December 23, 2013 |
CAIRO - To many of those who took part in Egypt's 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak, the death of Bassem Mohsen epitomizes the revolution's dashed hopes. Mohsen, 25, was shot in the head last week during an antigovernment protest in his native city of Suez. On Sunday, his death was confirmed. On Monday, friends and family gathered outside the hospital where his body lay, waiting for official permission for an autopsy. The young activist was a veteran of protests against not only Mubarak, but also the military administration that followed, the Islamist rule of Mohamed Morsi and the current authoritarian-minded interim government.
December 19, 2013 |
CAIRO -- Two sons of ousted autocratic leader Hosni Mubarak, along with his last prime minister, were acquitted Thursday on corruption charges in a case that suggested a reversal of fortune for members of the government overthrown in the so-called Arab Spring of 2011. The acquittal of Mubarak's two sons Gamal and Alaa, together with Ahmed Shafiq, the last prime minister to serve under Mubarak , was a reminder of the near-total power once enjoyed by the president and his inner circle.
December 15, 2013 |
CAIRO - Young Egyptian musician Ramy Essam boasts a distinction that few others can claim: a starring turn in a documentary film shortlisted for an Oscar nomination, as well as an arrest warrant hanging over his head. Amid an unprecedented crackdown on protesters from across the political spectrum, Egypt's seemingly unstoppable turmoil is taking a particularly heavy toll on the country's youths. There's 19-year-old Mohamed Reda, shot dead last month during a demonstration at Cairo University.
November 19, 2013 |
CAIRO - Twelve people were injured in clashes across Egypt on Tuesday, as protesters gathered to commemorate the second anniversary of deadly street fighting that preceded parliamentary elections following the toppling of longtime autocratic Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak. The fighting Tuesday comes at a time when the Egyptian political scene remains deeply polarized between supporters and opponents of the military coup that ousted Mubarak's successor, Islamist Mohammad Morsi. While Morsi won Egypt's first fully democratic election for president, his autocratic style reminded many of Mubarak's, and his ouster was met with wide-scale public support for the Egyptian army.
September 29, 2013 |
CAIRO - One aunt cursed him to hell, another accused him of murder. The intense family passions were roused when Ahmed Samir posted on Facebook his support for Egypt's deadly crackdown against the Muslim Brotherhood. The proclamation drew Samir and his irate relatives deeper into the nation's battles over politics and conscience after nearly three years of unrest. "My one aunt calls me a liar and prays for me to go to hell. She says I am covered with blood of those who were killed," said Samir, a customer relations representative for a bank.
September 14, 2013 |
CAIRO -- Deposed Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak was back in the criminal dock Saturday, but only long enough for the court to adjourn the case until Oct. 19 and ban the live televising of what is expected to be sensitive testimony. Mubarak, 85, is being retried on charges linked to the killings of hundreds of protesters during the massive 2011 uprising that ended his longtime autocratic rule. The court cited national security considerations in its decision to close next month's sessions.