Sarah Carr

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Sarah Carr is a British-Egyptian journalist in Cairo. She blogs at www.inanities.org.

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State security raids student's home, assaults her family

CAIRO: State security forces forcibly entered the home of a fourth-year Ain Shams student and physically assaulted her family, the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression (AFTE) said in a statement yesterday. AFTE says that police officers entered Maha Magdy El-Khadrawy’s home on Saturday – while she was not at home – and used …

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Zeitoun case defendants claim torture, case adjourned to April 18

CAIRO: Some of a group of 25 men accused of carrying out acts of terrorism in what is known as the Zeitoun case, told the Abbaseyya State Security Court during Saturday’s court session that they had been tortured. Videos published online by Egyptian daily El-Youm El-Sabaa show one of the defendants, Mohamed Khamis, lifting his …

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Egypt's cyber battles: An ambivalent relationship with the internet

CAIRO: In December 2009 blogger Mohamed Khalaf was handed down a one-year prison sentence, in absentia, after a Tenth of Ramadan City court found him guilty of libeling the judiciary on his website. Khalaf created “El-A’dala El-Zalema (Unfair Justice) after a business rival, Nader Khalil, was acquitted of charges of writing a blank check raised …

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Rights group criticizes health minister statements regarding drugs' price reduction

CAIRO: The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) criticized the Minister of Health’s statements concerning the price reduction of 40 drugs, deeming them as “false. Earlier this month, state-owned Al-Ahram published an article headlined “prices of 40 imported medical products reduced, saying that the medicines in question will be reduced by between 20 and 40 …

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Tanta Flax workers end 15-day sit-in

CAIRO: Protesting workers ended their 15-day sit-in on Tuesday, after accepting an offer made by the manpower ministry. Worker Hisham El-Okal from the Tanta Flax and Oils Company told Daily News Egypt that manpower ministry representative, Wael Allam, came to the sit-in outside the Cabinet office on Tuesday afternoon and offered workers an early retirement …

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Medicine pricing case adjourned

CAIRO: The Administrative Court yesterday adjourned hearings in the case raised against a decree which radically altered the way medicines are priced. The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) lodged a case against ministerial decree 373 last October, on the grounds that in passing it, the minister of health exceeded his powers by introducing a …

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Arrested synagogue attacker a mentally ill drug addict, says Interior Ministry

CAIRO: The Interior Ministry announced yesterday afternoon that police officers have apprehended a man responsible for what it described as a “threatening incident targeting Cairo’s Adly Street Synagogue. On Sunday witnesses described seeing a small fire on the pavement opposite the synagogue at around 6 am. The interior ministry later said that a bag containing …

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Official trade union fed fails to reach resolution with Tanta Flax workers

CAIRO: Negotiations between striking workers from the Tanta Flax and Oils Company and representatives of the Egyptian Federation of Trade Unions (EFTU) failed to reach a solution yesterday, as the sit-in staged by workers outside the Cabinet building entered its 15th day. Members of the company’s union committee met Said El-Gohary, head of the General …

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Blogger Wael Abbas found innocent of 'fabricated' charges

CAIRO: Hadayeq El-Qobba Misdemeanors Court found blogger Wael Abbas innocent on appeal Thursday. Abbas was facing a six-month prison sentence for “tampering with an internet cable brought by his neighbors, brothers Ahmed and Ashraf Maher Aglan. When asked whether the verdict had given him faith back in the Egyptian judiciary Abbas said “of course. “I’m …

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Human Rights Council's Egypt review reveals UN political alignments

CAIRO: The United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) examined Egypt’s human rights record Wednesday, in a process which revealed the influence of political alignments within the UN body. Egypt’s allies dominated the three-hour session, during which the government presented its report on the human rights situation in the country and HRC member states made comments …

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Doctors Without Rights demand syndicate emergency meeting

CAIRO: Rights group Doctors Without Rights (DWR) are demanding that the Doctors’ Syndicate convene an emergency general assembly to discuss a draft law which they say will have a “serious impact on doctors’ futures. The draft “continuous professional development law was published on the website of the Doctors’ Syndicate last month. If passed, it would …

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Police detain activists handing out anti-wall leaflets

CAIRO: A group of activists were detained on Monday evening while attempting to hand out leaflets in downtown Cairo. The group of four, composed of foreign nationals and Egyptians, were stopped on the central Talat Harb Street. They were later joined by two friends who were also detained. While all the foreigners have been released, …

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Tanta workers joined by families in eighth day of protest

CAIRO: Wives and children yesterday joined workers from the Tanta Flax and Oils Company staging a sit-in, as the action entered its eighth day. Some 50 women and children joined the roughly 300 men who are demanding that the company either be run properly or that it be shut down and they receive their financial …

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Zeitoun terrorism case begins amid heavy security presence

CAIRO: The trial of 25 men accused of belonging to a terrorist organisation, known as the “Zeitoun case, began Sunday, amid a heavy security presence. Two lines of policemen prevented journalists and defendants’ relatives who arrived after the session had begun from getting anywhere near the courtroom. Inside, lawyers told Daily News Egypt, the dock …

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Police suspected of kidnapping man allegedly tortured by police

