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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

Death Penalties

Posted on Apr 29, 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

Posted on Apr 27, 2014 READ MORE

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


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

Posted on Feb 1, 2014 READ MORE

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

(AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

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

Courtesy of Noujaim Films

Egypt’s Revolution: Director Jehane Noujaim Talks About Capturing the Tahrir Square Uprising

The Egyptian filmmaker says what happened in Tahrir forever changed the consciousness of the country.

Posted on Dec 4, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Ahmed Abd el-Latif

New Law in Egypt Limits, Sparks Protests

Egypt’s interim President Adly Mansour signed a law oSunday restricting public protests by requiring prior police notification, which opponents took as a crackdown on supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Posted on Nov 24, 2013 READ MORE


Losing Friends, Influencing No One, and Alienating the Middle East

The raids in Libya and Somalia last month, targeting an alleged al-Qaeda fugitive and an alleged kingpin of the al-Shabab Islamist movement, were less a sign of America’s awesome might than minor exceptions that proved an emerging rule: that the power, prestige, and influence of the United States in the broader Middle East and its ability to shape events there is in a death spiral.

Posted on Nov 7, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Jason Reed

Pay No Attention to That Imperialist Behind the Curtain

What John Kerry did this week in Egypt and Saudi Arabia is nothing short of despicable.

Posted on Nov 4, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Hassan Ammar

Egyptian Government Response to Protests Leave Many Dead

At least 28 people have been killed and 85 injured across Egypt after anti-government demonstrations Sunday on the 40th anniversary of the start of the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

Posted on Oct 6, 2013 READ MORE

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Morsi to Stand Trial on Charges He Incited Murder

Egypt’s state prosecutor recommended the ousted president be put on trial on suspicion of inciting the murder of protesters during a demonstration against him in Cairo in December.

Posted on Sep 1, 2013 READ MORE

Middle East

Posted on Aug 27, 2013 READ MORE

Egypt and Syria

Posted on Aug 27, 2013 READ MORE

Obama and Aid to Egypt

Posted on Aug 26, 2013 READ MORE

Syria and Egypt

Posted on Aug 25, 2013 READ MORE

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Climate ‘Toppled Late Bronze Age Rulers’

A changing climate may have been a cause of the rise and fall of many of Bronze Age Europe’s civilizations.

Posted on Aug 25, 2013 READ MORE

Mideast Traffic Cop

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Aid to Egypt

Posted on Aug 23, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Amr Nabil

Arab Spring Best Left Alone

Critics are expected to propose solutions. I have a radical one, which I offer in full confidence that it will be universally regarded as frivolous and certainly not adopted. It changes the scene of action to Israel-Palestine.

Posted on Aug 21, 2013 READ MORE

U.S. Influence in Egypt

Posted on Aug 21, 2013 READ MORE


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Question Mark

Posted on Aug 20, 2013 READ MORE

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For Egypt, ‘A New Dark Age of Military Repression’

“With the overthrow of Morsi by the army on 3 July and the massacre of Muslim Brotherhood followers on 14 August, the Egyptian army is gambling that it can win an outright victory and crush the Brotherhood, eliminating it permanently from Egyptian political life,” Patrick Cockburn writes in The Independent.

Posted on Aug 19, 2013 READ MORE

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Hosni Mubarak to Be Freed Within Days, Lawyer Says

Judicial authorities ruled Monday that the Egyptian president who was thrown out of office by the Arab Spring protests in early 2011 has spent too much time in custody after one of the initial charges against him was dropped.

Posted on Aug 19, 2013 READ MORE

Broken Spring

Posted on Aug 19, 2013 READ MORE

al-Sisi of Egypt

Posted on Aug 18, 2013 READ MORE

Egypt’s Flag

Posted on Aug 18, 2013 READ MORE

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Egypt Considers Legally Disbanding Muslim Brotherhood

Egypt’s military government announced Saturday that it had begun deliberations on whether to reinstate a historic ban on the long-outlawed organization that “swept to power in the country’s first democratic elections a year ago,” The Associated Press reports.

Posted on Aug 17, 2013 READ MORE

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