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Human rights organizations and the government, 29 years of cat and mouse game

Defendants in foreign funding standing in cage during the first session of trial, Cairo Criminal Court, February 26,2012. The judge adjourned the session until April, following a chaotic first court session.
22 Nov 2014
By the end of 1984, torture in places of detention returned strongly after a hiatus of just a few months, following the first term of President Hosni Mubarak.   With the rise in the number of torture cases, political activists thought...

Egypt closes schools in Sinai towns as area inches towards open war

Army deplys in North Sinai
21 Nov 2014
Egypt, Nov 21 (Reuters) - Egypt has indefinitely shut schools in two border towns in northern Sinai as the army prepares to intensify a battle with Islamist militants that turned the daily trip to lessons into a "journey of death...

Young Egyptian who joined IS: Peaceful protests yield nothing

Islamic State fighters
19 Nov 2014
Following President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's violent and harsh crackdown on political dissidents, the organization calling itself the Islamic State seems to be benefiting from the disillusionment of young politically-minded youth who...

Welad Elbalad wins GEN’s Editors’ Lab prize, AMAY ranks second

Welad ElBalad's team included Wafaa Heikal, Marwan Arafa, and Moustafa Afifi.
14 Nov 2014
Welad ElBalad Media Services team won the first place at the competition of the Editors' Lab organized by the Egypt Media Develpment Program (EMDP)  and the Global Editors Network (GEN) and hosted by Al-Ahram Foundation. Al-Masry...

Egypt’s Bolsheviks lived in Port Said, their graves were discovered by accident

Egypt’s Bolsheviks
14 Nov 2014
The vast majority of the people of Port Said may not know that a group of Bolsheviks who were supporters of Lenin, the Russian leader of the October 1917 Revolution against the Tsar, are lying in graves in Port Said as if they were on a...

Church nears change of papal election, personal status by-laws

13 Nov 2014
Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church could finally change internal familial by-laws, which currently forbid Egyptian Coptic Christians from divorcing or remarrying, after increasing pressure from members within the community. Some members...

Egypt rights to Mediterranean gas fields a controversial issue

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi(R) during a tripartite summit with Greek PM Antonis Samaras(L), and Cypriot President Nicso Anastasiades (M), 8 November 2014
12 Nov 2014
Varying opinions have been given concerning the recent agreement to delineate water borders between Egypt, Greece and Cyprus, a step that seeks to organize the right to natural gas fields in the eastern Mediterranean.   While some...

Egypt, Cyprus Mediterranean deal apparently provokes Turkey

Israeli gas platforms, which produce newly discovered Israeli natural gas, are seen in the Mediterranean sea, west of the port city of Ashdod in this 25 February 2013 file photo.
11 Nov 2014
A deal by Egypt and Cyprus involving the demarcation of water territories and regulating the use of natural gas resources in the Mediterranean has apparently provoked Ankara to urge reinforced naval presence in the area.   “The...

WWI in Egypt: A forgotten sacrifice for colonial powers

10 Nov 2014
It is important to reveal the neglected aspects of WWI in Egypt, when a state of terror swept all cities in anticipation of a foreign invasion from every direction. People dug trenches in the Suez Canal cities, and soldiers stood vigilant...

Islamic State discloses joining conditions for new members

Islamic State fighters
09 Nov 2014
The terrorist group of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has disclosed conditions for joining the group and offered advices for the new members.   According to the instructions published in the London-based Asharq Al-Awsat...