Blog archive: Egypt

  • 29th January 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    With his plans to attend the Cairo Book Fair today regrettablydisrupted, President Mubarak will instead spend the day choosing a new cabinet to replace the one he dismissed on television last night.  But his sudden offer of "dialogue" after 30 years in power is not going to cut...
  • 28th January 2011
    By
    Parvez Sharma
    This is a guest post by Parvez Sharma Hosni Mubarak is 82 years old. He has been Egypt’s absolute ruler for three decades. He is America’s biggest ally in the Middle East. He has probably never really learnt how to use a computer. I cannot imagine that he tweets or even fully comprehends...
  • 28th January 2011
    By
    Parvez Sharma
    This is a guest post by Parvez Sharma Cairo is burning. So is Egypt. Twitter is exploding. Everyone seems to have an opinion – many who have never even been to Egypt but feel a strong sense of solidarity with the most remarkable revolution in a generation, perhaps. A revolution which...
  • 27th January 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Al-Ahram's front page. Acknowledgement: The Angry Arab    In the absence of any noteworthy events in Egypt, the semi-official al-Ahram newspaper had to look further afield for its main front-page headline yesterday: "Widespread protests and disturbances in Lebanon". This is a...
  • 25th January 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Today is national Police Day in Egypt. It marks the occasion, 59 years ago, when police in Ismailia refused to surrender to British forces and 41 of them died in a three-hour battle. Their act of heroism is officially commemorated every year on January 25. But since 1952 perceptions of the...
  • 25th January 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Kifaya – "Enough!" One man and the riot police in Cairo today    Well, who would have believed it? Today's protests in Egypt far exceeded my own expectations and, no doubt, the expectations of the organisers and the Egyptian authorities. The Mubarak regime, even if it's not headed...
  • 1st January 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A bomb exploded outside a church in Egypt last night. The Egyptian health ministry says at least 21 people were killed and 43 injured. The interior ministry had earlier put the death toll at seven. Initial reports blamed a car bomb, though officials are now suggesting it...
  • 31st December 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    "If it was happening in Iran instead of Tunisia, it would be on the front pages of all the newspapers." Complaints of this kind about coverage of the Tunisian uprising keep appearing on the internet – many of them suggesting that editors around the world are protecting Ben Ali's regime from...
  • 22nd December 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
      An Egyptian cleric has issued a fatwa authorising the killing of Mohamed ElBaradei, the former head of the IAEA who is campaigning for reform in Egypt. The fatwa, from Sheikh Mahmoud Amer, which is posted on the website of the Ansar al-Sunnah al-Muhamadiya, says:  "...
  • 21st December 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Egypt's state-controlled Dar al-Ifta has issued almost half a million fatwas this year, according to its annual report. "The edicts pertained to modern-day issues, such as a widow’s in vitro fertilisation, fetal gender determination, abortions, artificial heart valves made of pig...
  • 18th December 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    An short news item in al-Masry al-Youm says that 13% of the Israeli army's civilian employees are Egyptians, "according to recent reports in the Israeli media". I'm curious to know more but the report has no further information beyond saying that the Egyptian ministry of manpower...
  • 17th December 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Egypt continues to dispute that large numbers of Eritrean migrants are being held hostage in Sinai by human traffickers.  On Tuesday, foreign ministry spokesman Hossam Zaki  described the reports as "fabrications" concocted by "dubious organisations" to stir up public...

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