Monthly Archives: March 2016

The Plight of Non-Islamist Muslims

When it comes to Islam, terminologies can be baffling and hotly disputed. Muslims, Islam, Islamism, and radicalism can all be confusing labels. But with the escalating waves of terror flowing around the globe, it is paramount to demystify the fog … Continue reading

Posted in Best Read, Egypt, Islam, Politics, Terrorism | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 23 Comments

Re-blog: With President Erdogan in Washington, Amnesty Plans Rally to Protest Abuses [Updated] — Human Rights in Turkey

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan is in Washington DC for the next few days as part of Nuclear Security Summit. Please join Amnesty International’s rally to protest continuing human rights abuses in Turkey this Thursday, March 31. Time: 11:30 am Where: … Continue reading

Posted in Turkey | 2 Comments

Egyptian Aak 2016 – Week 12 ( March 21- 27)

Top Headlines  Gag order is imposed on NGO foreign funding case. Monday 10 new ministers appointed in a new Cabinet reshuffle. Wednesday Founder of leading feminist organization officially summoned in NGO foreign funding case. Wednesday Human rights on trial in … Continue reading

Posted in Diary of Aak, Egypt, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Egyptian Aak 2016- Week 11 ( March 14-20)

Top Headlines Italian prosecutor in Egypt to probe killing of Italian Student. Monday Egypt president suggests his political enemies murdered Italian student. Wednesday The 2011 NGO case is reopened against Hossam Bahgat, Gamal Eid and others. Thursday Egypt cabinet reshuffle … Continue reading

Posted in Diary of Aak, Egypt | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Will Egypt’s Al-Sisi Survive 2016?

( President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi- Photo via Daily News Egypt) Egypt is in the midst of a perplexing era _____ a state of factional rivalry within a messy political polygamy, in which the main challenges facing its autocratic leader Abdel … Continue reading

Posted in Diary of Aak, Egypt | Tagged | 1 Comment

Egyptian Aak 2016- Week 10 March 7-13

Top Headlines • Egypt’s justice minister is sacked. Sunday • Senior Hamas officials travel to Cairo to mend ties with Egypt. Saturday • Cairo defends abstention from UN resolution on peacekeeping’s sex abuse • EU Parliament passes resolution to suspend … Continue reading

Posted in Diary of Aak, Egypt, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Egyptian Aak 2016 – Week 9 ( Feb 29 – March 6)

 Top headlines Egyptian parliament expels MP for dining with the Israeli ambassador. Wednesday Judicial source says Italy may recall team investigating Giulio Regeni case from Egypt over lack of cooperation. Wednesday Egypt says Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood behind top prosecutor’s death. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Turkey’s road to tyranny__ a la Egypt

  Mount Nemrut in Turkey – via Discover Turkey The Turkish authorities have seized Zaman, the country’s most widely circulated newspaper after a Turkish court ordered its confiscation. Turkish police fired tear gas and plastic pellets to disperse protesters gathered … Continue reading

Posted in Egypt, Middle East, Politics, Turkey | 2 Comments

Amnesty International condemns take-over of newspaper

Originally posted on Human Rights in Turkey:
Protestors hold placards reading “free media cannot be silenced” in front of Zaman headquarters on Dec.14, 2014. (Photo: AP) In a sharply-worded response, Amnesty International described today’s take-over of Zaman newspaper  by court-appointed…

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment