Posters for spy chief as president removed

Posters supporting Egypt’s intelligence chief as a candidate in next year’s presidential election were removed from Cairo’s streets hours after they appeared, while an independent newspaper was ordered to pull reports of the campaign from its pages, officials said Friday. … read more

Peace talk participants ‘traitors’

Egypt says it has canceled a meeting with Iran’s foreign minister after he called participants in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks “traitors.” Egypt’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying the scheduled Sunday meeting between Egypt, Iran and Cuba was off and then … read more

Facebook campaign launched against power cuts

Egyptians disgruntled with the continuous and excessive power cuts, took their frustration to Facebook, starting a campaign satirically titled “You are Radiant, Government – No to Power Cuts in Homes.” The campaign’s page, set up as an event on the … read more

Egypt’s Mubarak, Israel, and Obama

One fascinating subplot of the Middle East peace talks in Washington this week is the role of Egyptian president/dictator Hosni Mubarak. The 82-year old Mubarak, who has long governed Egypt with an iron fist–but has served as a useful strategic … read more

Bird flu stikes again

A 33-year-old woman from the governorate of Qalyubia, north of Cairo, was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday after showing symptoms of the avian flu, a statement by Egypt’s Health Ministry said on Wednesday. The woman’s condition is serious, the … read more

Group promotes Egypt’s spy chief for president

A group of activists have hung up posters around Egypt’s capital supporting the country’s intelligence chief as a possible candidate in next year’s presidential elections. Launched Thursday, the campaign for Omar Suleiman is the latest stab against a possible father-son … read more

TV show stirs debate over Muslim Brotherhood

The bearded young cleric yells at a young woman for lifting her traditional veil from her face while speaking to him on the street, and rants against Egyptians who adopt Western lifestyles and values. His followers beat up an opponent. … read more

Cairo planning to fine-tune the call to prayer

The government decrees that the now-‘chaotic’ call by thousands of men must instead be delivered by one muezzin broadcast over a system linking 4,500 mosques. ‘It’ll never work,’ one veteran prayer caller says. Sandals in alleys, keys scraping locks, the … read more

Egypt summons Iranian diplomat over criticism

The Egyptian government Wednesday summoned an Iranian diplomat to protest against the statements attributed to Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki in which he criticized some Arab leaders for their participation in launching direct negotiations between the Palestinians and Israel. Egypt’s … read more