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Egyptian Journalists Protest Editors’ Pledge Not to Criticize Government

“Hundreds of Egyptian journalists objected on Sunday to a pledge by newspaper editors to refrain from publishing reports critical of the government, calling the curb on freedom of expression ‘a victory for terrorism,’ ” The New York Times reports.

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Is Egypt Going the Way of Syria?

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has declared a state of emergency for 3 months in parts of the province of North Sinai after two attacks by Muslim radical groups in that province left 30 Egyptian soldiers dead.

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The Arab Political Crisis: It Isn’t a Matter of Civilization and It Isn’t Unique

Al-Arabiya Washington bureau chief Hisham Melhem had a piece in Politico Magazine on Thursday on what he calls the collapse of Arab civilization. The piece is riddled with contradictions and fuzzy thinking and with all due respect to Milhem, who is a knowledgeable and experienced correspondent, I am going to disagree with it vehemently.

Posted on Sep 23, 2014 READ MORE



Russia and Egypt Reportedly Strike $3.5 Billion Arms Deal

A top Russian military official said Wednesday that the country had made a sizable preliminary arms deal with Egypt to sell $3.5 billion worth of weapons to the North African nation.

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Pentagon Hymn, the Shores of Tripoli

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Facing the Horror of Syria Using Alternatives to War

To begin to tackle the problem of Syria, what matters more than who exactly is being killed is who is doing the killing.

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Top 5 Ironies of U.S. Reaction to Egypt/UAE Bombing of Libya

The diplomatic angst issuing from Washington around the United Arab Emirates’ and Egypt’s bombing of weapons depots belonging to the Qatar-backed fundamentalist militia of Misrata holds many delicious ironies.

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Another Cease-Fire Takes Effect in Gaza

Fighting between Israelis and Palestinians in the ongoing Gaza conflict, now into its second month, continued into Sunday night but halted at midnight, as both sides observed the first hours of another three-day cease-fire.

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Did Israel Go Too Far? The Massacre at the U.N. School/ Refugee Center (Video)

Despite Israeli water-muddying, there isn’t any doubt that the Israelis struck the school, nor is there any evidence that the school was an origin point for any Hamas rockets.

Posted on Jul 26, 2014 READ MORE



Gaza Meets the New Politics of the Middle East: ‘Islamic State,’ Egypt, Turkey

The Israeli security establishment was almost certainly encouraged to launch its military assault on little Gaza by the current divisions over political Islam in the Middle East.

Posted on Jul 19, 2014 READ MORE



Can Tony Blair Mess Up Egypt Even Worse?

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has agreed to advise the government of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.

Posted on Jul 3, 2014 READ MORE



Photo of the Day: Egyptian Youth Demanded End to Military Trials for Civilians

On the June 30 anniversary of the determined masses gathered in their millions at Tahrir Square and in city centers throughout Egypt, demanding a recall election for then Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamad Morsi, Tahrir Square in Cairo was blocked off and deserted.

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The Arab Millennials Will Be Back

The thwarted rebellions of the past three years were led by 20-somethings who have decades left to come into their own. Don’t count them out yet. They have only begun the work of transforming the region.

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The Egyptian Counterrevolution Will Not Be Televised

Egypt sentenced three Al-Jazeera journalists this week to severe prison terms, in court proceedings that observers described as “farcical.”

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Where’s Saddam Hussein When the U.S. Needs Him?

From Cairo to Baghdad, the United States is totally hypocritical in the cause of human rights, preferring the rule of brutal military despots.

Posted on Jun 23, 2014 READ MORE



Al-Jazeera Journalists Sentenced to Prison in Egypt (Video)

The principle of free speech was savaged as Egypt’s judiciary sentenced three Al-Jazeera journalists with up to a decade in prison on charges of aiding terrorists and endangering national security.

Posted on Jun 23, 2014 READ MORE



183 Members of the Muslim Brotherhood Sentenced to Death

An Egyptian court handed death sentences to the leader of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and at least 182 of his supporters for violence in the aftermath of the coup against Mohamed Morsi last summer.

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Egypt, Syria, Libya ... What Is the Appeal of Phony Elections in the Middle East?

The world has been treated to a whole series of “elections” in the Middle East recently.

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Truthdiggers of the Week: Al-Jazeera Journalists in Cairo Jail

Three journalists could see more than a decade in an Egyptian prison for the crime of doing their job, and the media and governments of the West are shamefully silent.

Posted on Jun 8, 2014 READ MORE



How Egypt’s Generals Sidelined Uncle Sam

What has been the input of the planet’s last superpower in shaping the history of the most populous country in the strategic Middle East? Zilch. Its “generosity” toward Cairo notwithstanding, Washington has been reduced to the role of a helpless bystander.

Posted on Jun 5, 2014 READ MORE



From Elections to Mass Movements: How Wealthy Elites Are Hijacking Democracy All Over the World

In country after country, the hallmarks of democracy are being dangerously subverted and co-opted by powerful elites.

Posted on May 29, 2014 READ MORE



Egypt: Passive Aggression and Counterrevolution: Voters, Youth Stay Home

Voting was abruptly extended from two days to three in Egypt’s presidential election Tuesday, apparently because of an unexpectedly low turnout.

Posted on May 28, 2014 READ MORE



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Top 5 Wars on Religious Extremism in Today’s Muslim World

The Fox News commentators who say that the Muslim world is not doing enough to police its own extremist movements don’t actually seem to be reading the news.

Posted on May 22, 2014 READ MORE



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Egypt’s Once and Future Dictator Promises to End Muslim Brotherhood

Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who recently resigned as the leader of Egypt’s army to run for president, dispelled any notion of reconciliation with the ousted Muslim Brotherhood during an interview Monday.

