Tahrir Square, November 19, 2013.
As you enter Mohamed Mahmoud Street from Tahrir Square, a sign reads, “The borders of Egypt. Entry is prohibited for Muslim Brotherhood, Army and remnants of the Mubarak regime.”
Nada Ahmed, an independent activist, tells … Read more »
It’s no accident that ousted President Mohamed Morsi’s trial happened in a place called the Fifth Settlement, which was, until ten years ago, in the middle of the desert. Parts of it fit that description still. The courthouse in New … Read more »
On Monday night in Cairo, masked men on a motorcycle gunned down a man, a woman and an eight-year-old child as they came out of a wedding. Tuesday morning a 12-year-old girl, who was also critically injured in the incident, … Read more »
It is one of Cairo’s rare windy fall days, and I am sitting with a group of friends, who are drinking juice and smoking shisha on multi-colored plastic chairs in an alley downtown. A poster of Nasser flutters above a … Read more »
At a little before seven am yesterday morning, police and military stormed the two sit-ins where supporters of ousted Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsi have been encamped for the last six weeks. Several times in the last few weeks the … Read more »
I am back in Cairo after some time out of the country, and there is a lot going on. Here are some notes from the last fews weeks in reverse chronological order. The older ones date back to mid-July, before … Read more »
It is the Friday of, as they say in Arabic, “Zahf.”
The word connotes a kind of military advance or march—in this case, of supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi, pushing steadily from the governorates toward the capital. Literally, though, … Read more »
As I promised yesterday I would, I go back to the Egyptian Museum this morning.
In the old days—the days when Egypt was a repressive but stable police state—as many as 10,000 people would come through the museum doors on … Read more »
On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia and the UAE showed their support for the ouster of Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsi, and the army’s new grip on power, by presenting Egypt with eight billion dollars in aid. Kuwait followed suit and pledged … Read more »
It’s the first morning of Ramadan—a little after 5:30. For the first time I can remember, I hear birds in Cairo, loud chattering ones that persist despite the city’s inhospitality to wildlife.
I am seldom up at this hour.
Many … Read more »
It was a terrible day by 6 am Monday morning, and it has been getting worse all day. What we know: 51 people died from gunshot wounds that they sustained outside the Republican guard facility, and 435 others were injured. … Read more »
Tahrir Square is full tonight. Tamarod marchers converge on downtown from all over Cairo. Rabaa el Adaweya is packed as well again today, only with Morsi supporters.
I haven’t written yet in this diary about Egypt’s second city—the lovely Mediterranean … Read more »
Egypt has a new Prime Minister—or not.
State news media announced on Saturday that Mohamed ElBaradei, Nobel Prize winner and outspoken critic of the Brotherhood and the Mubarak regime, had been appointed to the position. Soon thereafter, however, close to … Read more »
So much violence tonight.
When people called for the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak in 2011, they clashed against state security forces with a clear goal in mind. There was a positive objective. Not so today, when 30 people were … Read more »
In the U.S., the Fourth of July is the nation’s birthday. In Egypt, it’s the first day of the rest of the country’s life.
It happened so fast that many of us are still in shock, still processing everything that’s … Read more »
At 7 p.m. this evening, Mohamed Morsi was informed by the armed forces that he was no longer president of Egypt. Prime Minister Hisham Qandil has been sacked and sentenced to one year in prison. All I can hear is … Read more »
Another astounding day in Cairo, with rumors flying around that ministers, including the Prime Minister, had resigned, only to be refuted moments later. The Tamarod ultimatum, calling for President Morsi to leave by 5 pm on Tuesday has been superceded … Read more »
Let me start with a recap of the day’s dramatic events.
The Morsi regime continues to face devastating pressure. The Muslim Brotherhood’s offices in Cairo were burned last night and this morning, and the police did nothing to prevent it. … Read more »
It’s almost midnight here in Cairo, and Tahrir Square is full—again—as are the streets outside the presidential palace and a place called Rabaa el Adaweyah Square. The latter is full of Muslim Brotherhood protesters while the other two places are … Read more »