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Egypt's 'unfinished revolution,' reported from the ground in Cairo.

Lessons for Egypt and Turkey: democracy is more than winning elections

Commentary: Military coups do not advance the cause of democracy.
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Turkish protesters clash with Turkish riot policemen on Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey on June 22. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images)
With the ouster of Mohammed Morsi and the ongoing violence in Egypt, many are asking whether the military’s intervention will ultimately solve Egypt’s political and economic crisis.

Samira Ibrahim 'virginity test' case postponed

Another victim steps forward but advocates say military court is dragging out the process.
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Graffiti in Cairo reads, "Salute, solidarity and support for Samira Ibrahim, the girl from Upper Egypt." (Gigi Ibrahim/Courtesy)

CAIRO — A military court has again postponed the case of Samira Ibrahim, who filed a lawsuit against an Egyptian army doctor for performing forced ‘virginity tests’ on female protesters, to March 11 — just over one year after the reported violations occurred.

Ahmed El-Mougy, 27, is accused of public indecency for conducting the tests on six women including Ibrahim arrested at a protest in Tahrir Square on March 9, 2011. 


In Tahrir, the cacophony of creating Egypt's future

The concerns of the day compete with microphone feedback in the square, Cairo's cultural epicenter.

CAIRO — After Friday prayers in Tahrir Square Oct. 21, a small demonstration lurches into motion. As the scheduled speakers consult with their staffs, flags are hoisted, a P.A. system is rigged up, snack vendors and shoeshine men form a loose ring around the crowd, the mundane details of revolution attended to on a sunny afternoon in Cairo.


The lost euphoria of Tahrir

One year after Mubarak's resignation, Egypt's revolutionaries wonder what really happened.
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Revolutionary graffiti in Cairo's Zamalek district. (Sara Elkamel/GlobalPost)

Euphoria. Say it out loud. The word ends before it begins.

For 18 days last year, Tahrir Square was an idyllic scene where Egyptians chanted at the top of their lungs for freedom in 85 million different incarnations.


Rappers rip Egypt military with 'Kazeboon'

Revolution Records creates an unofficial soundtrack for the protest movement.
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A promotional photo for the Egyptian hip-hop group Revolution Records. (Revolution Records/Courtesy)

A new song called Kazeboon (“Liars”) by the popular Egyptian hip-hop group Revolution Records is making the rounds among Egyptian activists following the launch of a new opposition campaign also called Kazeboon. 


Egypt's 'revolution of the mind'

At Harvard, mapping a more complete picture of post-Mubarak (but pre-civilian rule) era
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The Daily Beast / Newsweek editor-in-chief Tina Brown moderates a panel titled “Egypt: From Tahrir Square to Today” at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government on Feb. 2, joined on stage (L to R) by Egyptian-American journalist and activist Mona Eltahawy, Harvard professor Tarek Masoud and GlobalPost executive editor and co-founder Charles Sennott. (Gary Knight/VII/GlobalPost)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Her well-manicured hands gesturing passionately despite casts on both broken arms, Egyptian-American journalist and activist Mona Eltahawy defined a vital dimension of Egypt’s ongoing revolution Thursday evening.

“We’re also having a parallel revolution of the mind,” Eltahawy told a crowd at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. She was sexually assaulted and badly injured by riot police in an arrest last November, a high-profile example of widespread abuses against the civilian population.


Egypt's 'digital activism' hits its limit

One year later, most Egyptians remain dependent on traditional media for their information.
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An Egyptian anti-government demonstrator sleeps on the pavement under graffiti that reads 'Al-Jazeera' and 'Facebook' at Cairo's Tahrir square on February 7, 2011 on the 14th day of protests calling for the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak. (Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images)

CAIRO — For decades, Arab dictators have monopolized information flow, employing state media to propagate the official line while censoring independent media. But in recent years new alternatives, including satellite TV and internet platforms have expanded the scope of media consumption in the Arab world, and with it the scope of political expression.


Carter still skeptical of Egypt military handover

The former US president praised the country's free elections but sees SCAF keeping some power.
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Former US President Jimmy Carter speaks about Egypt's recent parliamentary elections in Cairo on Jan. 13, 2012. (Kurtis Sensenig/GlobalPost)

CAIRO — Former US President Jimmy Carter grew exasperated at a press conference in Cairo Friday, asked repeatedly about his comments to the New York Times earlier this week that Egypt’s military was unlikely to hand control of the country to a civilian government.

“If I get another identical question, I’m not going to answer it,” he sighed.


Ultraconservative Al-Nour party denies radicalism amid success

Outperforming expectations in Egyptian elections, the Salafists defend push for Islamic law.
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Emad Abdel Ghaffour, president of the Salafist party Al Nour, speaks at a rally in Banha, Egypt in December 2011. (Troy Carter/GlobalPost)

It is not just the talking heads on orthodox Islamic television channels that scare liberal-minded Egyptians — Salafist candidates and their supporters voice similarly conservative views.

“This is the one time that Christians and women will ever be allowed to campaign for the presidency,” says Abu Amr Baheth from Shobra El Khayma. Once the Islamist-dominated parliament implements Islamic law, he believes, only Muslim men will be allowed to become president.


Samira victorious: Egyptian military to end 'virginity tests'

Samira Ibrahim wins lawsuit after enduring invasive procedure.
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Samira Ibrahim, a 25-year-old Egyptian suing the military for allegedly subjecting her to an invasive "virginity test" stands in front of graffiti celebrating her efforts in Cairo, November 2011. (Amina Ismail/GlobalPost)

Nine months after Egyptian soldiers forced her to strip down and undergo a "virginity test" that has been described as medieval, Samira Ibrahim has won her case against the military as an Egyptian court banned the practice Tuesday.