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Sectarianism: Egypt’s uncomfortable question

For the past 10 years, Egypt has been reminded at least annually of its sectarian time bomb. If your only source of information were Egyptian media, sectarianism would be the work of a radical few, but never a serious problem inherent within Egyptian Society. But if you take a closer look at the lives of …

Ziad A. Akl

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In Pictures: Mubarak retrial judge recuses

The retrial of former president Hosni Mubarak came to an abrupt end in its first session on Saturday after presiding judge Mostafa Abdallah recused himself. Abdallah referred the case back to the Cairo Court of Appeals which will now have to assign the case to a different bench. The Cairo Criminal Court judge had previously …

Ahmed Aboulenein

Switzerland delays repatriating smuggled funds

The Federal Criminal Court of Switzerland denied representatives from the Egyptian government access to the file on the case against former regime members, saying that the “institutional situation of the country” was a significant factor in the ruling.

Basil El-Dabh

Adel El Adawy

An Authoritarian Relapse?

The current circumstances under which the constitution is being drafted does not represent the ideals nor values embodied by the January 25th Revolution.

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In memo to court, Mubarak claims innocence

By Sarah El Deeb / AP CAIRO: Egypt’s former President Hosni Mubarak told the court trying him for complicity in the killing of protesters during last year’s uprising that he was saddened by what he called “baseless” claims against him and expressed confidence in the judicial system and history to clear his name. Mubarak’s remarks were …

DNE

Mubarak has no regrets, no fortune, says lawyer

By Tamim Elyan CAIRO: Hosni Mubarak’s fortune does not exceed $1 million and he has no money outside the country, said the ousted president’s lawyer Farid El-Deeb in an interview with CNN Sunday night. El-Deeb also said that Mubarak is “very sad and sorry” that he is accused of ordering that live ammunition be fired on …

DNE

Mubarak, longtime pharaoh who collapsed when brought to book

By Christophe de Roquefueil / AFP CAIRO: Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak, who suffered a heart attack on Tuesday while being questioned by prosecutors, enjoyed near absolute power for three decades before being toppled by his own people in February and then called to account. It was a fall from grace that he found difficult to accept. State …

DNE

Egypt transition strains a month after Mubarak quit

By AFP CAIRO: A month after president Hosni Mubarak was forced to quit in the face of an unprecedented popular uprising, Egypt’s new rulers are grappling with the political and economic aftermath as tensions still run high on the streets. On February 11, newly appointed Vice President Omar Suleiman somberly announced on state television that …

DNE

Egyptian opposition fears Islamists and old guard

By Yasmine Saleh / Reuters CAIRO: Suppressed for decades, secular Egyptians have finally got their chance to enter politics but are worried they will be steam-rollered by Islamists and remnants of Hosni Mubarak’s National Democratic Party. Activists in Egypt, who united to overthrow Mubarak, are setting about forming new political parties, saying they are concerned …

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Prosecutor bans Mubarak, family from travel

By Agencies CAIRO: Egypt’s top prosecutor seized all the funds of ousted leader Hosni Mubarak and his family on Monday and banned them from travel abroad. Egypt’s graft authority said on Monday it would take the necessary steps to expose secret bank accounts of the ousted president and his family, the official news agency MENA …

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Mubarak’s retreat a far cry from the real Egypt

By Alexander Dziadosz / Reuters SHARM EL-SHEIKH: Anyone wondering how veteran President Hosni Mubarak lost touch with Egyptian reality needs look no further than this Red Sea resort, where he took refuge after his overthrow last week by a popular uprising. With its tidy rows of palm trees and wide streets, Sharm El-Sheikh looks more like …

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