Tahrir Square

World leaders congratulate Iraq on defeating IS

BAGHDAD (AP) — World leaders congratulated Iraq Sunday following the prime minister's declaration of victory over the Islamic State group. Saudi Arabia says the achievement is a big victory against terrorism in the region and the United Kingdom applauded Iraq's security forces "for their courage …

Iraq

Video: Tahrir Square, a melting pot for Egyptian revolutions

Egypt’s Tahrir Square is emblematic of the Arab Spring uprising. In January, 2011, thousands of Egyptians thronged onto the Cairo square to protest society-wide corruption and police brutality. Today, and despite the country’s financial crisis, some Arab Spring participants still converge there in …

Egypt

The Last Invincible Autocrat

For those who knew him, it is hard to believe that Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemen’s longtime ruler and one of the most cunning autocrats of our time, is finally gone.<p>Time and time again, Mr. Saleh seemed to outmaneuver death. He dodged a blizzard of bullets over the years, along with a bombing that left …

Middle East

Egypt’s start-up “revolution” is set to boost Africa’s tech landscape

Cairo<p>It was the lunches in his office in Lebanon’s capital Beirut that first got Waleed Abd El Rahman thinking about the food business. As a busy professional, the Egyptian entrepreneur had the selection of eating greasy fast food or overpriced but healthy meals from nearby restaurants. Another …

Innovation

Letter To The Editor: Take Action To Offset Stress and Fear

The writer is a candidate for the New York State Senate in the 40th District.<p>To the Editor:<p>I invited my doctor to attend an upcoming "meet and greet" …

New York City

What became of the Arab Spring’s ousted dictators

Ali Abdullah Saleh, the autocratic former president of Yemen who led the country for three decades and held sway over its politics for years afterward, was confirmed to have died Monday after reports of fighting between his supporters and the Houthis, Yemeni rebels with whom he had been previously …

Middle East

The 'alternative facts' of a coup

Why are military rulers so keen to deny what they have really done?<p>On November 15, as tanks rolled into Harare, Zimbabwean military spokesman Major General Sibusiso Moyo addressed the nation. Dressed in camouflage, Moyo reassured Zimbabweans that the army's actions were not a coup, even though …

Democracy

What Happens When an Algorithm Helps Write Science Fiction

The machines sat empty in the dark. Only a single light was on when Anne and Ed entered. A lone searcher was staring at the Other planet1, his face …

Egypt

Netanyahu proposed settling Palestinians in Sinai, Mubarak says

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak confirmed on Wednesday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had proposed settling Palestinians in the Sinai …

Israel

Review: In ‘Sins of the Flesh,’ One Prison Replaces Another

“Sins of the Flesh,” an Egyptian feature from Khaled El Hagar, opens with Ali (Ahmed Abdala Mahomud) on the run, having escaped prison seven years into a 25-year sentence for a murder that may have involved extenuating circumstances. Hiding out, he takes a job alongside a cousin, a farmworker named …

Egypt

Here's Everything You Need To Know About "Virginity Tests"

"Virginity testing is a form of gender discrimination, as well as a violation of fundamental rights, and when carried out without consent, a form of sexual assault."<p>Senior military and police officers in Indonesia came forward this week to reveal the nation's security forces were still gauging the …

Extremism

Digital technologies play politics: let’s use them for democracy – Jack Shenker

Shortly after midnight on Friday, 28 January 2011, someone in 26 Ramses Street, a nondescript 12-storey office building in downtown Cairo, turned off …

Egypt

5 Women To Remember on International Women Human Rights Defenders Day

(catwalker / Shutterstock.com)<p>International Women Human Rights Defenders Day was created by the UN as a way of giving thanks and paying tribute to …

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Foreign diplomats tour Grand Egyptian Museum site ahead of 2018 opening - Ancient Egypt - Heritage

A delegation of foreign diplomats visited the site of the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) on Sunday, inspecting the ongoing construction work in an …

Egypt

No-one is talking about Egypt's shocking homophobic purge

Egypt’s authorities are deliberately fuelling a homophobic ‘moral panic’ in order to build support for a homophobic crackdown, a report has …

