Blog archive: Egypt

  • 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...
  • 3rd July 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
      With the Egyptian army’s ultimatum due to expire this afternoon there are obvious reasons to be fearful. Yesterday’s outbreaks of street violence – at least 23 reported dead and some 200 injured in clashes between supporters and opponents of President Morsi – brought a taste of...
  • 2nd July 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
      For Egyptians who oppose the Muslim Brotherhood, the run-off in last year’s presidential election posed an unenviable choice. Much as they might dislike Mohamed Morsi, the Islamist candidate, the key question was whether they disliked him enough to vote for his opponent, Ahmed Shafik...
  • 24th June 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    At least four Shia Muslims – including a prominent religious figure – were killed yesterday when a mob attacked homes in an Egyptian village yesterday. About 30 more are said to have been injured. Ahram Online reports: Not less than 3,000 angry locals attacked houses of Shias in the...
  • 20th June 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Dancers perform 'Zorba' ballet in protest outside the Egyptian culture ministry "In a dictatorship," the Sudanese-born intellectual Abdel-Wahab al-Effendi once  remarked, "the role of the minister of culture isn't to protect culture, but to stifle culture and to protect...
  • 18th June 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
      President Morsi's decree appointing new governors for 17 of the Egypt's 27 provinces has triggered a new wave of protests and further raised political tensions ahead of the mass demonstrations against Morsi which have been called by opposition groups for June 30. Seven of the...
  • 13th June 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
      It's happened again in Egypt. A thirteen-year-old girl died after being circumcised at a private clinic in Dakahliya. The Egypt Independent reports: The victim's father, Mohamed Ibrahim, a farmer, told Al-Masry Al-Youm: "We left our daughter with the doctor and the nurse....
  • 5th June 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The plotters' meeting. Photo: Egyptian presidency Foreign plots, real or imagined, are the bread and butter of Arab politics. No country guards its sovereignty more jealously than Egypt and even the merest hint of external interference is liable to bring a tough response – hence the ...
  • 1st June 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The right of people to act collectively – and independently of governments – for the sake of shared interests, purposes and values is one of the building blocks of a free and open society. Arab governments have traditionally sought to restrict such activity, though the Arab Spring protests that...
  • 1st June 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
      Old habits die hard, and some of the new Arab leaders seem unable to break away from the authoritarian mindset. In Egypt, President Morsi has produced a new draft law "regulating" the activities of NGOs and human rights groups in much the same way that the Mubarak regime used to regulate...
  • 31st May 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    As unresolved problems pile up in Egypt, yet another issue – one of vital national importance which has been rumbling in the background for years – has suddenly come to the fore. Water. On Tuesday, Ethiopia announced that it has begun diverting the Blue Nile as part of a hydroelectric project...
  • 3rd March 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Sectarian clashes have broken out in Kom Ombo, in Upper Egypt, over the disappearance of a woman who is rumoured to have been kidnapped and forcibly converted to Christianity. Ahram Online reports: "The city's most central and largest church, Mar Girgis, has been under attack for the...

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