Blog archive: Egypt

  • 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...
  • 16th March 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Members of Egypt's small Baha'i community are still having problems with the authorities over ID cards, despite a court rulinglast year which supposedly resolved a five-year battle in their favour. When the Egyptian government began introducing computerised ID cards, holders were...
  • 13th March 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    An Ethiopian migrant was shot and seriously wounded by Egyptian border guards yesterday while trying to cross illegally into Israel. Seven others – three Eritreans and four Ethiopians – were also arrested. The latest incident came litte more than a week after Navi Pillay, the...
  • 11th March 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    An Egyptian physiotherapist, Taha Mohamed Abdel el-Tawwab, is in hospital after being summoned for questioning at the State Security headquarters in Fayoum on Monday. He had come under suspicion after voicing support for Mohamed ElBaradei in next year's presidential election. According...

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