Egypt's raids on NGOs are about control
Comment Is Free, 30 Dec 2011
Restricting NGO funding is typical of authoritarian regimes happy to take foreign aid but less happy about human rights
Egypt raids on NGOs hint at wider crackdown
The Guardian, 29 Dec 2011
Even charitable work can be a sensitive matter in Arab regimes if it highlights the state's failure to provide basic services
Egypt's military may soon regret jailing Alaa Abd El Fattah
Comment Is Free, 1 Nov 2011
The imprisonment of the high-profile revolutionary could escalate tensions between the ruling junta and the protest movement
Egyptians must guard against a show trial as Mubarak faces the people
Comment Is Free, 3 Aug 2011
Seeing the Mubaraks behind bars will be widely viewed as poetic justice, but it's accountability – not humiliation – that matters
Hosni Mubarak: from detention to where?
Comment Is Free, 13 Apr 2011
From hospitalisation to immunity pleas, the dictators of Egypt, Tunisia and Yemen will do anything to escape justice
Mubarak teases Egypt as his regime fragments
Comment Is Free, 11 Feb 2011
Hosni Mubarak's insulting speech showed why he ought to go, but the struggle on the streets is no longer the only game in town
The Muslim Brotherhood uncovered
The Guardian, 8 Feb 2011
In an exclusive Guardian interview, Egypt's Islamist opposition group sets out its demands
Egypt protests give Arab media a headache
Comment Is Free, 2 Feb 2011
This week in the Middle East: In their Egypt coverage the Arab media – like the regimes they report on – have failed to move on from the old ways
The politics of Egypt's feeble statistics
Comment Is Free, 25 Oct 2010
In Egypt the state has a virtual monopoly on data, which effectively stops public debate about government decisions
Why Elton John is considered a danger to Egypt
Comment Is Free, 4 May 2010
A move to ban Elton's gig is about fear of social discord. Yet in other ways the Arab world fails to address 'the public good'
Egyptian law gives fanatics free rein
Comment Is Free, 28 Apr 2010
An attempt to ban One Thousand and One Nights for being 'obscene' shows the hesba principle is increasingly misused
Pigs to the slaughter in Egypt
Comment Is Free, 30 Apr 2009
Amid swine flu hysteria Mubarak has ordered pigs to be killed – but is this just another assault on Egypt's Christian minority?
Egypt's step towards freedom of belief
Comment Is Free, 17 Mar 2009
A court ruling that Egyptians will no longer be forced to pick from three approved religions is a crucial victory for equal rights
Egypt has got its priorities wrong
Comment Is Free, 19 Feb 2009
The regime is more likely to enforce petty rules to protect its sense of authority than laws that serve the public good
Comment Is Free, Aug 15 2008
Filmmaker Youssef Chahine is yet another artist whom the Egyptian state finds more palatable dead than alive
Death on the Nile
Comment Is Free, Jun 20 2008
It's a story straight out of Agatha Christie. The victim lies dead in the embassy garden – but was it foul play or an accident?
Comment Is Free, January 28, 2008
Faced with complaints about its human rights abuses, Egypt is sheltering behind specious arguments about religion and national sovereignty
One angry poet
Comment Is Free, April 10, 2007
Naguib Surur was a rebel with a cause. It's time someone translated his greatest work into English.
The view from Egypt
Comment Is Free, October 12, 2006
It's not just Britain where the Great Niqab Debate is taking place.
Comment Is Free, September 26, 2006
The Egyptian information minister has issued a decree banning the latest edition of the Guardian Weekly - but it's hard to see why.
At least 58 killed after trains collide in Egypt
Guardian, August 22 2006
At least 58 people were reported dead and 143 injured yesterday when two trains collided on Egypt's antiquated railway system north of Cairo.
Egyptian MPs call for film with gay character to be cut
Guardian Weekly, July 14, 2006
Egyptian MPs are demanding cuts in a popular new film, claiming it defames their country with its gritty portrayal of corrupt politicians, police brutality, terrorism and homosexuality, writes Brian Whitaker
A glimpse behind the screen
Comment Is Free, July 8, 2006
A novel about a gay newspaper editor was a hit in Egypt - but its movie release has caused a stir.
Call to censor 'immoral' Egyptian film
The Guardian, July 6, 2006
The Yacoubian Building has broken box office records but many oppose its portrayal of modern Egypt.
How to pass your exams in Egypt
Comment Is Free, June 27, 2006
The correct answer is: President Mubarak has renounced police-state policies and deserves all the US support he enjoys.
Gall on the Nile
Comment Is Free, June 2, 2006
I don't know if the Egyptians have a term for it, but in Britain we call it "brass neck". The dictionary defines it as gall, cheek, nerve, effrontery - that sort of thing. We use it to describe people who are completely impervious to what others think of them. Whatever the Egyptians call it, their prime minister Ahmed Nazif (pictured welcoming an American visitor) has brass neck by the bucketload.
Egyptian security forces beat up pro-democracy protesters
Guardian, Friday May 19, 2006
Police and security forces cracked down on demonstrators in Cairo yesterday, beating up pro-reform activists and arresting at least 240 members of the Muslim Brotherhood during protests in support of two judges who had complained about fraud in last year's parliamentary elections.
A welcome at the White House
Comment Is Free, May 17, 2006
Gamal Mubarak, son and probable successor of the Egyptian president, visited the US last week, allegedly to renew his pilot's licence. While in Washington, he happened to be passing the White House and decided to drop in and say hello.
