Blog archive: Egypt

  • 21st April 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Top-heavy: the ill-fated Salam Boccaccio ferry Four years after the Red Sea ferry, Salam Boccaccio, sank with the loss of more than 1,000 lives, there are at last signs of a crackdown on unseaworthy vessels in the area. Surprise inspections of...
  • 16th April 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Few countries are immune to the possibility of communal violence, but they differ in how they deal with it and what steps they take in the aftermath to prevent a recurrence. A new report by the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights looks at the growing problem of sectarian violence in Egypt...
  • 12th April 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Kuwait deported four more Egyptians yesterday. Together with the 17 deported on Saturday, this brings the total so far to 21. Around 20 others are thought to be still under arrest in Kuwait. Those arrested and expelled are believed to be supporters of the National...
  • 11th April 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The authorities in Kuwait are continuing their crackdown against support for Mohamed ElBaradei among the emirate's large Egyptian community. Yesterday, 17 ElBaradei supporters were expelled. A total of 34 Egyptians have been arrested in Kuwait, according to ElBaradei's...
  • 10th April 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
       The authorities in Kuwait are cracking down on efforts to organise support for Mohamed ElBaradei among the emirate's large Egyptian community. Three people were arrested earlier this week just hours before they were due to launch the Independent...
  • 7th April 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Apart from the attacks on demonstrators, there's another matter causing deep concern among the estimated 10 million Egyptians who regularly partake of hashish. It's in very short supply and prices have rocketed. The government has even gone so far as to claim "the complete destruction of the...
  • 7th April 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The suppression of protests by the 6 April movement in Cairo yesterday has attracted a lot of media coverage, so I'll just note it here. For reports, see: AP, BBC, Al-Masry al-Youm, The Majlis,Bikya Masr and Egyptian Chronicles (which has a collection of...
  • 6th April 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
       Here's an interesting example of the Mubarak propaganda machine at work. Egyptian Chronicles notes that Mohamed ElBaradei, a possible contender in next year's presidential election, has finally made it on to the front page of the semi-official al-...
  • 5th April 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    AFP is reporting that the Egyptian publisher who was arrested on Saturday – a few days after issuing a book supporting Mohamed ElBaradei, a possible candidate in next year's presidential election – has now been released. The publisher, Ahmed Mahanna, was abducted during a dawn raidon...
  • 2nd April 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Jack Shenker's interview with Mohamed ElBaradei, possible contender for the Egyptian presidency, published by the Guardian in three parts (here, here and here) yesterday, contained a lot of interesting material.  Shenker has also posted a full transcript of the...
  • 23rd March 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The Egyptian government, which only last month assured the UNthat it would facilitate civil society activities and the ability of non-governmental organisations to act freely, now appears to be clamping down on NGOs in a big way. Forty-one local organisations have condemned moves to rush...
  • 21st March 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Egyptian border guards managed to arrest seven African migrants yesterday without killing any of them. Since January 2008 more than 60 people have died at the hands of border guards while trying to cross illegally into Israel. Earlier this month Navi Pillay, the United Nation's top...

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