Category Archives: Diary of Aak

An Anatomy of Sisi’s Liberals

( Photo via AFP) Initially published in Fikra Forum Many self-proclaimed liberals in Egypt supported the military’s intervention in July 2013 that led to President Muhammad Morsi’s ouster. Their stance has baffled many Western observers, who wonder how anyone with liberal … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2014 – Week 43 ( Oct 20- 26)

(Funeral of Egyptian soldiers killed in Sinai on Friday, via Ahram online) Main Headlines  Monday El-Sisi says clemency for imprisoned journalists is not possible now No plan for Egyptian military action against Islamic State: Egypt’s PM ‪ Egypt-Israel gas deal … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2014 – Week 42 (Oct 13- 19)

(John Kerry with Egyptian special forces  via Egypt” Youm 7 newspaper)  Main Headlines  Monday Kerry meets Egypt’s Sisi to press for democracy‪ Egypt to receive $5B in loans from Saudi Arabia and UAE Man accused of sexually harassing journalist on EgyptAir … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2014 – Week 41 (Oct 6 – 12)

Egypt’s hanging church was officially inaugurated after 16 years of renovations Main Headlines  Monday ‪Egypt ‪tightens security measures for 6th of October celebration Egyptian jihadist group has released a video of beheadings Egypt busts cell recruiting fighters for ISIS in Syria … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2014 – Week 40 ( Sept 29 – Oct 5)

  ( Images of detained activists spread in Cairo during Eid, via twitter) Main Headlines Monday Sisi warns Egypt students against “malicious” activates Russia, Egypt to discus MiG-fighter jets deal in October Terrorist cell in touch with ISIS arrested in … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2014 – Week 39 ( Sept 22- 28)

(Egypt’s El-Sisi speaks at the United Nation General Assembly, photo via AP) Main Headline  Monday President El-Sisi is consolidating his regime, says Western diplomats UN chief flags rights abuses during meeting with Sisi in New York Islamic State urges attacks … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2014 – Week 38 ( Sep 15 – 21)

Main Headlines Monday French defense minister to meet Egypt’s El-Sisi in Cairo Egypt and UK military officials meet for regional talks Egypt sentences Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie to life in jail Egyptian activists Alaa Abdel Fattah, Noubi, Metwali are … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2014 – Week 37 ( Sept 8- 14)

  (Egyptian Journalists denouncing the Protest law, Photo via Lobna Monieb) Main Headlines  Monday Egypt’s Sisi denies offering parts of Sinai land to Palestinians Number of hunger strikers increases to 91 Central Bank of Egypt says $ 2 billion worth … Continue reading

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Power outage in Egypt, a burning memory from the past

  The pain was excruciating, the darkness daunting. The combination was too much for an 11-year-old girl. I cannot remember exactly how that night started, but I will always remember how it ended. The nightmare began when I accidentally dropped … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2014 – Week 36 ( Sep1- 7)

(Sisi speaks after major power outage – AFP Photo ) Main Headlines  Monday Azhar University considers closing down dorms to avoid violence Security forces coerce detainees into ending hunger strike Gov’t committee calls for dissolution of Jama’a al-Islamiya’s political party Constitution … Continue reading

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