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July 5, 2014

Egypt’s economic tank is starting to sputter. The result? Pain at the pump.

  • 70% the reported increase in fuel prices in some parts of Egypt after the country severely cut its energy subsidies, blaming a need for austerity measures. Prices for other basic amenities, like electricity, were also expected to increase as a result of the austerity measures. source
17:18 // 3 months ago
March 31, 2014
This rhetoric [against Al Jazeera] is not new. Egypt seems to draw inspiration from the very country criticizing it – the United States. Over the past decade, the US not only detained but tortured al-Jazeera journalists under counterterrorism policies. Now, as its War on Terror diffuses into support for an increasing number of local – and secret – wars on terrorism across the globe, the tactic of imprisoning journalists seems to be catching on.
The Guardian’s Rozina Ali writes, “Egypt’s al-Jazeera trial was inspired by America’s global war on journalism.” source
19:52 // 6 months ago
March 24, 2014
This is the first time in Egyptian judicial history that more than 500 are referred to the death penalty.
An Egyptian lawyer says on the Monday verdict that ruled 529 suspected pro-Morsi and Muslim Brotherhood members the death penalty for a violent attack last August after the Morsi ouster. source
16:50 // 7 months ago
February 27, 2014
I will take it away from him as a disease and give it back to him in the form of a cure. This is the greatest form of scientific breakthrough.
Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Abdel-Atti, the head of Egypt’s Cancer Treatment and Screening center • Discussing the army’s invention of a device which claims to cure AIDS and Hepatitis C, by replacing the infected blood with purified blood that doesn’t have AIDS. The reaction? Short version: Nobody believes him, and there’s evidence that it’s a fake bomb detector rather than a fake cure for AIDS.
20:14 // 7 months ago
January 14, 2014
We cannot get liberated from the terrorism of the Brotherhood in Egypt without ending it in Gaza, which lies on our borders.
An unidentified Egyptian security official • Justifying upcoming efforts by Egypt’s ruling military leaders to stamp out Hamas, now that the Muslim Brotherhood is no longer viewed as a credible threat to the Egyptian government. Egypt’s military leaders apparently believe that Hamas can be driven out of Gaza via the same sort of mass protests that ultimately led to former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi being removed from office, though experts on the region aren’t quite as convinced that the strategy will prove effective. source
15:44 // 9 months ago
December 25, 2013
This is a turning point in the confrontation. This is an important tool for the government to close any door in the face of the Brotherhood’s return to political life.
Middle Eastern scholar Khalil al-Anani • Discussing the Egyptian government’s decision to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terror group. The government made the decision after a bombing in the city of Mansoura killed 16 on Tuesday—despite the fact that the political party denounced the attack.
19:43 // 9 months ago
December 21, 2013
19:48 // 10 months ago
December 8, 2013
14:38 // 10 months ago
December 7, 2013

After public outcry, women arrested in Egypt released

  • 21 the number of Egyptian women that were released on Saturday after being detained for taking part in a protest against the government a month ago. The women were convicted of a number of crimes, including “thuggery,” but had their sentences scaled back severely on appeal. source
21:13 // 10 months ago
December 2, 2013
The message from the police is: ‘the age of protest is over.’
Human Rights Watch’s Egypt Director Heba Morayef states on the controversial protest law and ongoing demonstration crackdowns in Egypt under the interim government. 
12:35 // 10 months ago