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  • J.Lo at 45: Still posting bikini pics - Top Stories
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:33 pm
    It's not her birthday suit, but Jennifer Lopez is showing that 45 is treating her pretty well.
  • The Lede Is Going Dark

    The Lede
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    The Lede will no longer be updated, but the blog’s regular features will remain a part of The New York Times news report.
  • Wreckage From Algerian Jetliner Found in Mali

    ABC News: International
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:18 pm
    The wreckage of an Algerian airliner that disappeared from radar today was found in Mali near the border of Burkina Faso, according to a statement from the office of the French president.
  • 'Mohamed Ashraf Abdel Hadi' Released On Bail of Egp 500

    AllAfrica News: Egypt
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:14 am
    [HRInfo]Cairo: -South Cairo Appellant Misdemeanor Court, convened in Council Chamber, decided to release "Mohamed Ashraf Abdel Hadi" on bail of EGP500. The decision came after the lawyer of ANHRI appealed the verdict of jailing "Mohamed Ashraf" for 15 days pending investigation over the case No. 7444 (Abdeen misdemeanors), against the backdrop of joining "Ahrar" Group and distributing leaflets under the title of "Day of Accountability" that refers to the overthrow of the government's policy and the president.
  • Jordan introduces Islamic bond rules

    Reuters: Egypt News
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:56 pm
    July 25 (Reuters) - Regulators in Jordan have introduced a set of long-awaited rules for the issuance of sukuk, or Islamic bonds, paving the way for both the public and private sectors to tap into growing demand for sharia-compliant investments.
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  • J.Lo at 45: Still posting bikini pics

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:33 pm
    It's not her birthday suit, but Jennifer Lopez is showing that 45 is treating her pretty well.
  • Arizona: Killer's execution not botched

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:42 pm
    Joseph Wood gasped and struggled to breathe during his nearly two-hour execution involving a novel combination of drugs, some witnesses say.
  • Secret plan: Let's go to the moon -- and nuke it

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:37 pm
    The plan was to beat the Russians to the moon, build an Army base and, maybe, test a nuclear weapon "to impress the world with the prowess of the United States."
  • Tornado hits campground; 2 die

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:36 pm
    Two people are dead and at least 20 were injured at a Virginia campground on Thursday after a possible tornado, Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller told CNN.
  • U.N. shelter in Gaza struck; 16 die

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:36 pm
    It's not clear who is behind the incident. Palestinians blame Israel, while Israel's military says a rocket from Gaza could have hit the school used as a shelter.
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    AllAfrica News: Egypt

  • 'Mohamed Ashraf Abdel Hadi' Released On Bail of Egp 500

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:14 am
    [HRInfo]Cairo: -South Cairo Appellant Misdemeanor Court, convened in Council Chamber, decided to release "Mohamed Ashraf Abdel Hadi" on bail of EGP500. The decision came after the lawyer of ANHRI appealed the verdict of jailing "Mohamed Ashraf" for 15 days pending investigation over the case No. 7444 (Abdeen misdemeanors), against the backdrop of joining "Ahrar" Group and distributing leaflets under the title of "Day of Accountability" that refers to the overthrow of the government's policy and the president.
  • 23 Rights Organizations Demand That the Government Stop Fighting Civil Society and Review Its Policy Towards NGOs

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:14 am
    [HRInfo]Bahey eddin Hassan, the director of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS), submitted a memo signed by 23 Egyptian human rights organizations to Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab this morning, Thursday, 24 July 2014. The memo stated the position of these organizations towards the repressive draft law on associations, which was presented by the Minister of Social Solidarity, and towards the escalating steps recently taken by the Ministry of Social Solidarity against civil society in general.
  • Memo to Dr. Ibrahim Mahlab, Prime Minister

