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Background:   Dr. Buṭrus Buṭrus Ghālī (November 14,1922 – February 16,2016), the sixth Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) discusses the main issues for a reform of the UN. He says there is a need for preparations of a new system of the UN. Many issues have arisen which need to be dealt...
The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) said that the freedom of belief is a fundamental human right, and is guaranteed by the Constitution, as well as international human rights conventions, to ensure that the ruling regimes do not impose penalties against individuals that exercise these...
Court of Cassation, Egypt's highest appeals court, has dismissed the appeal submitted by former President Muhammad Mursi, Supreme Guide Muhammad Badī`, and 25 leadership members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood Organization. The Court further ordered their inclusion in the list established with...
President of the Freedom Egypt Party (FEP), Tamer Sehāb, said that his party, alongside the parties of the Democratic Movement, the Egyptian Democratic Party and a number of civil society organizations, will participate in a meeting assessing the state of public freedoms over the past five years.
In a featured story on its website, Al-Misrīyūn wrote a profile about the former Egyptian Diplomat and Ambassador to Venezuela Yaḥia Nijm. Nijm was billed by activists and politicians as the "man of principles" as he stood against the constitutional declaration issued by the deposed president...
Yāssir Al-Qūrah, vice president of Al-Wafd Party for political and parliamentary affairs said that there are attempts carried out by the parliamentary body of the party to form a coalition that includes some parties and independents within the Parliament; to prevent the control of a faction over...
  Interviewer: Quinta Smit   Language of interview: Arabic (original interview), English (presented transcript)   Interpreter: Muḥammad Saʿīd   Transcript: Quinta Smit   Approval: Approved by interviewee     Bassām al-Zarqā, a leading member of the Nūr Party and advisor to president Muḥammad Mursī...
The legitimacy of the presidential elections in 2012 that brought President Morsi [in transliteration: Mursī] to power has been disputed since the day the election results were announced. Dr. Sherin F. Ibrahim, first female pathologist and molecular biologist in Egypt’s history to contribute to the...
Rev. Safwat al-Bayādī, president of the Protestant churches of Egypt, believes the amended constitution submitted to Egypt for referendum January 14-15, is 85 percent positive. As one of the fifty committee members, he described his experiences, both positive and negative, to Arab West Report on...
On August 19, an opinion piece by Dr. Tariq Ghazalī Harb appeared in al-Masrī al-Yawm, a liberal Egyptian daily newspaper. The author, a surgeon, describes the Muslim Brotherhood (which he always names with negative sarcasm) as a cancer in society, and in his authoritative medical opinion the only...
 The draft of this text originally published in Nederlands Dagblad was first seen and approved by Dr. Amr Darrag. We find it of great importance that the opinions of people we interview are presented as accurately as possible. Former Minister, Amr Darrag, member of the high board of the Freedom and...
I have read the July 22 and October 22 interviews with Dr. Amr Darrag and find his answers to be typical of the Muslim Brotherhood, who present themselves as victims without indications that they are willing to acknowledge failures on their side.
Sāmih Makram ‘Ubayd handed me his business card with the words, ‘I hope I get to use this again.’ Underneath his name it spelled out ‘Member of Parliament’. He took it back momentarily and penciled in an additional word in Arabic: ‘Dissolved’.
That was fast. After only one week in office, President Mursī has picked his first fight – he issued a decree to reinstate the dissolved parliament. Shortly before the run-off election the Supreme Constitutional Court ruled parliament to be unconstitutional based on procedural grounds, and the...
Coptic circles have been lately preoccupied with the figure to be vice president, comparing some effective names like incumbent Minister of Tourism Munīr Fakhrī ‘Abd al-Nūr, thinker and political researcher Samīr Marqus, activist Michael Meunir and former lawmaker Georgette Qillīnī. [‘Abd al-Wahāb...
The Muslim Brotherhood is a difficult subject to tackle. Some of this is the fault of others – there appears to be significant bias against them in many quarters. Some of this is their own fault – they are a closed organization accountable to no government oversight.  
The condition of Egypt is quietly very concerning these days. I say quietly for two reasons. First, in terms of the Western audience, most is slipping under the radar. Second, in terms of Egypt, the nation waits for presidential elections, and the areas of concern are easily ignored if no attention...
[The interview was carried out by Cornelis Hulsman, the transcript was made by Fidel Bartholdy]
[Lamīs Yahyá is an Egyptian student living in Germany who is supporting the Egyptian student movement for democratization in Egypt. She earlier wrote the investigative report on the conflict around the building of a Coptic Orthodox Church in Marīnāb, September 30, 2011.]
I took a stroll through our neighborhood this morning to see the early activity surrounding our four public schools hosting parliamentary elections. Polls opened at 8am, and I crossed the street, walked a block, and began to observe. A few things stuck me immediately. First, a long line. Over 100...

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