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Egypt Revolution

Egypt's Banning of Ultras Constitutes Effort to Outlaw Legitimate Opposition

James Dorsey | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics
James Dorsey

An expected decision by Egyptian soccer authorities to ban as terrorist organizations groups of militant soccer fans builds on the definition by Arab autocrats of legitimate, democratic opposition forces as violent threats to their grip on power.

North African Soccer Pitches Return as Venues for Anti-government Protests

James Dorsey | Posted 09.02.2014 | World
James Dorsey

The incidents reflect mounting anger and frustration among North African youth who have few if any social and economic prospects.

The Egyptian Junta Prefer it in July

Hatem Azzam | Posted 08.01.2014 | World
Hatem Azzam

It is instructive that it took no more than two years from January 25, 2011, to " July" 3, 2013, for the Junta to retake power, exactly similar to the period from 1952 to 1954.

The Arab Millennials Will Be Back

Juan Cole | Posted 08.29.2014 | World
Juan Cole

Two or three decades from now, the twentysomethings of Tahrir Square or the Casbah in Tunis or Martyrs' Square in Tripoli will, like the Havels of the Middle East, come to power as politicians. In the meantime, here are three of their achievements that seem likely to be lasting, whatever the upheaval in the region.

Washington to Cairo: Start Acting Like a Democracy

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 08.24.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

For the United States and many other foreign leaders around the world, from Great Britain to Australia, this sentence was a vivid reminder of Egypt's grotesque reality: that of a country dominated by the military, where the right to a fair trial, a free press, and free expression are blatantly crushed.

Politics, Political Interference, and Mismanagement Hamper Middle Eastern Soccer

James Dorsey | Posted 08.16.2014 | Sports
James Dorsey

Millions across the Middle East and North Africa will cheer Algeria, the only Arab squad to qualify for the 2014 World Cup, when it meets Belgium this week in its first tournament match.

A Hundred Years from John Dewey to FOX News

Khaled Abou El Fadl | Posted 07.26.2014 | World
Khaled Abou El Fadl

Over the past hundred years, the process of polarized dehumanization, distrust, and betrayal has resulted in a spiraling deprecation of cultural and social values in Muslim countries.

Sophia Jones

Yet Another Prominent Egyptian Activist Jailed For Protesting | Sophia Jones | Posted 05.21.2014 | World

CAIRO -- An Egyptian court is sending yet another prominent liberal activist to jail for holding an unauthorized protest. Mahienour el-Massry was sent...

Lax FIFA Policing of Political Interference in Soccer Focuses on Egypt

James Dorsey | Posted 07.11.2014 | Sports
James Dorsey

World soccer body FIFA has dispatched investigators to Egypt to probe allegations of government interference as the country prepares for potentially risky bids to host two international tournaments, the 2017 Beach Soccer World Cup and the 2018 FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup.

Jail Sentences Reposition Egyptian Soccer as Potential Protest Venue

James Dorsey | Posted 07.07.2014 | World
James Dorsey

An Egyptian court has sentenced 12 militant soccer fans to five years in prison in an expansion of the military-backed regime's crackdown on its Islamist and non-Islamists opponents that could ultimately re-position soccer as a major platform of protest.

Egypt and the Frog

Yasmine Al-Sayyad | Posted 06.15.2014 | Politics
Yasmine Al-Sayyad

It has been three years since the Egyptian revolution, and news out of Egypt has become a tinderbox for all sorts of melodrama: anger, fear, resignation, apathy and downright hysteria.

Controversial Soccer Club Chief Declares Candidacy in Egypt's Presidential Election

James Dorsey | Posted 06.05.2014 | Politics
James Dorsey

Egyptian soccer is adding salt to the run-up to presidential elections that are certain to be won by the country's strongman, newly retired general Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, with the announcement of the controversial chairman of one of Egypt's foremost clubs that he too was a presidential candidate.

