Blog archive: Egypt

  • 23rd November 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Military luxury: Al-Masah Hotel in Cairo Al-Masah Hotel and Spa describes itself as a place "to escape the noise and the pollution" of Cairo, a place to enjoy quiet, contemplative moments sitting under a pergola with the drink of your choice...
  • 30th October 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A 20-year-old Egyptian student has been arrested and could face up to six years in jail after he allegedly set up a Facebook page calling for atheism. Although it is not actually illegal to be an atheist in Egypt, Sherif Gaber, a student in the commerce faculty at Suez Canal University, is...
  • 29th October 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
        Zahi Hawass Indiana Jones The US Department of Justice is investigating whether National Geographic broke the law by paying up to $200,000 a year...
  • 21st October 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Earlier this month several gay websites reported a rather puzzling story from Egypt. According to Gay Star News and Pink News, 14 men had been arrested for "homosexual acts" at a "medical centre" in El-Marg district of Cairo. Neither story gave any details about the "medical...
  • 5th October 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    On August 14, hundreds of Egyptians died when security forces  violently dispersed sit-in protests against the military takeover that ousted President Morsi. One week later, hundreds of Syrians died in the chemical attacks near Damascus. Both these massacres were on a similar scale, and...
  • 13th August 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The tragedy of the Egyptian revolution, as reflected in yesterday's appalling carnage, is that two-and-a-half years after the uprising against the Mubarak regime so many people still hanker after authoritarian solutions. This is not altogether surprising since for decades they have known no...
  • 6th August 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    As far as Arab society is concerned, openly declaring a disbelief in God is a shocking and sometimes dangerous thing to do. It can lead to being ostracised by family, friends and the local community – as well as charges of apostasy which in some countries carry the death penalty. Arab atheists...
  • 29th July 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
      Libya is about to embark on the drafting of a new constitution. Depending on how this process is handled, it can either stimulate a constructive debate about the future system of government and move the country forward from the Gaddafi era, or it can simply exacerbate existing divisions...
  • 27th July 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Protesters take over the Muslim Brotherhood's Justice and Development Party building in Tripoli. Photo posted on Twitter. All three of North Africa's "Arab Spring" countries are now in a state of crisis. While media attention, for obvious reasons, is focused mostly on the carnage...
  • 17th July 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
      The rights and wrongs of President Morsi's overthrow – and its political repercussions – continue to dominate discussion of Egypt. But beyond the turmoil on the streets, and attracting far less attention so far, is the country's floundering economy.  At some point, someone will...
  • 10th July 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
      The overthrow of President Morsi has prompted new debate about the future of Islamist movements in Egypt and beyond. To some, it signals the beginning of the end for political Islam. Writing in the London Review of Books, for instance, Hazem Kandil suggests“the country that invented...
  • 4th July 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
      It is a sad testament to the failure of Mohamed Morsi's presidency that his claim to remain in office has been based on right rather than merit.  Almost everyone accepts that he was legitimately elected, and that is certainly a strong point in his favour. But once a leader has...

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