Alaa Abdel Fatah detained for four days pending investigation

Alaa Abdel Fatah's twitter avatar

Alaa Abdel Fatah’s twitter avatar

Prominent political activist Alaa Abdel Fatah was remanded in custody for four days for organising and taking part in a protest outside the Shura Council on Tuesday. The protest breached the newly passed and highly controversial Protest Law.

Security forces raided Abdel Fatah’s house on Thursday night, taking him into custody. Continue reading

Tahrir Sqaure: there’s room for everybody

Some old shit I wrote back in 2011 when I was way more naive yet obviously less bitter. It was merely reflection on a million-man march organised on 8 July, 2011 in Tahrir Square, calling upon the then ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) to achieve “revolutionary demands”. It was probably the last time the revolutionaries, the liberals, the Islamists, and the Muslim Brotherhood joined in the same protest.


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“We’re all one … our goal one … civil country … country … civil country … civil country” Continue reading

Egypt cancels Friday

Photo of the new, minus-Friday calendar, in effect starting October

Photo of the new, minus-Friday calendar, in effect starting October

Prime Minister Hazem Al-Beblawi issued a decision to take all Fridays off the Calendar until further notice, following a cabinet meeting on Friday, possibly the last Friday Egypt will see in a long time. Continue reading