Coalition Of Human Rights Groups Calls For Reduction In U.S. Aid To Egypt

Amid Egypt’s ongoing criticisms from human rights groups, a coalition of non-profit organizations called on the U.S. government recently to continue limiting its funding to the Egyptian military. Ten organizations, focused primarily on human rights and LGBTQ issues, signed a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to uphold […]

Sami Anan’s Arrest Is Another Nail In The Coffin For Egyptian Democracy

Egypt’s electoral race experienced yet another disappointment with the arrest of former candidate, Sami Hafez Anan, in Cairo two weeks ago. Anan, a retired military general and former member of Egypt’s supreme military council for armed forces, was detained on January 23 following accusations of electoral violations. A statement by […]

Opposition Member Hesham Genena Injured During Kidnap Attempt

Hesham Genena, a former anti-corruption watchdog chief and a leading member of an opposition campaign against President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, was seriously injured during a suspected kidnapping attempt on Saturday, 27 January 2018. Genena was heading to court to protest his sacking as Egypt’s top corruption official when four men […]

Qatar – UN Report Proof That Saudi-Led Blockade Illegal

An Al Jazeera news report quoted Ali bin Smaikh al-Marri, the head of Qatar’s National Human Rights Committee (NHRC), as calling the blockade of its country by neigbouring states an act of “economic warfare.” A new United Nations (UN) report on the blockade’s effects has demonstrated as well that the […]

“Peace not War”- Egypt Seeks To Defuse Tensions With Ethiopia And Sudan In Dispute Over The Nile River

Last Monday in Cairo, Egypt’s president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, sought to defuse tensions with neighboring countries Sudan and Ethiopia. In a dispute regarding the ancient Nile River, el-Sisi assured that Egypt was not interfering in the internal affairs of either country or seeking war against them. This follows concerns expressed […]

Rising Civilian Death Sentences In Military Courtrooms—Egypt’s Precarious Legal System

In 2017, 112 civilians were sentenced to death in Egypt’s military courts, nearly double the previous year’s figure of 60. While alone, these numbers, recorded by Egyptian Coordination for Rights & Freedoms and the Initiative for Personal Rights, seem cause for concern, they are just one example of a generally […]

The Brewing Proxy War In Northeastern Africa

In rapid-fire succession, a series of events appears to be pushing much of Northeastern Africa inexorably closer to a region-wide conflict. Within hours of each other, Sudan closed their border with neighbouring Eritrea and declared a popular mobilization, seemingly foretelling a war between the two nations. Ultimately, the roots of […]

Does The General Assembly Rejection Of Trump’s Jerusalem Move Signal The End Of US Dominance?

On Thursday, the United Nations General Assembly voted on a resolution that was co-sponsored by Turkey and Yemen, condemning US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. In the emergency session, 128 countries voted in favour of the non-binding resolution, 9 voted against the resolution and 35 abstained from the vote. […]

Getting Ready For The Egyptian Presidential Elections

Controversy and speculation began last week when former Prime Minister of Egypt, Ahmed Shafik, announced on Wednesday, his intention to run in the next presidential elections around March or April of 2018. Hours after declaring his intent to run, Shafik announced in a video message given to Al Jazeera that he […]