among 17 organisations targeted as part of inquiry into funding of civic society groups
Police raided the offices of about half a dozen Egyptian and international groups. Photograph: Khaled Elfiqi/EPA Egyptian security forces have launched raids on a series of high-profile human rights and pro-democracy organisations based in Cairo, including the US National Democratic Institute, founded by former secretary of state Madeleine Albright, and the International Republican Institute. During [...]
Alaa Abd El Fattah, Egyptian Blogger and Critic of Military Regime, Speaks Out After Months in Jail Share123 Reddit_20 Email_20 Addthis_20
Alaa Abdel-Fattah celebrates with his family following his release in Cairo Photo: EPA Alaa Abd El Fattah, a prominent Egyptian revolutionary activist and blogger, has been released from prison after nearly two months behind bars. Fattah was ordered jailed by a military court on October 30 and summoned to face charges that included inciting violence—a charge [...]
Egyptians Stage Mass Rally Against Army Thousands gather in Tahrir Square to protest against the ruling military, days after clashes left 17 people dead
Egyptians Stage Mass Rally Against Army Thousands gather in Tahrir Square to protest against the ruling military, days after clashes left 17 people dead. Egyptian activists have gathered in Cairo for a mass protest against the ruling military and its handling of a series of clashes between security forces and demonstrators that killed 17 people and drew [...]
Protesters Deserve to Be Thrown Into Hitler‘s Ovens, Egyptian Military Adviser Says By ROBERT MACKEY As my colleague David Kirkpatrick reports, a general from Egypt’s ruling military council insisted on Monday that soldiers had not used force against peaceful protesters after a weekend of such attacks that were “witnessed by journalists, captured on video and broadcast [...]
Egyptian women protest in Cairo against brutal treatment Hundreds of women join rally against Egypt‘s military rule as Clinton denounces treatment of female protesters Hundreds of women have taken to the streets of Cairo to protest against military rule and the brutal treatment of female protesters by Egypt‘s security services. The women rallied outside a government [...]
Click the image to enlarge or see more. Reuters/Stringer Soldiers beat demonstrators with batons in Cairo‘s Tahrir Square on Saturday in a second day of clashes that have killed nine people and wounded more than 300, marring the first free election most Egyptians can remember, on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011. Related articles Photographs from inside [...]
Egyptian blogger gets two years in prison Maikel Nabil, the first blogger put on trial by the interim leadership, sentenced on charges of insulting military.
Nabil has been on hunger strike since August [Al Jazeera] An Egyptian military court has sentenced a blogger who criticised the army to two years in prison, after he went on a hunger strike to protest an initial three-year sentence. “In the name of the people, Maikel Nabil has been sentenced and punished with two [...]
Polls open in Egypt’s second wave of voting Egyptians in Giza and eight other provinces go to polls in second stage of parliamentary elections.
The second round of parliamentary elections began in Giza and eight other electorates on Wednesday [Reuters] link http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2011/12/20111214638574816.html Egyptians in nine provinces have begun voting in the second stage of the first parliamentary elections since a popular uprising toppled former president Hosni Mubarak in February. Dozens of people were lining up under campaign posters outside a [...]
Report From Egypt by Eric Margolis Recently by Eric Margolis: Dateline: Tahrir Square CAIRO – Tahrir Square, epicenter of the earthquake that ousted Egypt’s western-backed dictator, Husni Mubarak, is quiet – for the moment. Banner-wavers, speakers, and scruffy youngsters mill about. But the by now world-famous square has a forlorn, leftover look, with more [...]
Amnesty International: US Giving Arms to Egypt For Use Against Protesters John Glaser, December 07, 2011
Amnesty International: US Giving Arms to Egypt For Use Against Protesters John Glaser, December 07, 2011 Print This | Share This | Comment | Antiwar Forum For frequent readers, you already know this: Data obtained by Amnesty International shows that the US has repeatedly transferred ammunition to Egypt despite security forces’ violent crackdown on protesters. A shipment [...]
Out of Guantanamo, into an Egyptian jail After 10 years of unjust imprisonment, Adel al-Gazzar returned to his family in Egypt, only to be arrested again.
Adel al-Gazzar was re-imprisoned in Cairo‘s Tora Prison, where a prisoner was allegedly tortured to death [GALLO/GETTY] As parliamentary elections begin in Egypt, Reprieve‘s Life After Guantanamo team is working against the clock for the luckless Egyptian ex-Guantanamo prisoner Adel al-Gazzar, now re-imprisoned in Cairo. Like that of most Egyptians, Adel’s future hangs in the balance, as [...]
Tahrir’s late night conversations New challenges face Tahrir Square, from dealing with infiltrators to gaining support from all social classes.
