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AP/Egyptian Presidency

Egyptian Judges Condemn Morsi Decree

Egypt’s highest court has accused President Mohamed Morsi of staging an “unprecedented attack” on the judiciary by granting himself extensive new powers, including a ban on revoking presidential decisions and a prohibition against dissolving the legislative assembly.

Posted on Nov 24, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Tsafrir Abayov

To the Brink Again for Israel and Gaza

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Syrian President Bashar Al Assad have an important thing in common: When a part of the populations under their control rise up against them, they do not negotiate or compromise; they bomb the rebel civilians.

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Hatem Moussa

Dispatches From Cairo: All Children Go to Heaven

“Is this the work of a God-fearing people?” screamed our neighborhood imam over the loudspeakers during Friday’s passionate sermon. The innate hostility in regard to Israel tilts toward hatred.

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Bernat Armangue

In Gaza, Status Quo Won’t Do

The drama unfolding in Gaza seems numbingly familiar. This time, however, there’s a big and potentially tragic difference: Not even the actors—Palestinians and Israelis—can possibly know how it will turn out.

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 READ MORE


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AP/Ariel Schalit

Fears of Israeli Ground Offensive Grow

Tensions in Israel and Gaza are mounting as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears ready to order a ground invasion after Egyptian efforts to broker a cease-fire failed and Hamas fired a rocket at Jerusalem.

Posted on Nov 17, 2012 READ MORE



AP Photo/Pool-Michael Reynolds

Presidential Debate Wrap-Up: Obama Sinks Romney’s Battleship

With the race as tight as ever, and in light of last week’s spirited and heated debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, all eyes were on Boca Raton, Fla., on Monday night as the presidential candidates squared off for the third and final time before the election. 

Posted on Oct 22, 2012 READ MORE



AP/ David Karp

Dispatches From Cairo: Morsi’s First 100 Days

The new president has kept only five of his 64 promises. From his campaign slogan of “Freedom, bread and justice,” only bread has been delivered so far. Egyptians gather in Tahrir Square to express their frustration.

Posted on Oct 16, 2012 READ MORE


Egypt’s President Reasserts his Country’s Sovereignty in World Affairs

Mr. Morsi said what had not been said before, that if the United States wishes Egypt to continue to respect the Camp David agreement made 34 years ago, it must honor its own simultaneous commitment to Palestinian self-rule.

Posted on Sep 25, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Sergey Ponomarev

Naomi Wolf on Kate Middleton Topless, Pussy Riot, and the Sexualized Female Body

According to the author of “Vagina: A New Biography,” we are undergoing an “unprecedented struggle” among women, their bodies and sexuality. Citing recent examples including the Russian punk band Pussy Riot, the frenzy over “virginity tests” in Egypt and recent efforts in the U.S. to legislate the female body, Wolf argues that female sexuality is being targeted around the world.

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 READ MORE


Arab Outrage Should Come as No Surprise

Mrs. Clinton, the secretary of state, appears to believe that the Arabs and Egyptians should be grateful to America, and most Americans would probably agree.

Posted on Sep 18, 2012 READ MORE



Spidysg (CC BY 2.0)

Libya: The Questions We Should Be Asking

Apart from Mitt Romney’s ridiculous slur against President Obama after the slaying of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, Americans should focus on the state of affairs suggested by the following questions: When was the last time a Chinese diplomat was killed or even roughed up by an angry mob? When did you last hear about a Chinese embassy being burned down or pillaged?

Posted on Sep 14, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: U.S. Film Stokes Mideast Violence

U.S. embassies in the Islamic world came under siege as an anti-Muslim movie trailer went viral, the Fed went all-in for mortgage-backed bonds and teachers struck out in Chicago. “The Left, Right & Center” panelists tackle these and other issues on this week’s show.

Posted on Sep 14, 2012 READ MORE



Man Behind Controversial Anti-Muslim Film That Sparked Deadly Protests Identified

Who is Sam Bacile? It appears major questions surrounding the identity of the man alleged to be behind “The Innocence of Muslims,” the controversial anti-Muhammad film that led to the deadly attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Libya and spurred violent protests in Egypt and Yemen, have been answered.

Posted on Sep 13, 2012 READ MORE



DonkeyHotey

Embassy Attacks Expose Depravity on the Right

The support that some conservatives in politics and the press showed for Mitt Romney’s unsubstantiated criticisms of President Obama amid this week’s embassy attacks confirms that those camps will exploit any opportunity—no matter how dangerous to Americans and others—for personal gain, writes journalist Michael Tracey.

Posted on Sep 13, 2012 READ MORE



Official U.S. Navy Imagery (CC BY 2.0)

U.S. Positions Two Warships Off Libya

Two U.S. destroyers equipped with Tomahawk missiles are moving into Mediterranean waters north of Libya after attacks on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi and another in the Egyptian capital of Cairo.

