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Egypt protests continue in crisis over Mursi powers

Egypt protests continue in crisis over Mursi powers | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

(Reuters) - Hundreds of demonstrators were in Cairo's Tahrir Square for a sixth day on Wednesday, demanding that President Mohamed Mursi rescind a decree they say gives him dictatorial powers, while two of Egypt's top courts stopped work in protest.

Five months into the Islamist leader's term, and in scenes reminiscent of the popular uprising that unseated predecessor Hosni Mubarak last year, police fired teargas at stone-throwers following protests by tens of thousands on Tuesday against the declaration that expanded Mursi's powers and put his decisions beyond legal challenge.

Protesters say they will stay in Tahrir until the decree is withdrawn, bringing fresh turmoil to a nation at the heart of the Arab Spring and delivering a new blow to an economy already on the ropes....

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Egyptian Vigilantes Crack Down on Abuse of Women

Egyptian Vigilantes Crack Down on Abuse of Women | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
More and more groups are emerging to make protecting women — and shaming the do-nothing police — a cause, combating a longstanding problem in Egypt.
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Egypt police kill 34, torture 88 under Mursi: Report

Egypt police kill 34, torture 88 under Mursi: Report | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

 Egyptian police were behind at least 88 cases of torture, seven cases of sexual assault and 34 deaths during President Mohammed Mursi's first 100 days in office, according to a new report....

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Egypt constitution talks stumble on role of Islam

Egypt constitution talks stumble on role of Islam | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

(Reuters) - A proposal by ultraconservative Salafis to give Egypt's main Islamic institution the final say on whether the law of the land adheres to Islamic laws threatens to bring the already painfully slow process of drafting the new constitution to a grinding halt.

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Bahraini rights activist Al-Khawaja banned from entering Egypt - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online

Bahraini rights activist Al-Khawaja banned from entering Egypt - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

[She wins International awards alogside her family and is spontaneously denied entry into Egypt.....HMMMMM!  All  this as Morsi pushes Egypt into dictatorship!  ]

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Egypt Marches to Dictatorship

Egypt Marches to Dictatorship | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Morsi's Egypt is very similar to Mubarak's Egypt. Morsi can enact laws without the legislature, he is in control of the police, in control of the army and in control of foreign affairs and he signs all treaties.
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Egypt’s Sinai Problem

Egypt’s Sinai Problem | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The border attack in the Sinai Peninsula is why Egypt’s new Islamist leader has to establish control over the lawless Sinai and work with Israel to do so.
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Egyptian Activists Demand an End to Military Trials for Civilians

Egyptian Activists Demand an End to Military Trials for Civilians | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The Lede speaks to one of the young Egyptian activists working to draw attention to the plight of thousands of civilians jailed by the country's military since last year's revolution.
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Egypt’s president-elect rouse masses, vows to fight for authority

Egypt’s president-elect rouse masses, vows to fight for authority | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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“Everybody is hearing me now. The government ... the military and the police. ... No power above this power,” he told the tens of thousands of mostly Islamist supporters packing the square. “I reaffirm to you I will not give up any of the president’s authorities. I can’t afford to do this. I don’t have that right.”

Morsi’s words were a show of defiance as he gears up for a power struggle with the country’s ruling generals, who took over major presidential powers and disbanded the Islamist-controlled parliament in the days before the election results were released. ...

However, the mere fact that Morsi is to follow the generals’ instructions by going ahead with the official inauguration at the high court left no doubt who holds the real power.

Two days before the June 16-17 presidential runoff, the ruling military council disbanded the country’s first freely elected parliament, after a court determined the parliamentary elections were illegal. Then, as the polls were closing on June 17, it issued constitutional amendments that gave the military rulers legislative powers and control over drafting a new constitution. ...

