Egypt

Tensions rise between Tahrir Square protesters and Muslim Brotherhood

 
Egyptian protesters are no longer only angry with the military government in power. During a recent protest in Cairo, the crowd chanted slogans that were openly hostile toward the Muslim Brotherhood. Members of the Islamic movement were present at this march, but they had not come to participate – they were there to block the march’s progression. Read more...
 

Who burned Napoleon's Cairo library?

 
The cost of the Arab Spring in Egypt cannot be counted only in terms of human lives – cultural landmarks have paid a heavy price too. The Institut d’Egypte, one of Cairo’s most precious scholarly archives, was burned down on Saturday. Since then, protesters and the country's military rulers have been trading accusations of arson. Read more...
 
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Protesters describe effects of allegedly poisonous Tahrir Square tear gas

 
According to several of our Observers who have been taking part in protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the tear gas used by police has had a devastating effect on protesters. Concerns over the substance’s dangerous effects and its legality have spread rapidly on the Egyptian Web. Read more…

Football supporters come to the rescue of Tahrir Square protesters

 
A wave of fresh violence has taken over Cairo’s Tahrir Square since Friday. The rioting protesters include a wide range of people, from students to Islamists to…football supporters. The hardcore football fans of one of the capital’s biggest clubs have taken it upon themselves to defend protesters against police violence. Read more...
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Follow the protests at Cairo's Tahrir Square live

 
In scenes resminscent of the popular uprising that led to former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak’s downfall in February, demonstrators have gathered in Cairo's Tahrir square since Friday to urge the country’s interim military rulers to step down. For all the latest developments from Egypt follow our live blog…
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Egyptian blogger calls on men to try the veil

 
An Egyptian student has created a Facebook page to launch an appeal to men: post photos of yourselves wearing the Islamic veil. This young woman believes it is unjust that a dress code is imposed only on women. It’s an amusing initiative but the message has not been well received by some. Read more...

Egyptian activists lend their ‘savoir faire’ to Wall Street protesters

 
Shouting “Down with the government!” in Arabic, a group of protesters marched down a street, waving picket signs and flags. One might think they were watching a scene lifted directly from an Arab Spring demonstration, but guess again – it’s an Occupy Wall Street protest in New York. Read more…
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Are secret militias stirring violence in Egypt protests?

 
An amateur video shot during the deadly clashes opposing Egyptian Coptic Christians and police last week has fuelled concerns that organised thugs known as the ‘Baltagias’ have made a bloody comeback in Cairo. According to our Observers, these secret militias, infamous for their brutality under former President Hosni Mubarak’s rule, are still wreaking havoc. Read more…
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Eyewitness describes deadly clashes in Cairo: “The security forces were heartless”

 
Violent clashes between Coptic Christians and security forces in Cairo Sunday left 24 people dead and more than 200 wounded. Our Observer, a Muslim bystander who witnessed the events, was shocked by the military’s behaviour. Read more and see videos…
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