Blog archive: Egypt

  • 6th June 2017
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The extraordinary propaganda offensive against Qatar which has been raging in sections of the Arab media for the last couple of weeks shifted from words to deeds yesterday when Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt in effect placed Qatar under siege. There are four possible outcomes...
  • 6th March 2017
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    When Donald Trump won the US election last November, Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi boasted of being the first international leader to phone and congratulate him. Immediately after his inauguration Trump returned the compliment. On his first working day in the Oval Office, Sisi was...
  • 27th February 2017
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Several hundred Egyptian Christians have fled their homes in North Sinai over the last few days following a series of murders attributed to supporters of the so-called Islamic State. Since the end of January at least seven people have been attacked and killed in the provincial capital,...
  • 15th February 2017
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Investigations by Amnesty International have uncovered an elaborate "phishing" campaign which targeted dozens of activists, trade unionists and journalists working on the issue of migrant labourers' rights in Qatar. Amnesty's revelations come just two weeks after the exposure of a separate...
  • 25th January 2017
    By
    Wael Eskandar
    On the sixth anniversary of the Egyptian uprising that ousted President Mubarak, Wael Eskandar asks: "Was it worth it?" Six years have passed since that fateful day on January 25, a day that changed Egypt. Two years ago, as Egypt started palpably plummeting into a terrible state, people...
  • 16th December 2016
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Egyptian investigators announced yesterday that "traces of an explosive substance" had been found on the bodies of "some" victims of Egyptair flight MS804 which crashed into the Mediterranean sea last May. The claim, which hints at a terrorist attack, has been greeted with scepticism...
  • 4th November 2016
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Egypt's Sisi regime has raised the price of fuel dramatically overnight, hours after a decision to let the Egyptian pound "float" (i.e. sink). Both moves are seen as preparing the way for a $12 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund. Prices of government-subsidised diesel and gasoline...
  • 26th October 2016
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Having declared that 2016 is the "Year of Egyptian Youth", President Sisi yesterday inaugurated a conference intended – in Sisi's words – to "have a dialogue and raise hope" among the young. But hope, along with sugar in Egypt, is currently in short supply. At the opening session of the...
  • 2nd October 2016
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Egypt's Sisi regime arrested four more journalists last week and charged them with the catch-all crime of "publishing false news". Harassment of the media has increased markedly in Egypt since Sisi seized power in 2013. Last year Egypt had more imprisoned journalists than any country apart from...
  • 26th September 2016
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Writing for the Independent last week, Middle East reporter Robert Fisk highlighted an event which he claimed "may prove to be even more dramatic than the terror of Syria's civil war". The cause of his excitement was a conference held in the Chechen capital, Grozny, towards the end of August...
  • 23rd September 2016
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    There are signs of growing consternation among Coptic Christians over the Egyptian patriarch's obsequious behaviour towards the Sisi regime. Last week, amid preparations for Sisi's visit to the United States, Pope Tawadros issued instructions for Copts living in the US to welcome the...
  • 27th July 2016
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Boris Johnson, the former Mayor of London who was unexpectedly appointed as Britain's Foreign Secretary two weeks ago, is famous for his gaffes. No newspaper story about Boris is complete, it seems, without some amusing reference to his blunders and mishaps. But such are the expectations of him, as...

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