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Egypt's army took part in torture and killings during revolution, report shows

Egypt's army took part in torture and killings during revolution, report shows | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Egypt's armed forces participated in forced disappearances, torture and killings across the country – including in Cairo's Egyptian Museum – during the 2011 uprising, even as military leaders publicly declared their neutrality, according to a leaked presidential report on revolution-era crimes.

The report, submitted to President Mohamed Morsi by his own hand-picked committee in January, has yet to be made public, but a chapter seen by the Guardian implicates the military in a catalogue of crimes against civilians, beginning with their first deployment to the streets.

The chapter recommends that the government investigate the highest ranks of the military to determine who was responsible.

More than 1,000 people, including many prisoners, are said to have gone missing during the 18 days of the revolt. Scores turned up in Egypt's morgues, shot or bearing signs of torture.....

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Building a better Egypt - The Drum Opinion

Building a better Egypt - The Drum Opinion | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
I doubt that Egypt will turn to democracy. For six years I represented the Government of Egypt on the board of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). On many trips to Cairo I met senior business people and politicians.
The ruling elite has long convinced itself that Egypt could not allow democratic freedom because this would open the door to well organised Islamic extremists. They talked about economic reform as a means to deny extremists from gathering support from young disaffected unemployed, but their reforms were so slow and insignificant that there has never been enough economic progress to meet the needs of a population growing by about one million every 10 months. As a result, Egypt has never really established a vocal moderate middle class to act as a counterweight to minority extremism.
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Egypt's army drives protesters from Cairo square - World Wires - MiamiHerald.com

Human rights advocates said they had confirmed the names of 39 people who had been arrested and that perhaps a total of 150 had been detained.
Witnesses reported that the army stood by as armed civilians beat the demonstrators.
"When the army started moving, protesters cheered them, thinking they would defend them against the thugs," said Michael Sadler, an American tourist who was heading to Tahrir Square to renew his visa. Instead, Sadler said, "The army joined in and attacked the protesters.
"One of the thugs waved his bat at me while another was brutally beating a protester," Sadler said. "I turned around and tried entering the square from another street. I saw the army attacking protesters and I ran away."
Dozens of people were reported injured or detained. Television footage from the square showed military policemen beating protesters as they dragged them to armored personnel carriers.
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Islamism with Hill and Ajami: Chapter 4 of 5 - Uncommon Knowledge - National Review Online

Overview of the Arab-spring!
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Egypt to hold parliamentary vote in November - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Egypt to hold parliamentary vote in November - Middle East - Al Jazeera English | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Egypt's parliamentary elections, a crucial step in transitioning to civilian rule, will be held in November, according to Egyptian state media reports.

In a meeting with reporters in Cairo on Saturday, Abdul Moaez Ahmed Ibrahim, the chief of the Higher Election Commission, said that the elections of both houses of the parliament will be held at the same time and fully supervised by judges.

The election commission was created on July 19 at a meeting of the supreme council of the armed forces, where it was also announced that no international observers would be allowed to monitor the vote.

Major General Mamdouh Shaheen, who presented the new election law to reporters, said barring foreign monitors was a necessary step to protect Egypt's sovereignty.
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Gaddafi criticises Egyptian, Tunisian revolutions | News by Country | Reuters

Gaddafi criticises Egyptian, Tunisian revolutions | News by Country | Reuters | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
TRIPOLI, July 23 (Reuters) - Muammar Gaddafi criticised on Saturday the popular uprising in neighbouring Egypt that forced Hosni Mubarak from power this year as the Libyan leader battles rebels who have...
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Egypt's foreign ministers resigns

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Egypt's Foreign Minister Mohammed al-Orabi resigns amid protests about the slow progress of reform since January's uprising.
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The Muslim Brotherhood’s stance on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict | Middle East news, articles, opinion and analysis | CrethiPlethi.com

The Muslim Brotherhood’s stance on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict | Middle East news, articles, opinion and analysis | CrethiPlethi.com | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Middle East News, Articles, Opinion and Analysis.- Muslim Brotherhood and the Palestinian Nation
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Meet Asmaa Mahfouz and the vlog that Helped Spark the Revolution

This vlog was recorded on January 18th by Asmaa Mahfouz, the girl who helped start it all. She had shared it on her Facebook, and it had gone viral. NEVER FORGET!
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Photos de 25 يناير يوم الثورة على التعذيب والفقر والفساد والبطالة - Photos du mur | Facebook

Photos de 25 يناير يوم الثورة على التعذيب والفقر والفساد والبطالة - Photos du mur | Facebook | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Facebook page of pics from the Egyptian revolution
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Political powers set differences aside to participate in Friday protests

Political powers set differences aside to participate in Friday protests | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
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#tahrir | Flickr - Egyptian Revolution until Freedom!