Posted on Sep 12, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Mohammed Abu Zaid

Egyptian Protesters Remove U.S. Flag During Attack on American Embassy

It is believed that the demonstrators in Cairo were upset about a film production that they say insults the Prophet Muhammad.

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 READ MORE



Prince Roy (CC BY 2.0)

Egypt Launches Sinai Airstrike

The Egyptian military fired missiles into Sinai for the first time since the 1973 war with Israel, killing 20 Islamic militants accused of attacking security checkpoints 30 miles from the Gaza-Israel border.

Posted on Aug 8, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Enric Marti

Dispatches From Cairo: Brother, Can You Spare a Breeze?

Rolling blackouts turn up the heat and turn off the lights; on the political front, Morsi feels heat of a different sort.

Posted on Aug 7, 2012 READ MORE



shawncampbell (CC-BY)

Arise, Facebook Nation

If social networks helped mobilize Egyptians to confront Hosni Mubarak’s tanks and men, shouldn’t they also be able to take on a PAC, even one as powerful as that belonging to the National Rifle Association?

Posted on Aug 4, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Fredrik Persson

Dispatches From Cairo: New President, New Hope

As the days pass, Egyptians seem more and more relaxed, and there is an emerging hope that displays itself in voices less strident, faces less stressed, more smiling, despite the stifling heat. Perhaps the storms of the Arab Spring have finished and now will come the flowering.

Posted on Jun 28, 2012 READ MORE


Mohammed Morsi

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AP/Khalil Hamra

Muslim Brotherhood’s Morsi Wins Egyptian Election

After taking numerous steps to secure their own base of power, Egypt’s military leaders gave their blessing, and the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi on Sunday was declared winner of the country’s presidential elections.

Posted on Jun 24, 2012 READ MORE



Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey (CC-BY)

Egyptian Military Is ‘Playing With Fire’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Middle East expert Juan Cole says Egypt’s military rulers have “begun acting stupidly.” Also: 5.6 million new jobs (with a catch), the problem with Obama’s immigration policy, and Robert Scheer on health care.

Posted on Jun 22, 2012 READ MORE


Egyptian Military Is ‘Playing With Fire’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Middle East expert Juan Cole says Egypt’s military rulers have “begun acting stupidly.” Also: 5.6 million new jobs (with a catch), the problem with Obama’s immigration policy, and Robert Scheer on health care.

Posted on Jun 22, 2012 READ MORE



State Department

Mubarak Is Dead, Alive or Somewhere in Between

Former Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak, whose health has been questionable since thousands of Egyptians took to Tahrir Square in 2011 to demand his removal from power, was reported close to death Tuesday, following a stroke. One report said he was being kept alive only by life support, though this has been disputed.

Posted on Jun 19, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Pete Muller

Dispatches From Cairo: Of Presidents and Pharaohs

Results showed a clear majority for Mohamed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood candidate, over regime candidate Ahmed Shafiq. But watch out for flames shooting from the military dragon.

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Amr Nabil

Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood Claims Victory as Military Seizes Power

Mohamed Morsi is the first freely elected president of Egypt, according to his party, the Muslim Brotherhood. But the Islamist candidate, who beat out the man anointed by former dictator Hosni Mubarak in a runoff election Monday, may have few powers to exercise.

Posted on Jun 17, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: My Big Fat Greek Tragedy

Bankers are bracing for international financial chaos as Greek voters head to the polls to decide on an austerity plan that could kiss the euro bye-bye. But that’s not the only major world event happening, with Egypt’s military tossing the recent Democratic elections aside as it dissolves the country’s parliament.

Posted on Jun 15, 2012 READ MORE


A Judicial-Military Coup in Egypt

Due to a decision by the high court to dissolve Egypt’s legislature, the country’s presidential election this weekend comes at a time when “there’s no parliament, no constitution or even a clear process for drafting one,” says “Democracy Now!” correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous.

Posted on Jun 15, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Mohammed Asad

Egyptian High Court Throws Out Parliament

Egypt’s lingering Mubarak-appointed supreme court on Thursday ruled that the democratically elected, Islamist-led Parliament must be dissolved, citing widespread violations of a rule intended to divide the house between candidates running individually and under party banners. The decision returns legislative power to the country’s military junta.

Posted on Jun 14, 2012 READ MORE



World Economic Forum

Mubarak Reportedly in Coma

There are disputed reports that deposed Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak has slipped into a coma since he was sentenced to life in prison June 2 in the killings of pro-democracy demonstrators during last year’s Arab Spring uprising.

Posted on Jun 11, 2012 READ MORE



Abode of Chaos (CC BY 2.0)

Mubarak’s Health in Decline

Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is in failing health, slipping in and out of consciousness a week after he was sentenced to life in prison and confined to a prison hospital.

