A litmus test of democracy is civilian control of the military enshrined in the constitution and exercised through representative institutions, a test which to date no Arab state has passed. So how close is Tunisia now?
Cairo - Twitter was blocked. So was Facebook. But that didn t deter hundreds of demonstrators Wednesday, who used cellphones to access the websites that have become critical to organizing protests in Egypt.
As protests continue in Cairo today, long-time Pentagon intelligence analyst John McCreary -- now out of government and writing the well-read NightWatch blog -- is eyeing events there with growing concern: Despite a US statement that the government of Egypt is stable, the demonstrations show ...
As a second day of protests continues, the Egyptian government has blocked the use of Youtube, Blogspot, Google’s email service Gmail and their online talking device, Gchat in an effort to force protesters away from getting their voices heard. Bikya Masr confirmed with one of the country’s Internet Service Providers (ISP) LinkDSL that they are not blocking Facebook or Google sites, but the government is blocking these services on other providers.
I’m reporting what’s happening in Egypt at the moment, which doesn’t necessarily imply my personal view, but rather the timeline of incidents for the past 2 week until this very critical moment. My friend and colleague Ahmed Aggour has already contributed a good intro to the Day of Rage 4 days ago here on this website, but no one has ever imagined the extent of what’s going on so far, which might continue for several coming days until the government responds.
Egyptian stocks slumped Wednesday and the cost of insuring the country's debt against default rose to the highest level in around 18 months amid concerns about escalating political tensions, after tens of thousands took to the streets in the largest antiregime protest in recent memory.
Reform-minded Libyans are "cautiously hopeful" regarding the recent appointment of Saif al-Islam al-Qadhafi as "General Coordinator." While Saif al-Islam is widely seen as a reformer, embassy contacts note that he will face continued resistance from the Libyan old guard. Some observers believe that the appointment was meant to give the regime a "new lease on life" and counter subtle yet growing voices of opposition, particularly with respect to corruption. Given that Saif al-Islam was out of the country when the appointment was made, the meaning of his new position will only start to become clear when he returns to Tripoli.
In 2009 the convicted Lockerbie bomber was sent home to Libya from a Scottish prison on grounds of “compassionate release”—he had only three months to live, authorities said. A year and a half later the man is still alive—and a Vanity Fair investigation reveals new details about the business interests and private dealings that lay behind the prisoner’s release. At the heart of the matter: the cozy and “profitable relationships” between the Blair government and Qaddafi’s Libya.
ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algeria must urgently create jobs for its young unemployed, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said in a report published on Wednesday, highlighting a problem that has fuelled unrest throughout the region. Jobless young men spearheaded protests in neighbouring Tunisia that helped to topple that country's long-serving president, and there have been anti-government protests this month in Egypt as well as rioting in Algeria itself.
Anyone planning to embark on an Egyptian tourism adventure in the near future that includes a heavenly cruise on the Nile or a tour of Cairo’s pyramids should go ahead without fear. There is no reason to change plans. What happened Tuesday in Cairo’s and Alexandria’s main squares should not deter anyone. Even if the protests continue, officials here will not be issuing a grave travel advisory.
In his essay, Dr Muqtedar Khan comments on Pakistan's blasphemy law and those who advocate and invoke them, arguing that such laws have no place in Islam and are often abused by Muslims seeking to exact revenge on religious minorities and fellow Muslims
BERLIN, Jan 26 (Reuters) - German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said on Wednesday Egypt must respect the rights of its population, urging all sides to refrain from violence amid clashes between security
CyberDissidents.org just contacted the famous Egyptian blogger Kareem Amer who was recently released after four years in prison. He was jailed for criticizing the Egyptian dictator on his blog and “insulting” Islam. Kareem has just returned from a large demonstration in Alexandria. He told CyberDissidents.org that protesters were subjected to attacks by riot police and that the security forces shot live bullets in the air as well as tear gas grenades. The streets were completely closed due to the large number of demonstrators. Amer also said that the demonstrations are still ongoing and that these events are unprecedented in Egypt. He observed little Islamist presence at the demonstration and said that he heard no chants or slogans typical of radical Islamists.
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