Dec 31, 2013

A terrible year for Syria and Egypt

by Ramzy Baroud

Even with the most optimistic assessments, the Syrian conflict is unlikely to be settled in 2014. As for Egypt, nearly 20,000 people have been sentenced or are now facing trials for belonging to or supporting the "wrong" political camp.

Dec 31, 2013

Egypt arrests four Al Jazeera journalists for Brotherhood ties

Egypt’s government has detained four journalists working for the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera English news channel, arresting them during raids on a five-star hotel and at least one private residence Sunday night. The journalists, including an Australian national, are accused of “harming national security” through links ...

Egyptian rapper speaks for women

Dec 29, 2013

Egyptian rapper speaks for women

As soon as the beat started, the young veiled woman bobbed her head to the rhythm, raised her hands to get the crowd clapping and then unleashed a flood of rap lyrics that tackled some of the biggest social challenges women in the Arab ...

Egyptian student dies during protests at campus

Dec 29, 2013

Egyptian student dies during protests at campus

Riot police moved into Egypt’s main Islamic university on Saturday, firing tear gas and breaking up a strike by students that threatened to disrupt midterms. One student was killed in the melee, an administration building was torched and students fled from exam rooms. Police ...

Five die during clashes between Egypt police, Morsi supporters

Dec 28, 2013

Five die during clashes between Egypt police, Morsi supporters

With water cannons and tear gas, Egyptian riot police battled on Friday with hundreds of rock-throwing supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi in clashes across the country that left five dead, according to officials. Authorities, meanwhile, unveiled a new tactic to contain protests called ...

Egypt intensifies assault on Muslim Brotherhood

Dec 27, 2013

Egypt intensifies assault on Muslim Brotherhood

Egypt’s security authorities launched a sweep of arrests of Muslim Brotherhood members on Thursday and warned that holding a leadership post in the group could now be grounds for the death penalty after it was officially declared a terrorist organization, stepping up the government’s ...

Egypt names Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group

Dec 26, 2013

Egypt names Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group

Egypt’s military-backed interim government declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization Wednesday, intensifying its campaign of arrests and prosecutions targeting its members and tightening the noose on the group’s network of charities and businesses. The unprecedented executive decision likely ends any chance of reconciliation ...

Car bomb kills 15, injures scores in northern Egypt

Dec 25, 2013

Car bomb kills 15, injures scores in northern Egypt

A car packed with explosives detonated outside a security headquarters building in this city north of Cairo early Tuesday, killing 15 people and wounding more than 130 in one of the deadliest militant attacks in Egypt in years. The powerful blast, which occurred just ...

Icons of Egypt's protest movement imprisoned

Dec 23, 2013

Icons of Egypt's protest movement imprisoned

An Egyptian court handed down prison sentences to three of the country’s most prominent youth activists Sunday in the first use of a controversial new protest law, a harsh warning to the secular groups that supported the military’s ouster of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi ...