Blog archive: Egypt

  • 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...
  • 21st February 2016
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Novelist Ahmed Naji yesterday began a two-year jail sentence – the maximum allowed under Egyptian law – for "violating public decency" by writing about "transient lust and fleeting pleasure". His trial was the latest in a long line of morality-related cases instigated by individuals and...
  • 31st December 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Egyptian TV presenter Islam Beheiry left court in handcuffs on Monday to begin a one-year prison sentence for thought crime. He had been convicted of "defaming" religion by calling for reform in Islam – a call previously made by no lesser figure than President Sisi himself. In...
  • 29th December 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Twenty government officials representing Egypt's Censorship Authority, the Tax Authority, the National Security Agency and the Ministry of Manpower raided an arts centre in downtown Cairo last night and shut it down. Mada Masr website reports: "At around 7 pm Monday, a group of seven...
  • 15th December 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Six weeks after the Russian airliner crash in Sinai that claimed 224 lives, Egypt's civil aviation ministry has issued a preliminary report of its investigation. This has prompted some misleading stories in the media that Egypt is either flatly denying a terrorist connection or at least...
  • 10th December 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The global Freedom of Thought Report for 2015, published today, begins with a map of the world where every country in the MENA region, from Morocco and Mauritania on the Atlantic coast to Iran in the Gulf. is coloured either black (indicating "grave violations) or red (indicating "severe...

Pages