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:14 am
    [HRInfo]The undersigned organizations strongly object to the bill on civil society organizations which has been put forward by the Ministry of Social Solidarity. We further object to the escalating steps recently taken by this Ministry, including its issuance of a notice on page 22 of the 18 July 2014 issue of the Ahram newspaper, through which the Ministry sent a warning to what it called the "entities" working in civil society that they would be dissolved within 45 days. The undersigned organizations consider th
  • Port Said Governor Prevents Journalists From Covering Mehleb's Visit

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:14 am
    [HRInfo]Cairo: -The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) condemns the preclusion of reporters, by Port Said Governor "Samah Kandil", from covering the visit of Eng. Ibrahim Mehleb, the Egyptian Prime Minister, yesterday morning July 23, 2014.
  • Egypt Aid Convoy Resumes Journey to Gaza

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:02 am
    [Aswat Masriya]Cairo -The Egyptian military intelligence services allowed on Thursday an aid convoy to support Gaza to pass through one of the checkpoints en route to the Palestinian strip, after it was halted briefly at Ismailia.
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    Reuters: Egypt News

  • Jordan introduces Islamic bond rules

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:56 pm
    July 25 (Reuters) - Regulators in Jordan have introduced a set of long-awaited rules for the issuance of sukuk, or Islamic bonds, paving the way for both the public and private sectors to tap into growing demand for sharia-compliant investments.
  • Shelling of Gaza school kills at least 15; toll nears 800

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:28 pm
    GAZA/JERUSALEM, July 25 (Reuters) - Gazan authorities said Israeli forces shelled a shelter at a U.N.-run school, killing at least 15 people, as the Palestinian death toll in the conflict reached 796 and attempts at a truce remained elusive.
  • Al Jazeera journalists jailed in Egypt say they will appeal

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:19 pm
    SYDNEY, July 25 (Reuters) - Three Al Jazeera journalists jailed in Egypt last month for up to ten years on charges of aiding a terrorist organisation will appeal their convictions, the family of imprisoned Australian journalist Peter Greste said on Friday.
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    24 Jul 2014 | 5:02 pm
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  • Sudanese Salafi group endorses Islamic State's new caliphate

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:36 pm
    CAIRO, July 24 (Reuters) - A Sudanese Salafi group in a statement on Thursday endorsed the Islamic State militant group that declared a caliphate after it swept through northern Iraq last month.
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    Egypt News

  • Public Schedule: July 24 - Thursday

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:42 pm
    DEPARTMENT OF STATE PUBLIC SCHEDULE JULY 24, 2014 SECRETARY JOHN KERRY Secretary Kerry is on travel to Cairo, Egypt.
  • In Gaza war, Egypt taking hard line over border

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:33 pm
    The militant group that rules Gaza is demanding Egypt open its border with the tiny, blockaded strip of territory.
  • Kerry humiliated in Egypt

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Kerry flew to Tel Aviv from Cairo, where he met Tuesday with Egypt's president and other high-level officials.
  • 15 dead as Israeli fire hits U.N. facility in Gaza

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:07 am
    A Palestinian man grieves over the death of relatives at the morgue of the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya on Thursday, July 24, 2014, after a UN school in the northern Beit Hanun district of the Gaza Strip was hit by an Israeli shell.
  • Old Dominion Boat Club Members Ratify City Agreement to Move, Build New Clubhouse

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:05 am
    It's been years in the making but the Old Dominion Boat Club notified the City this week that its members have now ratified property exchange and settlement agreements with the City that will allow the club to construct a new clubhouse and parking lot one block south of their current locations, according to a news release from the city.
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    The Arabist

  • George Scanlon: An Appreciation

    Maria Golia
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:27 am
    “I am known to night and horses and the desert, to sword and lance, to parchment and pen.” — Al-Mutanabbi (George T. Scanlon, noted historian of Islamic art and architecture, was born April 23, 1925 and died July 13, 2014)George Scanlon entered my life well before I actually met him in 1999. It was at a party on the balcony of an old Citadel flat where the minarets of Rifai and Sultan Hassan rose like masts from the sea of the Old City. I told him I’d followed his work while ghostwriting a Gulf princeling’s papers for the Islamic art and architecture graduate course George…
  • Adam Shatz: Writers or Missionaries?

