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Egypt Revolution

The Cairo Derby: Politics vs. repression

James Dorsey | Posted 07.29.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

This month's premier league final between Cairo's two storied clubs, Al Ahli SC and Al Zamalek SC, once the world's most violent derby, was more than a clash between two soccer giants.

Egyptian Soccer Player Criticizes Sisi in Reflection of Mounting Discontent

James Dorsey | Posted 07.06.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Criticism this week by soccer player Ahmed al-Merghani of general-turned-president Abdel Fattah Al Sisi's hard-handed repression of dissent and failure to defeat a mushrooming insurgency in the Sinai peninsula signals mounting discontent in Egypt.

A Study in Contrasts: Militaries in Political Transitions in Asia, the Middle East and North Africa

James Dorsey | Posted 06.25.2015 | World
James Dorsey

The Economist recently highlighted the contrast between post-revolt Asian societies and Middle Eastern and North African societies in the woes of a pro-longed, messy and bloody transition that is pockmarked by revolt and counter-revolt, sectarianism, the redrawing of post-colonial borders, and the rise of retrograde groups as revolutionary forces.

Egypt Court Confirms Death Sentence For Ousted President Mohammed Morsi

AP | By SARAH EL DEEB | Posted 06.16.2015 | World

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court on Tuesday confirmed the death sentence of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi over a mass prison break during t...

Mubarak To Stand Trial Again For 2011 Killing Of Protesters

Reuters | Posted 06.04.2015 | World

CAIRO, June 4 (Reuters) - Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak will face a second and final retrial over the killing of protesters during the 201...

Egypt Bans Ultras in Bid to Break Anti-Government Protests

James Dorsey | Posted 05.16.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Ultras have for the past eight years been at the core of anti-government protest in Egypt. They have been the drivers of student protests in the last two years against the regime of Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, the general-turned-president who in 2013 toppled Mohammed Morsi, Egypt's first and only democratically elected president.

Aboutreika: Bridging Egyptian Polarization or Signalling a Shift in Attitudes?

James Dorsey | Posted 05.11.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

Few are able to bridge Egypt's deeply polarizing divide between supporters and opponents of the Muslim Brotherhood following the 2013 military coup that toppled President Mohammed Morsi.

Deposed Egyptian Leader Sentenced To 3 Years In Prison

AP | BRIAN ROHAN | Posted 05.09.2015 | World

CAIRO (AP) — A Cairo court sentenced Egypt's deposed autocrat Hosni Mubarak and his two sons to three years in prison on corruption charges on Satur...

Ousted Egyptian President Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison For Protesters' Deaths

AP | By MAGGIE MICHAEL | Posted 06.20.2015 | World

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's ousted Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi, was convicted of using force against protesters and sentenced to 20 years in prison ...

Egyptian Death Sentence for Soccer Fans Puts President's Iron Grip to the Test

James Dorsey | Posted 06.19.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

Egyptian-general-turned-president Abdel Fattah al Sisi's iron grip on dissident is likely to be put to the test with the sentencing to death of 11 soccer fans for involvement in a politically loaded football brawl three years ago that left 74 militant supporters of Al Ahli SC dead.

Egypt Moves Closer to Labelling Soccer Fans As Terrorists

James Dorsey | Posted 06.14.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Egypt has moved closer to banning as terrorist organizations militant soccer groups that form the backbone of opposition to autocratic rule with the arrest and pre-trial detention of five alleged members of the Ultras White Knights (UWK), the highly-politicized, street battle-hardened support group of storied Cairo club Al Zamalek SC.

Using Facts as Weapons. New Transparency Platform Mwazna Aims to Make Egyptian Politics More Objective

Joana Breidenbach | Posted 06.07.2015 | Impact
Joana Breidenbach

Mwazna is the brainchild of two young Egyptians: Internet entrepreneur and part-time hacker Amr Sobhy and data scientist Tarek Amr. Armed with facts they want to make Egyptian politics more open and discussion more informed.

Why Is Egypt Prosecuting Human Rights Defenders?

