Category Archives: Diary of Aak

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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Egyptian Aak 2015 – Week 1 ( Dec 29- Jan 4)

( Amal Clooney, photo via Thanassis Stavrakis/Pool/Getty) Main Headlines Monday  Sisi: Wide-scale governors’ reshuffle in January Al Jazeera journalists mark 1 year anniversary of imprisonment in Egypt Australian FM: Hopes dim Egypt to release Australian Al Jazeera journalist soon North … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2014 – Week 52 ( Dec 22- 28 )

(Activist Sanaa Seif, and rights activist and lawyer Yara Sallam (Photo: Courtesy of Free Sanaa Facebook page) Main Headlines  Monday Al-Jazeera shuts down its Egypt channel Egypt extends opening of Rafah border crossing Appeals court adjourns FGM victim case to … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2014 – Week 51 ( Dec 15 – 21)

The Sun. Equinox. Winter solstice. Karnak. Luxor. Via Cecilia Udden Main Headlines  Monday Egyptian presidency approves US-Egypt agreements US-Egypt cooperation agreements El-Sisi issues a decree to create a new police rank with arrest powers New militant group in Sinai splinters off Ansar Beit-al-Maqdis … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2014 – Week 50 ( Dec 8 – 14)

Main Headlines   Monday  Canadian Embassy in Cairo follows British Embassy in security shutdown Al- Qaradawi denies charges in Interpol’s arrest warrant Turkish president Erdogan criticizes Egypt for Interpol bid on Muslim scholar 33 men arrested in night-time police raid on … Continue reading

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It is not about Michele Dunne, it is about Egypt

(Michele Dunne via Carnegieendowment.org) Egyptian authorities denied, pursuant to security instructions, U.S. researcher Michele Dunne entry to Egypt after she arrived at Cairo International Airport. Ms. Dunne is a senior associate in the Middle East program of the Carnegie Endowment … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2014 – Week 49 ( Dec 1-7)

Main Headlines  Monday Prosecutor-general will issue a decision on Mubarak’s release within 48 hours Rival groups ‪to protest Mubarak’s verdict this week Egypt’s Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis claims killing of US citizen in Western Desert Egyptian fighting for Islamic State dies … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2014 – Week 48 ( Nov 24 – 30)

  (Mubarak’s lawyer following the acquittal verdict) (Photo via al-Masry al-Youm )  Main Headlines  Monday Pope urges Sisi to ensure peace during Egypt transition Schools in North Sinai to reopen soon, says minister Egypt military court upholds jail terms for … Continue reading

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