Blog archive: Egypt

  • 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...
  • 23rd February 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    President Morsi's announcement of the dates for parliamentary elections has angered Egyptian Christians. Polling is to be phased over two months but the first stage – in Cairo and four other provinces – is scheduled for 27-28 April, overlapping with Palm Sunday in the Coptic calendar. The...
  • 13th February 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    What are we to make of Egypt today, on the second anniversary of the people's uprising? Mubarak may be gone but the old, paternalistically authoritarian attitudes linger on under the country's new leaders. The problem was neatly encapsulated yesterday in reports of a contretemps between Ahmed...
  • 13th February 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    "Egypt sinks deeper into junk status," a headline in the Financial Times says after Moody's announcement that it has downgraded the country's bond rating from B2 to B3 with a threat to downgrade it further "depending on the severity of possible adverse developments". Moody's gives...
  • 4th January 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The requirement in Egypt's new constitution for the state to protect "public morality" is facing its first test with a lawsuit filed by a former member of parliament. Hamdy al-Fakhrany – who was an independent member of the People's Assembly before it was dissolved – has...
  • 3rd November 2012
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    In the first of the "Arab Spring" countries – Tunisia and Egypt – political debate now centres on the drafting of a new constitution. In both cases there is much discussion about the role of Islam in relation to the state and the rights of women (here and here, for example). But there is...

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