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Al-Aswany on literature, politics and calling for change

By Heba El-Sherif For months, fans of renowned Egyptian novelist and columnist Alaa Al-Aswany enjoyed their Tuesday morning coffees with his biting wit and critique of current Egyptian affairs, boldly wrapped up in his weekly column published in Al-Shorouk daily. But last Sunday, after weeks of unpublished columns due to government pressure, his fans enjoyed …

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Police deployed for Tunisia-inspired rally

By Maggie Michael /AP CAIRO: Thousands of Egyptian security forces are deploying across Cairo ahead of the country’s first Tunisian-inspired protests. Egypt’s top security official has warned no disturbances would be tolerated. The protest organizers and opposition supporters — inspired by the popular revolt in Tunisia — have dubbed Tuesday’s rallies, which are planned mainly …

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Coptic Churches call on followers to avoid Jan. 25 protests

By Essam Fadl CAIRO: The three Coptic Egyptian Churches — Orthodox, Catholic and Evangelical — have refused to participate in “Anger Day” demonstrations nationwide scheduled to take place on Jan. 25 to coincide with Police Day. Each of the three churches separately told Copts to avoid participating in the demonstrations and to stay at home. …

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MB, Baradei campaign members cite threats ahead of Jan. 25 protests

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: Members of the Muslim Brotherhood as well as the campaign supporting former IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei said they were interrogated and threatened by security forces in a bid to prevent them from participating in planned nationwide protests on Jan. 25. “A large number of officials in the Brotherhood’s administrative offices in …

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Pro-Mubarak campaign counters calls for Jan. 25 protests

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: Lawyer Marwa Hodhod, coordinator of a campaign supporting President Hosni Mubarak as the next president of Egypt, said that 500,000 posters and 250,000 t-shirts supporting Mubarak have been printed to counter the call for nationwide protests on Jan. 25. “Posters [supporting President Mubarak] are being hung all around Cairo, Alexandria, Suez, Qena …

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MB says to participate ‘symbolically’ in Jan. 25 demos

By Tamim Elyan CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood (MB) said they will participate “symbolically” in protests organized by a number of opposition powers and youth movements on Jan. 25. Local activists called for nationwide protests against torture, poverty, corruption and unemployment for Tuesday, inspired by Tunisia’s overthrow of its autocratic president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. “The …

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Egyptians should copy Tunisian revolt: ElBaradei

By AFP BERLIN: Opponents of Egypt’s long-running regime should be able to follow the lead set by the toppling of Tunisia’s veteran president, leading opposition figure Mohamed ElBaradei said in comments released Saturday. “If the Tunisians have done it, Egyptians should get there too,” the former UN nuclear watchdog chief told Der Spiegel for an …

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Parties distance themselves from Jan 25 demos as preparations announced

By Tamim Elyan CAIRO: Al-Wafd, Al-Tagammu and other political parties have distanced themselves from a Tunisia-inspired call for demonstrations on Jan. 25. They said their members can participate as individuals, but shied from officially joining planned protests. Confirmed participants are mainly opposition movements — the Kefaya Movement for Change, the April 6 Youth Movement, Youth for …

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Muslim Brotherhood reconsiders refusal to participate in Jan 25 demo

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood said Thursday it’s reconsidering its refusal to participate in the demonstration on Jan. 25 titled “the Egyptian Day of Uprising”.. Prominent MB leader Essam El-Erian had earlier told El-Dostor website that the group wouldn’t participate in the demonstration because it was a public call launched through a Facebook group …

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Analysts say self-immolation warning sign for gov’t as 6th incident reported

By Tamim Elyan CAIRO: A 35-year-old employee attempted to set himself ablaze Wednesday morning in front of the Cairo governor’s office but was prevented by security before he caught fire. Hazem Abdel Fattah, an employee at Mostorod Water Company, said during preliminary investigations that he had problems with his employer. Opposition and human rights activists said …

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Suicide is against Islam: Al-Azhar

By AFP CAIRO: Egypt’s Al-Azhar, the most prestigious centre of religious learning in the Sunni Muslim world, said on Tuesday that Islam bans suicide for any reason. “Sharia law states that Islam categorically forbids suicide for any reason and does not accept the separation of souls from bodies as an expression of stress, anger or …

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After Tunisia, change in Egypt ‘inevitable’: ElBaradei

By AFP VIENNA: A regime change in Egypt is “inevitable” following the popular uprising in Tunisia, Egyptian opposition figure Mohamed ElBaradei said Tuesday. “It is inevitable. Change must come,” ElBaradei told the Austrian news agency APA in an interview. Last week, veteran Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was forced to flee the country …

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Two men set themselves on fire in Egypt; one dies

By Tamim Elyan CAIRO: One of two men who set themselves ablaze Tuesday died in Alexandria. The other was transferred to a Cairo hospital with minimum burns. Security officials said Ahmed Hashem El-Sayed, a 25-year-old unemployed man died, in hospital after he set himself on fire on the roof of his home in the port city …

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Ain Shams students prevented from sitting mid-year exams for distributing flyers

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: Two Ain Shams University law students were prevented from taking their second mid-year exam on Sunday — despite having obtained a court order permitting them to complete the exams — as a penalty for distributing flyers on campus that called for political change and reform. “We will file lawsuits calling for …

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Egypt says fear of Tunisia-style revolt ‘nonsense’

By AFP SHARM EL-SHEIKH: Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit on Sunday downplayed fear that a Tunisian-style popular revolt could spread to other Arab countries, calling it “nonsense.” “The talk about the spread of what happened in Tunisia to other countries is nonsense. Each society has its own circumstances,” Aboul Gheit told reporters on the …

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Ismailia man sets himself ablaze in central Cairo

By Hamza Hendawi /AP CAIRO: An Egyptian man set himself on fire Monday outside the country’s parliament building in central Cairo in an apparent protest, security officials said. The incident appeared to be an attempt to copy the self-immolation last month of a 26-year-old Tunisian, whose death triggered the protests that have toppled Tunisia’s authoritarian …

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Mixed reactions flood Egypt’s streets following Tunisian revolution

By Farah Yousry CAIRO: As jokes comparing the Egyptian regime with its Tunisia counterpart abounded on the streets, serious open discussion of a potential revolution in Egypt was harder to find. Cautious happiness was the best description of the most prevalent sentiment on Egypt’s streets after Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisia’s president for over …

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Security prevents activists, opposition from reaching Tunisian embassy

By Marwa Al-A’asar CAIRO: Police forces prevented Sunday dozens of former MPs, activists and opposition leaders from reaching the Tunisian embassy in the central Zamalek neighborhood. Following a press conference held at Al-Wafd opposition party that announced the formation of a public parliament, dozens of opposition leaders and activists headed to Zamalek in a bid …

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