May Day in Egypt: The Struggle for Social Justice Continues By: Mustafa Bassiouni Al-Akahbar-English Published Thursday, May 2, 2013, Creative Commons
Over two years after Egypt’s January 25 revolution, working class Egyptians find themselves fighting alone to achieve two of the revolution’s main goals: workers’ rights and social justice.
CAIRO – The workers’ movement in [...]
(The Guardian)-Senior interior ministry officials sanctioned the use of live ammunition against protesters in Suez during the opening days of Egypt’s revolution, according to a leaked fact-finding report commissioned by the president.
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(WaPo) – Libya’s oil and gas sector, long the lifeblood of this desert nation, has made a startling recovery since the country’s bloody 2011 revolution.
Thanks to concerted efforts by the national oil company — and those of major foreign firms that have retained a leading role in Libya’s oil fields for decades — the [...]
(Reuters) – Egypt’s ruling Muslim Brotherhood warns that a U.N. declaration on women’s rights could destroy society by allowing a woman to travel, work and use contraception without her husband’s approval and letting her control family spending.
The Islamist party of President Mohamed Mursi outlined 10 reasons why Muslim countries should “reject and condemn” the [...]
(The Observer) – Port Said affected by action over demands for better weapons and claims of being used unwillingly in suppression of protesters
Police officers in more than a third of Egyptian provinces have gone on strike, including in parts of Cairo and in Port Said, the troubled northern city where more than 50 people [...]
Secretary of State John Kerry meets Egyptian president on his first visit to the Arab world since taking office, says aid comes as reward for Morsi’s pledges of political and economic reforms.
AP, March 3
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday rewarded Egypt for President Mohammed Morsi’s pledges of political and economic reforms [...]
Since 2009 an interesting phenomenon has been happening around the Saharan desert, discarded cellphones have been collected and the music stored on them has been shared via bluetooth and mp3 trades. “Since then, many speculated that internet would wash over the desert rendering the peer to peer transfers of cellphone exchanges inútil. Instead, a more [...]
Fears grow over political violence as opposition hero’s family accuses ruling Ennahda party of being complicit in his death
The Guardian, By Angelique Chrisafis, February 8
Tunis – As tens of thousands of mourners and protesters wrapped in national flags crammed on to the leafy hillside of Tunis’s historic Jellaz cemetery, Yassim Boubakher, a lawyer [...]
NBC News (via Reuters), By Tom Perry and Yusri Mohamed
Opponents of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi planned mass demonstrations on Friday, raising the prospect of more bloodshed despite a pledge by politicians to back off after the deadliest week of his seven months in office.
Protests marking the second anniversary of the uprising that toppled [...]
Lest anyone think I’m a fan of Secretary Clinton – I’m not. She’s been a consistently hawkish voice in the Obama camp, arguing for interventions and pushing the country towards ever more wars. But while the right is honing in on a single phrase for domestic political ends, her testimony to the Senate Foreign [...]
Remnants of European imperialism are on display this year in Africa, as France (and eventually NATO) draws itself deeper into the morass of Mali:
SEGOU, Mali — Malian and French forces were reported in control of two important central Malian towns on Tuesday after the French Defense Ministry said they recaptured them on Monday, [...]
Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi has urged all political parties to take part in a national dialogue to heal rifts in the country, hailing a controversial Islamist-backed constitution as a key step towards greater stability and prosperity
France 24, December 26
Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi signed into law a new constitution shaped by his Islamist allies, [...]
McClatchy Newspapers, By Nancy A. Youssef and Amina Ismail, December 4
Cairo — Protesters Tuesday night stormed onto the grounds of the Egyptian presidential palace in a dramatic escalation of the crisis over Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi’s decision to give himself absolute judicial power and set a referendum on a controversial new constitution.
Police made [...]
Reuters, By Marwa Awad, November 29
Egypt’s Islamist-led constituent assembly finalized a new constitution on Friday and will send it to the president for him to ratify and put to a popular referendum.
“We have finished working on Egypt’s constitution. We will call the president today (Friday) at a reasonable hour to inform him that [...]