Tag: Sisi, Abdel Fattah el-

Outside Egypt, Critics Speak Freely. Inside, Families Pay the Price.

CAIRO — When a popular Egyptian blogger shared gruesome video of a military officer severing the finger of an unidentified body and setting the body on fire, it was some of the most shocking footage to emerge from Sinai, where Egypt’s military has been battling Islamist militants in a hidden war. As an exiled dissident, […]

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After 301 Days in Egyptian Prison, an American Teacher Flies Home

CAIRO — An American woman held without trial in an Egyptian prison for more than 300 days, over a Facebook page that criticized Egypt’s president, has been freed and returned to the United States, her supporters and American officials said on Monday. The release of the woman, Reem Desouky, which followed months of pressure from […]

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Filmmaker Who Mocked Egypt’s President Dies in Prison

CAIRO — An Egyptian filmmaker imprisoned over a music video that mocked President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi died at a maximum-security facility on Friday after two years in detention without trial, his lawyer said. Mr. Habash was imprisoned in March 2018 after he directed a music video by an exiled musician, Ramy Essam, that mocked Mr. […]

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Concerns of a Coup Stir in Sudan as Capital Braces for a Virus Lockdown

CAIRO — A dispute over measures to counter the coronavirus in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, has led to an open confrontation between the country’s military and political leaders, underscoring the fragility of the country’s transition to democracy. The civilian prime minister, Abdalla Hamdok, announced on Thursday that he had fired the governor of Khartoum, […]

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Autocrats’ Dilemma: You Can’t Arrest a Virus

CAIRO — When the virus hit, the strongmen hit back as they know best. For Egypt’s president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, that meant deploying chemical warfare troops, clad in protective suits and armed with disinfectant, to the streets of Cairo, in a theatrical display of military muscle projected via social media. Russia’s leader, Vladimir V. Putin, […]

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In Mubarak’s Legacy, Egyptians See the Failings of the Arab Spring

CAIRO — In his final years, Hosni Mubarak basked in the affection of his family and his supporters. The former autocrat, who ruled Egypt for three decades, was photographed at a Mediterranean beach resort with a smiling granddaughter on his knee. His sons, once viewed as pariahs by many Egyptians, appeared at nightclubs and soccer […]

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As Egypt’s Population Hits 100 Million, Celebration Is Muted

CAIRO — Somewhere in Egypt, around lunchtime Tuesday, the country reached a major milestone: its 100 millionth citizen was born. The birth of that citizen — whom officials identified as a girl named Yasmine Rabi’e, in a village in Minya governorate — was noted in Cairo by a giant counter outside the country’s national statistics […]

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