Blog archive: Egypt

  • 31st January 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The Mubarak regime still doesn't get it. Nothing illustrates its attitude more clearly than the decision yesterday to send F-16 warplanes roaring low over the thousands gathered in Tahrir Square, in the expectation that they would scurry away like frightened sheep. Instead, the protesters stood...
  • 30th January 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Just a brief post to take stock of the situation in Egypt this morning. President Mubarak is still clinging to what remains of his power. Yesterday, he appointed Omar Suleiman as his vice-president (a post that he had kept vacant for the last 30 years). At the very least, this suggests...
  • 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...
  • 29th January 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    This is a guest post by Parvez Sharma American television networks and an endless parade of mostly white men pundits (brought out and dusted off with their cobwebs) should take lessons from Al-Jazeera in live reportage, in not having pundits talk over the chants of a mass of humanity, in...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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:  "...

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