#tahrir | Flickr - Egyptian Revolution until Freedom! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
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Ahram Online - News, Business, Culture, Sports & Multimedia from Egypt

Ahram Online - News, Business, Culture, Sports & Multimedia from Egypt | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Ahram Online - News, Business, Culture, Sports & Multimedia from Egypt...
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WPR Article | U.S. Must Step Up for Egypt's Women

WPR Article | U.S. Must Step Up for Egypt's Women | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
In the previous legislature, Egypt's mandatory quota system allowed women to hold approximately 13 percent of the seats -- 64 out of 445. Now, the only protection for women will apply to the half of the new parliament's seats that will be elected by the party list system, for which each party's list must include at least one woman. Where on that list the woman's name must appear is not specified.
Contrast this with recent developments in Tunisia, where the transitional government has decreed that not only must every political party present equal numbers of male and female candidates, but that men and women must alternate on the lists, so that however many seats a party gains will be divided equally between the sexes. In a fascinating turn, some of Tunisia's Islamist parties supported the measure as well. ...
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The Hindu : Islamists force Egypt's liberals to regroup

The Hindu :  Islamists force Egypt's liberals to regroup | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Jolted by the heavy mobilisation by Islamists on Friday at Cairo's Tahrir Square and other major cities, Egypt's liberal pro-democracy activists are trying to re-group to prevent their country from evolving into a theocracy.
Late on Sunday, Amr Hamzawy, the spokesman for the Egypt Freedom Party, a Liberal formation, announced that a broad coalition of like-minded parties was in the works to counter the growing influence of Islamist and religious movements in the country. Mr. Hamzawy said Egyptians had to make a choice: Now that the former President, Hosni Mubarak, had fallen from power, they could either build a “civil state” or allow the emergence of a theocracy.
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The Cutting Edge News

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Egypt After Mubarak

Egypt turns to the Dark Side as Muslim Brotherhood Calls the Shots

... In Cairo, tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered in Tahrir Square on July 29, in response to an appeal launched by the Muslim Brotherhood. Fifteen lay political formations as well as Coptic Christians joined in the demonstration.
Among the slogans in the square, there was ''Islam, Islam, we do not want a liberal State," "The people want Islamic law,"''Islam: not West or East," to which were political demands, such as bringing ormer President Hosni Mubarak to justice.
...During Egypt's spring there was heard "Hold your head up high, you’re Egyptian.” On Friday, “Muslim” was substituted for “Egyptian.” Similarly, the chant that resounded throughout the revolution, the people want to topple the regime,” became "The people want to apply God’s law.” Moreover, the chant "There is no constitution but Islam," was also heard.
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"The young protagonists of the revolution in previous months (who forced the resignation of President Mubarak) would like a more democratic government," said Rev. Verdoscia. "These young people are from the cities and are able to handle the most modern means of communication, such as the social network."
"On the other hand," continued the missionary, "the Muslim Brotherhood has a considerable organizational capacity and appeal especially to religious identity. One must keep in mind that a good part of the Egyptian population lives in rural areas. These people have no culture and their identity is only religious."
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Following Friday prayers, contending groups of Egyptians flooded Tahrir Square and chanted conflicting slogans. Prominent among these were Salafists, an ultraconservative branch of Wahabi Islam that has close ties to Saudi Arabia. Saudi flags were evident among members of the crowd that numbered in the thousands and appeared to fill the now iconic Tahrir ('freedom') Square in Cairo. Both the Salafists and Muslim Brotherhood contingents vastly outnumbered the other groups present.
The Salafists are considered to be more religiously conservative than the Muslim Brotherhood. According to local reports, in some cities the Salafists have refused to allow contending groups to join them in marchs demonstrating against the current government. ...
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Egypt's ex-interior minister to be tried with Mubarak

Egypt's ex-interior minister to be tried with Mubarak | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
CAIRO (Reuters) - A court postponed Monday the trial of Egypt's former interior minister over the killing of protesters until next week so that he will be tried alongside ousted President Hosni Mubarak.The...
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Egyptian troops disperse demonstrators

Egyptian troops disperse demonstrators | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Egyptian troops fire in the air to disperse hundreds of demonstrators in Cairo trying to reach the defence ministry, where the ruling military council is based.
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What Americans Have to Learn from the Arab Spring