Comment Is Free, May 11, 2006
Monitored, arrested or jailed, the brave Egyptian bloggers refuse to be silenced.
Fighting terror, Egyptian style
Comment Is Free, April 28, 2006
Faced with Egypt's worst terrorism crisis in more than seven years, the Mubarak regime seems to have completely lost its marbles.
Suicide bomb attacks at Sinai peacekeeping base
Guardian, Thursday April 27 2006
Two men blew themselves up yesterday close to a base in northern Sinai where multinational forces monitor Egypt's border with Israel. The blasts came two days after bombings in the eastern Sinai resort of Dahab left at least 18 people dead and dozens injured.
Security for show
Comment Is Free, April 26, 2006
The clapped-out Egyptian regime must be held to account after three bombings in Sinai in 18 months.
Perfect timing for local militants to strike
Guardian, Tuesday April 25 2006
Just one day after Osama bin Laden issued another chilling message, last night's bombings in Egypt will inevitably revive the suspicions voiced by Washington that al-Qaida tapes sometimes contain coded instructions for terrorists. However, it is easy to see why local militants, of their own accord, might have decided to strike in Egypt last night.
Relatives torch offices of Red Sea ferry firm
The Guardian, February 07 2006
Angry relatives of passengers lost in the Red Sea ferry disaster ransacked the offices of the ship's owners yesterday, throwing furniture and other equipment into the street before setting fire to it.
Crew accused over Egypt ferry disaster
The Guardian, February 06 2006
A trickle of survivors from the Red Sea ferry disaster continued to arrive in Egypt yesterday, though more than 700 people are still unaccounted for.
The Guardian, January 17 2006
A curious religious debate is raging in Egypt. The question is: should you keep your clothes on when having sex?
20 killed as Egyptian police evict Sudanese protesters
The Guardian, December 31 2005
At least 20 Sudanese migrants died when thousands of Egyptian riot police brutally evicted them from their protest camp in an affluent district of Cairo yesterday.
The case for the opposition
Guardian Unlimited, October 11 2005
For the second time in two months, Egyptians will go to the polls in November, this time to elect a new parliament.
How Mubarak won the election
Guardian Unlimitedn, September 13 2005
Egyptians tell a joke about a man who dares to vote against the government in a parliamentary election.
Mubarak party out in force in Egypt poll
The Guardian, September 08 2005
Hosni Mubarak's party machine put on an overwhelming display of organisational strength yesterday as Egyptians voted in the country's first contested presidential election.
New Mubarak means same old problems, say opponents
The Guardian, September 07 2005
Old habits die hard, especially in Egypt. When President Hosni Mubarak launched his election campaign, the party faithfully declared their support in traditional fashion. "With our souls, with our blood, we will sacrifice for you," they chanted
Egyptian censors block magazine
The Guardian, August 12 2005
Egyptian censors have blocked sales of a news magazine that shows on its cover plainclothes security forces preparing to attack pro-democracy demonstrators.
A bridge too far
The Guardian, July 26 2005
Egyptians have been living under "emergency" laws for the last 24 years, ever since their president, Hosni Mubarak, came to power. This may not have done much to stop terrorism but it has been highly effective in stopping just about anything else that mi
The Guardian, July 01 2005
Oh dear! These are difficult times for the control freaks who run Egypt's media. Amid continuing demonstrations against President Mubarak and the lectures from Washington about freedom and democracy, they are struggling to keep their grip.
Egypt under fire for censorship
The Guardian, June 09 2005
The Egyptian government is stifling academic freedom in universities by censoring course books, preventing research into controversial issues and intimidating student activists, Human Rights Watch says in a report published today.
Afraid to let go
The Guardian, June 06 2005
More than 1,000 members of the Syrian Ba'ath party are gathering in Damascus today for what the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, has promised will be a great leap forward on the road to reform. [Also discusses Egypt]
A crucial test
The Guardian, May 23 2005
The Egyptian prime minister, Ahmed Nazif, had a successful trip to Washington last week ... at least, according to Mr Nazif.
Egypt must let its people go
The Guardian, May 16 2005
Two short sentences in a speech by the US president, George Bush, had Egypt's political dinosaurs in a flap last week: "Egypt will hold a presidential election this fall," Mr Bush said. "That election should proceed with international monitors and with r
Great views, only a few cockroaches
The Guardian, November 18 2002
Sandwiched between two branches of the river Nile, Zamalek is an island mixing greenery with grime, tranquillity with traffic jams. It is also home to one of Egypt's most popular football clubs and now, for a while at least, is my home too.
Homosexuality on trial in Egypt
The Guardian, November 19 2001
In 1800, a European traveller to Egypt wrote: "The inconceivable inclination which has dishonoured the Greeks and Persians of antiquity constitutes the delight, or, more properly speaking the infamy of the Egyptians ... the contagion has seized the poor as well as the rich."
Ancient Egypt yields its underwater secrets
June 05 2000
New archaeological techniques are helping to uncover the secrets of the lost cities of ancient Egypt, astonishingly well preserved beneath the sea.
The latest wonder of the world
June 23 2000
In the days when 500,000 papyrus scrolls could store the entire sum of human knowledge, the Egyptian city of Alexandria - at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa - was a natural site for the world's greatest library.