· May, 2006

Stories about Egypt from May, 2006

Egypt: Hunger Strike Escalates

  31 May 2006

Hossam el-Hamalawy report that the Egyptian prison authorities cracked down on the hunger-striking detainees in Tora, as the strike escalated, with 13 activists in total taking action on its second day. The strike started on Saturday night/Sunday morning, with six detainees refusing to eat. The prisoners made it clear to...

Arabisc: Arabic Bloggers Ken

  26 May 2006

From Egypt… Malek who was scheduled to be free few days ago is now officially free. He just made his first post, titled: Free Morning. Malek writes: الحمدلله تم الافراج عني اليوم في حوالي الساعه الرابعه والنصف من قسم ترحيلات الخليفه لحد دلؤتي مقريتش حاجه اتكتبت عني بس بجد شكرا...

Arabisc: Update on Detained Egyptian Bloggers

  23 May 2006

The following is an abbreviated translation from some of the Egyptian Arabic-language blogsphere. It's been more than two weeks since the detention of Alaa along with many other bloggers and activists. Today we came to know about some good news related to some other detained Egyptian bloggers. Two bloggers were...

African Music #9

  23 May 2006

There is nothing like a local library that truly caters for the community. Wandering around my local library I came across a CD “Africa Remix (Ah Freak Iya)” and the tracklisting was a delight. It was released to compliment the Africa Remix '05 exhibition, one of which i had the...

Arabisk – The Arabic Bloggers Ken

  19 May 2006

The following is an abbreviated translation from some of the Arabic-language blogsphere. Music… Amal, in her latest cartoon: “See my Wawa, kiss my Wawa.” The Wawa is the little tiny hurt “ouch”.. In this cartoon; a poor bleeding Palestinian child is begging from a wealthy Arabian man who seems not...

Egypt: Alaa blogging from his Prison

  12 May 2006

Alaa wrote the post by hand, and his friends got it out and posted it for him, so yeah. He seems in high spirits, and they seem to have left him unharmed so far, so that's good to hear. That means the campaign has been successful so far, Sandmonkey said.

Egypt: Blogging Behind Bars

  12 May 2006

On May 10, Alaa Ahmed Seif al-Islam, the award-winning blogger detained three days earlier for participating in peaceful protests in Cairo, became one of the first people to blog from prison. “Today it hit me,” Alaa began his post, “I am really in prison. I'm not sure how I feel…The...

Bloggers Bomb for Blogger

  9 May 2006

Not the life-threatening variety of course. I'm talking about a campaign to bring attention to the situation of detained Egyptian blogger Alaa Ahmed Seif al-Islam, as well as the more than 40 other peaceful protesters held by the authorities. Blogging supporters have started a new site to track the latest...

Kifaya Under Arrest

  8 May 2006

There's a gentle spring breeze blowing in Brooklyn, and the sounds of kids playing basketball are coming in through the window from the schoolyard next door. It's early evening, at the end of a sunny weekend. Across the street, neighbors are singing intentionally off-key to an earnest version of “Wimoweh.”...

Alaa detained for 15 days “pending investigation”

  8 May 2006

Today, the Egyptian blogsphere is loaded with anger and appeals for urgent actions. All what you need to know to feel the pulse is watching the Egyptian Blogs Aggregator (maintained by Alaa). The story of his arrest is in the headlines across the blogsphere as well as some news websites...

African Diaspora: Hard times for Africans in France and Belgium

  7 May 2006

Several francophone blogs have tackled African immigrants’ latest tribulations in France and Belgium. Choosing Immigrants Le Pangolin criticizes French interior minister Nicolas Sarkozy’s latest round of immigration policies. The blogger sees Sarkozy’s approach as a diversion from the real social issues raised by protestors of the CPE [Youth Employment Law]....

Prominent Egyptian blogger arrested and several other activists

  7 May 2006

Originally by Socrates Alaa Abd El-Fatah, one of the Egyptian political activists, and one of the first bloggers in Egypt was arrested today together with around ten more activists during a peaceful demonstration in solidarity with sixty activists who were arrested over the past two weeks in a non-violent sit...

Egypt: Happy B'day Mr. President

  5 May 2006

“I hope many happy returns for the day for Mr. Hosni Mubarak as a human not as a president , i will be very happy so much when I see you next year with God's will aways from the presidency office , not as the president and not as the...

Egypt: Emergence law

  1 May 2006

Zeinobia of ‘Egyptian Chronicles’ explains the motives of the Egyptian government to ask the Parliament for approval to re-new the decayed Emergence law. “…they need it to stop any attempt of the civilian organization and the judges for the Quest of a real democratic life , they need it to...

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