Posted on May 5, 2014 READ MORE


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Egypt Sentences 683 to Death, Bans Youth Movement

A judge in Egypt on Monday sentenced 683 members of the Muslim Brotherhood to death, including the group’s leader, in a trial that Human Rights Watch has deemed unfair. Simultaneously, the April 6 movement that ignited the country’s revolution has been banned for the crimes of embarrassing Egypt and protesting without permission.

Posted on Apr 28, 2014 READ MORE



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Egyptian Youth Protest Against Anti-Protest Law a Month Before Elections

Hundreds of leftist and secular youth demonstrated Saturday against Egypt’s draconian law forbidding demonstrations, demanding the release of revolutionary activists jailed under it.

Posted on Apr 28, 2014 READ MORE


The Human Toll in Egypt

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From Kabul to Cairo, the Killing and Jailing of Journalists Continues

Journalism is not a crime. Neither death nor imprisonment should be the punishment for reporting the news.

Posted on Apr 9, 2014 READ MORE



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Al-Sisi’s Run for President: Bonapartism and Gulf Oil Money

Egypt’s Brig. Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s announcement was more Jimmy Carter than Ronald Reagan.

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 READ MORE



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Head of Egyptian Army Announces He’s Running for President

Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi resigned Wednesday in order to announce his candidacy for the Egyptian presidency—an office left vacant by the coup he helped organize.

Posted on Mar 26, 2014 READ MORE



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Egypt Shocks the World With Plan for Mass Execution of Over 500 Muslim Brothers

Among Middle Eastern countries, the most execution happy is Iran, with over 300 a year.  With just one trial, Egypt has made itself more Draconian than Iran.

Posted on Mar 25, 2014 READ MORE



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Egypt Hands 529 Muslim Brothers the Death Sentence in One Day

Apparently Egypt’s military rulers are prepared to go much further than previous dictatorships in quashing the opposition once and for all.

Posted on Mar 24, 2014 READ MORE



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Will Russell Crowe as Noah Help Egypt Separate Religion and State?

Darren Aronofsky’s biblical epic “Noah” is already provoking controversy in the Muslim world, and has been pre-emptively banned in three Gulf states.

Posted on Mar 10, 2014 READ MORE


Medea Benjamin on Her Egyptian Detention

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The CodePink co-founder tells us why Egypt thinks she’s a threat to national security. Also: Making sense of Ukraine, Uganda bans homosexuality, and the Advocate’s Matthew Breen on AIDS breakthroughs.

Posted on Mar 6, 2014 READ MORE


Medea Benjamin on Her Egyptian Detention

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Code Pink co-founder tells us why Egypt thinks she’s a threat to national security. Also: Making sense of Ukraine, Uganda bans homosexuality, and the Advocate’s Matthew Breen on AIDS breakthroughs.

Posted on Mar 6, 2014 READ MORE



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The Deep State Is Vulnerable to People Power

Mike Lofgren’s long experience on the Hill has given him a small window, he might say only an aperture, into a vast network of unaccountable governmental and private institutions he calls the “Deep State.”

Posted on Feb 24, 2014 READ MORE



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Putinism in Cairo? The Rise of the Russian Model

Vladimir Putin on Thursday hailed the possibility of a run for the presidency of Egypt by Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the architect of the July 3 coup against the elected Muslim Brotherhood government.

Posted on Feb 15, 2014 READ MORE



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Did Religious Extremism Drive 2 Million Egyptian Youth to Unbelief?

Egyptian journalist Hilmy al-Namnam said last fall that some researchers had concluded that there were 2 million Egyptian atheists.

Posted on Feb 13, 2014 READ MORE


Tunisia and the Arab Spring

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Raw Footage: Mohammed Morsi Shouts From His Cage in Court

He was the first democratically elected ruler in thousands of years of Egyptian civilization. Now he’s just a guy in a white jumpsuit, reduced to shouting from his court cage.

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 READ MORE



Bill Gates Doesn’t Want Minimum Wage Raised

Bill Gates and other members of the 1 percent worry about having to pay more taxes to increase wages; the United States turned its back on the Arab Spring; meanwhile, an Oklahoma legislator wants to forbid all marriages so gays won’t wed either. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 READ MORE



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The 18th Brumaire of Gen. al-Sisi in Egypt

On Monday, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) announced that Field Marshall Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (also the minister of defense) was free to run for president if his conscience led him to do so.

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 READ MORE



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Egypt Polarized Between Pro-Military, Anti-Coup on Revolution Anniversary

January 25 marked the third anniversary of the revolution that overthrew dictator Hosni Mubarak, and Egyptians observed it in three distinctively different ways.

Posted on Jan 27, 2014 READ MORE



Egyptian Demonstrators Killed in Anniversary Protest

At least 54 people were killed in clashes between police and anti-government protesters in Egypt on the third anniversary of the uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak.

Posted on Jan 26, 2014 READ MORE



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Why Tunisia’s Transition to Democracy Is Succeeding While Egypt Falters

On Sunday, Tunisia’s parliament will vote on the final text of the new constitution.

Posted on Jan 25, 2014 READ MORE



Cairo Blasts Kill Six People

Hundreds were wounded in addition to the half-dozen killed by a series of explosions outside police headquarters in central Cairo on Friday morning.

Posted on Jan 24, 2014 READ MORE



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Rest of World Gaining on American Obesity Rate

Although the United States has been riding the cutting edge of the global obesity trend for decades, other countries, including some in the developing world, are catching up. This is not progress.

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 READ MORE



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Egypt Jails Secular Leaders of 2011 Revolt

Three leaders of Egypt’s 2011 uprising were put in prison for what could be three years in a government effort to stamp out secular and Islamist opposition to the current administration, activists say.

Posted on Dec 22, 2013 READ MORE


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