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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Dec 01, 2012 Islamist to rally in support of Egypt's president
QUOTE: Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy was expected to be given the country's new constitution Saturday, a day after its approval by an Islamist-dominated assembly....Morsy sparked days of protests last week after he issued an order banning courts from overturning any decisions he has made since taking office.
CNN (Cable News Network) Nov 23, 2012 Clashes Break Out After Morsi Seizes New Power in Egypt
QUOTE: Protests erupted across Egypt on Friday, as opponents of President Mohamed Morsi clashed with his supporters over a presidential edict that gave him unchecked authority and polarized an already divided nation while raising a specter, the president’s critics charged, of a return to autocracy.
New York Times Feb 06, 2012 Charges Against U.S.-Aided Groups Come With History of Distrust in Egypt
QUOTE: Egyptian state media announced charges against four such nonprofit organizations that are based in Washington and that receive some United States government support. The charges include operating without licenses, “conducting research to send to the United States” and supporting Egyptian candidates and parties “to serve foreign interests.”
New York Times Nov 21, 2011 Chaos, deja vu in Tahrir Square
QUOTE: Chaos reigned Monday in Cairo's Tahrir Square as demonstrators battled security forces, marking three days of bloody violence in Egypt's capital....But demonstrators are upset about a proposed constitutional principle that would shield the military's budget from scrutiny by civilian powers. They worry that the military would be shaped as a state within a state.
CNN (Cable News Network) Nov 03, 2011 Refugees face organ theft in the Sinai
QUOTE: Bedouin smugglers involved in people trafficking are also believed to be stealing organs from refugees who are unable to pay their demands for large amounts of cash to take them into Israel.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 11, 2011 All Hail the (Democratic) King (Op-Ed)
QUOTE: ...Morocco’s July 1 constitutional referendum may be the most significant development in the Arab world all summer. For the first time since the Arab Spring began, a population broadly embraced its leader’s reforms and scaled back antigovernment demonstrations.
New York Times Apr 25, 2011 Syria Escalates Crackdown as Tanks Go to Restive City
QUOTE: “The government has decided to choose the path of violence and repression…” Tanks had not previously been used against protesters, and the force of the assault suggested that the military planned some sort of occupation of the town.
New York Times Apr 22, 2011 Lies and Videotape (Op-Ed)
QUOTE: For most authoritarian states, state news media, especially television, have helped leaders stay in power by creating a parallel reality for their populations and depriving dissenters of a wider audience.
New York Times Apr 14, 2011 Egyptian Military to Review Cases of Jailed Protesters
QUOTE: “If they are retried in a military court there is no guarantee there will be a fair trial,” Ms. Morayef said. “All these people need to be retried in a civilian court and all peaceful protesters who were arbitrarily arrested should be immediately released and their charges dropped.”
New York Times Mar 05, 2011 Women Fight to Maintain Their Role in the Building of a New Egypt
QUOTE: The challenge now, activists here say, is to make sure that women maintain their involvement as the nation lurches forward, so that their contribution to the revolution is not forgotten... It is an indication of the place of women here that Ms. Hassan was referring to the need for political gains and true equality, rather than some more basic rights denied to women in parts of the Arab world.
New York Times Feb 20, 2011 Egyptians were Unplugged and Uncowed
QUOTE: The removal of the Internet by their government, they said, was a reminder that they were not free; not truly part of the wider world that they know so well thanks to technologies like the Web.
New York Times Feb 15, 2011 Bedouin Smugglers Abuse Africans Held for Ransom, Israel Group Says
QUOTE: About 1,000 African migrants trying to cross the Sinai Desert from Egypt into Israel have been systematically beaten, raped and held captive for ransom in the past year by the Bedouin smugglers they hired to help them make the journey, an Israeli advocacy organization said Tuesday.
New York Times Feb 08, 2011 Egyptian man's death became symbol of callous state
QUOTE: ... the death of Khaled Said would have become a footnote in the annals of Egyptian police brutality. Instead, outrage over the beating death of the 28-year-old man in this coastal city last summer, and attempts by local authorities to cover it up, helped spark the mass protests demanding the ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
Washington Post Jan 29, 2011 Arab media revolution spreading change
QUOTE: Egyptians have overcome their fear of the police state....There is a direct line between this revolt and the Arab media revolution launched 15 years ago. One might even argue it is the inevitable result.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jan 14, 2011 Joy as Tunisian President Flees Offers Lesson to Arab Leaders
QUOTE: The protests’ success gripped a region whose residents have increasingly complained of governments that seem incapable of meeting their demands and are bereft of any ideology except perpetuating power. The combustible mix that inspired them — economic woes and revulsion at corruption and repression — seemed to echo in so many other countries in the Middle East...