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Egyptian military source: 'SCAF won't let Brotherhood seize power' - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online

Egyptian military source: 'SCAF won't let Brotherhood seize power' - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

A military source who spoke to Ahram Online on condition of anonymity spelt out the ruling military council's position on Egypt's current uncertain political situation, in which the Muslim Brotherhood appears to stand on the verge of winning the presidency.
"The military council is determined not to allow the Muslim Brotherhood to seize power," said the source. "It will not relinquish the reins of power until a new constitution is issued and the arena is set for a balanced political process."

 

[Sounds like a coup d'etat to me....The People's will is the source of all Democracy....not the military]

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Women protesters in Egypt are assaulted

Women protesters in Egypt are assaulted | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

CAIRO - A mob of hundreds of men assaulted women holding a march seeking an end to sexual harassment Friday, with the attackers overwhelming the male guardians and groping and molesting several of the female marchers in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.

From the ferocity of the assault, some of the victims said it appeared to have been an organized attempt to drive women out of demonstrations and trample on the prodemocracy protest movement. ...

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Protests heat up after Mubarak given life sentence

Protests heat up after Mubarak given life sentence | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
About 10,000 protesters have flooded the streets of Cairo after Hosni Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison.

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Julian Assange’s latest ‘World Tomorrow’ episode covers the overthrow of dictators

Julian Assange’s latest ‘World Tomorrow’ episode covers the overthrow of dictators | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

[Nabeel Rajab] "When I said in my Twitter account that I’m going to meet Julian Assange and I’m going to speak to him in a TV programme, and last night my house was surrounded by almost 100 policemen – armed, machine guns, and they realised then that I was not at home, then they just ask my family to tell me to come to the public prosecutor today at 4 o’clock. Well, I am here…
…I’m going to go back. I mean, I have to face it, you know. I mean, it’s not the first time but this is the struggle, this is the freedom, this is democracy that we are fighting for. It has a cost and that we have to pay the cost, and the cost might be very expensive as we have paid high cost in Bahrain, and we are willing to pay that for the changes that we are fighting for."

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Egyptians torch Morsi party's offices

Egyptians torch Morsi party's offices | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Furious Egyptian protesters torch headquarters of President Morsi's party in three cities. ...

Morsi issued a new declaration on Thursday, under which no judicial body can dissolve Egypt’s Constituent Assembly that is currently writing a new constitution.

The declaration allows the president to take "any decision or measure to protect the revolution." It also considers decisions and laws issued by the president as "final and not subject to appeal."

The move drew calls for nationwide protests from opposition forces who branded the declaration as "a coup against legitimacy" and "a major blow on the revolution that could have dire consequences."

Mohamed ElBaradei, a Nobel Peace prize laureate and the former director general of International Atomic Energy Agency, said Morsi had “usurped all state powers and appointed himself Egypt’s new pharaoh."

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Egyptian Islamists rally for Shariah law

Egyptian Islamists rally for Shariah law | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Over 10,000 ultraconservative Muslims demonstrated Friday in downtown Cairo to demand that Egypt's new constitution be based on the rulings of Islamic law, or Shariah, in the latest tussle over the role of religion in the country's future.
The writing of the constitution has been fraught with controversy since last year's political uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak and ushered in the rise of formerly repressed Islamists to power. But Islamists themselves are not in agreement over the interpretation of Shariah and its place in the document. ....

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Journalist Mona Eltahawy arrested in NY for defacing pro-Israel ad [Video]

Journalist Mona Eltahawy arrested in NY for defacing pro-Israel ad [Video] | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

This is non-violent protest, see this America,” Eltahawy said in the video posted on the New York Post website as police officers were arresting her.

“I’m an Egyptian-American and I refuse hate,” she added.

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Egypt's Morsi denounces Syria regime, defying summit host Iran

Egypt's Morsi denounces Syria regime, defying summit host Iran | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

TEHRAN — Egypt's new president rankled his hosts but won plaudits elsewhere Thursday when he condemned the Iran-backed government of Syrian President Bashar Assad as an "oppressive regime," sparking a walkout by Assad government officials at a summit of nonaligned nations.

