Blog archive: Egypt

  • 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...
  • 8th March 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A military court in Cairo yesterday dropped charges against Ahmed Mostafa, the young blogger who was arrested a fortnight ago and accused of "tarnishing the image" of the armed forces. He had written in his Arabic-language blog about someone being removed from a military college so...
  • 1st March 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    More details have emerged about the case of Ahmed Mustafa, the young Egyptian blogger hauled up before a military court for "tarnishing the image" of the armed forces. His "offence" occurred more than a year ago when he wrote in his Arabic-language blog about someone being...
  • 28th February 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    From the Egyptian daily, al-Masry al-Youm: "The Public Funds Prosecution has uncovered that 11 MPs and 27 of their supporters in seven governorates accepted bribes from patients to receive state-financed medical treatment. According to investigators, the bribes ranged from LE1,000 to LE10...
  • 27th February 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Stories are circulating on the internet that a young Egyptian named Ahmed Mustafa is about to be court-martialled for remarks he posted in a blog. There are not many details but it seems that he complained about someone being removed from a military college so that a rich kid could take his...
  • 26th February 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Back in November I cautioned readers of this blog not to believe what they read on el-Koshary Today, which bills itself as "Egypt's most reliable news source". Its stories about crocodiles attackingthe Aswan Dam, the  construction of a new Disneyland in Ramallah to "improve...
  • 26th February 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    No apologies for returning once again to the topic of Mohamed ElBaradei. A week after the former IAEA chief arrived in Cairo as a possible presidential candidate, Egyptian politics has become more interesting than at any time since the 1952 revolution. I have said before that...
  • 23rd February 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    It's intriguing that the first public figure Mohamed ElBaradei met after returning to Egypt was Amr Moussa, secretary-general of the Arab League, who has also been mooted as a possible candidate in next year's presidential election. What did they talk about? Well, neither man is saying very...
  • 20th February 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Despite warnings that they were breaking the law, hundreds of Egyptians – perhaps more than 1,000 – turned up yesterday to greet Mohamed ElBaradei on his arrival at Cairo airport. Reports from al-Masry al-Youm and DPA describe the scenes, while the Egyptian Chronicles blog...
  • 19th February 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Following its review of human rights in Egypt on Wednesday, the UN Human Rights Council will be issuing recommendations this afternoon. By an ironic coincidence, this comes as Mohamed ElBaradei, former head of the IAEA, winner of the Nobel peace prize and – of more immediate...

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