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Egypt: Parliament meets in defiance of court order

July 11, 2012
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Bend Bulletin    

"In a raw contest between Egypt’s competing centers of power, legislators Tuesday defied the country’s highest court and its most senior generals by holding a brief session of the dissolved Parliament, heeding an order by President Mohammed Morsi in the face of opposition -- but no overt obstacles from judges and the military. ... The parliamentary session lasted only a few minutes, long enough for lawmakers to decide in a voice vote to take the military’s order dissolving Parliament to the Court of Cassation, a high appeals court that is one of a triumvirate of top courts in Egypt. Adding to the potential for judicial wrangling, the third top court, which rules on executive decisions, said Tuesday that its verdict would come next Tuesday." (07/11/12)

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Egypt: Morsi sworn in as president

July 1, 2012
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Washington Post    

"Egyptians witnessed their nation’s first democratic handover in history on Saturday with the swearing-in as president of Islamist Mohamed Morsi, who displayed a striking synergy with and reverence for the military chiefs who have ruled the country since last year’s revolution." (06/30/12)

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Egypt: Islamist Morsy declared winner in presidential election

June 24, 2012
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Reuters    

"Islamist Mohamed Morsy of the Muslim Brotherhood was elected president of Egypt with 51.7 percent of last weekend's run-off vote, defeating former general Ahmed Shafik, the state election committee said on Sunday. He succeeds Hosni Mubarak, who was overthrown 16 months ago after a popular uprising. The military council which has ruled the biggest Arab nation since then has this month curbed the powers of the presidency, meaning the head of state will have to work closely with the army on a planned democratic constitution." (06/24/12)

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Egypt: Officials delay announcing election winner

June 20, 2012
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Colorado Springs Gazette    

"Officials postponed declaring a winner in Egypt's disputed election on Wednesday, sending political tensions soaring as the country awaited its first new president in three decades. Adding to the confusion and uncertainty were reports about the health of Hosni Mubarak, who is serving a life sentence for failing to stop the killing of protesters in the uprising that ousted him last year." (06/20/12)

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Egypt: Islamist claims victory in presidential vote

June 17, 2012
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution    

"The Muslim Brotherhood declared early Monday that its candidate, Mohammed Morsi, won Egypt's presidential election, which would be the first victory of an Islamist as head of state in the stunning wave of protests demanding democracy that swept the Middle East the past year. But the military handed itself the lion's share power over the new president, sharpening the possibility of confrontation." (06/17/12)

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Egypt: Court suspends election, ruling disputed

May 10, 2012
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New York Times    

"An administrative court on Wednesday suspended Egypt’s presidential election, scheduled to start on May 23, but legal experts said the ruling was expected to have little effect, and the candidates continued their campaigns, including preparations for the first televised debate Thursday night. ... The administrative court sought to suspend the elections mainly because of a procedural issue: it found that the date had wrongly been set by an independent electoral commission instead of by the governing generals themselves." (05/10/12)

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Egypt: Call for mass protests amid election controversy

May 3, 2012
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CNN    

"Hundreds of demonstrators extended their sit-in outside Egypt's defense ministry to a sixth day Thursday, as organizers called for mass protests following violence that killed at least 11 people. The coalition of political and civil groups -- known as the Board of Trustees of the Revolution -- condemned the clashes in Cairo's Abaseya area Wednesday and demanded the resignation of the government." (05/03/12)

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Egypt: 11 killed in attack on anti-military-rule protest

May 2, 2012
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Medicine Hat News    

"Clashes erupted on Wednesday between assailants and mostly Islamist protesters gathered outside the Defence Ministry in the Egyptian capital, leaving 11 people dead and nearly 50 wounded, security and hospital officials said. ... the clashes broke out at dawn when the assailants set upon several hundred protesters who had camped out in the area since early Saturday to press their demand for the military to go. Hospital officials said nine of the 11 died of gunshot wounds to the head while two people were stabbed to death." (05/02/12)

