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December 1, 2011 | By David D. Kirkpatrick, New York Times News Service
CAIRO - Islamists claimed a decisive victory Wednesday as early election results put them on track to win a dominant majority in Egypt's first parliament since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak, the most significant step yet in the religious movement's rise since the start of the Arab Spring. The party formed by the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's mainstream Islamist group, appeared to have taken about 40 percent of the vote, as expected. But a big surprise was the strong showing of ultraconservative Islamists, called Salafis, many of whom see most popular entertainment as sinful and reject women's participation in voting or public life.
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April 15, 2012 | By Maggie Michael, Associated Press
CAIRO - More than 10,000 Egyptians marched from mosques and protested in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Friday in a show of strength by Islamists, demanding the country's ruling generals bar Hosni Mubarak's former spy chief and other ousted regime officials from running in next month's presidential elections. The rally was the first major demonstration in Egypt in months and was a turnaround for the Islamists, who had abandoned street protests, particularly after they gained domination of parliament in elections late last year, and pursued a strategy of coexistence with the military even during violent army crackdowns on pro-democracy activists.
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June 5, 2013 | Associated Press
CAIRO - An Egyptian court Tuesday sentenced 43 nonprofit workers, including the son of the U.S. secretary of transportation and 15 other Americans, to prison in a case against foreign-funded pro-democracy groups. All of the Americans have left the country. The ruling and jail time of up to five years deepen worries over the operations of nongovernmental organizations in Egypt as parliament considers a bill proposed by President Mohammed Morsi that critics warn will profoundly restrict their activities.
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July 23, 2013 | Associated Press
CAIRO - The panel charged with amending Egypt's constitution in the aftermath of the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi met for the first time Sunday, according to the country's official news agency. Meanwhile, as the military-backed interim leadership pushes its fast-track timetable for a return to a democratic rule to Egypt, thousands of women held a brief protest against Morsi's overthrow at the heavily fortified Defense Ministry in Cairo. Ranks of soldiers formed a military cordon outside the ministry.
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July 16, 2013 | By Sarah el Deeb and Aya Batrawy, Associated Press
CAIRO - Facing unrelenting pressure from Muslim Brotherhood protesters, Egypt's military chief sought to justify his decision to remove Mohmmed Morsi from office, saying Sunday in a televised speech that the Islamist leader had violated his popular mandate and antagonized state institutions. The comments by Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi - his first since the president's ouster nearly two weeks ago - came as the designated interim prime minister pushed ahead with talks to form a new cabinet this week.
SPORTS
February 3, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
SECURITY FORCES clashed yesterday with stone-throwing protesters enraged by the failure of police to prevent a soccer riot that killed 74 people, as sports violence spiraled into a new political crisis for Egypt. The deaths Wednesday night in a postmatch stadium riot in the Mediterranean city of Port Said fueled anger at Egypt's ruling military and the already widely distrusted police forces. Many in the public and in the newly elected parliament blamed the leadership for letting it happen - whether from a lack of control or, as some alleged, on purpose.
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June 24, 2013 | Associated Press
CAIRO - Wading into an increasingly volatile fray, Egypt's military on Sunday gave the nation's Islamist rulers and their opponents a week to reach an understanding before planned June 30 opposition protests aimed at forcing out the president, in a tough warning that it will intervene to stop the nation from entering a "dark tunnel. " The military also gave a thinly veiled warning to President Mohammed Morsi's hard-line backers that it would step in if the mostly secular and liberal protesters, who have vowed to be peaceful, are attacked.
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December 5, 2012 | By Maggie Michael, Associated Press
CAIRO - Egypt's political crisis is widening, with plans for a huge march and a general strike Tuesday to protest the hurried drafting of a new constitution and decrees by President Mohammed Morsi that gave him nearly unrestricted powers. Morsi also faces the prospect of wider civil disobedience as media, the tourism industry, and law professors pondered moves that would build on a strike by the nation's judges. The planned strikes and march raise new fears of unrest, threatening to derail the country's transition to democratic rule.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 7, 2003 | By Lloylita Prout FOR THE INQUIRER
Never mind the look-good ritual this Saturday if you're going to Egypt. Forgo the mousse, gel, curling iron or pick. (Just don't forget to glide on some antiperspirant and brush your dentals.) Most people will be paying too much attention to the tresses on stage for "Hairball" to notice yours. The seventh year of the hair design competition, which benefits City of Hope cancer and disease research, will have a "Viva Las Vegas" theme. The benefit will include Q102's Richie Rich and DJs Eric Marsh and George triggering the Beyonc?-bounce as more than 100 salons snip, slick, poof and blow.
NEWS
July 6, 2013 | By Sarah El Deeb and Lee Keath, Associated Press
CAIRO - Egypt's military moved swiftly Thursday against senior figures of the Muslim Brotherhood, targeting the backbone of support for ousted President Mohammed Morsi. In the most dramatic step, authorities arrested the group's revered leader from a seaside villa and flew him by helicopter to detention in the capital. With a top judge newly sworn in as interim president, the crackdown poses an immediate test to the new army-backed leadership's promises to guide Egypt to democracy: the question of how to include the 83-year-old fundamentalist group.
