Blog archive: Egypt

  • 17th September 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Following the conviction of Lubna Hussein in Sudan for "indecently" wearing trousers, Egypt's government-appointed Grand Mufti, Ali Gomaa, says it's OK for women to wear trousers so long as they are loose-fitting and not see-through. Posted by Brian Whitaker, 17 September...
  • 14th September 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    In theory it’s very simple. A group of people get together to form a political party, then the voters decide if their policies are worth supporting. But in those Arab countries where parties are allowed – which rules out Bahrain, Kuwait, Libya, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE for a start –...
  • 11th September 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    There's a rumpus in Egypt over reports that police in various parts of the country have arrested more than 150 people for publicly breaking the fast during Ramadan. Unlike some Muslim countries, Egypt has no specific law against fast-breaking and the wave of arrests seems to be the work of some...
  • 9th September 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The head of Egypt’s first independent trade union, Kamal Abu Eita, was questioned by a prosecutor yesterday and could face charges “of disseminating false information and defaming the reputation of the country’s state-controlled union leaders”. Abu Eita was one of the founders of the...
  • 8th September 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Debate about the possible appointment of Egypt’s culture minister,  Farouk Hosni, as head of Unesco has centred mainly on his remarks last May about burning Israeli books (for which he has since apologised). But his appointment is also controversial in Egypt, for different reasons...
  • 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 ...

Pages