“We are fighting a dictatorship. We have to stop it now”

      There will be blood,” 22-year old Diaa Galal told me, amid acrid plumes of tear gas on 26 November, the night before thousands of protesters once again flocked to Tahrir Square in Cairo. No one had seen it coming. On 22 November, just a day after brokering a truce between Gaza and … Continue reading

War of principles: Can free speech exist?

After a week of waiting for America to take action, Egypt’s prosecutor-general on Wednesday announced it had issued arrest warrants for seven US-based Copts and an American pastor over the inflammatory film “Innocence of Muslims.”  The eight, which include the film’s alleged maker Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, face charges which could see them get the death … Continue reading

Return of Egypt People’s Assembly dogged by legal, constitutional ambiguity

The People’s Assembly, the lower house of Egypt’s parliament, is due to meet within hours, following a surprise Sunday decree issued by newly-inaugurated President Mohamed Morsi calling for the reinstatement of the dissolved assembly and for fresh legislative polls within 60 days of the ratification of a new constitution.   As the decree has been … Continue reading

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