New York Times Jun 02, 2010 New Israeli Tack Needed on Gaza, U.S. Officials Say
QUOTE: The Obama administration considers Israel’s blockade of Gaza to be untenable and plans to press for another approach to ensure Israel’s security while allowing more supplies into the impoverished Palestinian area....Since the botched raid that killed nine activists on Monday, the Israeli government has said that the blockade was necessary to protect Israel against the infiltration into Gaza of weapons and fighters sponsored by Iran.
New York Times May 04, 2010 Who Draws the Borders of Culture?
QUOTE: The British Museum is Europe’s Western front in the global war over cultural patrimony, on account of the marbles. The pamphlets give the museum’s version for why they should stay in Britain, as they have for two centuries....patrimony claims too often serve merely nationalist ends these days, no less often than they do decent ones, never mind that the archaeological and legal arguments by the Greeks, while elaborately reasoned and passionately felt, don’t finally trump the British ones.
New York Times Apr 15, 2010 The Living and the Dead
QUOTE: a clear demarcation line separates regions able to look forward, even over history’s wounds, and those unable to escape the clutches of the dead. Yehuda Amichai, the fine Israeli poet, once observed of Jerusalem that it is “the only city in the world where the right to vote is granted even to the dead.” The Middle East holds pride of place when it comes to morbid retrospection.
New York Times Jun 26, 2009 Arab Activists Watch Iran And Wonder: 'Why Not Us?' (The View From Egypt )
QUOTE: Across the Arab world, Iran's massive opposition protests have triggered a wave of soul-searching and conflicting emotions. Many question why their own reform movements are unable to rally people to rise up against unpopular authoritarian regimes.
Washington Post Apr 20, 2009 Egyptians win the right to drop religion from ID cards
QUOTE: Egyptian followers of the Bahai religion celebrated a long-awaited legal victory last week when the country's Interior Ministry allowed them to obtain national identity cards without falsely listing their faith as one of the only three recognized by the state.
Christian Science Monitor Mar 20, 2009 Following the rockfall, Egyptian slum dwellers have little more than hope
QUOTE: in the months following the [rock slide] disaster, the family [Khalaf Hussein and Hanifa Abbas]... have been stymied by bureaucratic hurdles, corruption, and this country's [Egypt] changing attitudes toward the urban poor.
Christian Science Monitor Oct 23, 2008 In Cairo, a Groping Case Ends in a Prison Sentence
QUOTE: verbal and physical harassment of women is starting to be acknowledged as a “real phenomenon in Egypt,” Ms. Ostaz said. Women’s rights activists said they hoped the severe sentence would frighten men into stopping committing assaults that for years have gone unpunished by the authorities and many women have become resigned to...
New York Times Nov 06, 2007 Egyptian Police Sentenced In Landmark Torture Case
QUOTE: Police treatment of Egyptians often is openly rough -- officers slap street children in full view of passersby, for example. Local rights groups say torture is systemic and that poor training leads police to rely on beatings to obtain confessions.
Washington Post Aug 30, 2007 For Sudanese refugees, a cycle of flight: In Cairo, once thought to be fairly safe, many consider fleeing again – to Israel.
QUOTE: The trend of Sudanese seeking to flee what is considered to be relatively safe Cairo is putting a spotlight on a forgotten and neglected community of some 30,000 refugees. Some, like Dong's family, are from the south of Sudan, where about 1.5 million died in a conflict involving separatist groups and the government in Khartoum.
Christian Science Monitor Jun 12, 2007 Egyptian Voters Impeded In Opposition Strongholds
QUOTE: Egyptian security forces barred voters from entering polling centers in opposition areas Monday during the first national elections since the U.S.-backed government of President Hosni Mubarak pushed through constitutional changes that analysts say were intended to keep the Muslim Brotherhood from power.