Posted on Jun 10, 2012 READ MORE



Denis Bocquet (CC BY 2.0)

Egyptian Women Protesters Assaulted in Tahrir Square

In what looks to be an attempt to keep females out of Cairo’s political life, hundreds of men assaulted about 50 Egyptian women and their male supporters as they marched against sexual harassment in Tahrir Square on Friday.

Posted on Jun 9, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Egyptian State TV

Mubarak Is Sentenced to Life in Prison

An Egyptian judge sentenced former President Hosni Mubarak to a life term in prison Saturday for complicity in the killing of unarmed protesters during the uprising that ousted him from power last year. But corruption charges against Mubarak and his sons were dismissed, touching off anger and disbelief in the Arab street.

Posted on Jun 2, 2012 READ MORE



Gigi Ibrahim (CC BY 2.0)

For Egypt, It’s a Military Man or an Islamist

Hundreds of Egyptians set fire to the campaign headquarters of Ahmed Shafik after it was announced Tuesday that the Mubarak-era senior military commander had won enough votes to enter a runoff contest with the Islamic candidate Mohamed Morsi.

Posted on May 29, 2012 READ MORE


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Posted on May 23, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Fredrik Persson

Egyptians Flock to the Polls

Voters in Egypt turned out in droves on Wednesday to cast their ballots in the first free presidential election since President Hosni Mubarak was ousted from power during the Arab Spring uprising 15 months ago.

Posted on May 23, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Fredrik Persson

Dispatches From Cairo: Testing Democracy

Here in Cairo every conversation turns to this week’s presidential election, hopefully the first true democratic election in the country’s history.

Posted on May 22, 2012 READ MORE



thecoldwhisper (CC BY 2.0)

Dispatches From Cairo: Blood, Youth and Revolution

The rough mobilization and confrontation that have occurred at every juncture in Egypt’s post-revolutionary evolution is happening again as the first true presidential election in the nation’s long history approaches.

Posted on May 4, 2012 READ MORE



Hossam el-Hamalawy (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Dispatches From Cairo: Sand and Political Excitement Fill the Air as Election Nears

One month before Egypt’s presidential vote, 100,000 or more Islamists and liberals of all parties packed Tahrir Square to join in support of Egypt’s revolution.

Posted on Apr 21, 2012 READ MORE



bbc.co.uk

Egyptians Rally Against Suleiman

Of all the people to step in and take the still-revolutionizing nation of Egypt to another level in its post-Arab Spring era, former President Hosni Mubarak’s intelligence chief Omar Suleiman probably isn’t the man for the job.

Posted on Apr 13, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Amr Nabil

Dispatches From Cairo: Fuel for the Fire

Those who can have chosen to selectively forget the worst of recent memories, but most sense a new wave of conflict, gathering at a distance and surging toward them.

Posted on Apr 1, 2012 READ MORE



Dan Bennett (CC-BY)

McCain: U.S. Should Lead War in Syria

If we did it in Libya, we should do it in Syria. So says Sen. John McCain, anyway, who put out the call Monday for the U.S. to lead a war effort to stop the slaughter of civilians in Syria by taking to the skies above the imploding Middle Eastern nation.

Posted on Mar 5, 2012 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / U.S. Department of Defense

Putin Rival Warns of Arab Spring for Russia

If Vladimir Putin, the expected winner of Russia’s upcoming presidential election, isn’t careful, he may face the kind of upsurge in revolt that occurred a year ago in Tunisia, Egypt and other nations when the regional sea change we now know as the Arab Spring took hold. So says Putin’s former ally and now rival, Sergei Mironov.

Posted on Mar 2, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Nariman El-Mofty

Dispatches From Cairo: Blood, Money and Revolution

As American NGO employees await trial, propagandists beat the drums of public suspicion and the military maneuvers to preserve U.S. aid.

Posted on Feb 23, 2012 READ MORE



Class vs. Race

These may be the first elections in which class will carry more weight than race; the “right to be forgotten” threatens freedom of speech on the Internet; meanwhile, some smartphone voice recognition software is racist and sexist. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 14, 2012 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / Sting

Egypt Gives an Inch on Election Date

Monday brought a mixed bag of news out of Egypt. First came the update that 19 Americans working in nonprofit organizations in the North African nation were still in line to be tried for funding-related reasons, despite Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s warning sounds about Egypt’s future funding from the U.S.

Posted on Feb 6, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Ahmed Gomaa

Dispatches From Cairo: Game of Death

Oh, Egypt. Oh, Arab Spring. Another tailspin into the worst of expectations and reactions leaves us in a gray confusion of deception and distrust. Now, there is gore on stadium seats.

Posted on Feb 5, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Amr Nabil

Dispatches From Cairo: Revolution One Year Later

The celebration brought hundreds of thousands from all walks of life to Tahrir Square. We left with a feeling of disappointment.

Posted on Jan 31, 2012 READ MORE


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