CAIRO: A man who is suing police officers he claims tortured him has been “kidnapped and taken to the same police station in which the alleged assault took place. The Nadeem Center for the Rehabilitation of the Victims of Violence says that Shady Zaghloul was stopped at 6 pm Tuesday by officers from the Sixth …

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Trying Nagaa Hammadi suspects 'not enough,' says rights group

CAIRO: The trial of the men accused of carrying out the Nagaa Hammadi shootings last month “will not be enough to reveal the truth behind the attacks and circumstances surrounding them, an NGO warned on Thursday. “This trial may reveal who pressed the trigger and punish these individuals, but it will leave many questions unanswered, …

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Protesting Tanta Flax workers continue sit-in in front of Cabinet

CAIRO: Workers from the Tanta Flax and Oils Company vowed to continue their sit-in yesterday until the government responds to their demands. At time of press there were reports that clashes broke out between workers and police officers surrounding the sit-in, and that two workers, Hisham El-Owkal and Ahmed El-Waheery were briefly detained for ten …

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Amnesty condemns border shootings of illegal immigrants

CAIRO: Killings on Egypt’s border with Israel are currently at their highest since September 2009, Amnesty International said this week. “The killings are a stark reminder that, despite repeated warnings by Amnesty International and other organizations, Egypt’s security forces have still not been given adequate instructions or training to conduct border policing, the London-based rights …

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Book critical of Libyan regime seized at Cairo Book Fair

CAIRO: State security investigations officers have seized a book critical of the Libyan regime and arrested its publisher, who was still in custody at time of press. “The Leader Is Cutting his Hair, written by Idris Ali and published by Wa’ad publishing house was seized on Monday during the Cairo Book Fair. Association for Freedom …

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Editor to pay thousands in fine in libel suit

CAIRO: In the latest installment in the ongoing feud between newspaper editors Mostafa Bakri and Yasser Barakat, a court found Barakat guilty in two libel cases raised by Bakri. Both sentences were handed down by the Giza Criminal Court in separate proceedings on Feb. 2, 2010. In a statement issued Wednesday the Arab Network for …

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Protestors urge PA to take action against sectarian violence

CAIRO: Protestors called on the People’s Assembly to take decisive action against sectarian acts of violence Wednesday at a protest held outside parliament. “Egypt is for all Egyptians the roughly 50 protestors chanted while holding up photographs of Abanop Kamal, one of six Coptic young men shot dead outside a church in Upper Egypt’s Nagaa …

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Searching for the gay identity in the Arab world

Homosexuality is concealed and, largely, invisible in the Arab world. The mainstream Western press, mostly, continues to misunderstand Arabs, their culture and their faith in spite of, or perhaps because of, the occupations, the years of meddling, the physical presence in the region. Unremarkable truisms in isolation, these two facts become more interesting when combined, …

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Court rejects expulsion of police officers convicted of torture

CAIRO: Cairo’s administrative court rejected a case brought by lawyers seeking the expulsion from the police force of two officers convicted of sexually abusing and torturing a man in their custody. Lawyer Taher Abul Nasr, one of the lawyers who brought the case explained that it was rejected because the Administrative Court found that the …

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Analysts comment on Coptic-Muslim references in Mubarak's Police Day speech

CAIRO: Reacting to President Hosni Mubarak’s statements on Muslim-Christian relations in Egypt, lawyer Naguib Gobrael says that he “refuses to accept that Egyptian Copts in diaspora “are spreading misinformation about the issue. Mubarak said Sunday during his speech, given on the occasion of national Police Day, that there have been “continued attempts to disrupt national …

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Police torture allegations fabricated, says interior minister

CAIRO: People who accuse the police of torture and violating human rights without having experienced such abuse first hand are making these allegations up, Interior Minister Habib El-Adly said in an interview with state television Sunday. “I regard people who speak badly of the police as individuals who hate themselves and their country, El-Adly told …

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HRW report condemns 'oppression' in MENA region

CAIRO: Human Rights Watch (HRW) condemned Sunday the “sadly reoccurring theme of oppression under which people in the Middle East and North Africa region are forced to live their lives. “Arab governments have failed to build institutions such as a free press and political party system which protect people They are most successful in one …

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Blogger's prison sentence upheld

CAIRO: The six-month prison sentence and LE 500 fine of an Egyptian blogger convicted in absentia of “tampering with an internet cable has been upheld. Lawyers from the Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) say that they will appeal the sentence handed down to Wael Abbas, owner of the “Misr Digital blog, in November …

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Political parties, rights activists reiterate rejection of health insurance law

CAIRO: Political parties and rights activists have angrily rejected suggestions that there exists no real opposition to the draft health insurance law currently before parliament. During an edition of satellite channel Dream TV’s “Sabah Dream program broadcast last week, Health Minister Hatem El-Gabaly said that there exists a broad consensus in favor of the draft …

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Activists puzzled by Nagaa Hammadi arrest

CAIRO: Members of a group of activists arrested while en route to pay condolences to relatives of Coptic Christians murdered outside a church in Nagaa Hammadi on Jan. 6 say they are baffled by their treatment. “We were shocked and amazed, Shahinaz Abdel-Salam, one of the group of 18 activists released on Saturday afternoon, told …

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