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There are fears for the life of the last Egyptian detained in the US Guantanamo Bay facility. His health appears to be deteriorating, even as developments in his legal case provide hope that he may one day be released. Authorities are refusing...
Nearly two years after demonstrators first started trickling into Tahrir Square, chanting against corrupt government practices and calling for former President Hosni Mubarak to step down, officials say not one cent of allegedly stolen funds held...
International oil and gas companies see great potential in Egypt, but say they are frustrated with the current state of concession agreements, which in some cases provide “perverse incentives” and discourage investment, among other...
"Social democracy did not come to us translated, but with the needs of the moment," said Farid Zahran of the Egyptian Social Democratic Party, addressing an international conference of social democratic politicians which concluded on 20...
A delegation of high-level UK officials are in Cairo this week to discuss the return of assets obtained illegally by figures associated with the former Mubarak regime. The UK's delegation is led by Jeremy Browne MP, Minister of State for Crime...
Due to its exceptionally clear skies, the Atacama Desert in Chile is one of the best places in the world from which to observe the stars. Several giant telescopes are placed there, through which astronomers watch the birth and death of solar systems...
As protests erupted in the vicinity of the US Embassy in Cairo last week over an anti-Islam film, Egypt Independent had reporters on the ground every day. Their assignment was to come back at the end of the day and write an account of what they saw...
Tariq al-Sawah, an Egyptian national imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, has been detained by the US for almost 11 years without trial. By his brother Jamal’s account, he is a broken man, bereft of hope, vastly obese and severely depressed. His...
The death of five-year-old Amar Mohammed Salah as fire tore through his shack in Boulaq, a central-Cairo slum on 27 June, was only the most senseless and tragic event in the recent history of an area marked by intimidation, immiseration and neglect...
The contrast is stark. On the Nile waterfront, gleaming skyscrapers shoot into the sky, containing a mall stuffed with luxury brands, an opulent hotel, and the corporate offices of some of Egypt’s leading companies. Behind them, less than 20...

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Trigger warning: This post contains accounts of sexual violence. A woman was sexually assaulted with a bladed weapon on Friday night, leaving cuts on her genitals, in central Cairo, in the midst of what was purportedly a revolutionary demonstration...