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Investigation: Egyptian students graduating illiterate

16 Jul 2014
Carrying a bag full of books, Mahmoud Abdel-Aty goes to school to join his eighth grade colleagues in the morning assembly, sing the national anthem and salute the flag, a ritual that has been repeated everyday for the past eight years....

The untold story of sexual harassment against men in Egypt

03 Jul 2014
As women struggle against a sexual harassment phenomenon in the Middle East’s most populous country, some men in Egypt have been keeping quiet about the harassment they encounter.   In spite of a lack of reported cases or...

Sexual assault video puts neglected issue to public debate

15 Jun 2014
A brutal video depicting a sexual assault in Tahrir Square seems to have intensely focused much needed public debate on the issue of sexual assault against women in a nation known to be conservative in nature.   Several women who...

Sources: Egypt turns to Western advisers, signaling possible reforms

Egyptians chant slogans in Tahrir square as they arrive to celebrate former Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's victory in the presidential vote in Cairo, 3 June 2014.
07 Jun 2014
Western advisers are drawing up plans for reshaping the Egyptian economy, sources said, with the apparent blessing of president-elect Abdel Fattah al-Sisi who so far has spoken only vaguely in public about reviving the state's finances...

Public reacts to suspension of Bassem Youssef's TV show

05 Jun 2014
The suspension of the "AlBernameg" show, presented by the well-known satirist Bassem Youssef on MBC Masr channel, has sparked a wave of controversy. Egypt Independent has spoken to the public to hear their reactions of the...

Mubarak convicted of embezzlement, embarrasses high-level officials in Sisi government

25 May 2014
A three-judge court in Cairo has sentenced on Wednesday the deposed president Hosni Mubarak to three years in jail as he and his sons, who received four-year terms, were convicted of embezzling millions of pounds of public money to build...

Egypt court jails 155 Brotherhood supporters

Mansoura University protests
21 May 2014
An Egyptian court sentenced 155 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to jail terms on Wednesday and gave 54 of them life sentences, judicial sources said, in a case related to violence in the Nile Delta province of Mansour last August after the...

Egypt's Sisi turns Islam on the Islamists

09 May 2014
  As the Egyptian state presses its crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, the man expected to become president has deployed a new weapon in the battle with the Islamists: his own vision of Islam. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the former army...

Prime Minister bans Egyptian movie for risqué scenes

Halawet Rouh movie, starring Haifa Wahbe
17 Apr 2014
Egypt’s Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb has decided to ban the recently-premiered movie “Halawet Roh”, or “Sweetness of Rouh”, from public screening in the first direct intervention from the Cabinet in film...

Counter-terrorism draft law ready for president's approval

Local Development Minister Adel Labib
06 Apr 2014
Major General Adel Labib, Minister of Local Development, said after the Cabinet's Thursday meeting the Cabinet would submit the counter-terrorism draft law to the president for approval after it has been revised by the State Council....