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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.
October 16, 2013 | By Laura King
CAIRO -- Americans are not at all popular in Egypt these days. And now, perhaps the only one who was has suffered a spectacular fall from grace. Bob Bradley, the American head coach of Egypt's national soccer team, the Pharaohs, was drubbed in Egyptian media after the team suffered a crushing defeat in a World Cup qualifying match, losing 6-1 to Ghana. In a withering commentary in Wednesday editions of the Shorouk newspaper, widely read sports columnist Ayman Badrah described Bradley's performance as unfocused, inflexible and “confused.” Tuesday's away match in Ghana was avidly followed by soccer-mad Egyptians, who clustered around TVs in cafes and living rooms on the first day of this week's Eid al-Adha holiday.
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.
July 8, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
This post has been updated, as noted below. Worried about student safety amid the political violence in Egypt, the University of California has suspended its fall semester program in Cairo, officials said Monday. The move affects 22 students who had signed up to study advanced Arabic and other classes at the American University in Cairo, according to Ines DeRomana, director of health, safety and emergency response for the UC Education Abroad Program. Those students can enroll instead in UC programs in Jordan, Turkey, Morocco and Israel that also offer Arabic classes, she said.
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