Sarah Carr

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Sarah Carr is a British-Egyptian journalist in Cairo. She blogs at www.inanities.org.

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National council sets new minimum wage at LE 400

CAIRO: The National Wages Council (NWC) set the minimum wage at LE 400 Thursday, following an administrative court ruling on Tuesday that the government must set a minimum wage in line with the cost of living. Al-Ahram reported that under the decision individual sectors will be free to set “the maximum wage” after negotiations “between …

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Over 1,000 ICLD workers protest proposed job reassignments

CAIRO: Security bodies forcibly broke up a protest by workers from the Information Centers for Local Development (ICLD) on Tuesday. Over 1,000 ICLD workers gathered early Tuesday morning outside of downtown Cairo’s Cabinet Office, following last week’s worker rejection of a recent government decision to reassign them to the health and housing ministries. Lawyer Haitham …

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New court ruling obliges Egypt to raise minimum wage

CAIRO: In what an NGO described as a “fresh victory” for the issue of wages in Egypt, the Cairo Administrative Court issued a ruling Tuesday obliging the government to set a minimum wage in line with the cost of living. The ruling upholds an earlier administrative court verdict issued in May that found that the …

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April 6 demonstrators detained in Sayeda Zeinab

CAIRO: Four members of the April 6 Youth Movement were arrested during a “surprise” demonstration in Sayeda Zeinab, Cairo on Monday evening. Activists Mahmoud Shoukry, Magdy Abdel-Rahman, Mohamed Abdallah and Selwan Mohamed were held overnight in the Sayeda Zeinab police station. At the time of press, the Sayeda Zeinab public prosecution office had ordered that …

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Rights group to sue gov’t for not implementing ICLD decree

CAIRO: A labor rights NGO is planning to file a case against the government following its failure to implement a May decree that awarded Information Centers for Local Development (ICLD) workers pay rises and pension and health insurance benefits. In statements to independent daily Al-Masry Al-Youm on Monday, Center for Trade Union and Workers Services …

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Protesting ICLD workers reject gov’t offer to change their jobs

CAIRO: Protesting Information Center for Local Development (ICLD) workers say that they reject an offer made by Hussein Megawer, head of the Egyptian Federation of Trade Unions (EFTU), that they be reassigned as Ministry of Health and Ministry of Housing employees. According to the Center for Trade Union and Workers Services (CTUWS), Megawer proposed to …

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ICLD workers say won’t end sit-in at EFTU until demands are met

CAIRO: Workers from the Information Centers for Local Development (ICLD) say that they will not end the sit-in they have begun at the Egyptian Federation of Trade Unions (EFTU) building in Cairo until EFTU head Hussein Megawer responds to their demands. In intense heat, some 500 men, women and children assembled outside the EFTU building …

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University students protest police violence on campus

  CAIRO: As universities gear up for student union elections, students gathered on Monday outside Cairo’s Higher Education Ministry to protest police violence on campuses.   Chanting “get state security out the door” and “beating girls is a red line” some 200 protestors from groups including the April 6 Youth Movement, the Movement for Justice …

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May 4 Movement leads pro-Mubarak march

CAIRO: A march planned by supporters of President Hosni Mubarak turned into a brief gathering on Thursday, when less than 30 people turned up. Assembled outside Abbaseya’s Nour Mosque in Cairo some 20 men carried placards reading “Yes to Mubarak, the man of war and peace.” The march — whose date coincides with the date …

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May 4 Movement leads pro-Mubarak march

CAIRO: A march planned by supporters of President Hosni Mubarak turned into a brief gathering on Thursday, when less than 30 people turned up. Assembled outside Abbaseya’s Nour Mosque in Cairo some 20 men carried placards reading “Yes to Mubarak, the man of war and peace.” The march — whose date coincides with the date …

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NGO sues government over restrictions on text messaging companies

CAIRO: The Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression (AFTE) has filed a lawsuit against the government’s decision to impose restrictions on companies that send out mass text messages. The decision, issued Monday by the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, obliges mass text messaging companies to pay hefty fees in order to obtain licenses. …

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ICLD workers protest over unpaid salaries

CAIRO: Security bodies tightly controlled a protest held by Information Centers for Local Development (ICLD) workers before breaking up the demonstration, the Center for Trade Union and Workers Services (CTUWS) said Monday. Around 1,000 workers initially gathered outside Cairo’s Shoura Council before being forced to assemble outside the nearby Agricultural Development Bank where a tight …

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April 6 Youth Movement march ends with 26 arrests

CAIRO: The April 6 Youth Movement said on Monday that 26 of their members were arrested after they took part in a “spontaneous” march in Cairo. The march, which took place on Sunday evening, coincided with the launch of the Youth Movement’s “Black Constituency” campaign last week. The campaign aims to persuade Egyptian voters not …

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May 4 Movement calls for march to support Mubarak

CAIRO: A group calling itself the May 4 Movement is calling for a march on Thursday in support of incumbent President Hosni Mubarak. In what it describes as a “day in support of the leader of the new thought brigade,” the Facebook group urges Egyptians to join the march, scheduled to take place at noon …

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Aboul Seba’ workers resume sit-in