    The Editors
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:36 am
    This is an important essay by Adam Shatz in The Nation, in which he reflects on how his own writing on the Middle East has developed over the years and, more broadly, how the region is written about: I still stand by most of the positions that I took when I was starting out. But when I re-read the articles I published then, I find the tone jarring, the confidence unearned, the lack of humility suspect. I have the same reaction when I read a self-consciously committed journalist like Robert Fisk, who seems never to doubt his own thunderous convictions. I recently re-read Pity the…
  • Charles Glass on the CIA's Arabists

    Issandr El Amrani
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:56 am
    America's Great Game: The CIA’s Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East $22.22 By Hugh Wilford Charles Glass reviews a new book on the history of the CIA's Arabists for the TLS:In 1947, two American intelligence operatives, Miles Copeland and Archie Roosevelt, flew from Washington to the Levant together to take up posts in, respectively, Damascus and Beirut. Copeland described the pair at that time as "me a New Orleans jazz musician and Tennessee riverboat gambler, he a member in good standing of what passes for nobility in America". The two became friends and…
  • The baltaga state

    The Editors
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:56 am
    Andrea Teti, writing for the indispensable MERIP, gets it – this is precisely how I see the Egyptian state and its actions:The arrest, trial and often torture of journalists, activists and students from across the political spectrum has nothing to do with the pursuit of justice or security. Even comedians are harassed. These actions are best understood as a mafia-style warning, the content of which is fairly obvious: For anyone opposing the regime installed since the 2013 army coup, there is no safety in the law, nor in Western governments, nor in the international media. The use of…
  • Rape in Egypt

    Ursula Lindsey
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:42 am
    Hend is not a Brotherhood member or supporter. But in the run-up to June 30 and Morsi’s removal by the military following mass protests, she said publicly that Egypt was in store for a coup, and that she feared Brotherhood rule would be replaced by what she described as Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s brand of  “military religious fascism.”She publicly denounced the clearing of the Rabea al-Adaweya sit-in in August 2013 as a massacre. At this point, she says, the telephone threats started again. On social media, she was called a “Brotherhood whore." Someone tweeted her…
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    Baheyya: Egypt Analysis and Whimsy بهيّة

  • State Prestige Redux

    2 Jul 2014 | 4:45 pm
    (Anadolu Agency)When historians review this first year of Sisi’s rule, they will note that the military regime’s core priority was to crush popular mobilization. Under the doctrine of restoring “state prestige,” the entire state machinery went into avenger mode, brutalizing both supporters of the ousted president Mohamed Morsi and his diehard opponents. For despite their myopic hatred for each other, the Muslim Brothers and their critics espouse the same dangerous belief, the conviction that they should be able to control the state, not the other way round. This revolutionary idea and…
  • Sisi's Challenge

    30 May 2014 | 8:23 pm
    Abdel Fattah El-Sisi has certified his seizure of power with an electoral pantomime, and looks set to preside over a reconstructed Mubarakist system. The revolution appears as a blip in the stubborn tradition of one military dictator transferring power to another. But try as he might, the new leader of Egypt can’t rule the way Mubarak did. Sisi faces an entirely different set-up than the relatively tame country Mubarak inherited, and will have to devise a ruling formula from scratch to deal with a country in a protracted political transformation.It’s strange to me how so many commentators…
  • A Military Constitution

    10 Jan 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Now that the Egyptian military has ousted the first elected president, installed a government of civilian executors, massacred the former president’s supporters and sympathizers, and declared his organization a terrorist group, it is set to produce a document it calls a constitution that codifies military superiority over state and society. Not content to delegate the task of selling the document to the 50 people it appointed to write it, the military is doing its own sales pitch. It has issued this video laying out how all three branches of the armed forces, as well as special forces,…
  • Fetishizing the State

