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

UN's third front won't change stance on Arab Spring interventions

Guests on the Security Council, India, Brazil and South Africa oppose UN interventions despite human rights stance
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If you thought India, Brazil and South Africa were going to emerge as strong backers of the pro-democracy rebels of Arab Spring, think again.

According to the BBC, the so-called IBSA group has just as much anxiety about sending in troops or calling down air strikes to destabilize dictators as China and Russia do -- though for different reasons.

As vibrant democracies with a declared commitment to championing human rights, they could have been expected to back the West's support for selective intervention.


Egyptians pessimistic about upcoming parliamentary elections

Allegations of military abuses and unmet labor demands overshadow Nov. 28 vote.
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Egyptians attend a rally calling for a rapid transition from military to civilian rule in Egypt following the February ouster of president Hosni Mubarak in Cairo's Tahrir Square on October 28, 2011. (Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images)

CAIRO — During a protest staged by physically disabled protesters on Monday, a question was directed to a girl in her early twenties: “What do you expect in the next parliamentary elections?”

She replied, “Elections? What elections are you talking about? Ones that might bring further injustice to these people or ones that will liberate them?”


Egypt’s Copts feel discrimination, but many afraid to react

The community turns to God after taking heavy losses at Maspero.
A Coptic Egyptian woman attends a service at the Abbassiya cathedral in Cairo on October 12, 2011 to mourn those killed during recent clashes with security forces. (Mahmud Hams/GlobalPost)

CAIRO — On the Sunday following the Oct. 9 massacre at Maspero, dozens of Coptic Christians sat together chitchatting after Sunday services at St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral.

Four women were standing in front of the main church at the complex hoping to meet Pope Shenouda and speak to him about their problems.


Gaddafi's death: Reaction in Cairo

Some Cairenes got out onto the roads in celebration of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi's death Thursday.
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Two Cairo women wave Libyan flags from a moving car after the news of Muammar Gaddafi's death spread though the streets Oct. 20. (Ben Brody/GlobalPost)

CAIRO — News of Muammar Gaddafi's capture and death rippled through Cairo on Thursday afternoon and by evening it was widely known. Libyan National Transitional Council forces had brought down a dictator in Libya, another Arab Spring victory.


US shares NGO funding records with Egypt

Ambassador Anne Patterson takes a concrete step toward transparency after months of SCAF vitriol.
A technician adjusts the position of an Internet router placed on a ship docked on the east bank of the River Nile in the city of Luxor in September 2007. The project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and sponsored by the Egyptian Minister of Communications and Information targets the large tourism sector and offers open Internet connectivity in several cities of Egypt. (Cris Bouroncle/AFP/Getty Images)

CAIRO — Less than a month after Egyptian authorities launched an investigation into USAID's funding of unlicensed NGOs in Egypt, Ambassador Anne Patterson has handed over a list of Egyptian organizations who have taken U.S. funds.

Patterson is working to soothe Egypt's concerns that "foreign elements" are operating on sovereign soil without proper approval. A reported $40 million has been distributed to pro-democracy and human rights organizations since the January 25 revolution.


In desert town, it's any ball, any pocket

Why are there pool tables standing outside in Upper Egypt?
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Young entrepreneur Bishoy Rouchdy in Farajallah, Egypt, October 2011. (Matt Negrin/GlobalPost)

FARAJALLAH, Egypt — I never thought that in Upper Egypt, we’d find a pool table. Outside.
But whaddya know, standing in the middle of Nazlet Ebeid and in neighboring Farajallah, are makeshift desert billiard clubs. Kids crowd around the pockets (some of which have fallen off) and shoot around the tables (some of which need cinder blocks to balance the broken legs), not really following any sort of rules other than to sink the balls until the table is empty.


Bombarded by art and change in Egypt

Balancing a personal and a national revolution.
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Opening night at the "Pulse" exhibition at the Tache Art Gallery in Designopolis featuring 47 emerging Egyptian artists, October 2011. (Sara Elkamel/GlobalPost)

The smile almost leaping off my face, nerves running through my veins, I watch a lady stare into a painting, a befuddled look on her face.

My toes refuse to stay on the ground as I miraculously keep myself from asking her, “What do you think of this shit?”

The piece is predominantly blue with night lights loosely stretched across the top and a blur of traffic scratched across the bottom. Black and red figures jump across the tinted night sky. On this collage, the label reads Sara Elkamel.


SCAF generals stick to the script in rare TV interview

They defended the army's actions at the Maspero massacre that killed 27 Egyptians earlier this month.
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Egyptian soldiers square off against demonstrators in Cairo, July 2011. (Gigi Ibrahim/Courtesy)

CAIRO – As the army faces mounting criticism for excessive force that killed 27 people in violent demonstrations last week, two members of Egypt’s military ruling council went on live television to defend themselves Wednesday.

In a program that riveted Egypt, two prominent journalists asked valid questions of the generals, as did members of the public invited to submit them by email. The problem was, for the most part the generals failed to answer.


US ambassador to Egypt won’t sit down with Muslim Brotherhood...Yet

Anne Patterson is taking a cautious approach to Egypt's powerful Islamist group.
Mohammed Badie, the head of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood speaks to the press outside a polling station in Cairo on March 19, 2011 as voters got their first taste of democracy in a referendum to a package of constitutional changes after president Hosni Mubarak was forced to relinquish his 30-year grip on power in the face of mass street protests. (Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images)

CAIRO –As Egypt braces for its first parliamentary elections since Hosni Mubarak’s ouster in February, the American ambassador to Egypt said Monday she’s not yet “comfortable” with the Muslim Brotherhood and has held no direct talks with the group even though its political party is likely to be a major force in Egypt’s new parliament.


NPR's Deborah Amos: Egypt can learn from Syria

The veteran correspondent grades the two Arab Spring countries' revolutionary groups.
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NPR Middle East correspondent Deborah Amos speaks to the GlobalPost / Open Hands Initiative "Covering a Revolution" Fellowship in Cairo, October 2011. (Ben Brody/GlobalPost)

CAIRO — It's report card time for the Arab Spring, and veteran NPR Middle East correspondent Deborah Amos is doing the grading. While Egypt did A+ work in ousting former President Hosni Mubarak, she gives opposition groups in Syria higher marks than their Egyptian counterparts when it comes to organization.

“Egypt's revolution ended, and there was a huge chasm,” she said, addressing the GlobalPost / Open Hands Initiative "Covering a Revolution" Fellowship on Saturday. “Nobody knew how to do politics.”