Dozens of journalists staged a sit-in at the headquarters of the Press Syndicate on Sunday afternoon to protest the continuing imprisonment of Magdi Hussein, chief editor of Al-Shaab, mouthpiece of the Islamist-oriented Labor party, and journalist Salah Bedewi. The two are serving two-year jail...
Eight suspected members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood were arrested on Saturday in the Upper Egyptian governorate of Minya.
Over a thousand years ago, the site on which the mosque is built, currently the scene of major renovation efforts, witnessed Sayeda Zeinab’s advent to Egypt. She was described as the "heroine of Karbala’," rallying troops at the battle, providing them with water and food, treating the injured and...
Book review of a book on the history of Egypt’s Jewish communities during the Mameluke era. While the Jews were in some ways isolated in the wider society and retained a sense of being apart from the larger communities in which they lived, they were nevertheless closely involved in all aspects of...
As recently as last week, an Egyptian mission uncovered a church dating back to the 6th century AD in Qubbet Al-Hawa, on the western bank of the Nile.
The highly-publicized trial of Lebanese singer and Arab icon, Marcel Khalife, accused of insulting Islam for putting Qur’anic verse to music, has highlighted one of the most controversial issues in Lebanon -- the role of religion in politics. Khalife’s trial, scheduled to have opened last week, has...
"The secret of the US nuclear base that destroyed the Egyptian plane," read the red-colored headline of the independent weekly Al-Osbou’ on Monday. The Islamist-oriented bi-weekly Al-Shaab, mouthpiece of the Labor Party, went further, claiming in its Tuesday headline that "the two black boxes were...
The Yemeni government executed Zein Al-Abedeen Al-Mihdar, leader of the Islamist extremist group the Abyan-Aden Islamist Army, in the capital Sana’a on 17 October. Three Britons and an Australian died in a pitched battle between members of the Islamist group and units of the Yemeni army who were...
Mahmoud Sayed Gaballah, who is linked to Osama Bin Laden, was arrested by Canadian police on charges that, if proven true, would have led to his immediate deportation. Last Friday, though, a Canadian court not only cleared Gaballah of the charges but recommended he be granted political asylum on...
The student union elections held on 2 November have elicited little more than a yawn, if indeed they were noticed at all. The glory days of campus politics have long since passed, or so it would seem.
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