Blog archive: Egypt

  • 7th September 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A few more details have emerged about the case of Hassan Shehata, whose arrest I wrote about last month in connection with the harassment of Egypt's tiny Shia minority. AP reports that the prominent cleric and 12 others have been accused of receiving funds from Iran for...
  • 31st August 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The Bikya Masr news website reports yet another religious clash in Egypt – this time between Muslims and Christians. A number of Christians had camped at Mitt Damsis in the northern delta, for celebrations to mark the birth of St George. Several dozen Muslims attacked the...
  • 27th August 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Villagers in Awalad Yehia (Upper Egypt) are refusing to accept members of the Baha’i faith as their neighbours, Gulf News reports. The Baha’is in question were made homeless by torrential rain and the government is seeking to rehouse them. "Resettling the Bahais in our village will be on...
  • 19th August 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    For what, hopefully, will be Hosni Mubarak’s last presidential visitto the United States, the ageing autocrat is allegedly paying US-based Egyptians to demonstrate their support for him. The going rate is said to be $100. Oh dear, the US is so expensive. Back in Egypt, I’m told, the usual...
  • 11th August 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Egypt’s real estate tax collectors are due to start an open-ended national strike today. Strikes are commonplace in Egypt but this one is especially significant. The tax collectors won a major victory in 2007 after a series of protests that  … culminated with a 12-day sit-in...
  • 10th August 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Mohammad Abdul Fatah, a 73-year-old Egyptian Muslim, has been awarded custody of his seven-year-old grandson because the boy’s parents changed their religion. Following the parents’ conversion to the Baha’i faith, the grandfather sought advice from Egypt’s Grand Mufti, Gulf News says. "...
  • 25th July 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    It’s worth noting the arrests this week of three bloggers in Egypt – one of the 10 worst countries to be a blogger, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. Those arrested are: Abdel Rahman Ayyash, Al-Ghareeb (The Stranger); Magdi Saad, formerly of ...
  • 23rd July 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Writing about the Arab Human Development Report yesterday, Inoted with pleasure that Capmas had not been involved in the research, and promised to explain more about this dreadful Egyptian institution. Capmas, the Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics, is a hangover from the...
  • 21st July 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The amateur Egyptian poet who was sentenced to three years in jail and fined $18,000 for “insulting” President Mubarak in unpublished verses has had his sentence quashed by an appeal court. That is good news. But why do these ludicrous cases keep cropping up in Egypt and other...
  • 14th July 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    It’s a bit like like those pre-nuptial agreements where celebrities sort out the divorce terms with their lawyers in advance of getting married – except that the people involved here are not celebrities but poor Egyptian factory workers. Reporting on exploitation in the sweat-shops of the...
  • 9th July 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    I’ve received an email from Corporal Timothy Reece, a linguist in the British Army. He has been looking at my list of 

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