Elections Committee has confirmed a June run-off between Mohammed Morsi and Ahmed Shafiq [Reuters] Unidentified assailants have set fire to the headquarters of Egypt’s runoff presidential candidate Ahmad Shafiq and thousands of protesters have returned to Cairo‘s Tahrir Square to rally against alleged injustice in the election process. An annex in Shafiq’s headquarters in Cairo went [...]
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Egypt protesters storm Shafiq’s Cairo office Thousands gather in Tahrir Square after official election runoff results announced, exposing poll’s polarising impact.
Hoping to “amplify previously unheard voices,” YouTube has launched a Human Rights Channel in partnership with the non-profit WITNESS and news gatherers Storyful. In making theannouncement, YouTube cited its pivotal role in Occupy and the Arab Spring, when 100,000 videos were uploaded from Egypt. Related articles A new human rights channel on YouTube YouTube launches new Human Rights channel with Witness.org and Storyful YouTube Comes [...]
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 [...]
Women rush to question Election Commission Officer Abdulla Fortia after he speaks about the rules for the upcoming polls [Al Jazeera/D. Parvaz] Tripoli, Libya - Buoyed by the winds of change sweeping the region, Libyan women are eyeing a far greater role for themselves after next month’s national assembly elections. The June 19 [...]
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 [...]
THE EGYPTIAN-SAUDI DISPUTE 30 April 2012 No one wants to inflict any harm to the Saudi embassy or the diplomats working in it, nor to any Saudi consulate around the world. This embassy represents a brotherly Arab nation. However, the Egyptian people have the right to demonstrate outside it and [...]
On OWS, Anarchism, Labor, Racism, Corporate Power and the Class War Talking With Chomsky by LAURA FLANDERS A CounterPunch Exclusive Noam Chomsky has not just been watching the Occupy movement. A veteran of the civil rights, anti-war, and anti-intervention movements of the 1960s through the 1980s, he’s given lectures [...]
Iraq’s sagging safety net In a country with huge potential oil wealth, food rationing and distribution is keeping much of the population alive.
Almost half of Iraqis rely on food aid to survive [GALLO/GETTY] Salina, KS - In February 2011, with grassroots uprisings having toppled the governments of Tunisia and Egypt, unrest was swelling in Iraq as well. In response, the government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki announced that it was postponing a planned purchase of F16 fighter planes from the [...]
Egypt signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1979. EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Forty Egyptian prisoners in Israeli prisons began a hunger strike Friday after a prisoner swap deal between the two countries reportedly fell through. “About 40 Egyptian prisoners began a hunger-strike on Friday,” Egyptian prisoner Mousa Alatrash told Ma’an. An exchange deal with [...]
After the Arab spring, the sexual revolution? Mona Eltahawy’s ‘Arab men hate women’ article sparks demands for a sea change in engagement between the sexes
Egyptian women protest against the army’s use of violence against them in Cairo in 2011 after images of women who had been brutally beaten were circulated. Photograph: Mohamed Omar/EPA After the Arab spring, the sexual revolution? Mona Eltahawy‘s ‘Arab men hate women’ article sparks demands for a sea change in engagement between the sexes Martin Chulov in Beirut, [...]
It will be wonderful… when women can walk freely Can music and art bring together the many different political and religious factions occupying Tahrir Square?
Since the revolution, Egyptian women have much stronger and more collective responses to sexual harrassment carried out against them by men in the streets and male authority figures [GALLO/GETTY] Cairo, Egypt - This story was supposed to be about how wonderful it can be when artists, activists and intellectuals from across the Arab world and the [...]
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 [...]
Why nations fail A new book highlights the role of politics in prosperity – a point that Europeans and Americans ignore at their peril.
Protests in Egypt last year toppled a regime which provided little for its people [Reuters] London, United Kingdom - In their recent book, Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty, Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson set out to do away with some of the myths that still bedevil development economics. In a wide-ranging historical [...]
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 [...]
Uprooting 30,000 Bedouin in Israel Plans to move entire communities and put them in townships would deprive them of their livelihood and land rights.
An estimated 70,000 people currently live in 45 unrecognised Bedouin villages in the Negev [REUTERS] Beer-Sheva, Israel - “It is not every day that a government decides to relocate almost half a per cent of its population in a programme of forced urbanisation,” Rawia Aburabia asserted, adding that “this is precisely what Prawer wants to do”.The meeting, which [...]
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 [...]
How the West de-democratised the Middle East Rather than promote democracy in the Middle East, the West has a long history of doing the exact opposite.
In 1953, a coup backed by the US and UK overthrew the democratically elected government of Iran [AP] Melbourne, Australia - With the momentous convulsion in the Middle East sparked by Mohamed Bouazizi’s martyrdom in January 2011, it is time to ask what happened to the question which for long dominated Western discourse on the Middle East: Is [...]
A fuel tanker arrives at a power plant in the central Gaza Strip, March 23, 2012. Gaza’s sole power station shut down on Sunday morning after two days of electricity production. (REUTERS/ Ibraheem Abu Mustafa) GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza’s sole power station shut down on Sunday morning after two days of electricity production, as [...]
‘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 [...]
