Egypt

Roller derby: helping Egyptian women stand up for themselves


Roller derby is a female-dominated sport where both the blades and the punches roll. Over the past three years, a group of Egyptian women have become aficionados and hardcore fans of the sport. But in a country where many women face harassment on a daily basis, roller derby is much more than just a game. Read more...
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Beaten for turning on the TV: Video shows abuse of Egypt's orphans


A video showing the director of a Cairo orphanage beating young children has provoked outrage in Egypt. Egyptian authorities responded by quickly arresting the director. But our Observer says that to put an end to this kind of abuse, there must be more serious consequences for those who perpetrate violence against children. Read more...
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Murder of 7 Coptic Egyptians in Libya met with indifference

 
Seven Egyptian nationals, stone masons by trade and Coptic Christians, were executed Sunday in Benghazi. The city, which was the cradle of the Libyan revolution, is sinking ever deeper into chaos. The crime, which was likely committed for religious reasons, has garnered very little reaction. Read more…
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Experts rally to save Egypt’s heritage amid unrest

 
In late January, a car bomb targeting the Cairo police headquarters damaged a number of antiquities housed across the street at the Museum of Islamic Art. This is far from the first time that Egypt’s cultural heritage has suffered from the security problems plaguing the country since the revolution. This time around, however, a volunteer brigade of antiquities experts was standing ready to jump in. Read more...
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Targeted by the police, pro-Morsi students boycott final exams

 
Al-Azhar University in Cairo is fraught with tension in this final exam period: while exams started on Saturday, many students that support the Muslim Brotherhood have chosen to boycott them. These students wish to denounce the sanctions that have been imposed on their fellow students that dared to openly support ousted president Mohammed Morsi in the last few weeks. Read more…
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Official poster of “All Egyptians” features stock photos of foreigners

The Egyptian officials who presented the country’s new draft constitution during a press conference Sunday did not seem to notice that three of the five people on the giant promotional poster that decorated the conference room, entitled “All Egyptians Constitution”, were clearly not Egyptian. Read more...

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‘Ultras girls', the Muslim Brotherhood’s rowdy female fan base

 
Since Mohamed Morsi was ousted from power last July, female members of the Muslim Brotherhood have participated massively in protests calling for his reinstatement. But in an effort to make their voices heard, they're turning to an unlikely source of inspiration: football fans. Read more...
 
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'Sisi-mania': Egypt’s army chief everywhere from posters to cakes

 
Over the past couple of months, "Sisi-mania" has swept across Egypt. The face of General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi – the army chief who played a key role in overthrowing Mohamed Morsi – is everywhere: on posters, of course, but also on T-shirts, necklaces, cakes, and even chocolates. Read more…
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