Blog archive: Egypt

  • 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...
  • 12th May 2016
    By
    Abdel Fattah el-Sisi
    This is a short extract from "Democracy in the Middle East", an essay written by the Egyptian president while studying as a Brigadier General at the US Army War College in Pennsylvania in 2006. Because the government exercises control over the media, the media serves no accountability role for...
  • 9th May 2016
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    There are signs that the Egyptian authorities are becoming slightly more cooperative in their dealings with Italy over death of Giulio Regeni. Regeni, a 28-year-old Italian studying for a doctorate at Cambridge University, disappeared in Cairo on January 25. Nine days later his body – showing...
  • 11th April 2016
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The behaviour of Egypt's Sisi regime is increasingly shambolic. Last week relations with Italy took an unnecessary turn for the worse over the regime's obstructive attitude to investigating the torture and death of Julio Regeni, the Italian PhD student whose horribly mutilated body was...
  • 26th March 2016
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The Sisi regime's attempt to blame a "criminal gang" for the death of Italian postgraduate student Giulio Regeni has been greeted with derision and disbelief in Italy. Regeni disappeared in Cairo on January 25 and his body – half-naked and horribly mutilated – was discovered at a...
  • 25th March 2016
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The Egyptian interior ministry claimed yesterday that police had found – and killed – the murderers of Italian PhD student Giulio Regeni. Regeni, 28, who had been researching trade union activism in Egypt, disappeared on January 25. His mutilated body, showing classic signs of torture, was...
  • 19th March 2016
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The killing of postgraduate student Giulio Regeni, apparently at the hands of Egypt's security apparatus, has put the Sisi regime on the spot. In the face of an international outcry, the regime is responding with a mixture of bluster, conspiracy theories and diversionary tactics.  The...
  • 26th February 2016
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Youssef Rakha: genius in a land of madness Egypt's ground-breaking novelist      The Book of the Sultan's Seal, in its English translation, measures 203mm x 134mm, weighs approximately 410 grammes and has a brownish cover. It consists of 374 pages divided into...

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