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February 19, 2012 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
In April, the prize-winning New York Times correspondent Anthony Shadid was asked, on the NPR talk show On Point , why he kept taking terrible risks to cover conflicts in the Middle East. "I kind of wonder if it's irresponsible of you," a caller mused out loud. "Why would someone put themselves in such a situation?" Shadid, in his typically modest fashion, admitted this was "a perfectly legitimate question. " Then he replied slowly, "I felt that if I wasn't there, the story wouldn't be told.
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February 9, 2012 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
Nothing better illustrates America's sliding status in today's Arab world than Egypt's decision to try 16 Americans who work for pro-democracy groups there. On the surface, the strange story of this "criminal" case looks far less important than the Syrian government's repression of its people. But this crisis has the potential to wreck U.S. relations with Egypt, a country that is still considered a key ally. And these charges graphically illustrate the decline of U.S. leverage in the new Middle East.
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January 25, 2012 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times
CAIRO - Egypt's military ruler attempted to bolster public support Tuesday by partially lifting a reviled 30-year-old emergency law the day before the anniversary of the revolution that overthrew Hosni Mubarak's police state. In a nationally televised address, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi said: "I have taken a decision to end" emergency law. The general quickly noted, however, that the measure would still apply to "thuggery," a catchall term used to target activists and antigovernment demonstrators.
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January 25, 2012 | By Hamza Hendawi, ASSOCIATED PRESS
CAIRO - Egypt's military ruler on Tuesday decreed a partial lifting of the nation's hated emergency laws, an apparent attempt to ease criticism of his policies ahead of the first anniversary of the popular uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak. Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi said in a televised address that the draconian laws, in force for more than three decades, would be lifted effective Wednesday but would remain applicable to crimes committed by "thugs. " The military has often labeled organizers of anti-government demonstrations "thugs.
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December 26, 2011 | By Aya Batrawy, Associated Press
CAIRO - A prominent Egyptian blogger accused of attacking soldiers during deadly clashes was released Sunday after nearly two months in detention, during which he became a symbol of the pro-democracy activists' struggle to end military rule. Alaa Abdel-Fattah's first stop after he was freed was Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the uprising that toppled longtime leader Hosni Mubarak in February. The square remains the focus of the campaign against the military, which took power in Egypt after Mubarak's ouster.
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December 25, 2011 | By Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press
CAIRO - Tens of thousands of Egyptians rallied in Tahrir Square on Friday to denounce violence against protesters - especially outraged by images of female protesters dragged by their hair, beaten, and kicked by troops - and to demand an immediate end to military rule. The protesters held pictures of people killed in the clashes that began this month and left at least 17 protesters dead. The scene of military troops beating and dragging women on the ground - in one incident stripping a veiled protester half naked and stomping on her chest - shook many in the largely conservative country, where the military in power since 1952 is highly revered.
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December 24, 2011 | By Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press
CAIRO - Tens of thousands of Egyptians rallied in Tahrir Square on Friday to denounce violence against protesters - especially outraged by images of female protesters dragged by their hair, beaten and kicked by troops - and to demand an immediate end to military rule. The protesters held pictures of people killed in the clashes that began last week and left at least 17 protesters dead. The scene of military troops beating and dragging women on the ground - in one incident stripping one veiled protester half naked and stomping on her chest- shook many in the largely conservative country, where the military in power since 1952 is highly revered.
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December 21, 2011 | By Amro Hassan, Los Angeles Times
CAIRO - In a remarkable turn of events, thousands of angry Egyptian women joined a fifth day of protests in downtown Cairo to voice outrage over what they said was the military's abuse and mistreatment of female demonstrators. "Egyptian girls are a red line," they chanted during a peaceful march from Tahrir Square through the center of the Egyptian capital, while male protesters formed a protective line around them, shouting, "down with the military rule!" Some carried posters and pictures of women they said were beaten, stripped, and assaulted in recent days, including one woman who was captured on video as military police stripped off some of her clothing to expose her bra and then appeared to stomp on her body.
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December 11, 2011 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sleepless, disoriented, accused of throwing firebombs at Egyptian police, Glenside native Gregory Porter, 19, didn't know whom to trust when he appeared in a Cairo courtroom last month on charges he says were false. In court, a man told him in accented English that he was on the legal team hired by Porter's parents. "Shane Victorino," he said, "is your sister's fiance!" An old family joke because Porter's sister, Hillary, is so in love with the Phillies star. "When he said that," Porter told The Inquirer in his first extended interview, "I knew he was [sent by]
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December 1, 2011 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
Now the real struggle for Egypt begins. In round one of Egypt's first free elections, Islamist parties strongly outperformed the others. Two more rounds of elections will take place by mid-March, but the message of the first round couldn't be clearer. Egypt's political landscape will be dominated in the near term by parties with strong Muslim religious leanings. For all those who are concerned about this outcome, it's important to understand what this does - and doesn't - mean.
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