Catherine Ashton, the EU's foreign policy chief, has emphasised in her frequent statements on Egypt the importance of maintaining stability and of following a democratic path. But in the past three years Egypt has seen six cabinet reshuffles, the most recent sparked by last week's mass dismissal of ministers. All of these changes have failed to fulfil the basic economic and political aspirations of Egyptians, let alone the demands of the revolution of 25 January 2011 for human dignity and social justice. The newly formed cabinet of prime minister Ibrahim Mahlab sends a clear signal as to the future direction the country is taking: a dangerous mix of authoritarianism and state corruption, at best a re-run of deposed president Hosni Mubarak's regime.
Brutality, torture, rape: Egypt's crisis will continue until military rule is dismantled
- 06 March 2014
- Emad El-Din Shahin
Some questions for those who remained quiet for so long
- 26 February 2014
- Amr Hamzawy
My first question is directed at the politicians who kept silent about the human rights violations that occurred after July 3, 2013, and who forgot the talk about the principles of transitional justice and accountability for those involved in the violations, as well as reforming the security agencies and the rights of the martyrs.
The parallel state in Egypt
- 26 February 2014
- Fahmi Huweidi
For quite some time we have been fighting for the people's right to know what is going on in the country yet we have recently discovered that we possess exaggerated aspirations and that we must humble ourselves in light of the new regime for it is not our right to demand the people's rights if the government itself does not know what those rights are. At least this is what we are told in light of interim Prime Minister, Dr Hazem Beblawi's resignation, which not only took us by surprise but also surprised ministers and possibly even the president as well.
On peace and violence in Egypt
- 23 February 2014
- Yassir Al Zataara
Amongst those who were in favour of the Egyptian revolution there is general agreement that what happened last year was a military coup in every sense of the word. Better late than never, even Alaa' Al-Aswani wrote recently that what happened in Egypt is exactly what happened in Romania after Nicolai Ceaucescu was overthrown in 1989.
Behind the scenes: Details of secret meetings between El-Baradei and Bishr
- 21 February 2014
- Ahmed Abdel-Azeem Amer
Al-Ahram reveals behind the scenes information on the dispersal of Rabaa and Al-Nahda sit-ins, the lost opportunity for the Muslim Brotherhood and El-Baradei's agreement with Bishr.