This piece was published by GlobalPost. – – – CAIRO, Egypt — It was just before dawn on July 8 when guards protecting a sit-in supporting ousted President Mohamed Morsi reported seeing military and police forces approaching from side streets. The security forces fired tear gas and blanks into the air, above the sit-in where worshippers had gathered to perform prayers. What followed next, according to one witness, “was the chaos of nightmares.” The subsequent killing of 51 Morsi supporters […]
This piece was published by the Guardian. – – – As the curtain rose for the evening performance at Cairo Opera House, the cast did not assemble for the opening prelude of Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida as they had on previous nights. Instead, more than 300 actors, dancers and theatre staff filled the stage, wearing full costume and clutching protest signs. Addressing the audience, conductor Nayer Nagi announced: “In a stand against a detailed plan to destroy culture and fine arts in Egypt we abstain […]
This piece was published by GlobalPost. – – – CAIRO, Egypt — An Egyptian court’s ruling that 43 NGO staffers, including 16Americans, be sentenced to up to five years in prison for using foreign funding to foment unrest is raising fears about the future of pro-democracy and human rights organizations operating here. The sentences were delivered on the same day that Egypt’s Shura Council, or upper house of parliament, began deliberating a draft law that, critics believe, will severely constrain […]
This article was first published by GlobalPost. A follow-up piece about the resource crisis in Cairo’s central morgue was broadcast on BBC Radio 4. – – – Egyptian forensic officials in Cairo say they are struggling with the overwhelming number of bodies that continue to arrive at their facilities bearing marks of torture and abuse in police custody, even when the streets are calm from political unrest. Senior pathologists with the government-affiliated Forensic Medical Authority (FMA) — speaking to GlobalPost […]
This article was first published in the Guardian. It was co-authored by the paper’s Cairo correspondent, Patrick Kingsley. – – – Senior interior ministry officials sanctioned the use of live ammunition against protesters in Suez during the opening days of Egypt‘s revolution, according to a leaked fact-finding report commissioned by the president. Under the watch of the interior ministry’s most senior representative in the region, police fired indiscriminately at crowds from the roof of a police station, according to the report, and senior […]
This article was first published in the Guardian. It was co-authored by the paper’s Cairo correspondent, Patrick Kingsley. – – – Senior Egyptian army doctors were ordered to operate without anaesthetic on wounded protesters at a military hospital in Cairo during protests against military rule, according to an investigation commissioned by president Mohamed Morsi. The report into military and police malpractice since 2011 also alleges that doctors, soldiers and medics assaulted protesters inside the hospital. The findings, which relate to […]
This article was first published by The Telegraph: Violent clashes have erupted outside a Cairo cathedral after a Coptic funeral march came under attack, leaving one dead and at least 66 people injured. Earlier in the day, hundreds of mourners had gathered to mark the death of four Coptic Christians killed in sectarian clashes on Friday night. The emotional memorial service turned into a protest against President Mohamned Morsi’s Islamist-led government, whom mourners accused of failing to protect Egypt’s Coptic community. […]
I recently recorded a piece for BBC Radio 4′s From Our Own Correspondent. It focuses on one of Egypt’s deadliest ever train crashes: in November last year, 51 children were killed after their school bus was destroyed by a speeding train in the southern governorate of Asyut. The piece starts at 12:24.
Foreign Policy: Egypt’s latest spasm of unrest has stretched from Cairo to the Suez Canal, leaving more than 60 people dead and thousands injured. The police response has been chaotic and often brutal, a stark reminder that Egypt’s security services remain unreformed and largely unaccountable two years after the fall of former President Hosni Mubarak. Although President Mohamed Morsi’s early months in power offered cause to believe that systemic change within the interior ministry was a distinct possibility, intransigence from the […]
I’ve a new piece over at Open Democracy examining what El Dabaa’s campaign against a national nuclear project can tell us about community-led activism in the post-Mubarak era. As I argue, the residents’ actions highlight growing expectations that a more inclusive model of decision-making is both possible and achievable.