Politics

31.01.2011

Massive Protests in Egypt Enter Seventh Day; General Strike Called

Protesters in Egypt have called for a general strike today and a "million man march" on Tuesday in an attempt to force Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak from power. Over the past seven days, hundreds of thousands of Egyptians have protested in the streets of Cairo, Alexandria, Suez and other cities in the largest protests Egypt has seen in decades. »

30.01.2011

ElBaradei hails new era on Day Six of Egypt fury

Top dissident Mohamed ElBaradei told a sea of angry protesters in Cairo on Sunday that they were beginning a new era after six days of a deadly revolt against embattled President Hosni Mubarak. But despite the anticipation of change, Mubarak ordered police back on the streets after they had largely disappeared over the past two days following street battles with protesters. »

30.01.2011

Dutch government advises against travel to Egypt

The Dutch government has changed its travel advice to people wanting to visit Egypt because of the continuing demonstrations. After an emergency cabinet meeting on Sunday morning, the Foreign Ministry advised against any trips to Egypt. Although no decision has been taken to evacuate Dutch nationals, travel agencies are bringing people home. »

30.01.2011

Egypt – Slogan’s will not work!

People's expectation raised for change will dash against the reality that it will take decades to create systems of governance, accountability, economic justice, etc to allow for unleashing the great potential in the Arab world - natural resources, water, educated hard-working middle class etc. It is critical that people begin to chart this future honestly and pragmatically. »

29.01.2011

Egypt under Curfew, People Demand Mubarak Go

The end of the government of President Mubarak is the main demand of demonstrators in Cairo and other Egyptian cities, currently under curfew and suffering a partial cut in communications. Thousands of people, mainly youngsters, have taken to the streets, chanting "Mubarak, Go" and using stones and sticks in clashes with riot police. »

29.01.2011

KLM and RNW respond to Egypt unrest

KLM Royal Dutch airlines is adapting its timetable to the expanded evening curfew imposed by the Egyptian authorities in response to the protests against President Hosni Mubarak. Radio Netherlands Worldwide is increasing also its broadcasts to Egypt after the authorities shut down all internet servers and mobile services. »

28.01.2011

Egyptian Protests Escalate Amidst Gov’t Crackdown

Tens of thousands of people are gathering in Egypt today in what is expected to be the biggest display of opposition to President Mubarak so far. The protests come amid a vast security clampdown. Police are firing tear gas into the crowds and have begun to round people up on the streets. A number of journalists have also been arrested including some who have been badly beaten. »

28.01.2011

Immigrants: a shot in the arm for our ailing democracy

We are about to witness a new and a rather unconventional contribution of the immigrant community in New York. This time it will not be with work and cheap labor, or with cultural art and entertainment, or even with food. It will be by resuscitating our old and paralyzed democracy. The state of affairs of our democracy is in general pathetic, and even worse at the local level. »

27.01.2011

Defying Gov’t Ban, Egyptians Protest Mubarak

The wave of protests sweeping the Middle East in the aftermath of the Tunisian uprising continues today in the two key U.S. allies of Egypt and Yemen. Thousands of Egyptians have taken to the streets in defiance of the government’s efforts to clamp down on the biggest demonstrations against President Hosni Mubarak in three decades. »

27.01.2011

Tunisia Issues Arrest Warrant for Ben Ali

The protests that took place today in Yemen and Egypt have drawn inspiration from the uprising in Tunisia that forced the ouster of longtime President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. The interim Tunisian government is expected to announce the dismissal today of all leftover cabinet members with ties to former President Ben Ali. »

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