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Mohammed Nosseir

Egypt hurt by being completely security-driven

By Mohammed Nosseir Security is the name of the game in Egypt! All of the country’s key entities – government organisations, private sector corporations, universities, NGOs, sports clubs or even social cafés are influenced and driven by the state’s security mindset. Security entities are by far the most powerful organisations in Egypt, making the Minister …


Death toll 686 since Jan.25 protests, say rights groups

By Mai Shams El-Din and Safaa Abdoun CAIRO: The Front to Defend Egypt’s Protesters confirmed in a press conference on Wednesday that the death toll of the Jan. 25 Revolution has gone up to 686, most of them killed during the “Friday of Anger” on Jan. 28. “The number is increasing, but these are the numbers …


Row between those for and against Tahrir Square sit-in

By Tamim Elyan CAIRO: Minor quarrels between tens of protestors demanding the end of the current sit-in at Tahrir Square and others refusing to leave took place Sunday in the absence of army and police personnel. Protesters demanding that the square be emptied claimed that those holding the sit-in are not the same people who …


Divisions in Tahrir Square over ongoing sit-in

By Tamim Elyan CAIRO: On Tuesday, Tahrir Square was the epicenter of heated debate between protesters and passersby regarding the ongoing sit-in demanding the fall of Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq’s cabinet. Hundreds of protesters staging a sit-in in Tahrir Square since Saturday say they will not leave until Shafiq is discharged, the state security apparatus …


Popular committee to independently investigate violence, killings during demos

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: The Popular Fact-finding Committee, formed of law professors and human rights activists, said Sunday it will start investigating crimes committed against protestors during the January 25 Revolution. The committee is neutral, has no political affiliations and consists of members known for their integrity and efficiency, according to a statement issued by the …


Over 1,000 protest in Tahrir to reiterate reform demands

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: Over 1,000 protested in Tahrir Square on Tuesday after a planned million man march was downgraded to a symbolic one in response to a “positive” TV interview with members of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces on Dream TV Monday night. Earlier in the day, Mohamed Adel, a spokesman for the …


Hundreds of thousands flock to Tahrir to celebrate, voice demands

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians flocked in Tahrir Square on Friday in a gathering reminiscent of the 18-day-long demonstrations that led president Hosni Mubarak to step down on Feb 11. On Feb. 18, dubbed the “Friday of Victory,” people came to celebrate the ouster of Mubarak after 30 years in power and …


Rights groups, activists demand release of detainees, end to torture

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: Around 400 detainees arrested during the revolution remain in custody and around 40 are missing, according to executive director of the Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), Gamal Eid. “We tried to contact the army to discuss the release of the remaining detainees, but we received no response,” Eid told Daily …


Activists call for ‘Friday of Victory’ to reiterate revolution demands

  CAIRO: Activists are calling for a protest dubbed “Friday of Victory” on Feb. 18 in Tahrir Square, marking a week after president Hosni Mubarak stepped down and to reiterate their demands for democracy and justice. The protest also demands the rights of the injured and the martyrs and the release of all political detainees. …


Egypt’s witty revolution caught on film

By Rania Khalil In the days and weeks that have just passed, art here in Cairo, and indeed throughout the country, has found an inextricable link with a larger cause of justice, freedom and of course the ousting of former president Hosni Mubarak. Where much of my time as a downtown art critic has been spent …


Egypt protest organizers form Council of Trustees

By Jonathan Wright and Marwa Awad /Reuters CAIRO: Some organizers of protests that toppled Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak said on Wednesday they had formed a “Council of Trustees” to negotiate on the country’s transition to democracy with the ruling military council. Egypt’s Higher Military Council took control of the country of 80 million people last week …


Protesters call for Friday celebration march

By Marwa Awad /Reuters CAIRO: The organizers of protests that toppled President Hosni Mubarak have called for a “march of victory” across Egypt on Friday, leading activist Khaled Abdelkader Ouda said on Sunday. “We salute the armed forces for their serious steps to meet the demands of the people,” said Ouda, referring to steps announced by …


Textile workers suspend strike

By AFP CAIRO: Workers at Egypt’s largest factory have suspended a strike in support of the revolt that toppled strongman Hosni Mubarak but will continue to press for higher wages, they told AFP on Sunday. “We have stopped striking for now, but we will continue to demand a raise in the minimum wage,” strike organizer …


