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The Most Bizarre Egyptian Quotes of 2011

[Image composite from Ahram Online]

A prime minister admits getting killed; a salafist compares bikinis on the beach to the brakes on a car; an ex-general in the army wants protesters to fry in Hitler's ovens; a Mubarak-lover actress prefers pizza to revolution ... People of Priorities “I’m quite fanatic about my scotch in the evening, so I don’t like anybody telling me that I can’t drink.” Not possible economic reforms or bank restrictions, but alcohol was the first thing to cross the mind of Coptic ...

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Revolution Youth Coalition: Lawsuit Against Revolutionary Socialists Recalls Sadat’s "Repression Era"

[Late Egyptian president Anwar al-Sadat. Image from Ahram Online.]

The Revolution Youth Coalition has heavily criticised the Muslim Brotherhood after one of its members sued three socialists for "inciting people to topple the state." The filing of a lawsuit against three Revolutionary Socialists members evokes “the repression” of Anwar al-Sadat’s era, the Revolution Youth Coalition said Sunday. A Muslim Brotherhood member, Gamal Tag El-Din, on Saturday accused three Revolutionary Socialists of “inciting people to topple the ...

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Prominent Activist and Blogger @Alaa Released from Prison ‎

[Alaa Abd El-Fattah. Image from Ahram Online]

Blogger and activist Alaa Abd El-Fattah released from prison, pending further ‎investigations into the Maspero clashes. Prominent Egyptian blogger and activist Alaa Abd El-Fattah has been released on Sunday. His detention on 30 October on charges that included inciting violence during the bloody attack by the military on Coptic rights protesters on 9 October sparked outcry and condemnation in Egypt and around the world.   “Alaa is released,” his sister Mona ...

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Egyptian Army Issues Apology After Woman Stripped

[Egyptian army soldiers arrest a female protester during clashes at Tahrir Square in Cairo. Photo credit: Reuters.]

Egypt’s ruling military, the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF), apologises to “great Egyptian women” . SCAF has issued an apology on Wednesday after a woman was stripped and brutally beaten when the army tried to disperse a sit-in in Tahrir on Saturday. “The army council deeply apologises to the great Egyptian women following what happened during the latest demonstrations in front of the cabinet and the People's Assembly,” SCAF, which came in for fierce criticism ...

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Martyr's Families and Political Forces Condemn SCAF Statement on Fresh Attack

[Egyptian protesters protect themselves behind makeshift shields during clashes with army troops near Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt. Image from A.P.]

The statement of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) over the clampdown on protesters at the Cabinet building in downtown cairo has enraged the families of martyrs and several political forces, who released a joint statement denouncing “the military’s lies”. The army’s attempt to disperse a sit-in in front of the Cabinet headquarters on Qasr El-Aini street early Friday, a short distance away from Tahrir square, left ten dead and hundreds injured, according to the ...

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Kerry's Visit to Islamists is a Sign of Our Strength: Salafist Leader

[Hazem Salah Abou-Ismail. Photo Credit: Ahram Online.]

Salafist leader and presidential hopeful Abou-Ismail says US Senator John Kerry’s visit to Brotherhood shows Americans understand what Egyptians want. Salafist leader Hazem Salah Abou-Ismail said on Sunday the contact United States Senator John Kerry has made with the Muslim Brotherhood on Saturday underlines the Islamists strength. Kerry, head of the US Senate foreign relations committee, visited the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) on Saturday, a few hours ...

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Brotherhood: SCAF's Advisory Council Handcuffs Parliament

[Freedom and Justice Party head Mohamed Morsi. Image from Al-Ahram.]

The Freedom and Justice Party, the MB's political arm, takes a swipe at Egypt’s ruling military over controversial advisory council, but steers away from any head-on confrontation. The Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), taking a defiant stance in its first public fallout with Egypt’s ruling military council (SCAF) following the beginning of the parliamentary elections, has hit out at the newly-established constitutional ...

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Court Ruling Gives Detained Activist @Alaa Abdel-Fattah Right to Vote

[Activist and blogger Alaa Abdel-Fattah. Image from Ahram Online.]

An Egyptian court rules that detained activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah has the right to vote in ongoing parliamentary elections. The Egyptian Administrative Court ruled Saturday that detained blogger Alaa Abdel-Fattah should be permitted to vote in the second phase of the ongoing parliamentary elections. Abdel-Fattah, who is remanded in custody on several charges, including inciting violence against the military in October’s infamous Maspero clashes, filed a lawsuit demanding ...

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