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Egypt: Ex-jihadists back “moderate Islamist” for presidency

May 1, 2012
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CBS News    

"A former jihadist group says it will back a moderate Islamist candidate in Egypt's presidential elections, dealing a blow to the powerful Muslim Brotherhood. Assem Abdel-Maged of the Gamaa Islamiya said on Monday that an internal poll showed that a majority in the group supported moderate Islamist Abdel-Moneim Abolfotoh. ... In a surprise decision, an influential group of ultraconservative Salafis said last week it was supporting Abolfotoh for the May 23-24 vote." (05/01/12)

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Egypt halts gas shipments to Israel in contract dispute

April 23, 2012
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Los Angeles Times    

"Egyptian officials said they are suspending natural gas shipments to Israel due a contract dispute arising from the two countries' controversial multibillion-dollar supply agreement. The move announced Sunday is the latest sign of souring relations between the Camp David peace treaty partners. Egypt accuses Israel of failing to make payments on gas deliveries in recent months. Israel denies the claim." (04/23/12)

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Egypt: Panel definitively bars three president hopefuls

April 17, 2012
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Thibodaux Daily Comet    

"Egypt's election commission rejected the appeals of three main contenders for president Tuesday, definitively removing the most polarizing candidates from the race to become the country's first elected leader since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak. The disqualification of the three diminishes the chances that an Islamist candidate will win the presidency, but there are worries over the fallout from the decision, particularly from the supporters of one of the barred candidates, ultraconservative Islamist Hazem Abu Ismail." (04/17/12)

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Egypt: Islamists set back in presidential race

April 15, 2012
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Lincoln Journal Star    

"The elimination of three of the main contenders from Egypt's presidential race has eroded the chances of an Islamist candidate to seize the country's top job. The Muslim Brotherhood, the most powerful political group to emerge from last year's uprising, finds itself increasingly in a bind." (04/15/12)

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Egypt: Court suspends constitutional panel

April 10, 2012
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Houston Chronicle    

"An Egyptian court on Tuesday suspended a 100-member panel selected by lawmakers from the Islamist-dominated parliament and tasked with drafting the country's new constitution. The ruling .... followed complaints by political groups, secular politicians and constitutional experts over parliament's decision to give lawmakers half the seats on the panel. ... The verdict also referred the case to a panel of senior judges to look into the legality of the panel." (04/10/12)

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Egypt: Mubarak spy chief seeks Egypt presidency

April 8, 2012
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Arizona Republic    

"Egypt's powerful spy chief under deposed President Hosni Mubarak roiled the country's presidential race Friday by announcing his candidacy and presenting himself as the best choice for restoring security and prosperity. Omar Suleiman's announcement was widely seen as a game changer in the landmark election scheduled for next month. The prospect of his return to power would have been laughable a year ago, when he vanished from public view after somberly announcing that the country's longtime autocratic ruler was stepping down." (04/07/12)

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Egypt: Constitution panel on track despite boycott

April 4, 2012
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Loveland Reporter-Herald    

"The head of Egypt's constitutional assembly said Wednesday the committee will forge ahead with its work despite appeals from liberals, Christians and others who walked out in protest against the Islamist domination of the panel. The walkouts are angry that the Islamist majority parliament appointed a panel that they say is not representative of minorities and other political factions." (04/04/12)

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Egypt: Copts quit panel drafting new constitution

April 2, 2012
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Washington Post    

"Egypt’s Coptic Church withdrew Monday from an Islam­ist-dominated committee that will draft the nation’s new constitution, and a leading Christian figure said the minority was never really represented to begin with. The move fed growing fears that Islamists and the military will control the most important governmental bodies in post-revolutionary Egypt and minorities, women and the liberal groups that drove last year’s uprising will be largely excluded. Out of 100 members of the committee originally selected, there were six Christians, six women and a handful of liberals." (04/02/12)

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Egypt: Brotherhood considering presidential run