LGBTQ

Why It’s Hard to Get Strongmen to Step Down

After Robert Mugabe, the autocratic ruler of Zimbabwe who held power for nearly four decades, announced that he was resigning from office this week, questions quickly began swirling about what would become of the war hero turned president.<p>If history is anything to go by, life after leadership isn’t …

Africa

New phone app helps Egyptian women fight sexual harassment

CAIRO — In an attempt to tackle the problem of sexual harassment of girls and women, a group of young Egyptians applied modern solutions to tackle a …

Feminism

Breaking - Zimbabwe’s President Mugabe has resigned, says parliament speaker - France 24

Don't miss<p>Replay<p>LATEST SHOWS<p>THE WORLD THIS WEEK<p>Trump's Jerusalem move angers Muslim world; Brexit: Irish force compromise on border<p>REPORTERS<p>Migrants: Caught in the fire between Libya and Italy<p>REVISITED<p>Video: Tahrir Square, a melting pot for Egyptian revolutions<p>FASHION<p>Mens fashion: ‘The flowers are …

Italy

‘We need to talk’ about al-Sisi’s Twisted Take on Human Rights

On November 4, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi of Egypt inaugurated the World Youth Forum, an international conference hosted in the country’s Red Sea …

Egypt

Zimbabweans are celebrating Robert Mugabe’s fall, as he tries to cling to power

Thousands of Zimbabweans demonstrated against president Robert Mugabe today (Nov. 18), showcasing a freedom they’ve not enjoyed in years. Protestors marched from Harare’s townships and suburbs toward Mugabe’s home to deliver their message in person: It is it time to go.<p>Demonstrators gathered in …

Africa

The most enlightening, irritating, daring and disturbing books of 2017 — and the best one, too

Tyranny, protest, cynicism, madness, hatred, fate — so, how was <i>your</i> year in reading?<p>The books I’ve read so far in 2017 have seemed to reflect the mood of the times, or maybe just my mood at times. The authors listed here include psychiatrists, novelists, biographers, generals, historians, …

Books

World Cup Touchline: The story of qualification

FC Yahoo<p>World Cup qualifying will take you places. It’ll take you places, man. And the best part about it is that you never quite know where.<p>It’ll …

FIFA

Zimbabwe latest: How can you tell if a coup is happening?

<b>Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has been detained by the country's military, who have seized control of the national broadcaster, ZBC.</b><p>Soldiers and army vehicles are on the streets of the capital, Harare, where gunfire and artillery were heard on Wednesday.<p>Is it a coup? The military insists not - …

Turkey

A Joke About the Nile Lands an Egyptian Pop Queen in Court

CAIRO — As free speech has shriveled in Egypt, its often zealous courts have jailed democracy activists, shuttered charities and pursued gay people who waved rainbow flags at concerts.<p>Now the courts have a new target: a leading pop diva.<p>The singer, Sherine Abdel-Wahab, was referred to trial on …

World News

The Watchlist: November 2017

Every month, emeritus Words Without Borders reviews editor M. Bartley Seigel reaches out into the wide world from his home on the shores of Lake …

Books

Five Book Plan: Objects and Atmospheres

<i>In this Five Book Plan, Anna Feigenbaum, whose</i> Tear Gas: From the Battlefields of WWI to the Streets of Today <i>is out now from Verso, selects five</i> …

Egypt

Robert Fulford: A new politics emerges in Middle East. It doesn't involve democracy

On December 17, 2010, a 26-year-old Tunisian street vendor named Mohamed Bouazizi was infuriated by bureaucrats who refused to give him a peddler’s …

Saudi Prince's Revolution Is the Real Arab Spring

The West, like Israel, should welcome radical change, so long as he doesn't start a war with Iran.<p>When Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia rounded up 500-head of royals and billionaires last weekend and tossed them into luxury confinement, it was more than just a power grab by a young …

Middle East

Once considered a boon to democracy, social media have started to look like its nemesis

“COME on guys, let’s be serious. If you really want to do something, don’t just ‘like’ this post. Write that you are ready, and we can try to start …

Economics

Alexandria’s France Street still living in its golden age

Alexandria's cherished gold district is nestled into an ancient corner where the city's rich heritage and multicultural past is still vibrant.

Egypt