Military vows democracy after Mubarak’s fall

By Joseph Krauss /AFP CAIRO: Egypt’s new military leadership vowed Saturday to pave the way for democracy and abide by its peace treaty with Israel, as Egyptians basked in their victory a day after Hosni Mubarak’s overthrow. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces said the current government would remain in place for a peaceful …


Egypt’s day of glory

By Alon Ben-Meir Egypt’s day of glory can be sustained only if the revolutionaries, the opposition figures and the establishment work together while realizing that they are shaping Egypt’s destiny. I want to begin this column by first applauding the Egyptian people. I applaud them not only for their heroism, but for their tenacity, their deep sense …


Mubarak: A cautionary tale

By Rania Al Malky Yesterday morning I wrote an editorial titled “Egypt: A Deadlock”, but by 6 pm, everything changed. In a minute long televised statement, Vice President Omar Suleiman announced that President Hosni Mubarak had stepped down and assigned the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces to run the country. Everyone will remember this moment …


Mubarak steps down, Egypt celebrates

By Marwa Al-A’asar CAIRO: Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak stepped down on Friday, assigning the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces to run the country. Vice President Omar Suleiman announced the president’s departure in a brief televised statement at 6 pm. Mubarak has been in power since 1981. Demonstrations have swept the country since Jan. 25, calling …


Hail the people, says Egypt’s opposition

By Tamim Elyan CAIRO: Various opposition powers welcomed Mubarak’s decision to step down and hailed the Egyptian youth’s role in affecting change in Egypt. They expressed hope that a civilian government would be in charge of the country. “People are happy with what happened, they have imposed their will and forced Mubarak and his regime to …


Analysis: Economic outlook cautious but positive after Mubarak steps down

By Amira Salah-Ahmed CAIRO: Hosni Mubarak stepped down as president of Egypt at 6 pm on February 11 after 18 days of nationwide protests that more or less paralyzed the economy, brought the stock market to its second lowest point in history and prompted tourists to flee the country. The Egyptian pound steadily spiraled to its …


President Hosni Mubarak steps down

CAIRO: President Mubarak stepped down on Friday, assigning the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces to run the country. Vice President Omar Suleiman announced the president’s departure in a minute-long televised statement at 6 pm. Demonstrations have swept the country since Jan. 25. Numbers of protesters increased to reach hundreds of thousands. Friday, Feb. 11 …


Mubarak quits Cairo as a million march

By Jailan Zayan /AFP CAIRO: President Hosni Mubarak flew out of Cairo to his Red Sea retreat on Friday as more than a million furious Egyptians marched in cities around the country to demand he step down. Egypt’s army threw the 82-year-old strongman a lifeline, endorsing his plan to stay in office until September even as …


Spirit of giving blossoms amid uprising

By Safaa Abdoun CAIRO: As mass protests around the country continue well into week three, Egyptians have come together in unprecedented numbers on many levels, irst and foremost, to call for reforms. But also reborn was a spirit of giving as Egyptians are working in different fields to help those in need at these turbulent times. …


North Sinai protesters, police clash

By Agencies ISMAILIYA: Egyptian protesters in the north Sinai town of El-Arish exchanged gunfire with police on Friday and hurled Molotov cocktails at a police station, witnesses said, amid nationwide anti-government rallies. About 1,000 protesters broke off from a larger group and headed towards a police station, lobbing firebombs and burning police cars, witnesses said. …


Thousands joined Presidential Palace, Maspero protests Friday

By Marwa Al-A’asar CAIRO: Thousands flocked to the Presidential Palace in Heliopolis on Friday morning to join other protesters that had camped out there the night before. A few hundred had headed there Thursday night after Hosni Mubarak’s speech where he handed over power to the vice president without yet stepping down. By 2 pm …


Mubarak delegates authority to VP, vows to live and die in Egypt

By Rania Al-Malky and Sarah El Sirgany CAIRO: In a highly anticipated speech that left many disappointed, President Hosni Mubarak said that he will delegate presidential authority to Egypt’s Vice President Omar Suleiman but within the constraints of the constitution, which does not give him the authority to dissolve parliament and cabinet. The speech, in which …


Invest in Egypt

By Wael Z Orban We have been hearing a lot of rhetoric about the economic damage that hit Egypt amid the ongoing people- fight of freedom. You are right, there is damage and it is a profound one. The good news in my humble opinion is that the damage is short term; it is not only …