    8 Aug 2013 | 12:12 pm
    An old and pernicious idea is back in circulation since the July 3 coup. It was a running theme in the military ruler’s speech on July 24 where he demanded a popular mandate to “confront terrorism.” Right on cue, government officials parroted it repeatedly in their stern warnings to dissenters. Pro-military activists, politicians, and intellectuals happily invoked it in their jihad against the Ikhwan. The idea is haybat al-dawla, or the state’s standing and prestige, a central plank of the Arab authoritarian order that’s making a big comeback. It’s unsurprising that in his July 24…
  • Public Service Announcement

    28 Jul 2013 | 12:51 pm
    On the same day that Egyptian police shot dead at least 74 Muslim Brother demonstrators and wounded scores, the Interior Ministry released what it called its first animated short for children. A little boy and his grandfather (a retired police officer) sit on a couch in a spare living room, watching television footage of an earthquake in Turkey. The boy asks his grandfather, “Geddo geddo, what’s an earthquake?” The grandfather recites the geological definition of an earthquake and sagely schools the child in the proper safety procedures in such an event. To the awe of his grandson, he…
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    Egyptian Chronicles

  • #GazaUnderAttack : An Eye Witness' account about #Khuza massacre

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Khuza , another populated area in Gaza's Khan Younis governorate. For three days now it was cut from the world facing the Israeli military machine's rage.For three days or even more the IDF had not stopped its shelling nor its airstrikes in that small populated area. The eye witnesses spoke about how bodies were in the streets and under the rubble of the houses destroyed by airstrikes. The ambulance can not reach to certain areas in Khuza because of destruction not to mention because of the IDF which hunts down every living there.Only today Tweep Mahmoud Ismail wrote in Arabic a terrifying…
  • Happy F*cking #july23 Dear Egyptians

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:56 pm
    Happy F*cking July 23 Dear Egyptians every where. Of course today is the 62th anniversary of the 23 July , the original coup that turned  in to a revolution. Today President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi spoke to the public in another recorded televised speech on that anniversary reminding us that the the goals of the 23 July revolution are still alive. He spoke about the 25 January revolution and its goals as well the so-called 30 June revolution and how Egyptians restored their freedom in that revolution. Already you will wonder  how his media and supporters keep attack the 25 January…
  • Regarding The exodus of Mosul’s Christians

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:50 am
    And ISIS aka IS aka the Neo-Islamic Caliphate in Iraq announced the Christians in Mosul have either two A Christian lady at a Church in Mosul "Reuters" options : Either to become Muslims or they would killed or they leave. After 14 centuries the Churches and monasteries in Mosul are attacked and torched “contrary to the orders of Islam” while the properties of Christians there are confiscated. Yes after 2000 years the Christians in Mosul “One of the old Christian sects in the world” had to leave to their homes in the city.For 14 centuries the Christians in Mosul lived in their…
  • #FreeShawkan : Remember The Forgotten

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:33 am
    Mahmoud Abu Zaid "Shawkan" is a talented Freelance Photographer. Since 14 August 2013 Abu Zaid or Shawken has been imprisoned after being arrested in the dispersal of Rabaa sit in. Shawkan was there doing his job as a Freelance photographer.Shawkan in action Today Shawken's detention was renewed for another 45 days. For nearly a year Shawkan has been in prison.Of course because he is a Freelance photographer he can't find too many people demanding his release. Only his colleagues from photographers are demanding his release.Here is a photo gallery for a stand organized by the…
  • #GazaUnderAttack : El-Shajeiya massacre "+18"

    20 Jul 2014 | 1:58 pm
    And we woke up on another massacre !!For hours and hours through out night Israeli forces intensified its shelling and bombardment in the small Al-Shejaiya district killing not less than 40 and injuring hundreds as well forcing hundreds of thousands to flee. "It is like hell" a repeated description for what was and is happening in Al-Shejaiya by its residents fleeing the scene and seeking refugees in the UNRWA facilities and Al-Shifa hospital. Not less than 85,000 Palestinians are fleeing the area.Updated : The death toll increased to 60. Photos showing a horrifying…
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