Egypt

'If Morsi leaves, democracy will have failed' says Muslim Brother

 
While all eyes are on the protesters in Tahrir Square, in Nasr City, near the presidential palace, thousands of supporters of Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi are also camping out night and day. To them, the army’s ultimatum is no less than a coup. We spoke with one of them, who belongs to the Muslim Brotherhood. Read more...
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Is historic Cairo doomed to disappear?

 
Vandalism, looting, and illegal construction… Egyptian architects are increasingly concerned about the toll that these problems have taken on Cairo’s historic centre since the revolution in 2011. According to them, if public authorities do not react now, the city’s many architectural and cultural treasures are doomed to disappear. Read more...
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Lynching of Shiite Egyptians caused by “rise in hate speech”

 
Disturbing videos have emerged of a deadly lynching of four men in Egypt on Sunday. The footage shows a group of attackers being beating the men to death, and then dragging their lifeless bodies down a street. All four of those killed were Shiite Muslims. Read more…
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Egyptian artists rally against 'Islamisation' of culture

 
For days now, dozens of Egyptian artists and intellectuals have been occupying the headquarters of the Ministry of Culture in Cairo to demand the resignation of the new culture minister, whom the protesters accuse of “Islamising” the sector. Read more...
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Egyptians rally against looting of pyramid grounds

 
Protesters gathered Monday near Egypt’s Dahshur pyramids to demand that the government take action against widespread robbing of their ancient tombs. Archaeologists say that this looting has gotten out of control since the Egyptian revolution. Read more...

Egyptian women fight for equality with graffiti

 
In Egypt, street art, which has become incredibly popular since the revolution, is mainly created by men. However, women are now starting to join in, notably via the group “Women on Walls”, which has just launched a nationwide graffiti campaign to educate Egyptians about the difficulties faced by the country’s female population. Read more...

Egyptian activists tell govt religious identification 'None of your business'

 
In Egypt, identity cards feature a citizen’s name, picture, profession… and religion. A group of young Egyptian activists feels that this last bit of information is irrelevant, and have launched a Facebook campaign against what they see as government intrusiveness. Read more…
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On the menu at Egypt’s most prestigious university: maggots and nails

 
Students at the Al-Azhar University in Cairo are furious. They have been protesting against the dismal hygienic conditions at their university after several hundred students fell ill due to food poisoning. Read more…
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Egypt hit by spate of mob killings

 
Over the past few months, several Egyptian villages have borne witness to extremely cruel lynchings, in which bodies are often hung in public for all to see. Two Observers, still shaken, describe the executions they witnessed in these remote regions, where such extreme violence seems to be becoming increasingly commonplace. Read more...
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