Thought for the day

"Silence in the face of evil is itself evil; God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act." -- Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Listen: The niqab and why it is a danger to society redress Tue, 11/29/2022 - 13:47

Dr Mohamed El-Doufani says the proliferation of the Muslim veil, the niqab, and its variants is an indicator of the spread of a pernicious ideology propagated by the Muslim Brotherhood and other ultra-reactionary Salafists, and why it should be of concern to everyone who values freedom and equality.>>

US President Joe Biden dashed hopes of Egypt’s rights activists, as well as the Muslim Brotherhood, by avoiding to exert pressure on Egypt’s government and president and focusing his speech at the COP27 summit on climate change without any reference to the issue of human rights.

Observers considered that Biden’s position echoes Washington’s desire to take the side of Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi against his opponents at home and abroad.

The family of jailed Egyptian-British activist Alaa Abdel Fattah, who is refusing food and water, demanded information on his health on Wednesday amid what they said were "rumours of force-feeding".

Egyptian police have ordered public events and shops across the country to cease activity on Friday amid growing calls on social media urging people to join anti-government protests. 

Restrictions have been imposed on sports venues, youth centres, businesses, cafes, a film festival, and tourism offices, Middle East Eye has learned.

Journalists and activists have reported online surveillance and censorship while covering the COP27 climate summit in Egypt. 

Reporters covering the environmental conference have complained of vital sites being blocked and having to sign up for a dubious application to enter the summit.

An Egyptian prisoner has died two months after launching a hunger strike inside Badr 3 prison to protest inhumane conditions he and his fellow inmate suffered behind bars, the Egyptian Network for Human Rights (ENHR) said in a statement on Tuesday.


Prominent jailed Egyptian activist Alaa Abd el-Fattah has begun a full hunger strike ahead of the COP27 climate summit, as supporters say he will be either dead or free when world leaders convene in Sharm el-Sheikh next week.

Abd el-Fattah said in a letter to his family that he would start a zero-calories hunger strike on Tuesday and stop drinking water from November 6, when global climate talks are set to kick off in the Red Sea town.

Listen: Saudi and Gulf relations and influence in the Arab world redress Sun, 10/30/2022 - 13:30

Dr James Dorsey, Adjunct Senior Fellow at Singapore’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, journalist and two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee, analyses the relations between the Persian/Arab Gulf states and their influence on other Arab countries. He also explains the motives behind the United Arab Emirates’ normalisation of relations with Israel. (His syndicated column and other podcasts can be found at

Egypt’s Central Bank Governor, Hassan Abdalla, announced on 23 October that Cairo is looking to develop a new currency indicator in order to “change the culture that we are linked to the [US] dollar.”

“We will make an index for the Egyptian pound through a group of other currencies in addition to gold in order to change the culture that we are linked to the dollar,” Abdalla said at an economic conference in Cairo. He didn’t provide additional details about the system.