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Egypt Violence

Recognizing fan power, Egypt's regime boosts calls for security sector reform

James Dorsey | Posted 04.10.2016 | World
James Dorsey

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi's brutal regime in rare gestures towards his opponents has twice this year recognized the potential street power of his country's militant, street battle-hardened soccer fans.

Mired in problems: Egypt's president reaches out to ultras

James Dorsey | Posted 02.02.2016 | Sports
James Dorsey

Best known for his brutal repression of critics, Egyptian-general-turned-president Abdel Fattah al Sisi has invited protesting militant anti-government soccer fans to investigate a 2012 politically loaded soccer brawl in which 72 supporters of storied Cairo club Al Ahli SC died.

Shocking Image Of Mexican Convoy Attacked In Egypt Surfaces

The Huffington Post | Willa Frej | Posted 09.16.2015 | World

An image purporting to show the wreckage from the Egyptian airstrike that killed eight Mexican tourists last week was released Wednesday. Egyptian new...

Mexican Tourists Killed By Egypt Airstrike Were On Picnic

The Huffington Post | Willa Frej | Posted 09.14.2015 | World

The Mexican tourists who unwittingly became targets of an Egyptian airstrike in the Western Desert on Sunday were in the middle of a picnic, witnesses...

What We Know About The Airstrike That Killed Mexican Tourists In Egypt

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 09.14.2015 | World

Mexican survivors of an Egyptian military airstrike on a group of tourists, which killed at least 12 people, have recounted what happened. The tour gr...

The Cairo Derby: Politics vs. repression

James Dorsey | Posted 07.29.2016 | 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.

ISIS Claims Deadly Car Bomb Blast At Italian Consulate In Cairo

Reuters | Posted 07.11.2016 | World

By Michael Georgy CAIRO, July 11 (Reuters) - Islamic State claimed responsibility for a car bomb attack at the Italian consulate in central Cairo o...

Egyptian Soccer Player Criticizes Sisi in Reflection of Mounting Discontent

James Dorsey | Posted 07.06.2016 | 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.

Two Egyptian Tourism Police Killed In Rare Attack Near Pyramids

Reuters | Posted 06.03.2016 | World

* Islamist militants often target police, army * Brotherhood says 4 leaders arrested this week * Man arrested for Islami...

Egypt Bans Ultras in Bid to Break Anti-Government Protests

James Dorsey | Posted 05.16.2016 | 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.

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.

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.

Egypt Executes First Islamist Over Pro-Morsi Violence

Reuters | Posted 05.07.2015 | World

CAIRO, March 7 (Reuters) - Egypt executed an Islamist on Saturday for a murder committed during riots in mid-2013, the first death sentence carried ...

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.

Egyptian Campuses and Soccer Emerge as Flashpoint in Resistance to President Al Sisi

James Dorsey | Posted 12.27.2014 | World
James Dorsey

With Mr. Al Sisi employing brute force by security forces, a private security firm reportedly owned by generals and regime-friendly businessmen, and Mubarak-era thugs, and a crackdown on academic freedom to impose his will, flashpoints loom beyond campuses on the horizon.

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

James Dorsey | Posted 11.05.2014 | 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 11.02.2014 | World
James Dorsey

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

Deadly Bomb Blast Near Egypt's Presidential Palace

Reuters | Posted 08.30.2014 | World

CAIRO, June 30 (Reuters) - An Egyptian police officer was killed and several others wounded in a small explosion near the presidential palace in Ca...

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.

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.

Egypt, Israel and al-Qaeda

Daniel Wagner | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
Daniel Wagner

Amidst the turmoil that has ensued throughout post-Mubarak Egypt, al-Qaeda has established a stronghold in the Sinai from where jihadists routinely target Egypt and Israel.

American Recounts Arrest in Egypt

Brian Dooley | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
Brian Dooley

Since the military-backed government ousted the elected civilian president Morsi in a coup in July, journalists and film makers have become particular targets.

General Sisi of Egypt to Contest Presidential Elections

S. Azmat Hassan | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
S. Azmat Hassan

Egypt suffers from multiple problems of poverty, unemployment, a bloated and unresponsive civil service, and severe economic deficits, not least because of the long-standing subsidies given to different sectors of Egyptian society.

Egypt To Hold Early Presidential Election

Reuters | Posted 03.28.2014 | World

(Adds quote, details) CAIRO, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Egypt will hold a presidential vote before electing parliament, President Adly Mansour...

Sophia Jones

Cairo Bombings Push Many Egyptians Into The Arms Of The Military-Backed Government | Sophia Jones | Posted 01.24.2014 | World

CAIRO -- On Friday, just one day before the third anniversary of the 2011 revolution here, four bombs ripped through the city, killing six and injurin...