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  • New details on White House crashers

    21 Sep 2014 | 1:21 am
    The man who on Friday scaled a fence and ran into the White House carried a folding knife with a 3½-inch serrated blade in his pocket, according to the Secret Service.
  • Defending 50,000 from massacre

    21 Sep 2014 | 1:18 am
    Hundreds of Kurdish fighters from Turkey have arrived in Syria to join a Kurdish militia group fighting ISIS forces, who have taken 60 nearby villages this week.
  • Did frat put 'date rape' drug in drinks?

    21 Sep 2014 | 1:16 am
    A University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee fraternity is being investigated on suspicion that members put "date rape" drugs into drinks at a party, search warrants say.
  • Captive's wife begs ISIS to free him

    21 Sep 2014 | 12:50 am
    British hostage Alan Henning's wife pleaded with ISIS to release him, saying her husband was only in Syria to help people in need.
  • ISIS

    20 Sep 2014 | 11:49 pm
    The wife of British hostage Alan Henning pleaded Saturday with ISIS to release him, describing her husband as a "peaceful, selfless man" who was only in Syria to help people in need.
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  • Boy Wounded in North Sinai Blast

    21 Sep 2014 | 1:45 am
    [Aswat Masriya]North Sinai -A nine-year-old boy was wounded on Friday after a bomb exploded near a security check point in North Sinai's Sheikh Zuwied, a security source said.
  • 37 "Brotherhood Supporters" Arrested in Protests Across Egypt

    21 Sep 2014 | 1:42 am
    [Aswat Masriya]Cairo -The Egyptian security forces arrested on Friday 37 "Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood" in protests that were called for by the National Alliance to Support Legitimacy, said an Interior Ministry statement.
  • Critically Ill Hunger-Striker Denied Crucial Medical Care

    21 Sep 2014 | 1:42 am
    [AI London]The Egyptian authorities are putting at risk the life of a jailed activist, whose health has sharply deteriorated after more than 230 days on hunger strike, by denying him sustained medical care and placing him in solitary confinement, said Amnesty International.
  • Police Captures Five of Fugitive Prisoners

    21 Sep 2014 | 1:41 am
    [Aswat Masriya]Cairo -The security forces arrested five of the 15 fugitive prisoners who escaped earlier on Friday, Gharbia Security Director Osama Bedeir said.
  • Nation to Shift Clock One Hour Backward On Thursday

    21 Sep 2014 | 1:20 am
    [Aswat Masriya]Cairo -Egypt will end daylight saving time (DST) on Thursday 25 at midnight, the cabinet said in a statement on Saturday.
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  • US to deliver helicopters to Egypt

    21 Sep 2014 | 12:30 am
    US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has said that 10 Apache helicopters will be given to Egypt to support its counter-terrorism efforts. "Hagel and his Egyptian counterpart Sedki Sobhi discussed ...
  • Analysts Egypt Unrest Limits Role in Fighting Islamic State

    20 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    During a recent stop in Cairo, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Egypt has a "key role" to play in the effort to "degrade and defeat" Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. But that may be ...
  • US to Deliver Apache Helicopters to Egypt

    20 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel confirmed Saturday in a telephone call with his Egyptian counterpart that the United States will deliver to Egypt 10 Apache helicopters to support that country's ...
  • Egypt to host Gaza ceasefire talks

    20 Sep 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Egypt will host Gaza ceasefire talks between Israel and the Palestinians Wednesday in a bid to consolidate the truce reached last month. Indirect talks between the Gaza-ruling Hamas movement and ...
  • Egypt sentences five to death for killing policeman

    20 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    An Egyptian court Saturday handed death sentences to five extremists for killing a policeman in Giza. Two other convicts were given 25-year jail terms in the attack that occurred at a church in Giza ...
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    Egypt News

  • Ecological backlash: A blow for a blow

    21 Sep 2014 | 1:45 am
    The system of Earth values many of us embrace is a rather narrow view of humans in the environment and an even narrower view of the purpose of nature. The main tenets of this view are: The Earth has an unlimited supply of resources and it's all for us; we are apart from nature and immune to natural laws; and our success derives from the control of nature.
  • Brasch Words'Following Orders' is No Defense for Cold-Blooded Murder