Françoise Girard | Posted 05.31.2015 | World
Françoise Girard

How low will the Egyptian government go in silencing the voices of its citizens and its human rights activists? Last week, it went even lower than thought possible. In what amounted to a judicial masquerade, the Egyptian government suddenly decided to prosecute one of the world's most active and effective human rights defenders, Azza Soliman, for denouncing police brutality.

Attempts to Ban Egyptian Militant Soccer Fan Group Gather Momentum

James Dorsey | Posted 05.17.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

An Egyptian prosecutor has set the stage for the banning of a group of hard-core, militant soccer fans by charging them with accepting money and explosives from the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood to stage last month's Cairo football riot in which 22 people were killed.

Egyptian Spectator Ban: Flashpoint for Conflict and Statement of Weakness

James Dorsey | Posted 04.28.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Militant, highly politicized, street battle-hardened supporters of both clubs played a key role in the demonstrations that removed Mr. Mubarak from power and in protests against all subsequent governments, including that of Mr. Al Sisi.

Egyptian Court Jails Leading Activist For Five Years

Reuters | Posted 04.25.2015 | World

By Shadi Bushra and Ali Abdelaty CAIRO, Feb 23 (Reuters) - An Egyptian court sentenced a prominent activist to five years in jail on M...

The Egyptian Revolutionaries: What Went Wrong

Sara Khorshid | Posted 04.19.2015 | World
Sara Khorshid

Four years after Mubarak's ouster, the question remains as to what went wrong. What path they should have taken, if any, to avoid ending up at the point where they (and Egypt) are now?

Soccer Deaths Renews Spotlight on Egypt's Notorious Security Forces

James Dorsey | Posted 04.17.2015 | World
James Dorsey

A stampede at a Cairo stadium earlier this month, much like a politically-loaded soccer brawl in the Suez Canal city of Port Said three years ago, is shining a spotlight on Egypt's unreformed, unabashedly violent, and politically powerful police and security forces amid confusion over what precisely happened and how many fans died.

Soccer Deaths Raise Stakes for Egypt's General-Turned-President Al Sisi

James Dorsey | Posted 04.10.2015 | World
James Dorsey

The death of at least 40 militant, highly politicized, and street battle-hardened Egyptian soccer fans in clashes with security forces raises the stakes for general-turned-president Abdel Fattah Al Sisi's efforts to suppress political dissent.

Leading Egyptian Uprising Activist Among 230 Sentenced To Life

AP | MAGGIE MICHAEL | Posted 04.06.2015 | World

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court sentenced 230 people, including one of the leading activists behind the country's 2011 uprising, to life in prison af...

Egypt Appoints Controversial UAE Hired Gun As Elections Monitor

James Dorsey | Posted 03.30.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Egyptian-general-turned-president Abdel Fattah Al Sisi's efforts to lend legitimacy to parliamentary elections scheduled for this spring have gotten off to a murky start with the appointment of a controversial, reportedly United Arab Emirates-backed human rights NGO as one of five foreign election monitors.

Sophia Jones

Human Rights Watch Slams Rampant Torture And Abuse In Egyptian Prisons | Sophia Jones | Posted 01.21.2015 | World

ISTANBUL -- Egyptian authorities have blood on their hands, Human Rights Watch said in a damning report published Wednesday that detailed scores of de...

Egyptian Justice Under Collapse

Diana Eltahawy | Posted 03.01.2015 | World
Diana Eltahawy

Egyptian courts have allowed alleged perpetrators of killings and torture from security agencies to walk free, sometimes without ever appearing in court, while relatives of those killed by police brutality suffer in silence.

Government and Fans Battle in Court and on the Pitch in Egypt and Turkey

James Dorsey | Posted 02.11.2015 | World
James Dorsey

In Turkey, the government has sought to drive a wedge between militant fans and other supporters by arguing that e-ticketing was a way to combat illegal ticket scalping, increase tax revenues and ensure that stadia are safe for families.

Mubarak's Case Is A ‘Trial Of Egypt's Revolution'

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 12.09.2014 | World

Every week, The WorldPost asks an expert to shed light on a topic driving headlines around the world. Today, we look at the situation in Egypt and for...