Tahrir Square is almost a refugee camp for those in Egypt‘s marginalised classes [GALLO/GETTY] On Thursday, this column was going to be titled “Egypt’s last dance?” to indicate the fear felt by many artists I know at the seemingly inevitable rise of “Islamists” to political dominance in Egypt. On Friday, I had decided to change [...]
ElBaradei: Liberals ‘Decimated’ in Election Hopes Junta Will Promote ‘Consensus’ by Jason Ditz, December 04, 2011 | Print This | Share This | Antiwar Forum Speaking today in the wake of the first round of parliamentary elections, former IAEA chief and top liberal politician Mohamed ElBaradei expressed [...]
Electoral workers carry ballot boxes at a center for vote counting during the second day of parliamentary elections in Alexandria, on Nov. 29, 2011. (REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El-Ghany) CAIRO (AFP) — Early results from Egypt’s first post-revolution election showed Islamist parties sweeping to victory, including hard-line Salafists, with secular parties trounced in many areas. Partial figures [...]
Egyptians gather during a sit-in at Tahrir Square in Cairo on July 27. Thousands of people packed Cairo’s Tahrir Square, with Islamist groups dominating the protest meant to show unity during a fragile transition from ousted President Hosni Mubarak’s regime. (AFP/Khaled Desouki, File) CAIRO (AFP) — Salafi politicians, forecast to become powerbrokers in Egypt‘s first [...]
Egyptians Seek to Block Shipment of Tear Gas from United States By davidswanson - Posted on 29 November 2011 Above is the headquarters of Combined Systems. Not so far from Cleveland. Here’s what this company is up to: Suez port employees reveal 21-ton US tear gas order for interior ministry A group of customs employees at the Suez seaport [...]
Explainer: Why Egypt matters Panel of experts, activists and two former ambassadors weigh in on why the country has a significant role to play.
Explainer: Why Egypt matters Panel of experts, activists and two former ambassadors weigh in on why the country has a significant role to play. For much of its modern history, strategically located Egypt has been a pivotal force in the Middle East. Since winning independence from the British in 1922, the country once known as “The [...]
Egyptians cast ballots in post-Mubarak polls Long queues seen outside polling stations amid logistical problems, as country votes in parliamentary elections.
There were logistical problems at polling stations, with claims of judges not turning up at the correct place [Reuters] Egyptians have started casting their ballots in the first parliamentary elections since former president Hosni Mubarak was toppled in a popular uprising earlier this year. Long queues were seen outside many polling stations amid tight security arrangements as voters flocked to the polls on [...]
How do the military get power apart from force and threats. From out of the barrel of a gun they live and breathe.
On the eve of Egypt‘s election, Tantawi rejects calls from protesters that ruling generals must step down. Last Modified: 27 Nov 2011 19:43 video at http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2011/11/20111127144858738355.html Egypt’s military ruler has warned of “extremely grave” consequences if the country does not pull through its current crisis, and urged voters to turn out for landmark parliamentary elections starting on Monday. Field [...]
Hamas supporters take part in a rally celebrating the release of prisoners from Israeli jails, in Khan Younis southern Gaza Strip October 21, 2011. (REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustaf) GAZA CITY (AFP) — Egypt‘s first post-revolution vote will shift the political scene in favor of Gaza’s ruling party Hamas, whether or not the Muslim Brotherhood wins, analysts [...]
Tantawi (right) is assassinating Egyptian dreams. (US DoD/file) By Ahmed Amr – Cairo Nostalgia for more innocent times is a comforting refuge when hope is scarce. This week, as we inhaled a toxic dose of tear gas in Tahrir Square, we were all gasping for a resurrection of the spirit of the January uprising that [...]
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Back to Tahrir Square by ESAM AL-AMIN When former Vice President (and intelligence chief) Omar Suleiman announced on state television last February 11the transfer of power from Hosni Mubarak to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), millions of Egyptians began celebrating in the streets the culmination of their revolution that rid them of [...]
A protester runs after setting a fire during clashes with security forces in front of the Security Administrative building in Alexandria Nov. 23, 2011. (Reuters/Mohamed Abd El-Ghany) CAIRO (AFP) — Four more people died in clashes as the grand imam of Al-Azhar, Sunni Islam‘s highest seat of learning, called on Egyptian police not to shoot [...]
Egypt Protesters Defy Mounting Crackdown As Military Refuses to Step Down Egyptian protesters continue to fill Cairo’s central Tahrir Square over the ruling military council’s refusal to immediately transfer power to a civilian government. In a televised address on Tuesday, the head of Egypt’s military council, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, said he has accepted [...]