What Americans Have to Learn from the Arab Spring | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Following the law of “non-contradiction,” logical consistency is a concept that offers up the simple idea that if someone says X and not-X at the same time, they’re either confused or trying to deceive you.
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In his December 10, 2009 Nobel Peace prize acceptance speech, Obama said: “America has never fought a war against a democracy, and our closest friends are governments that protect the rights of their citizens.” Such a statement stands in stark contrast to Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King’s assertion, in his “Beyond Vietnam” speech, that the U.S. was “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today” and that it had become, along with other Western nations, “arch anti-revolutionaries,” subverting people’s movements around the globe. Clearly these two men’s ideas about the U.S. are not compatible.
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The Egyptian government, led by the U.S. backed dictator, Mubarak, frequently violated many of its people’s basic human rights. According to a January 12, 2009 diplomatic cable, made available by WikiLeaks, the U.S. was well aware of Egypt’s State of Emergency law and its consequences for the people. The cable reported of the law that it had been “in effect almost continuously since 1967,” and granted the government “broad powers to arrest individuals without charge and to detain them indefinitely.” The cable also explained that the regime had used the Emergency Law to target political opponents including bloggers and labor demonstrators. In fact, a January 15, 2009 diplomatic cable by U.S. ambassador to Egypt, Margaret Scobey—again, made available by WikiLeaks—indicates that police brutality was, at the time, “routine and pervasive,” and that “police using force to extract confessions from criminals [is] a daily event.” Ambassador Scobey also wrote that there were indications that the government was engaged in torture and the “sexual molestation” of at least one female democracy activist.
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Soon the people of the tiny Persian Gulf nation Bahrain, too, awoke with the zeal to enact and experience freedom, whatever the consequences. Like Egypt had been, Bahrain is ruled by a dictatorial, U.S. backed regime, the Khalifa family. According to the New York Times, the Shiite majority in Bahrain have long complained of their being marginalized and discriminated against by the Sunni royal family. King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa is said to hire foreigners to take up law enforcement so as to prevent Shiite citizens from carrying weapons or wearing police uniforms. Moreover, despite overwhelming support for a 2001 national charter meant to produce key democratic reform, in 2002, “the king imposed a Constitution by decree that Shiite leaders say has diluted the rights in the charter and blocked them from achieving a majority in the Parliament.”[10] The U.S. has long supported Bahrain’s monarchy despite its aversion to democracy and human rights.
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Does The Western World Have a Conscience? l Egyptian Women

Does The Western World Have a Conscience?  l Egyptian Women | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
While the Western World is very quick to support protesters in the Middle East, it also likes to sell their rulers weapons. + Womens Rights in Egypt. - http://www.petercliffordonline.com/conscience/
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Can the return of stolen public funds aid the ailing economy? | Al-Masry Al-Youm: Today's News from Egypt

Can the return of stolen public funds aid the ailing economy? | Al-Masry Al-Youm: Today's News from Egypt | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
As Egypt’s economy sputters through the first post-Mubarak months, many continue to complain about the ousted officials who are still “enjoying the people’s money,” the benefits of decades of corruption.
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Thousands more join Tahrir sit-in after disappointing Egypt PM speech - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online

Thousands more join Tahrir sit-in after disappointing Egypt PM speech - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
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"Prime Minister Essam Sharaf’s speech given Saturday night failed to stasify protestors, even stirring greater anger. “Sharaf’s speech did not say anything new and shows that no demands will be met,” said Heba, an independent sit-in participant.
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“His speech sounded like one of these tricks of the old government. He did not even give a timeline for his promise of suspending police officers accused [of killing protesters]. It is unacceptable that police officers accused of murder are still left on duty."
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Egypt PM orders all police accused of murder Fired!

Egypt PM orders all police accused of murder Fired! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
CAIRO - EGYPT'S Prime Minister said on Saturday he had ordered the sacking of all police officers accused of killing protesters during the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak, one of a series of measures aimed at placating demonstrators.Essam...
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Thousands converge in Cairo's Tahrir square ready for mass rally

Thousands converge in Cairo's Tahrir square ready for mass rally | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Thousands converge in Cairo's Tahrir square ready for mass rally
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CAIRO, July 8 (Xinhua) -- Thousands of Egyptians converged in central Cairo's Tahrir Square Friday morning, getting ready for a new million-man rally calling for achieving the demands in the Jan. 25 Revolution.

More than 20 pro-democracy political parties and groups have announced their participation in the protest, and agreed to refer to the Friday protest as "Revolution First" or "Egypt First".
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Al-Masry Al-Youm: Today's News from Egypt

Al-Masry Al-Youm: Today's News from Egypt | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
تعتمد "المصرى اليوم" فى تقديم خدماتها الإعلامية على مجموعة منتقاة من أفضل الصحفيين المصريين، وتمتد نطاق التغطية الخبرية إلى جميع أنحاء مصر عبر شبكة متميزة من المراسلين فى جميع المحافظات، ويساهم عدد من المراسلين فى التغطية من خارج الحدود، إضافة إلى...
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