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November 30, 2013 | By Laura King
CAIRO - A 50-member panel on Saturday began a bellwether vote on Egypt's draft constitution, a process that should yield key clues about the country's envisioned post-coup transition to democracy. The voting coincides with fresh political upheaval in the wake of a new law sharply restricting street protests. In recent days police have violently broken up demonstrations in the capital and elsewhere by both secular Egyptians and by Islamists supporting ousted President Mohamed Morsi . Several activists prominent in the 2011 uprising that toppled autocratic President Hosni Mubarak have been arrested.
January 31, 2011
U.S. stock-index futures fell as investors speculated that Egypt's crisis would slow the global recovery. Futures on the Standard & Poor's 500 index expiring in March tumbled 0.4% to 1,267 during trading Monday morning in Tokyo, while Dow Jones industrial average futures retreated 79 points, or 0.7%, to 11,696. Middle East shares sank Sunday, sending Abu Dhabi's index down 3.7%, its biggest drop in 14 months. "The situation in Egypt is the catalyst for a downturn," said James Paulsen, chief investment strategist at Minneapolis-based Wells Capital Management, which oversees about $340 billion.
December 3, 2013 | By Laura King, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
CAIRO - A prominent Egyptian political activist reported Tuesday he had been picked up by police, the latest in a string of arrests of secular Egyptians who helped spearhead the country's 2011 uprising against ousted former President Hosni Mubarak. Ahmed Douma sent a tweet alerting followers of his arrest, saying he was not aware of the accusation against him. In the five months that the military-backed government has been in power, most of the authorities' wrath has been aimed at the Muslim Brotherhood, the movement that propelled Islamist President Mohamed Morsi to power.
March 20, 1999
Re "U.S. Announces Plan to Sell Egypt $3.2 Billion in Weaponry," March 12: Congratulations to Lockheed Martin and Raytheon for getting U.S. taxpayers to cough up the dough to provide F-16 fighters and Patriot-3 missiles to Egypt to, as Defense Secretary William S. Cohen declared, spare the Egyptians the insult of having to turn to other suppliers. It's nice to know that our sensitivity toward the feelings of Egyptians comes ahead of the U.S. government's responsibility to provide quality education and universal medical care to American kids.
June 21, 1999
The "Chill to Democracy in Egypt" (editorial, June 11) is part of the "chill" to the peace agreement with Israel. Since 1993, at the height of the optimism for a new, peaceful Middle East, Cairo was pressing Arab states to slow the "normalization" with Israel. Egypt, jointly with Saudi Arabia, put the brakes on the regional, multilateral negotiations that included Israel. In 1994, while Israel agreed to let Yasser Arafat come back to Gaza in triumph and establish the Palestinian Authority, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait abandoned the multilateral framework.
August 31, 2013
Re "The limits of democracy," Opinion, Aug. 27 Tsvi Bisk castigates those "preoccupied" with the concept of democracy in Egypt. His analysis is based on three mistaken assumptions. First, Bisk says we should focus on "constitutionalism" rather than democracy. Our Constitution has been central to our success. But in Egypt, with its winner-take-all mentality, constitutions are imposed, not negotiated. The Muslim Brotherhood imposed its last fall; now the military seeks to do the same.
July 5, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- The African Union suspended Egypt's membership in the organization Friday in response to the overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi by the Egyptian military. The group's Peace and Security Council announced the move following a meeting Friday in the organization's headquarters in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, to discuss the Wednesday coup that oust Egypt's first democratically elected president. " The African Union suspended Egypt from all its activities after the Egyptian military overthrew the elected President Mohamed Morsi following intense protests," a statement on the African Union's website said.
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