"We express our solidarity with the struggle of the Syrian people against an oppressive regime that has lost legitimacy," Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi told the assembled delegates at a conference hall in the Iranian capital. "It is not only an ethical duty but a political and strategic necessity."

Morsi's impassioned plea represented a diplomatic humiliation for Tehran, which had touted his presence as a diplomatic coup, the first visit by an Egyptian leader here since the Islamic Revolution overthrew the U.S.-backed Iranian shah in 1979.

But instead of toeing Tehran's line on the delicate issue of Syria or sidestepping the incendiary topic, Morsi acted like the guest who spoiled the party, making an emotional case for the ouster of Assad, Iran's closest Arab ally.

"The blood of the Syrian people is on our necks, and it will not stop unless there is an intervention by all of us," Morsi said while calling for a transition to a representative government in Syria, where the Assad family has ruled for more than 40 years. ...

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‘Iran and Egypt going to offset Saudi and US in Mid-East’ — RT

‘Iran and Egypt going to offset Saudi and US in Mid-East’ — RT | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi is going to side with China and Iran to rebalance the region, Michael Hughes, foreign policy strategist at the Washington-based New World Strategies Coalition, told RT.....

The unspoken link here is Israel,” Hughes said, explaining that Egypt can leverage its relationship to put pressure on Israel to stop this loose talk about bombing Iran.
“Here’s the connection, for Morsi starts looking like a geopolitical genius. If he can pull this off, if he can make Israel to step back with the whole ‘bombing Iran’ thing – that would be pretty amazing,” Michael Hughes said.
“After all, if Egypt finds Iran as a partner they don’t have to rely on the US or Israel, and they can offset and counterbalance the Gulf monarchies,” Hughes explained, saying that the Muslim Brotherhood that Morsi represents has a lot of problems with Saudi Arabia.
“It’s an interesting dynamic. Even though the Muslim Brotherhood are Sunni – and Iran is Shia – they have a lot in common against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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Egypt's President Has Powers That Rival Mubarak's

Egypt's President Has Powers That Rival Mubarak's | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

...The Brotherhood already won both parliamentary and presidential elections after the uprising last year that forced Mubarak out. The question now is whether there is any institution in the country that can check the power of Morsi and the Brotherhood and stop them from taking over the nation's institutions and consolidating their grip.

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"Are we looking at a president determined to dismantle the machine of tyranny ... or one who is retooling the machine of tyranny to serve his interests, removing the military's hold on the state so he can lay the foundations for the authority of the Brotherhood?" prominent rights activist and best-selling novelist Alaa al-Aswani wrote in an article published Tuesday in an independent daily.

"He must correct these mistakes and assure us through actions that he is a president of all Egyptians," wrote the secular al-Aswani before warning that Egyptians will never allow Morsi to turn Egypt into a "Brotherhood state."

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mohamed ElBaradei, the country's top reform leader, issued a similar warning on Monday. After Morsi stripped the military of legislative authority, and in the absence of parliament, he cautioned that the president holds "imperial powers." .....

 

[Arab spring hijacked! ]

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Egyptian women worry about rights under new Islamist president

Egyptian women worry about rights under new Islamist president | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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As women of the revolution battle the patriarchal and rigid politics of Egypt's military and rising Islamists, they are also pushing for a social reawakening and an acceptance of women's freedoms. Women make up at least 52% of Egyptian society and 33% of them are considered the sole breadwinners in their households. However, the state, even after the Arab Spring uprising, has largely failed to protect them from sexual assault and domestic violence. ...

 

Women held fewer than 10 out of 508 seats in the Islamist-dominated Egyptian parliament elected this year. A court ruling dissolved the chamber last month, but during its sessions ultra-conservative Islamist parliamentarians sought to abolish women’s laws enacted under Suzanne Mubarak because they were associated with the previous regime. Efforts to undercut women also included proposals to decrease the age of marriage for girls from 16 to 14 and revoking a woman’s right to divorce her husband.