Washington Post Feb 01, 2007 Germans Charge 13 CIA Operatives
QUOTE: The CIA's clandestine program of abducting suspected terrorists and taking them to secret sites for interrogation unraveled further on Wednesday as German prosecutors issued arrest warrants for 13 agency operatives in the kidnapping of a German citizen in the Balkans in December 2003. The case is the second in which European prosecutors have filed charges against CIA employees involved in counterterrorism operations. Italian prosecutors have charged 25 CIA operatives and a U.S. Air Force officer with kidnapping a radical cleric on a Milan street in 2003...
Washington Post Dec 14, 2006 Why Israel maintains nuclear ambiguity: Ehud Olmert's apparent admission that Israel has nukes calls into question the country's longtime vow of silence.
QUOTE: fragility of one of Israel's most finely tuned defense policies, a doctrine of nuclear ambiguity that has enabled Israel to deter foes for decades in a region with only one alleged nuclear power.
Christian Science Monitor Aug 08, 2006 FBI Seeks Missing Egyptian Students: 11 Students Have Not Shown up at Their University
QUOTE: The FBI and U.S. Immigration and Custom's Enforcement alerted intelligence agencies and state and local law enforcement this week about 11 Egyptian students who failed to report to their classes at Montana State University after they entered the country last month...Despite initial problems in coordinating reporting requirements to DHS, homeland security experts believe the system is now working effectively.
ABC News Jan 25, 2006 The Realities of Exporting Democracy: A Year After Bush Recast Foreign Policy, Progress Remains Mixed
QUOTE: While the administration has enjoyed notable success in promoting liberty in some places, it has applied the speech's principles inconsistently in others ...Washington has stepped up pressure on repressive regimes in countries such as Belarus, Burma and Zimbabwe -- where the costs of a confrontation are minimal...
Washington Post Dec 25, 2005 Egypt Jails Opposition Leader for 5 Years: Rights Groups Denounce Nour's Forgery Conviction as Politically Motivated
QUOTE: An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced Ayman Nour, the lawyer and politician who challenged President Hosni Mubarak at the polls, to five years in prison on charges of forging petitions. Supporters and human rights groups denounced the conviction as an outrage.
Washington Post Dec 08, 2005 Police Attack Voters During Last Day of Egypt Election
QUOTE: Clashes between riot police and irate voters broke out in several towns that were strongholds of opposition to President Hosni Mubarak's National Democratic Party. Police have increasingly intervened in the parliamentary vote, which was spread out over almost four weeks when it became clear that candidates representing the formally outlawed Muslim Brotherhood would win a significant number of the contested seats.
Washington Post Nov 26, 2005 Israelis Hand Off Gaza Crossing: Palestinians Take Control of Rafah
QUOTE: Palestinians celebrated a step toward independence from Israel on Friday with a jubilant ceremony opening the Rafah border crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, their first self-governed passage to the outside world. The event marked a milestone in the long Palestinian-Israeli conflict by giving a Palestinian government control over an international border crossing for the first time.
Washington Post Nov 12, 2005 Italy Seeks Extradition Of 22 CIA Operatives
QUOTE: Italian prosecutors on Friday formally requested the extradition of 22 U.S. citizens believed to be CIA operatives on charges that they seized an Egyptian Islamic cleric off a Milan street in early 2003 and flew him to Cairo, where he later said he was tortured.
Washington Post Nov 02, 2005 CIA Holds Terror Suspects in Secret Prisons: Debate Is Growing Within Agency About Legality and Morality of Overseas System Set Up After 9/11
QUOTE: ...the CIA has not even acknowledged the existence of its [secret detention] sites. To do so, say officials familiar with the program, could open the U.S. government to legal challenges, particularly in foreign courts, and increase the risk of political condemnation at home and abroad.
Washington Post Jul 05, 2005 Israel's Bedouin 'Spies' Fear Reprisal in Gaza
QUOTE: ...nearly 100 Dahaniya residents claim that the government is "discriminating unlawfully" against them because they are Arabs. The petition says the Israeli government "owes them a legal, moral and human debt to care for their security and well being" after years of having "acted actively to promote the security of the state."
Washington Post Mar 28, 2005 Saving Nonproliferation
QUOTE: While claiming to be protecting the world from proliferation threats in Iraq, Libya, Iran and North Korea, American leaders not only have abandoned existing treaty restraints but also have asserted plans to test and develop new weapons...abandoned past pledges and now threaten first use of nuclear weapons against nonnuclear states.