    20 Sep 2014 | 10:05 pm
    LOS ANGELES, Calif., Feb. 3, 12:50 p.m. PST -- With some 47 million people living in poverty, 50 million without health insurance, millions jobless and millions more underemployed, President Barak Obama could be less circumspect and more passionate about stimulating our economy. We need urgent measures for these urgent times.
  • Get ready to laugh your head off at Egypt's first ever Comix Week

    20 Sep 2014 | 11:21 am
    The first large-scale event dedicated to comics in Egypt will take place between 22 and 27 September across Cairo and Alexandria. Organised by the Goethe and French institutes, Safsafa Publishing House and supported by the Delegation of the European Union to Egypt, the week will include many activities with participation by artists from Egypt, Germany and France.
  • Visit of Jordanian lawmakers to Gaza called off due to 'security reasons'

    20 Sep 2014 | 7:40 am
    Jordanian parliament members who were planning to travel to the Gaza Strip have been forced to call off their visit for "security reasons." The 12 parliamentarians arrived in Cairo last week to seek permission from the Egyptian authorities to enter the Gaza Strip through the Rafah border crossing.
  • Petroceltic expands Egyptian portfolio

    19 Sep 2014 | 8:38 pm
    PETROCELTIC, the Middle East North Africa focused oil and gas firm, has won a new exploration licence in Egypt with joint venture partner Edison International Spa. PETROCELTIC, the Middle East North Africa focused oil and gas firm, has won a new exploration licence in Egypt with joint venture partner Edison International Spa.
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    The Arabist

  • Links 1-20 September 2014

    The Editors
    20 Sep 2014 | 12:35 am
    Refugees Fleeing to Europe Face Death From SmugglersAstonishing crueltyEgypt Begins Surveillance Of Facebook, Twitter, And SkypeTo fight terrorism and homosexuality, officials sayRussia, Egypt seal preliminary arms deal worth $3.5 billion: agencyWho's paying?EXCLUSIVE: Egypt Begins Surveillance Of Facebook, Twitter, And Skype On Unprecedented ScaleUS company hired to track blasphemy and sarcasm500 migrants feared dead in Mediterranean migrant shipwreckAwful"Death of Arabic" Issue Gets a Lecture at Brown by a Fellow SkepticBusted: Egypt’s ‘Panama Canal’ blunder goes viral - Al…
  • Buying books in Cairo

    Ursula Lindsey
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:01 am
     Do read this great essay by Elliot Colla on buying (and reading, and discussing) books in Cairo, over the span of many decades. When you go into Dar Merit, you will be asked whether you would drink coffee or tea. If you stay long enough two things will happen. First, Muhammad will roll a fat joint and pass it to you. Second, back in those days, the great Egyptian poet Ahmad Fouad Negm would probably come over around nightfall for an impromptu literary salon. I count myself very fortunate that those two things happened to me as often as I wanted that summer.In January 2011, Dar…
  • Iraq: The Outlaw State

    Ursula Lindsey
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:49 am
    An excellent essay by Max Rodenbeck on recent writing about Iraq. In short, the country that is now Iraq—although alas not, perhaps, for much longer in its current shape—is no stranger to the ghoulish and macabre. The Mongols, famously, built pyramids of skulls when they pillaged and razed Baghdad in 1258 and again in 1401. It was in Iraq in the 1920s that Britain introduced newer, cheaper methods for keeping unruly natives under control, such as chemical weapons and aerial “terror” bombings. Saddam Hussein’s three-decade-long Republic of Fear, with its gassing of Kurdish…
  • Show Sisi the money

    Ursula Lindsey
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:27 am
    A great story in Mada Masr about the mysterious, unaccountable funds to which Egyptians are being strongly encouraged to donate.  Driven by curiosity, rather than patriotic sentiment, I also decided to donate to the Tahya Masr fund. Rather than promise Sisi my vital organs, I settled on a humble LE100 and accepted that I would be outdone by an 8-year-old.When I arrived at the National Bank of Egypt, one of four banks that accepts donations, I quietly stated that I was here to donate to the Tahya Masr fund. The security guard and the policeman sitting next to him greeted me with…
  • We'll Always Have Cairo

    Ursula Lindsey
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:44 am
    This summer, The Arabist household relocated from Egypt to Morocco, after well over a decade living in Cairo. It wasn't an easy step to take. We left at a low point (even as we fear that things will be getting worse still). There are many things I won’t miss about Egypt, especially Egypt of late: the hypocrisy, the violence to bodies and to truth, the staggering waste. I won't miss the conspiracy theories and the mock trials; or the way people lower their voices again now to talk about politics; the smug smile of the new president or the anxious, endless diatribes of his…
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    Egyptian Chronicles