Despite concern that a Morsi government might further curtail women’s rights, a recent Gallup Poll showed that many Egyptian women were not worried about implementation of sharia, or Islamic law, or dramatic changes under the new president. The study found that 44% of women surveyed believe sharia should be the only source of law; 38% said it should be one of a number of sources.

The report also suggests that as long as there’s a struggling economy and high unemployment, there may be a "greater threat to women's rights than public support for religious legislation.”...

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Shiites should embrace Arab Spring, not fear it: Lebanese cleric

Shiites should embrace Arab Spring, not fear it: Lebanese cleric | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Shiites should regard the Arab Spring as a continuity of their own revolution in asking for freedom and dignity, a member of the Supreme Shiite Islamic Council in Lebanon said.

Sheikh Sayyed Hani Fahs was commenting on the recent political victory of the Muslim Brotherhood in the Arab world after popular uprisings shook the region in the past couple of years.

“Our Sunni brothers should not get overexcited about their victory, because a majority does not need to fight for its share, but for its role,” he said in an interview with Al Arabiya, aired on Thursday.

“The majority in our region [Sunnis] has the task of protecting the diversities, and not only between religions, but also within the sects,” he added.

“I like to call it the diversity within the unity and the unity between diversities.”

Sheikh Fahs urged people from all beliefs to embrace the Arab Spring.

“Some of us say we learned about freedom from the Christians in our region, and now, we see some Christians siding with the dictator under the excuse of being scared from Islamists. This is illogical.”

The Sheikh believes the building of civil democratic states, devoid of political Islam, is the best political solution for Arab nations.

“When Turkey was building a secular state, while embracing modern Islam, we were looking at it as a role model,” he said.

“This model should have been implemented as a result of the Islamic Revolution in Iran.”

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Egypt's first Islamist president takes oath | Reuters

Egypt's first Islamist president takes oath | Reuters | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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Immediately after swearing his oath, he said a civil, national, constitutional and modern state was "born today".

The bearded U.S.-trained engineer is Egypt's first non-military president since army officers toppled the king in 1952. For the Brotherhood, banned and repressed under ousted leader Hosni Mubarak, it marks a dramatic reversal of fortunes.

"I swear by Almighty God that I will sincerely protect the republican system and that I will respect the constitution and the rule of law," Mursi told judges at the Supreme Constitutional Court, repeating vows he had uttered the day before to supporters thronging Cairo's Tahrir Square.

"I will look after the interests of the people and protect the independence of the nation and safety of its territory."

Mursi, 60, took his oath in the constitutional court, instead of parliament as is usual, because the court had dissolved the Islamist-led lower house earlier this month amid a raft of measures to ensure enduring military influence.

Mursi had shown his distaste for this by his symbolic oath-taking in Tahrir, crucible of the anti-Mubarak revolt, where he said the people were the only source of power, in a dig at the generals who see themselves as the state's ultimate arbiters....

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Voting Begins in Egypt’s Presidential Runoff Election

Voting Begins in Egypt’s Presidential Runoff Election | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Turnout in the early hours was moderate in the race, which pits a former prime minister of Hosni Mubarak against a Muslim Brotherhood candidate.
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Hosni Mubarak’s historic trial and Egypt’s unfinished revolution

Hosni Mubarak’s historic trial and Egypt’s unfinished revolution | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Hosni Mubarak’s trial is really historic and very important event not only for Egypt, but for the whole Arab world, and this trial was one of the demands of January 25 Revolution and became a great test for Egypt’s SCAF (Supreme Council of the Armed Forces) – de facto the ruler of transitional period – and for Egyptian judiciary as well. Can the new ruling power bring the long awaited justice for the people demanding it? This historic trial was called by many “The Trial of a Century”. Hosni Mubarak is actually the first ousted leader of Arab country who was brought to justice by his own people and was tried in his country and in front of his people with the court sessions being aired live on TV (Tunisian ex-President Ben Ali was tried in absentia). ....

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Egyptian mirage of presidential elections.....

Egyptian mirage of presidential elections..... | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

I hope there really is an oasis beyond that mirage......

 

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