Blog archive: Egypt

  • 1st November 2012
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Seven men have been arrested in Cairo on charges of belonging to a “debauchery” network. The men, aged between 20 and 31, are said to have been in possession of “underwear, cosmetics, wigs and a number of bottles of liquor”, and a judge has ordered them to be sent to Heliopolis Hospital to be...
  • 1st June 2012
    By
    Brian Whitaker
      Egypt claims to have succeeded in blocking discussion of "health care issues concerning the homosexual community" at the World Health Organisation's board meeting on 29-30 May.  According to health minister Mostafa Hamed, Egypt was joined by other member states of the Eastern...
  • 11th May 2012
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Last night's presidential sparring match in Egypt proved a huge success – at least for the TV companies who managed to spin it out to four-and-a-half hours with a barrage of lucrative advertising. As for the candidates – who knows? The debate itself began with handshakes but inevitably descended...
  • 18th November 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    It's almost a year since I wrote a series of blog posts about the scandal of human trafficking in the Sinai desert of Egypt, and the Mubarak regime's ludicrous denials than anything untoward was happening (here, here, here and here). Well, the trafficking is still going on...
  • 17th November 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A group on Facebook has declared January 1 next year to be  National Gay Day in Egypt and already the move is generating controversy – not just from the usual suspects but also among gay Egyptians. In many countries the struggle for LGBT rights began with a few brave souls making a...
  • 17th November 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    TUNISIA After some delay, the definitive results in Tunisia's hung election were announced earlier this week. There are some minor changes (the Ennahda party has 89 seats out of 217 – one less than originally reported). The Tunisia Live website has produced useful a graphic showing...
  • 11th November 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Several prominent human rights groups in Egypt have turned down an invitation from the authorities to take part in discussions about the constituent assembly which will draft a new constitution. They say the government and the ruling military council must first "prove their respect for the dignity...
  • 23rd October 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A man has been jailed in Egypt for "insulting Islam" on Facebook.  Ayman Youssef Mansur, who had been arrested in August, was sentenced to three years with hard labour by a civilian court on Saturday on charges of "exploitation of religion to promote extremist ideas with the...
  • 10th October 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The violence in Cairo that left 24 people dead and more than 200 injured on Sunday night is the most alarming development so far in post-Mubarak Egypt. Many are blaming the security forces for the bloody turn of events, arguing that the military council (temporarily) ruling Egypt is...
  • 28th July 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The thorny issue of religion, marriage and divorce has resurfaced in Egypt. This is something the Mubarak regime promised to sort outlast year (but didn't) through a reform of the personal status law for non-Muslims. Following Mubarak's departure the ruling military council is looking at it...
  • 18th May 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    One regressive trend in Egypt since the overthrow of President Mubarak is that civilians are increasingly being tried by the military. Military courts have "almost entirely supplanted the civilian judiciary for criminal prosecution", according to the Egyptian Initiative for Personal...
  • 18th April 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
      Zahi Hawass Indiana Jones    Zahi Hawass, Egypt's controversial antiquities minister, was sentenced to a year in jail on Sunday for failing to comply with a court order. According to some reports the case relates to  a land...

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