Tahrir Square sexual assaults trial begins — Mada Masr

Eleven men accused of participating in mob sexual assaults in Cairo’s Tahrir Square stood in court on Wednesday in the first session of a trial that women’s rights defenders say is important for breaking down impunity in cases of violence against women in Egypt. Standing with their backs turned to the court, the men denied [...]

3 Jazeera journalists given 7 to 10 year sentences — Mada Masr

Three Al Jazeera English journalists received verdicts of seven to 10 years in jail today on charges of “aiding a terrorist organization” by spreading false news, in a case that has raised questions and criticisms regarding media freedoms and judicial processes in Egypt. The three deny the charges. Award-winning Australian journalist Peter Greste, Al Jazeera [...]

‘Between hope and despair there is Mahienour’ — Mada Masr

On the front door of Mahienour al-Massry’s family home in Alexandria, a single yellow sticker hangs. The bold black letters on top read, in Arabic, “No to Military Trials for Civilians.” “It’s so they know which door to come to, if they want to arrest her,” quips her younger sister, 24-year-old Miral. The wooden door [...]

Egypt’s political cartoonists say they won’t let Sisi off the hook – The National

A black-suited, chubby cheeked Abdel Fattah El Sisi, Egypt’s new president, is walking past an ordinary man who is reading a newspaper with the headline: “The start of the final high school examinations” – the examinations that Egyptian students have to pass to get into university. The man looks up at El-Sisi and says: “And [...]

El Sisi orders crackdown on sexual harrassment following Tahrir Square assaults — The National

CAIRO // Abdel Fattah El Sisi, Egypt’s new president, on Tuesday ordered the interior ministry to take all necessary measures to combat sexual harassment of women following a series of attacks around his swearing-in. At least nine women were sexually assaulted by mobs in Cairo’s Tahrir Square between June 3 and 8, during celebrations of Mr [...]

In his former stronghold Alexandria, Sabahi swims against the El Sisi tide — The National

ALEXANDRIA, EGYPT // Hamdeen Sabahi knows this city and its surrounding areas well. He campaigned here for the presidency two years ago – but his reception then was different from what he’s receiving today. His supporters are outwardly just as enthusiastic, but among the people of Egypt’s second city there seems less appetite for the [...]

In Court – LRB blog

A video of the imprisoned al-Jazeera journalist Abdullah El-Shamy was released online two days ago. The 26-year-old, arrested by the Egyptian authorities last summer, has yet to be charged. He has been on hunger strike for more than 100 days. According to his family, he has lost a third of his body weight, dropping from 108 kg [...]

Photograph published in Vice Magazine

You can see the photograph here: https://news.vice.com/article/egypts-mass-death-sentence-threatens-to-provoke-more-violence

After optimistic start at Tahrir Square, Cairokee now has the blues – The National

Egyptian pop rock band Cairokee made their name in the wake of the 2011 revolution with songs such as Sout El Horeya (The Voice of Freedom), Matloob Zaeem (A Leader Is Wanted), Yalmidan (Oh You, The Square) and Ethbet Makanak (Stand Your Ground), all songs from their first album. For many, these became anthems of [...]

A return to the 1990s? — Mada Masr

Abandoned houses destroyed by shellfire, a mosque turned to rubble, and burned huts lay among sand dunes, citrus farms and olive groves, in the villages of Mehdeyya and Muqataa, a few kilometers from the borders of Gaza and Israel in the north of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. They are the hometowns of some of the militants [...]

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