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by: By William Fisher 2010-1-28
(IPS) - U.S. President Barack Obama's decision to detain 47 of the just-under 200 remaining prisoners at Guantanamo without trial indefinitely is drawing scorn from legal experts and human rights advocates...

by: Adam Morrow and Khaled al-Omrani 2009-5-15
In recent years, Egypt has witnessed increasing participation by women in grassroots political activism. Local civil rights advocates attribute the phenomenon to novel means of communication and organisation, especially the social networking website Facebook...

For years, Abdelhalim Kandil has been one of Egypt’s most high-profile opposition journalists, known for writing hard-hitting articles critical of the ruling regime of President Hosni Mubarak...

by: Ali Gharib 2009-3-12
Scores of Middle East and democracy experts released an open letter to U.S. President Barack Obama Tuesday asking him to focus more of his foreign policy efforts at making reforms in the region, including boosting human rights..

by: Adam Morrow and Khaled Moussa al-Omrani 2008-10-29
A high-ranking member of Egypt’s ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) is facing trial on charges of arranging the murder of a Lebanese pop singer. The case, along with a host of other public grievances, has badly tarnished the NDP’s reputation ahead of an upcoming party conference...

by: Aya Batrawy 2008-10-22
Kushari, often referred to as Egypt’s national dish, has become a staple food for many. Usually served in a plastic container, it is layered from the bottom with rice, followed by macaroni, then lentils and chick peas and topped off with a hot sauce, tomato sauce, garlic and fried onions..

by: Adam Morrow and Khaled Moussa al-Omrani 2008-7-1
CAIRO, Jul 1 (IPS) - Recent internal elections within the Muslim Brotherhood opposition movement were trumpeted in the local press as a victory for the group’s "conservative" faction over its "reformist" rivals. But according to independent commentators and a Brotherhood spokesman, media claims of a split within the movement’s ranks are unfounded...

by: Khody Akhavi 2008-5-24
From the people who brought you the "war on terror" and the "axis of evil" comes a new verbal tonic for combating that amorphous emotion. ..

by: Adam Morrow and Khaled Moussa al-Omrani 2008-5-8
Calls for a nationwide protest against the rising cost of living ended in anticlimax on Sunday (May 4), with most Egyptians going to work as usual. Although protest leaders had urged the public to register its disaffection en masse by staying home, the streets of the capital were busy. ..

by: Adam Morrow and Khaled Moussa al-Omrani 2008-5-3
Hundreds remain in detention following a nationwide protest Apr. 6 against rising food prices and political stagnation. But this has not deterred activists from calling for a second general strike on May 4, timed to coincide with President Hosni Mubarak’s birthday...

by: Adam Morrow and Khaled Moussa al-Omrani 2008-4-25
A year-long military trial of 40 leading members of the Muslim Brotherhood opposition movement ended last week with stiff jail terms for most of the defendants. Although the group is officially banned by the state, many observers were taken aback by the severity of the rulings...

by: Adam Morrow and Khaled Moussa al-Omrani 2008-4-17
What was planned as a workers’ strike at a major textiles company turned into a nationwide protest against skyrocketing food prices Apr 6. Over the days following, the opposition has found renewed strength. ..

by: Jim Lobe 2008-4-16
Despite renewed US efforts to achieve an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement this year, popular views of the United States in the Arab world have actually worsened since 2006, according to a major new survey of public opinion in six Arab states...

by: Adam Morrow and Khaled Moussa al-Omrani 2008-3-28
A World Bank official said this month it could take as long as "a generation" for the effects of Egypt’s recent economic growth to be felt by the poorest segments of the population. But as "neo-liberal" economists urge patience, retail prices for essential foodstuffs continue to skyrocket, stretching many household salaries to breaking point. ..

by: Adam Morrow and Khaled Moussa al-Omrani 2008-3-18
Last week, the time period for registering candidates in Egypt’s upcoming local council elections officially came to an end. But while spokesmen for the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) have lauded the electoral process as a paragon of political plurality, opposition groups are crying foul...

by: Adam Morrow and Khaled Moussa al-Omrani 2008-3-12
While in Egypt last week, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced the release of 100 million dollars in suspended financial assistance to Egypt...

by: Adam Morrow and Khaled Moussa al-Omrani 2008-2-26
The European Parliament adopted a resolution last month censuring Egypt’s human rights record, and urging Cairo to embrace substantial political reforms...

by: Adam Morrow and Khaled Moussa al-Omrani 2008-1-31
Ever since the hotly contested 2005 legislative elections, the opposition in Egypt’s parliament has become increasingly assertive. This year, opposition and independent MPs have hurled a record number of interpellations -- inquiries that must be answered by the government -- at the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) of President Hosni Mubarak. ..

by: Adam Morrow and Khaled Moussa al-Omrani 2008-1-24
During his recent eight-day tour of the Middle East, U.S. President George W. Bush spent only three hours in Egypt, a key U.S. ally. According to some local commentators, Bush’s short stopover did much to suggest that the longstanding "strategic relationship" between Washington and Cairo is showing signs of strain...

by: Adam Morrow and Khaled Moussa al-Omrani 2008-1-17
With another bombing in Beirut this week, the political standoff in Lebanon appears far from resolution. Egypt’s role in the crisis, meanwhile, remains limited to making broad appeals for national reconciliation in line with Arab League resolutions...

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