CAIRO: Aboul Seba’ workers have resumed their sit-in after company owners reneged on a promise to pay outstanding salaries and make a decision about workers’ futures. The textile workers began a sit-in over unpaid wages on Sept. 18 that they called off on Sept. 25 after receiving promises that a decision about their future with …

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Nilesat’s closure of Jordanian channel a rights’ violation, says NGO

CAIRO: The closure of a satellite channel by satellite operator Nilesat is a “flagrant violation of the right to freedom of opinion and expression”, an Egyptian NGO says. Last Friday, Nilesat halted transmission of the Egyptian-Jordanian Al-Badr satellite channel that covered religious and social topics, according to the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR). In …

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Activist released after six-day delay

CAIRO: An Egyptian activist was released from prison on Sunday evening, six days after his prison term had ended. Ahmed Abu Douma began a three-month prison sentence in July, reduced from six months on appeal after being convicted of assaulting police officers during a demonstration in downtown Cairo in May. Youth activists had demonstrated on …

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Activist slated for September release still in prison

CAIRO: An activist convicted of assaulting police officers during a demonstration in May has still not been released despite the fact that his prison term ended on Sept. 28, 2010. Ahmed Abu Douma was sentenced to six months imprisonment in May, reduced to three months on appeal at the end of July. He was found …

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Investigation launched into assault of public prosecutor lawyers by SSI officer

CAIRO: Investigations are being carried out into allegations by three members of Rashid’s public prosecution office that a state security investigations (SSI) officer verbally assaulted and threatened to open fire on them as they attempted to inspect a SSI facility. News of the incident was first reported by Mohamed Abdelaziz, a lawyer with the Nadeem …

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Detained Sudanese refugee at risk of torture, says NGO

CAIRO: A Sudanese refugee currently being detained by Egyptian state security is at risk of torture, an NGO said on Tuesday. The Center for Contemporary Sudanese Studies says in a statement that Adam Yahya Abdallah Khalil, known as Adam Houly, was taken to a state security facility in Giza from the El-Takhsheeba Prison (a police …

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NGO lists four security interventions within five days on university campuses

CAIRO: At the start of the new academic year that began last week, the Association for the Freedom of Thought and Expression (AFTE) issued a bulletin describing “security interference” and “arbitrary action” by university administrations. The bulletin lists four cases that took place over the course of five days. On Sept. 19, AFTE reports that …

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Aboul Seba’ workers suspend sit-in

CAIRO: Workers from the Aboul Seba’ textiles company in Mahalla have suspended their sit-in after receiving promises that a decision about their futures with the company will be made on Oct. 5. Workers began the sit-in on Sept. 18 in protest at unpaid wages. The protest was the third of its kind in three months. …

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Amnesty says Duweiqa verdict ‘missed opportunity’ for unsafe areas

CAIRO: Amnesty International has labeled the legal action taken in response to the Duweiqa rockslide that killed approximately 119 people in 2008 “a missed opportunity" to ensure that those living at risk in Egypt’s informal settlements receive appropriate attention and aid in the future. On Tuesday, the prison sentences given to the vice governor of …

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Aboul Seba’ workers protest unpaid wages

CAIRO: Workers at Mahalla’s Aboul Seba’ textile factory are again demonstrating over unpaid wages. Aboul Seba’ worker El-Sayed Rizq El-Shishtawy told Daily News Egypt that workers have been on unpaid mandatory leave since the beginning of this month. He also stated that he and the other workers had only been receiving a fraction of their …

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Egyptian activists to protest for the release of Syrian blogger

CAIRO: Egyptian activists are organizing a demonstration outside the Syrian Embassy in Cairo on Sunday, protesting the nine-month detention of a 19-year-old Syrian blogger. Syrian security bodies summoned Tal El-Melouhy, a student from Homs for questioning on Dec. 27 2009 about an article she wrote and published online. Her blog “Medawwenty” contains articles and poems …

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ICLD workers end sit-in following pay pledges

CAIRO: Information Centers for Local Development (ICLD) workers ended their sit-in at 4 pm on Tuesday after negotiations ended with a promise that outstanding salary entitlements will be paid out. Some 300 workers began a sit-in outside the Cabinet building in Cairo on Tuesday morning demanding the implementation of an agreement reached in May that …

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ICLD employees resume sit-in after unfulfilled pay pledges

CAIRO: Information Centers for Local Development (ICLD) workers were back on the street Tuesday protesting the government’s failure to uphold pay increase pledges. “The government created these centers to address poverty and so on but it doesn’t even solve the problems of ICLD workers,” said Khaled, an ICLD employee from Alexandria. Some 32,000 ICLD workers …

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ICLD employees resume sit-in after unfulfilled pay pledges

CAIRO: Information Centers for Local Development (ICLD) workers were back on the street Tuesday protesting the government’s failure to uphold pay increase pledges. “The government created these centers to address poverty and so on but it doesn’t even solve the problems of ICLD workers,” said Khaled, an ICLD employee from Alexandria. Some 32,000 ICLD workers …

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Two activists arrested, released over Eid holiday

CAIRO: In separate incidents, two political activists were detained and released over the Eid holiday. Walid Shawqy, an activist with the National Association for Change (NAC) founded by Mohamed ElBaradei, was arrested early on Friday morning after Eid prayers and taken to a police station in Dakerness, El-Daqhileya. Fellow activist Ahmed Bermawy wrote on micro-blogging …

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