US faces dilemma over Egyptian military

For three decades the US backed the Egyptian military, in part because of fear of an Islamist takeover. Yet now that the Muslim Brotherhood has actually won the Egyptian presidency, the Obama administration finds itself debating whether to punish the military for its efforts to hold on to power. With the announcement on Sunday that […]

9/11 truther leading Egyptian presidential race

ShareThis 9/11 truther leading Egyptian presidential race 21 May 2012 An Islamist who believes that the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States were an American conspiracy [which, of course, it was] is the front-runner in Egypt’s presidential race, a new poll shows. Abdel-Moneim Abolfotoh, formerly a leading figure in the Muslim Brotherhood, led the […]

Rare Egyptian ‘Book of the Dead’ Scrolls Found In Australian Collection

A British historian said Saturday he had unearthed a trove of Egyptian Book of the Dead fragments by a top ancient official after chancing upon a scrap on show in an Australian museum. John Taylor, a world-famous Egyptologist from the British Museum, said his discovery began with a shred of papyrus on display at Queensland […]

Critics fear Twitter’s new policy will hinder free speech

By Jessica Guynn, SAN FRANCISCO • Twitter has promoted itself as a beacon of free speech, and that image was burnished when revolutionaries used the social media service to organize protests during last year’s Arab Spring uprising. But in what many view as an about-face, Twitter now says it has the power to block […]

Egyptian Cabinet Quits Over Military Crackdown

(Hannah Allam and Mohannad Sabry)   Egypt’s civilian Cabinet resigned Monday to protest the military’s harsh crackdown on demonstrators as an uprising against the ruling military council swelled into a third day of running battles in downtown Cairo. Analysts openly debated whether the military council could survive the rising tide of protest, which bore striking resemblance […]

Egyptian police use Facebook and Twitter to track down protesters’ names before ’rounding them up’

By Ian Gallagher Sitting on an upturned bread basket with her knees pulled up to her chest, a petite young woman looked out over Tahrir Square early yesterday morning and weighed up whether she should stay or leave. Gabrielle, 25, is a French-Egyptian property lawyer, one of the thousands of young protesters who have remained […]