Category Archives: Diary of Aak

Egyptian Aak 2015 – Week 9 ( Feb 23 – Mar 1)

(Members of the special forces police stand guard in front of the Supreme Constitutional Court in Cairo, March 1, 2015- via Reuters) Main Headlines  Monday ‪ Egypt shuts its Embassy in Yemen over bad security Activist Alaa Abdel Fattah sentenced … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2015 – Week 8 ( Feb 16 – 22)

(Relatives of Egyptian Coptic men killed in Libya mourn in al-Our village, south of Egypt. (Photo by Asmaa Waguih/Reuters) Main Headlines  Monday Egypt strikes IS in Libya3 Egypt launches second wave of airstrikes in coordination with Libyan military In Minya, … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2015 – Week 7 ( Feb 9- 15)

(IS’s photo of kidnapped Copts in Libya, via Twitter) Main Headlines  Monday Interior Ministry denies responsibility for stadium deaths, Cabinet suspends football league Prosecution says deaths of Zamalek fans is due to stampede El-Sisi calls Gulf leaders following allegedly leaked … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2015 – week 6 ( Feb 2-8)

(Sunday’s football match riots. Photo via AP) Main Headlines  Monday Egypt court sentences 183 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to death Al-Jazeera journalist Fahmy’s release from Egypt jail is imminent Greste speaks of ‘angst’ over colleagues in Egyptian jail British foreign secretary … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2015 – Week 5 ( Jan26 – Feb 1)

(Funerals have been taking place for those killed in the Sinai attacks – Photo via BBC) Main Headlines  Monday Egyptian appeals court convicts and sentences doctor in female genital mutilation case Egyptian police arrested 516 in anniversary’s unrest IS affiliate … Continue reading

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Egyptian Courts Take on FGM, But Can They Uproot the Practice Altogether?

I wrote this piece for the Harvard Journal of Middle East Politics and policy, hope you enjoy it. (Victim of FGM, 13-year-old Egyptian girl Suhair al-Bataa- Photo via AP) In a landmark verdict handed down last Monday, an Egyptian doctor was convicted … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2015 – Week 4 ( Jan 19 – 25)

(Photo of  activist Shaimaa Al-Sabbagh  shot  in Cairo on Saturday) (Via Youm 7 newspaper) Main Headlines  Monday El-Sisi in Riyadh over the King’s health El-Sisi opens energy summit in Abu-Dhabi Emir of Qatar will attend Egypt’s economic summit Egyptian jihadists … Continue reading

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El-Sisi and Human Rights in Egypt

  (Photo via Reuters) In a change of tune, Egyptian President Abdel Fatah El-Sisi acknowledged on Tuesday that Egypt’s police committed human rights abuses after the overthrow of his predecessor, but said they were expected given the “exceptional” security threats … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2015 – Week 3 ( Jan 12 – 18)

(Egypt’s best known actress. May 27, 1931 – January 17, 2015) Main Headlines  Monday A Libya affiliate of ISIS has claimed the abduction of 21 Coptic Christians Court acquits 26 men in “gay bathhouse” case Egyptian security  arrests ISIS cell that … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2015 – Week 2 ( Jan 5- 11)

(Message from the fiancée of Al-Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy) (Courtesy France 24’s Sonia  Dridi) Main Headlines  Monday Sisi flies to Kuwait Amal Clooney disputes Egypt arrest warning story Egyptian judge says verdict in gay raid trial will be announced next … Continue reading

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