The death of 23 year old, Essam Atta, at Tora prison in Cairo has prompted public anger and mass demonstrations. Rights activists and family members claimed Atta was tortured to death by repeatedly forcing large quantities of water into his body using hoses over the course of two days. A report issued by the university … Continue reading
I rarely get to blog about medicine here but I just want to highlight a few conflicts between the official reports on the cause of death for the alleged torture victim, Esaam Atta, and the account of an eyewitness to the autopsy, Dr. Ahmed Seyam, who is affiliated to a group named “Tahrir Doctors”. Dr. … Continue reading
As I write this article, news has surfaced that the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), the Muslim Brotherhood’s political wing, will not use the Brotherhood’s famous motto “Islam is the Solution” in their political campaigns. Last week, the High Elections Commission issued a ban against the use of religious chants, symbols or slogans in the … Continue reading
Egypt’s military rulers approved Egypt’s first explicit anti-discrimination law this Saturday. The announcement comes a week after clashes between Coptic protesters and the military resulted in the death of more than twenty Christian protesters. The amendment to Egypt’s Penal Code prohibits all forms of discrimination on the basis of gender, religion, language or ideology. Discrimination was … Continue reading
After Michael Nabil’s father went on air with Reem Maged of Arabic satellite TV channel ONTV with a letter to Marshall Tantawi head of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Armed Forces, Nabil’s father was summoned to meet with head of military court tomorrow. Previous requests over the past 5 months had been denied.
Dr. Michael Nabil Sanad, a 25 year old Egyptian veterinarian, has been sentenced to three years behind bars by a military tribunal. Today marks the 42nd day the blogger and pacifist has been on hunger strike for what his family says is the “ill-treatment” he has received at Al-Marg military prison, in Quliubia. Michael’s health … Continue reading
Libyan Jew returns from exile to restore synagogue. Libyan Jew David Gerbi on Sunday hammered down the brick wall blocking the entrance to the rundown Dar Bishi Synagogue in Tripoli on what he called a “historic day.” Continue reading.
Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi urged countries of the League to increase their financial aid to the Palestinian people after U.S. Congress blocked $200 million of aid to the Palestinians. Continue reading.
Ron Paul attacks ‘unconstitutional’ Obama after al-Awlaki death bit.ly/oy1oBA
Yesterday, the Obama administration announced that Anwar al-Awlaki, an American-born cleric and Al-Qaeda recruiter was assassinated during a US missile attack. The news has revived the significant controversy surrounding Obama’s targeted killings policy which has been used to kill senior al-Qaeda operatives including Ossama bin Laden in May this year. One report claims that the … Continue reading