  • These are the law enforcement men

    20 Sep 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Last week we knew that a local police force attacked a small village in the heart of Miniya governorate. The small population of that remote village "Gabl El-Tir" is mostly Christian.That local police force stormed the houses of the citizens there smashing doors, destroying furniture and attacking the people whether they are women or children or elderly.They rounded up the men and youth whose hands were tied to their backs. In the village's public square the police mocked the men and called them "infidels" and "animals" beating them in front of their wives and children. All this started from…
  • #DyingtoLive : The hunger strike goes on

    17 Sep 2014 | 3:16 pm
    The hunger strike launched by a group of detained of political activists including Alaa Abdel Fattah is stil going strong , even after the release of Abdel Fattah, Wael and Nouby.Over 100 activist inside and outside the Egyptians prisons as well inside and outside Egypt are on hunger strike now demanding the release of the detainees imprisoned because of the unconstitutional protest law as well its cancellation. Now I can not ignore the health condition of the hunger strikers. US Egyptian detainee Mohamed Soltan is in very critical health condition according to his family that failed to see…
  • Alaa and the rest of the #Shura detainees are released "Updated"

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:01 am
    Huge development I didnot expect to be honest. A Cairo criminal court has ordered the release of Alaa Abdel Fattah , Wael Metawally and Ahmed Abdel Rahman "Nouby" aka the Shura council clashes detainees on bail. The court also referred the personal videos shown in court by prosecution illegally to prosecutor general to be investigated in order to know who was responsible for this scandal.Alaa and Wael happy in cage by Sherif Abdel KaddousHere is a video for the session. The court's judges also decided to step down for embarrassment. Ok now an explanation for all this. Alaa and 24 other…
  • #EgyHungerstrike : Dying to live

    13 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    For weeks now the the hunger strike movement started from few weeks in different Egyptian jails by political detainees accused in cases related to the infamous protest law has gained more supporters.Today it is being escalated with tens of journalists and activists declaring their partial strike at the journalists syndicate demanding the cancellation of the unconstitutional protest law. More people from activists , journalists and youth are joining the hunger strike as well pro-Jan26 revolution parties " The Constitution party , Strong Egypt Party, the Popular current , The bread and liberty…
  • Well They are all canals after all

    12 Sep 2014 | 1:54 am
    And I did not write a single post about the so-called New Suez Canal project because I feel I have not fully understood all the project's details technically but I can not keep myself from this.Egypt's Post authority issued a special stamp commemorating the new canal.The stamp is sold for two pounds. Amazingly the new canal got the same design of Panama Canal !!!!! The photo of Panama Canal being used to celebrate the new canal.Ferdinand de Lesseps could not be much happier to see his plans like that !!!By this is not a new Suez Canal , it is only a new branch to the original canal and it is…
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  • Catastrophe*

    Sarah Carr
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Animals are dear to my heart. I have five cats and am essentially one more cat away from being that woman who feeds 90 street cats and never talks to humans. I was thus really upset that cats living in … Continue reading →
  • Norman and his abominations

    Sarah Carr
    21 Feb 2014 | 1:21 pm
    My friend Hellyer alerted me to the existence of the charming thing below, a post by Norman Finkelstein in which he attacks me, slurs Human Rights Watch’s Heba Morayef and suggests that we would deserve horrible things to happen to us, … Continue reading →
  • Bread and butter

    Sarah Carr
    18 Jan 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Here is something I did on the radio. And here I ramble on about why I didn’t vote in the referendum.
  • Fun with facts

    Sarah Carr
    9 Jan 2014 | 9:28 am
      Two opinion columns on Egypt were published this week which could usually safely be ignored but taken together present a nice example of opposite ends of the bullshit spectrum of writing on this country. The first column was published in the … Continue reading →
  • Laughing till we cry

    Sarah Carr
    1 Jan 2014 | 11:33 am
    Sometimes it seems that Egypt does extreme tragedy and extreme comedy and nothing in between. As a result, living in this country is a bit like cohabiting with someone with a hormonal imbalance. Egypt dazzled the world today with the … Continue reading →
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