June 27, 2014 |
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.
October 23, 1998 |
The Mendelssohn Club opens its 125th season Saturday night, singing one of the glories of the oratorio literature, Handel's Israel in Egypt. The first chorus of substance in Philadelphia, as well as one of the city's oldest continuing musical organizations, the Mendelssohn Club was founded in 1874 by William Wallace Gilchrist, the organist and choirmaster of St. Clement's Church.. 1874 was the year the Paris Opera opened and Georges Bizet had finished Carmen. The Philadelphia Orchestra didn't even exist.
June 10, 2012
This slim young woman paid a heavy price for bringing a court case against the military after she and other activists were arrested and subjected to humiliating "virginity tests. " "I lost everything," she said, "my reputation and my job. " But she brought the case "because I want to stop these things from happening to other women. " A military court dismissed charges against the doctor who abused her, but Ibrahim is pursuing the case in international courts. She gets threatening phone messages — which she believes come from the military police — telling her she will die if she does not drop the issue.
July 6, 2013 |
Egyptian American lawyer Sally Baraka was in Egypt two weeks ago to visit her family amid tense talk about the numbered days of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi. As treasurer of the Egyptian American Rule of Law Association, a Washington nonprofit created in 2010 to promote accountability in Egypt, Baraka, of Cherry Hill, takes time off from her job as in-house counsel at a Hamilton, N.J., software firm to teach civil society institutions in Egypt about democracy. Popular discontent with Morsi, of the fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood, had been building for months.
January 31, 2011 |
For some college students in Philadelphia, the protests in Egypt hit close to home. Students - either from Egypt or with family members in the country - over the past week have been trying to learn of their relatives' well-being, with varying degrees of success. Some have been able to reach their loved ones. Marwa Ibrahim, a Penn junior from Egypt, has gotten through to her family in Cairo by calling their land line by using Skype. "They are all safe, mainly because they haven't been going outside," Ibrahim wrote in an e-mail.
August 22, 2013
The enemy of my enemy is my friend, goes the old saying. Thus we have Arabs and Jews agreeing to support the military regime that has toppled Egypt's democratically elected government, which was linked to the Muslim Brotherhood. So what should the United States do? Pragmatists say it's probably best to follow Saudi Arabia and Israel in supporting Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, because his purportedly interim military government offers the best hope to restore stability to yet another Mideast nation torn by civil war. But it is unsettling to consider taking any position that would seem to condone the mass killings that have occurred since President Mohamed Morsi was deposed.
July 7, 2013 |
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - The ouster of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has delivered a sharp jolt to Gaza's Hamas rulers, robbing them of their most important ally and raising difficult questions about the future of Islamic political movements in the region. On Friday, Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said he is "monitoring developments" in Gaza's larger neighbor, and is hopeful relations will endure despite the crisis. "We are not afraid of losing our cause, no fear that our cause will be absent from the Islamic nation's agenda, despite the difficulties and hard circumstances that sometimes the Islamic nation faces," Haniyeh said at Friday prayers.
June 16, 2013 |
CAIRO - Egypt's Islamist president announced Saturday that he was cutting off diplomatic relations with Syria and closing Damascus' embassy in Cairo amid growing calls from hard-line Sunni clerics in Egypt and elsewhere to launch a "holy war" against Syria's embattled regime. Mohammed Morsi told thousands of supporters at a rally in Cairo that his government was also withdrawing the Egyptian charge d'affaires from Damascus. He called on Lebanon's Hezbollah to leave Syria, where the Iranian-backed Shiite militant group has been fighting alongside troops loyal to embattled President Bashar al-Assad against the mostly Sunni rebels.
July 10, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration signaled Monday that U.S. national security interests will trump its promotion of Egypt's budding democracy, stressing the importance of continued aid to the Egyptian military, which overthrew the elected president last week. As violence blazed between security forces and supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, the White House and State Department both urged the military to exercise "maximum restraint. " They also said the military would not be punished with a cutoff of its $1.3 billion in annual U.S. aid for toppling Morsi.
September 17, 2010
A Philadelphia man has pleaded guilty to federal sex charges stemming from trips to Egypt to have sex with three underage girls, two of whom became pregnant, as part of what prosecutors called marriages undertaken with the consent of the girls' families. Omar Rashaad Bey, 33, pleaded guilty in federal court in Philadelphia to three counts of engaging in illicit sexual contact in foreign places. He is scheduled to be sentenced in January and faces as many as 30 years in prison on each count.