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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 // 9 months ago
August 21, 2013
16:16 // 1 year ago
August 15, 2013

Hundreds killed in latest clashes between Egypt’s military and Morsi supporters

  • 623 people were killed, with thousands more reportedly wounded, in the latest round of clashes between Egypt’s military and supporters of former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi. Representatives of the Muslim Brotherhood say the death toll will continue to rise, claiming that authorities have failed to count hundreds of bodies across the country. In response, some demonstrators stormed and torched a government building in Cairo, leading Egypt’s Interior Ministry to warn that any such future displays would be met with live ammunition. source
20:23 // 1 year ago
August 14, 2013
We have repeatedly called on the Egyptian military and security forces to show restraint, and for the government to respect the universal rights of its citizens, just as we have urged protesters to demonstrate peacefully. Violence will only make it more difficult to move Egypt forward on a path to lasting stability and democracy, and runs directly counter to the pledges by the interim government to pursue reconciliation.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest • Condemning this morning’s violent crackdowns throughout Egypt, on behalf of the Obama Administration, following reports that more than 140 people were killed when Egyptian military forces forcibly removed demonstrators from their camps in Cairo and elsewhere. The vast majority of those killed are believed to be supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and/or former president Mohamed Morsi, many of whom did not believe the military would ever resort to the violence which was carried out on Wednesday. Egypt’s interim vice president, Mohamed ElBaradei, resigned from his post on Wednesday, in response to the violent crackdown by Egypt’s military. source
14:54 // 1 year ago



More pictures from Egypt today : 

1. An Egyptian security forces’ armoured vehicle drives amidst remains of a protest camp by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi and members of the Muslim Brotherhood after a crackdown on August 14, 2013 near Cairo’s Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque. (Mahmoud Khaled/AFP/Getty Images)

2. An injured Egyptian youth is seen at a makeshift hospital during clashes between supporters of Egypt’s ousted president Mohamed Morsi and police in Cairo on August 14, as security forces backed by bulldozers moved in on two huge pro-Morsi protest camps, launching a long-threatened crackdown that left dozens dead. (Mosaab El-shamy/AFP/Getty Images)

3. A supporter of Mohammed Morsi holds his children tight as security forces move in to disperse protesters in a huge camp in Cairo’s Al-Nahda square on Aug. 14, 2013. (Engy Imad/AFP/Getty Images)

4. A man grieves as he looks at one of many bodies laid out in a make shift morgue after Egyptian security forces stormed two huge protest camps at the Rabaa al-Adawiya and Al-Nahda squares where supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi were camped, in Cairo, on August 14, 2013. (Mosaab El-shamy/AFP/Getty Images)

5. Female supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt’s ousted president Mohamed Morsi gather stones during clashes with police in Cairo on August 14, 2013. (Mosaab El-shamy/AFP/Getty Images)

6. Riot police fire tear gas during clashes with members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, around Cairo University and Nahdet Misr Square, where they are camping in Giza, south of Cairo August 14, 2013. (Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters)

7. Egyptian riot police arrest a demonstrator during clashes as security forces backed by bulldozers moved in on two huge protest camps of supporters of Egypt’s ousted president Mohamed Morsi, launching a long-threatened crackdown that left dozens dead on August 14, 2013. (Hassan Mohamed/AFP/Getty Images)

8. A supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt’s ousted president Mohamed Morsi gestures during clashes with police in Cairo on August 14, 2013. (Mosaab El-shamy/AFP/Getty Images)

9. An Egyptian security force kicks a supporter of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi as they clear a sit-in camp set up near Cairo University in Cairo’s Giza district, Egypt, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Hussein Tallal)

10. Supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi take cover from Egyptian security forces fire during clashes in Rabaah Al-Adawiya in Cairo’s Nasr City district, Egypt, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)

Today, in Egypt.

Also of note: Mohamed ElBaradei, the highly-regarded vice president of the country who won a Nobel Peace Prize for his nuclear regulatory efforts, resigned in protest today. From his resignation letter:

I saw that there were peaceful ways to end this clash in society; there were proposed and acceptable solutions for beginnings that would take us to national consensus.

It has become difficult for me to continue bearing responsibility for decisions that I do not agree with and whose consequences I fear. I cannot bear the responsibility for one drop of blood.

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13:58 // 1 year ago
June 30, 2013
The feeling right now is that there is no state authority to enforce law and order, and therefore everybody thinks that everything is permissible. And that, of course, creates a lot of fear and anxiety.
Egyptian political figure Mohamed ElBaradei • In a piece for Foreign Policy Magazine discussing what he sees as a strong decline in the country under Mohamed Morsi. “The executive branch has no clue how to run Egypt,” he continues. “It’s not a question of whether they are Muslim Brothers or liberals — it’s a question of people who have no vision or experience. They do not know how to diagnose the problem and then provide the solution. They are simply not qualified to govern.” ElBaradei is an influential figure in the country, a Nobel Peace Prize winner in charge of the liberal Constitutional Party who played a key role in the 2011 Egyptian revolution. His voice is useful to listen to today, as widespread protests have broken out in the country Sunday.
12:45 // 1 year ago
June 29, 2013
He went to Egypt because he cared profoundly about the Middle East, and he planned to live and work there in the pursuit of peace and understanding. Andrew was a wonderful young man looking for new experiences in the world and finding ways to share his talents while he learned. Andrew cared deeply about his family and his friends. We won’t have any further comment and ask for privacy now at this difficult time for the family.
The family of slain college student Andrew Driscoll Pochter • In a statement on his passing. Pochter, a Kenyon College student from Maryland, was in Egypt to teach English to young children when he was stabbed by a protester during a riot in city of Alexandria. Pochter was just 21. As we reported recently, protests have become common in the country, leading the U.S. State Department to ask all Americans there for non-essential reasons to leave.
0:50 // 1 year ago
January 27, 2013

Unrest over sentences in soccer protests continues in Egypt

  • 30+ the number of people killed during a major protest over death sentences handed out by an Egyptian court
  • 3+ people killed in another round of unrest during a mass funeral held in Port Said for the people killed on Saturday
  • 400+ people injured during the latest round of unrest, which is rooted in a deadly set of soccer riots last year source

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12:21 // 1 year ago
December 8, 2012

Egyptian President Morsi plans to amend controversial decree

  • then Freshly-elected Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, in a move that inflamed massive protest and civil unrest throughout his state, issued a decree affording himself complete extralegal authority, pending a new constitution. The drafting of the constitutional proposal in subsequent days was carried out by a largely Islamist committee, which drew criticism for the removal of secular and Christian opposition from the body before it approved the draft.
  • now After the weeks of intense opposition, which has even spilled into violence, Morsi is planning to amend his initial decree — as clear a sign as any that he views the opposition’s backlash as a major, and perhaps unsustainable political risk. The Prime Minister, Hisham Qandil, told Egyptian television that the amended decree could be released by tomorrow, and that Morsi is open to talks with the opposition on postponing a December 15th vote scheduled on that controversial constitution draft. source 
17:44 // 1 year ago
December 4, 2012

Protests against Morsi grow around presidential palace

  • 100,000+protesters gathered outside the Egyptian presidential palace in Cairo today, in opposition to President Mohammad Morsi’s recent assertion of his own extralegal authority. There was some conflict, as well — the police deployed teargas after protesters pushed through a barricade surrounding the perimeter, but no attempt was made to breach the palace walls. source
17:56 // 1 year ago