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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



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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



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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



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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



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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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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



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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



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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



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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



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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



Freedom of the Press Roughed Up in U.S.

Thanks to the deplorable treatment of journalists during OWS, the U.S. drops in the Press Freedom Index; turns out, it’s more environmentally friendly to reuse an old building than to build a new one in its place; and a peaceful Occupy L.A. protester is charged with lynching. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 26, 2012 READ MORE



Wikipedia

Islamists Dominate Egyptian Elections

Egypt’s parliamentary election results are in. Candidates from Islamist parties—the Freedom and Justice and Al-Nour—took two-thirds of the 478 seats, which means they will have a large say in determining the country’s new constitution. Revolutionary groups led by those who played a pivotal role in toppling Hosni Mubarak took only seven seats.

Posted on Jan 22, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Amr Nabil

Dispatches From Cairo: Raising Cane Against the ‘Morality Police’

Some Egyptian women have an answer for vigilantes armed with walking sticks: welts and words that are far from submissive.

Posted on Jan 17, 2012 READ MORE



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Reform Leader ElBaradei Quits Egypt’s Presidential Race

Mohamed ElBaradei, the Egyptian reform leader, dropped out of the presidential race on Saturday, rebuking the military for failing to engender social conditions in which Egyptian democracy could be possible.

Posted on Jan 14, 2012 READ MORE



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Assad Waves an ‘Iron Hand’ at Opposition

Arab League, shmarab league. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is evidently still unwilling to make room for the possibility that he is in anything resembling a precarious position, as he made a defiant speech on Tuesday in Damascus, blaming foreign media for making him look bad and dissing the Arab League.

Posted on Jan 10, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Mohammed Asad

Egypt Claims Raids on NGOs Will Stop

After the U.S. hinted at the possibility of changing plans for providing military aid to Egypt, the newly revolutionized North African nation pledged Friday to put an end to the recent raids on nongovernmental organizations that made headlines the day before.

Posted on Dec 30, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Ahmed Ali

Dispatches From Cairo: Egypt’s War on NGOs

National law gives the executive authorities overly broad discretion to forbid groups to do anything that authorities might see as “threatening national unity” or “violating public order or morals,” vague terminology that lays the law open to abuse and has served as a basis for the denial of registration to some NGOs.

Posted on Dec 30, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Ahmed Ali

Mubarak Is Rolled Back Into Court

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak shielded his face from onlookers as he was wheeled into a courtroom Wednesday to resume trial on alleged abuses of power and the killing of hundreds of protesters in the uprising that ousted him earlier this year. The trial was delayed for almost two months while the court located a suitable judge.

Posted on Dec 28, 2011 READ MORE


Freed Egyptian Activist Speaks Out

“Democracy Now!” hears from Alaa Abd El Fattah, a prominent Egyptian activist and blogger just released after 56 days in one of the country’s worst prisons on charges of inciting violence against the military. Fattah, who denies the charges, is optimistic about the revolution “completely renegotiating the order of power in Egypt and across the Arab world.”

Posted on Dec 28, 2011 READ MORE


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AP / Muzaffar Salman

Arab League Lands in Syria

Delegates from the Arab League arrived in Syria on Monday in yet another attempt to resolve the crisis that’s only intensified since the Syrian government made the evidently hollow gesture last week of agreeing to stop military-enabled assaults on its own people and allow observation from outside its borders.

Posted on Dec 26, 2011 READ MORE



Maggie Osama (CC-BY)

Questioning ‘An Unreal Government’

A brutal and resilient junta. The myth of prevailing revolutionary secularism. An exhausted liberal class that risks capitulation and oblivion. In this uncommonly thoughtful reflection published at The New Inquiry, journalist Matt Pearce shines light on the flies in the ointment of the Egyptian uprising one year after its inception.

Posted on Dec 24, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Nasser Nasser

Dispatches From Cairo: The Worst So Far

Much of the beauty of the spirit of Tahrir Square has now been destroyed, ripped apart by soldiers swarming like enraged red ants to attack protesters impotently throwing stones and Molotov cocktails.

Posted on Dec 20, 2011 READ MORE



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Time’s Person of the Year: The Protester

For “once again becoming a maker of history” two sleepy decades after political soothsayer Francis Fukuyama declared Western liberalism the end point in the evolution of human society, Time magazine named “The Protester” 2011’s Person of the Year.

Posted on Dec 14, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / Marek Kocjan (CC-BY-SA)

Come to Egypt, but Leave Your Vices Behind

Given this year’s political turmoil in Egypt, it’s not surprising that, as interim leader Kamal el-Ganzouri tearfully lamented at a news conference Sunday, tourism in the North African nation has taken a big hit.

Posted on Dec 12, 2011 READ MORE



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Syria Warns Protesters of Looming ‘Massacre’

Mere days after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad hit the American airwaves to claim his innocence in his country’s recent deadly crackdowns on protesters calling for regime change, his opposition in the volatile city of Homs was told of an upcoming massacre if it didn’t stop demonstrating in three days.

Posted on Dec 9, 2011 READ MORE



bbc.co.uk

Egyptian Election Goes Forward Despite Setbacks

How do you take a revolution to the polls? Some Egyptians apparently found the electoral potential of Monday’s vote, their country’s first since President Hosni Mubarak’s regime was brought down, to be wanting and boycotted the whole production, but many others were willing to deal with the lines and ... (more)

Posted on Nov 28, 2011 READ MORE


Egyptian Military Officers Defecting to Protesters

Ten months after Mubarak’s fall, Egyptians are risking imprisonment and death in Tahrir Square once again to demand an end to military rule and the election of a civilian government. Some members of the military, disgusted by the murder of their fellow citizens, are standing with them. (more)

Posted on Nov 26, 2011 READ MORE


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AP / Khalil Hamra

Egyptian Military Leaders: Sorry, but We’re Not Going Anywhere

Though they expressed their condolences for lives lost during the latest round of protests in Cairo, members of Egypt’s ruling military council refused to change their plans for either Monday’s parliamentary elections or the eventual presidential vote slated for next year.

Posted on Nov 24, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Tara Todras-Whitehill

Dispatches From Cairo: Return of the Revolution

In the surreal dawn of Tahrir Square the sun is purple-gray through the mist of tear gas, a building a block away is burning, the black carcass of an overturned truck smolders as a few people hover.

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 READ MORE



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Turkish PM: Step Down, Assad

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s list of international supporters is dwindling, and he can strike another off the list now that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has joined the chorus calling for Assad’s resignation. In a strongly worded statement, Erdogan invoked some striking figures from ... (more)

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Tara Todras-Whitehill

Egypt’s Military Council Gives an Inch

Responding to days of protest and turmoil, once again centered in the mother lode of the Arab Spring, Cairo’s Tahrir Square, Egypt’s ruling military council made an attempt to placate pressure groups by pledging to transfer power to the Egyptian people by June. (more)

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Khalil Hamra

Egypt’s Civilian Government Offers to Step Down

Egyptians staged another mass protest Monday as the interim civilian government faced another major transition. The day before, the whole cabinet submitted its resignation, but the ruling military council had yet to accept it by nightfall. Meanwhile, more than 30 people were ... (more)

Posted on Nov 21, 2011 READ MORE



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Tahrir Square All Over Again

Egyptian security forces killed at least three demonstrators in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Sunday as troops moved against huge crowds protesting the military’s attempts to grant itself permanent governmental powers a week before the first post-Mubarak parliamentary elections.

Posted on Nov 20, 2011 READ MORE


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