Washington Post Jan 02, 2005 The War Inside the Arab Newsroom
QUOTE: Beyond Al-Rashed's criticism of Islamic fundamentalists, the main target of his wrath is the Arab media....he thinks his competition is not just misguided but actively dangerous. "The region is being filled with inaccuracies and partial truths...I think people will always make good judgments if they have the right information and the whole information. What we lack right now is the truth and information."
New York Times Aug 11, 2004 Report Faults U.N. Council on Rights Abuse
QUOTE: The U.N. Security Council may be "indirectly encouraging" human rights abuses around the world as part of its campaign to halt the spread of international terrorism, according to a report by Human Rights Watch.
Washington Post Mar 17, 2003 Congress Questions Cost of War-Related Aid: Some Lawmakers Skeptical of 'Emergency' Requests for Assistance to Cooperating Nations
QUOTE: As country after country demands money and military aid from the Bush administration in return for cooperation in the struggle against Iraq and terrorism, the price tag is growing and some in Congress have begun questioning the strategy.
Washington Post Jan 08, 2003 After 50-year fight, women get the gavel
QUOTE: "But it's not just a matter of women judges.... Will she rule on behalf of women's rights, or will she perpetuate polygamy and other backwards ways of thinking?"
Christian Science Monitor Oct 21, 2002 Dad's 'Immoral' Poem Exiles Son
QUOTE: An Egyptian appeals court has confirmed the guilty verdict in the case of Shohdy Naguib Surur, who was sentenced to one year in prison in June for posting his father's poem on the Internet.
Wired Aug 15, 2002 Bush, in Shift On Egypt, Links New Aid to Rights
QUOTE: The Bush administration will oppose any additional foreign aid for Egypt to protest the Egyptian government's prosecution of human rights campaigner Saad Eddin Ibrahim and its poor treatment of pro-democracy organizations…
Washington Post Aug 04, 2002 Bush's Shame
QUOTE: ...when a kangaroo court in Egypt, apparently acting on orders from President Hosni Mubarak, sentenced an ill, 63-year-old Saad Eddin Ibrahim to seven years at "hard labor" for promoting democracy...the Bush-Cheney team sat on its hands.
New York Times Nov 23, 2001 Democracy's Uneasy Steps in the Islamic World
QUOTE: At a time when democracy is new and its institutions untested, and with many Arab societies divided among tribes or sects, or between modernists and traditionalists, there are concerns that majorities might become tyrannical.
New York Times Nov 10, 2001 Longer Visa Waits for Arabs; Stir Over U.S. Eavesdropping
QUOTE: ...pro-immigration groups and organizations representing American Muslims said the new requirements amounted to profiling by religion or nationality, a shift to methods they called antithetical to American values....Robert E. Hirshon, the president of the American Bar Association, said that the new eavesdropping regulation clearly violated the Constitution's guarantees...
New York Times Nov 06, 2001 Fighting Bin Ladenism
QUOTE: After saying that the U.S. was deliberately making humanitarian food drops in areas of Afghanistan full of land mines....This was an editorial written by Egypt's leading editor, personally appointed by President Hosni Mubarak....redirecting their public's anger onto America through their press.
New York Times Nov 04, 2001 The Uncomfortable Question of Anti-Semitism
QUOTE: in recent weeks I have been reminded, in ways too plentiful to ignore, about the role Jews play in the fantasy life of the world. Jews were not the cause of World War II, but they were at the metaphysical center of that conflict nonetheless, since the Holocaust was part of Hitler's agenda and a key motivation of his campaign. Jews are not the cause of World War III, if that's what we are facing, but they have been placed at the center of it in mysterious and disturbing ways.
New York Times Oct 22, 2001 Practical Idealism
QUOTE: Realists hold that foreign policy is about relations between nation states, not about the political, economic or human-rights conditions within particular countries. Meddling in other nations' internal affairs only invites conflict....How useful is Rice's recommended focus now? The United States is at war not with a great power but with a transnational network.
Washington Post Oct 14, 2001 The Despair Beneath the Arab World's Growing Rage
QUOTE: Both groups of rulers [Egypt and Saudi Arabia] are entrenched elites dealing with increasing social frustration — rooted in stagnant economies and a paucity of jobs — and the difficulty of managing generational change at the top.
New York Times Oct 09, 2001 It's Freedom, Stupid
QUOTE: ...while America might align itself with all sorts of countries for economic or strategic reasons, in the end it was those who were "basically pro-freedom" whom America would never abandon...
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