Who Is Behind the UK's Probe Into the Muslim Brotherhood?

Patrick Galey | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics
Patrick Galey

Brotherhood supporters have been massacred, arrested, tortured and sentenced to die en masse. And yet, as the new leaders in Cairo (and the old ones in Riyadh) have argued, the UK appears to suspect that it is the Brotherhood who are the terrorists.

Dear President Obama: Freedom and Democracy Must Come First in Egypt

Emad Shahin | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics
Emad Shahin

If the United States does not take an unambiguous position and demonstrate unmistaken resolve against Egypt's current undemocratic path, and if your administration decides to resume suspended aid programs in the face of growing repression and brutality, your words on democracy and human rights will ring hollow.

Military-backed House Cleaning Extends to Egyptian Soccer

James Dorsey | Posted 05.25.2014 | Politics
James Dorsey

Mr. Hamdi, a former soccer player and Al Ahli captain, has headed the club, whose supporters played a key role in toppling Mr. Mubarak and have clashed repeatedly in recent months with security forces, for 12 years.

Egypt Kangaroo Court Sentences 529 Morsi Supporters to Death

Medea Benjamin | Posted 05.24.2014 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

Human rights lawyers say the verdicts are subject to appeal and are likely be overturned. But many worry that the verdict, which has angered millions of Morsi supporters, will compel some Brotherhood members to take up violence, a move that will justify an even heavier crackdown.

Rival Fans Unite to Claim Ownership of Egyptian Stadia

James Dorsey | Posted 05.11.2014 | Politics
James Dorsey

In a rare demonstration of unity, several groups of militant soccer fans have thrown down a gauntlet for the Egyptian interior ministry and its security forces by effectively demanding ownership of sports stadia.

Crowds and Revolutions versus the Bonds That Endure

Marc Gopin | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics
Marc Gopin

The only hope for creating real social change globally is when we as individuals create solid bonds of empathy and legal equality across racial, ethni...

Egypt's Young Coptic Christians Fight For Civil Rights

Religion News Service | Monique El-Faizy | Posted 03.06.2014 | Religion

CAIRO, Egypt (RNS) A group of Christian youth activists that came together in the tumultuous aftermath of the Egyptian revolution is looking to the fu...

Regime Repression and Paranoia Grows in Egypt

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.03.2014 | Politics
Stephen Zunes

The Egyptian military clearly has the upper hand at this time, but their hold on power is ultimately fragile. The younger generation of Egyptians will not likely be satisfied with military rule any more than they were with Mubarak or the Muslim Brotherhood.

A Staggering Number Of Peaceful Protesters Have Been Killed Or Detained In Egypt

Posted 03.03.2014 | Impact

By Hajer Naili, (WOMENSENEWS)-- A Facebook group called Egypt's Queens: Imprisoned has been keeping an online list of women detaine...

Egyptian Autocrats Struggle With Soccer's Political Pros and Cons

James Dorsey | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
James Dorsey

The Egyptian government's effort to promote soccer and use the sport to garner public support amounts to a double-edged sword.

Before And After: The 2 Squares Behind Egypt's 3-Year Turmoil

Posted 02.12.2014 | World

When Hosni Mubarak was ousted by popular protests three years ago, many Egyptians took to the streets of Cairo in jubilant celebrations. However, sinc...

This Graffiti Art Shows How Egypt's Revolution Came Full Circle

Posted 02.11.2014 | World

It's been three years since the masses on Cairo's Tahrir Square cheered upon hearing of the resignation of long-time despot Hosni Mubarak. Protesters ...

'The Square' Film On Egypt's Revolution Will Not Be Shown In Egypt

Religion News Service | Monique El-Faizy | Posted 02.10.2014 | Religion

CAIRO (RNS) There’s a lot anyone can learn from Jehane Noujaim’s Oscar-nominated documentary “The Square,” an examination of the 18-day uprisi...