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Egypt Revolution

Erdogan, Sisi and Western Hypocrisy

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 11.05.2015 | Politics
Soumaya Ghannoushi

A funereal atmosphere descended over western capitals with the announcement of Turkey's parliamentary elections' results, widely described in European and American media as a "shock" and a "black day for Turkey." The picture painted appeared very bleak, as a stream of reports, editorials and op-eds by opposition figures warned of a "return to autocracy and despotism" and declared the outcome as a threat to the "survival of democracy" in the country.

Egypt Is Secular by Nature

Maher Gabra | Posted 11.03.2015 | World
Maher Gabra

President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has been pushing smartly and consistently for religious reform in Egypt. First, he started by visiting Christians at Christmas at Saint Mark's Cathedral in Cairo to emphasize the concept of citizenship and equal rights for religious minorities.

Egyptian Soccer Fans Put Youth Disillusion With Elections on Public Display

James Dorsey | Posted 10.21.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

As Egyptian general-turned-president Abdel Fattah Al Sisi struggled this week to get Egyptians to cast their vote in parliamentary elections, militant soccer fans put widespread youth disillusionment with the president's autocratic rule on public display.

Staunch Sisi Supporter Calls for Opening of Stadia and Dialogue with Ultras

James Dorsey | Posted 10.03.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

A staunch supporter of general-turned-president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris, has called on the government to allow soccer fans, a pillar of anti-government protest, back into stadia that have largely been closed to the public for nearly five years.

Militant Soccer Fans Are on a Roll Across Eurasia

James Dorsey | Posted 09.13.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Carsi, one of Turkey's largest, if not its largest, fan group has long campaigned for social justice related issues, and played in 2013 a key role in the biggest anti-government protests since Mr. Erdogan's rise to power in 2003.

Egypt Throws the Dice With Partial Lifting of Stadia Ban

James Dorsey | Posted 09.10.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

The Egyptian interior ministry, in a potential signal that the country's military-backed regime recognizes that its choking off of all public space could backfire, has agreed to allow fans to attend international matches played by the national team and Egyptian clubs.

The Middle East: Who Says Popular Quest for Change has Been Quelled?

James Dorsey | Posted 08.29.2015 | World
James Dorsey

A series of recent mass protests in several Arab countries have called into question suggestions that civil wars, brutal crackdowns and military coups and interventions have quelled popular willingness to stand up for rights in the Middle East.

Icon Of Egypt's Revolution Speaks From Behind Bars

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 08.31.2015 | World

Alaa Abdel Fattah, one of the most recognizable faces of Egypt's 2011 revolution, has been locked up time and time again for speaking out against inj...

Militant Soccer Fans Claim Responsibility for Cairo Bombing

James Dorsey | Posted 08.20.2015 | World
James Dorsey

A shadowy group of militant soccer fans that has largely lied low since it participated in mass anti-government protests in 2013 that led to the military overthrow of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has claimed responsibility for a car bomb near a Cairo security building that injured at least six policemen.

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...