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Month: February 2011

Mubarak barred from travel

Interview with the  Voice of America on Mubarak’s travel ban and asset freeze in February 27, 2011 Egypt’s top prosecutor has ordered a travel ban and an asset freeze for former President Hosni Mubarak and his family, as he considers further actions against the leader who resigned earlier this month following popular protests. Judicial authorities say Monday’s travel ban and recent asset freeze follow complaints that the former president profited illegally during his nearly 30 years as Egypt’s leader. Such allegations have been made against other officials in the Mubarak government, and the prosecutor’s office has ordered travel bans and launched…

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Muslim Brotherhood should get seat at table

Published as an op-ed for the CNN on February 9, 2011 Since the eruption of the Egyptian revolution last month, I have been on Tahrir Square with millions of other Egyptians calling for freedom and dignity. Over these weeks the square has been filled with people from all walks of life: young and old, Muslim and Copt, rural and urban, rich and poor, secularists and observant Muslims. Keeping a conspicuously low profile, the Muslim Brotherhood — the largest and most organized opposition movement in Egypt — has issued no formal slogans or distributed leaflets. Furthermore, the group has repeatedly denied…

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Uprising in Egypt!

A phone interview with Amy Good man of Democracy Now! (at 13:56 TRANSCRIPT This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: Today marks day 12 of the uprising in Egypt. Egyptian protesters continue to hold Cairo’s Tahrir Square on the 12th day of their uprising against President Hosni Mubarak. A large crowd remains hours after hundreds of thousands turned out for what was called the Day of Departure against the Mubarak regime. Thousands also gathered for parallel rallies in the cities of Alexandria, Mahalla and Giza. The protests in Alexandria are also continuing today. The massive…

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The bloody price of Mubarak’s stability

Op-Ed in the CNN on February 4, 2011 Editor’s note: Khaled Fahmy is the chairman of the history department at the American University in Cairo.  Cairo, Egypt (CNN) — The events of Wednesday offer a brutal example of President Hosni Mubarak’s disastrous security-driven policy. For nine days, pro-democracy demonstrators had taken to the streets asking for nothing less than a complete change of the regime. On Tuesday, hundreds of thousands of people congregated on Tahrir Square at the center of the city asking Mubarak to leave and effectively saying that they had had enough of his bankrupt, soulless and dull leadership. Eventually, Mubarak…

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The Battle of the Camel, February 2, 2011

Interview with The Real News Network on February 2, 2011 Press here to listen to the interview Transcript: PAUL JAY, SENIOR EDITOR, TRNN: Welcome to The Real News Network. I’m Paul Jay. In Cairo today, President Mubarak made his next move. Hundreds if not thousands of thugs suspected to be on the payroll of either the police or the internal security in some form or another attacked peaceful protesters in Tahrir Square and other parts of Cairo. Now joining us from Cairo to describe today’s events and what’s happening now is Khaled Fahmy. He’s professor and chair of the Department…

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