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March 23, 2015 | By Anna Maria DiDio, For The Inquirer
About a year ago, my husband signed on to a team whose mission was to improve the STEM skills (Science Technology, Engineering, and Math) of high school students in Egypt. When the project required visiting a Cairo public school, I agreed to join him when the meetings had concluded. Travel to that part of the world both excited and terrified me. The U.S. Embassy travel-advisory notices were brutally honest and had warned of a "heightened risk of violence" in Cairo due to the anniversary of Egypt's 2011 Revolution, which was the time frame of our trip.
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June 27, 2014 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
This week, Secretary of State John Kerry rightly criticized an Egyptian court's conviction of three international journalists with Al Jazeera English on blatantly fake charges cooked up for political reasons. But Kerry failed to mention the equally grim case of an idealistic young American held without trial for nearly a year in Cairo's horrendous jails. Mohamed Soltan was arrested in August for trying to document the Egyptian military's undemocratic crackdown on dissent after last summer's coup.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 11, 2014 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Music Critic
A pleasing tension rolls off the stage in A Coffin in Egypt , the emotional differential between Ricky Ian Gordon's optimistic score and his dejected main character, the widow Bledsoe. Such contrasts bloom in abundance. Myrtle Bledsoe once had beauty and wealth but was tethered to a philandering, murderous husband, and despite great cultural ambition found herself mostly in rural, early-20th-century Egypt, Texas, pining for something beyond the horizon. Bledsoe spends most of the 80-minute one-act, currently being presented by Opera Philadelphia at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater, in bitter flashback.
SPORTS
June 5, 2014 | By Thomas Mahon, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jenna Rodriguez's 100th career hit sent New Egypt to the state softball final as the Warriors blanked Gloucester on Tuesday afternoon, 10-0, in an NJSIAA Group 1 semifinal. The senior went 4 for 4 with two triples and drove in four runs. Her last hit brought the 10-run rule into effect. Rodriguez also struck out three and allowed just three hits from the circle. Jamie Soles finished with three hits, and Amber Steen went 2 for 2 with two RBIs.   NJSIAA Group 2 semifinal For the second straight year, Buena's season ended against Robbinsville.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 4, 2014 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
The endless Texas landscape had to be seen if she was to understand what restricted lives it had wrought. For months, mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade studied 90-year-old Myrtle Bledsoe, her character in the chamber opera A Coffin in Egypt , and asked how such an intelligent, sophisticated woman, courted by theater producers and sea captains, could have stayed in a humiliating small-town marriage rife with Southern-gothic intrigue. Was it possible that Myrtle, now looking back at all the people she has outlived, simply imagined the glamorous trips to New York and Paris she so often talked about?
NEWS
April 21, 2014 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Culture Writer
To most, the Franklin Institute might be known for its big walk-through replica of the heart, blockbuster shows, and, starting this summer, a new wing with a Big Brain. But more quietly, the Franklin, in partnership with three other U.S. institutions, has embarked on an ambitious mission to help open science high schools in Cairo and science centers around the globe. Funded in part with a $25 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), an arm of the federal government, two schools not far from Giza have opened so far: the 6th of October STEM School for Boys, and the Maadi STEM Schools for Girls, both boarding schools, with a combined 550 students.
NEWS
February 3, 2014 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
For those who think the failures of the Arab Spring prove the Mideast is unsuited to democracy, Jordan's Marwan Muasher begs to differ. A scholar and statesman who's long been a voice for tolerance in the Arab world, Muasher argues - in his important new book, The Second Arab Awakening and the Battle for Pluralism - that it's too soon to judge the outcome of the Arab upheavals that began in 2011. He says: "The Arab world never operated in a culture of democracy, so you can't expect a transformational process in three years.
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December 16, 2013 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
CAIRO - It isn't easy being a senior lawyer for Egypt's deposed president, the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammed Morsi. A respected jurist and former member of Egypt's upper house of parliament, Mohamad Tosson was clearly frustrated, as he talked to me over tea in a dim hotel lobby. He has been permitted to see Morsi only once since the military ousted and jailed him in July, after huge anti-Morsi protests. "His lawyers need to discuss the case with him, but they don't allow it," he told me. "They don't permit him family visits, or even to see his son. " "They" means the military.
NEWS
December 13, 2013 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
CAIRO - Nearly three years ago, in the heyday of the Arab Spring, Tahrir Square was adorned with banners of youths killed by security forces. Hawkers sold T-shirts imprinted with their faces. Those banners are long gone, and this year vendors are selling T-shirts emblazoned with the face of Gen. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the army leader who oversaw the July ouster of Egypt's first elected president, the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi. Sisi's mien is on posters and fancy chocolates, and - in a Photoshopped pic on the Internet - has even been strategically imprinted on a pair of men's briefs.
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December 9, 2013 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
CAIRO - There is something sadly appropriate about arriving in the Mideast on the weekend when the world is mourning Nelson Mandela. Mandela was a visionary who managed to reconcile a long-repressed black majority with the white minority that had ruled them. His name became synonymous with forgiveness, in this case of the new black rulers toward fearful whites. The absence of such visionary leaders is the reason the Arab Spring has turned out so badly. In Egypt, former President Mohammed Morsi won a historic election but was unable to transcend his roots in the secretive Muslim Brotherhood, which terrified more moderate Muslims and Christians.
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