March 27, 2012
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CBS News    

"The leadership of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood is meeting to decide whether to field a candidate from its ranks for the country's upcoming presidential election. The outcome of Tuesday's meeting will send a signal as to whether the fundamentalist group intends to escalate or defuse rising tensions with the rest of Egypt's political players." (03/27/12)

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Egypt: Liberals, leftists resign from constitution-writing panel

March 25, 2012
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Washington Post    

"Egypt’s liberals and leftists vowed Sunday to boycott a crucial body tasked with writing the nation’s constitution, accusing Islamist parties of trying to dominate the process as the country lurched toward a political crisis. Early Sunday, after a lengthy voting session, the parliament chose the 100-member body that will write the document. The constitution will delineate the powers of the once all-powerful president and the parliament and define the role of religion and minority rights in post-Hosni Mubarak Egypt." (03/25/12)

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Egypt: Christians pay final respects to Shenouda III

March 18, 2012
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Tacoma News Tribune    

"Tens of thousands of Coptic Christians [sic] lined up outside a cathedral in the Egyptian capital on Sunday to pay their final respects to the spiritual leader of their ancient church, whose body was seated inside on an ornate throne. The grief of the faithful filing past Pope Shenouda, who died Saturday at 88, may also reflect the uncertainty felt by the country's Christian minority following the recent rise of Islamists to power." (03/18/12)

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The “Cairo 19″ got what they deserve

February 12, 2012
posted by

Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"Egypt, like the US, has strict controls on foreign interference in its internal politics: foreign-funded organizations must register with the government, and give a complete accounting of their activities. The US has even stricter controls: foreign contributions to electoral activities on American soil are forbidden by US law, and, in addition, groups receiving funding from foreign governments must register as foreign agents. ... Neither IRI nor NDI ever registered with the authorities in Egypt ..." (02/10/12)

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Egypt: Regime will not be swayed from NGO prosecution by US aid threats

February 8, 2012
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Reuters    

"Egypt said on Wednesday it would not be swayed by threats to aid when probing NGOs over charges they received foreign cash without official approval, a case that has led Washington to warn that $1.3 billion a year of military aid may be at risk. A total of 43 foreign and local activists have been banned from leaving Egypt and their cases have been referred to a criminal court." (02/08/12)

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Egypt: Judges want Americans at democracy groups held for trial

February 5, 2012
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Los Angeles Times    

"Americans working for pro-democracy groups in Egypt have been ordered to stand trial on criminal charges of receiving illicit funding .... judges have ordered that 43 people -- 19 of them American -- be prosecuted for allegedly violating laws governing funding for nongovernmental organizations working in Egypt. One of them is believed to be Sam LaHood, the Egyptian director of Washington-based International Republican Institute and son of U.S. transportation Secretary Ray LaHood." (02/05/12)

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Egypt: Justice Minister snubs US envoy

February 1, 2012
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USA Today    

"The Egyptian justice minister returned a letter Tuesday from the U.S. Ambassador to Egypt asking him to re-examine the issue of Americans barred from leaving the country. The snub is the latest in a spat between the allies over a politically charged Egyptian investigation into foreign funded groups." (01/31/12)

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Egypt: Islamists, protesters clash outside parliament

January 31, 2012
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Los Angeles Times    

"Hundreds of protesters demonstrating outside parliament Tuesday clashed with Muslim Brotherhood members, leaving more than 20 injured as tensions sharpened between Islamists and liberals over the fate of the revolution that toppled President Hosni Mubarak. Confrontations began as demonstrators gathered near the gates of parliament while a session was underway." (01/31/12)

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Egypt: Regime bans travel for US official’s son, nine others

January 26, 2012
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Eau Claire Leader-Telegram    

"Egypt banned at least 10 Americans and Europeans from leaving the country, including the son of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood, hiking tensions with Washington over a campaign by Egypt's military against groups promoting democracy and human rights. The United States warned Thursday that the campaign raised concerns about Egypt's transition to democracy and could jeopardize American aid that Egypt's battered economy needs badly after a year of unrest." (01/26/12)

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