The Networked Individual in Why its Kicking Off Everywhere – audio of discussion on Paul Mason’s book
Global arms trade growth by a quarter is spurred by India Fears of arms race in Asia as Stockholm peace institute data shows India is now biggest importer
A display by the Sarang helicopter display team during India‘s air force day at Hindon, New Delhi, last autumn. Photograph: Gurinder Osan/AP Global arms trade growth by a quarter is spurred by India Fears of arms race in Asia as Stockholm peace institute data shows India is now biggest importer article at http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/mar/19/arms-sales-grow-24percent The global arms trade has [...]
Palestinians take part in a rally calling on Egyptian authorities to end the power crisis, near the Rafah crossing with Egypt in the southern Gaza Strip, Feb. 18, 2012. (Reuters/ Ibraheem Abu Mustafa) GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Dozens of Palestinians gathered at the Rafah crossing into Egypt on Saturday, to protest continuing fuel shortages in [...]
Israel‘s Latest Ritual Slaughter By Stephen Lendman March 14, 2012 “Information Clearing House” —Four days of Israeli terror bombing left at least 25 Palestinians dead and dozens injured, some seriously. Human rights groups expressed outrage. So did Arab League states, Iran, Turkey, and Malaysia. Israel’s UN envoy Ron Prosor [...]
Haniyeh confirms ceasefire, says Israel agreed to stop assassinations Published yesterday (updated) 14/03/2012 01:49
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The prime minister in Gaza said Tuesday that an agreement had been reached to stop Israel‘s military campaign against the Gaza Strip and an end to its assassination policy. Ismail Haniyeh told a visiting delegation that Egyptian efforts resolved the deadly escalation, as “the people and the government will not accept [...]
Another Cast Lead: Netanyahu Raises Prospect of Ground Invasion of Gaza Egypt Predicts Ceasefire in Two Days
Netanyahu Raises Prospect of Ground Invasion of Gaza Egypt Predicts Ceasefire in Two Days by Jason Ditz, March 12, 2012 | Print This | Share This | Antiwar Forum Violence continued in the Gaza Strip today, with the fourth day of Israeli attacks against the tiny enclave killing at least seven people, including three civilians, bringing the [...]
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 [...]
Israel, the US Watchdog in the Middle East By Hasan Afif El-HasanBritain and France won World War I and divided the Arab countries to the east of the Mediterranean, and Britain issued Balfour Declaration that designated Palestine as a homeland for worldwide Jews. And when Israel was created in 1948, Israel [...]
On the front lines with female journalists Practising journalism carries inherent risks, but female journalists still have to deal with gender-specific issues.
Female journalists have made huge strides in recent years, but continue to face gender-specific risks [EPA] London, UK - Our job as journalists carries with it an inherent risk that affects us all, irrespective of our gender or ethnic background, because we go to places and events that people are trying to get away from: disaster [...]
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 [...]
Those peace and freedom loving Israelis are continuing their campaign Israeli airstrikes kill 3 in Gaza
Men carry the body of 12-year-old boy Ayoub Assaleya during his funeral in Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip March 11, 2012.(REUTERS/Suhaib Salem) GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli airstrikes on Sunday killed three people in the Gaza Strip, including a 12-year-old boy, as cross-border violence continued for a third day. Medical spokesman in Gaza Adham [...]
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 [...]
Gazans wait to fill containers with fuel at a petrol station in Khan Younis on March 3, 2012. (Reuters/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa) By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA CITY (Reuters) — Hamas faces growing discontent in its Gaza stronghold because of renewed tax hikes and the mismanagement of a power crisis that has led to lengthy blackouts across [...]
An elderly Palestinian man waits bags full with olives at an olive oil factory following a harvest in Gaza City. (MaanImages/Wissam Nassar, File) GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The leader of the business community in the Gaza Strip warned on Sunday that dozens of factories are at risk of closure due to Gaza’s fuel crisis.Ali al-Hayik, [...]
Accused NGO workers flown from Egypt Activists charged with fomenting unrest have departed Cairo after Washington paid an estimated $5m in bail.
The lifting of the travel ban came one day after the judges on the case resigned [AFP] A plane carrying activists from the United States and other countries left Egypt a day after a travel ban was lifted, an airport official in Cairo said. “They have left,” the airport official told the Reuters news agency on Thursday, without [...]
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
(MaanImages/file) GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The International Committee of the Red Cross on Thursday supplied 150,000 liters of fuel to the ministry of health in the Gaza Strip. “The lack of fuel restricts the functioning of vital public services, especially hospitals,” Irfan Sulejmani, the head of the ICRC sub-delegation in Gaza, said in a statement. [...]
NATO: Caught in the headlights Read the second part of chapter five of Marwan Bishara‘s latest book, The Invisible Arab. Many of the reasons given to justify NATO intervention in Libya have turned out to be false [GALLO/GETTY] Editor’s note: This article is part two of chapter five, and the fifth of a [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Medics wheel a wounded Palestinian man into a hospital in Rafah (MaanImages/Hatem Omar, File) GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — An explosion in the southern Gaza Strip killed a member of the armed wing of the Popular Resistance Committees, the group said late Saturday. Khalid al-Qaisi, 38, died and five others were injured in the blast at [...]
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 [...]