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by: Hossam el-Hamalawy, Arabist 2006-5-27

The two Youth for Change activists, Mohamed el-Sharqawi and Karim el-Sha’er, arrested yesterday by plain clothes security, were brutally tortured and sexually abused, say their lawyers and fellow activists who managed to see the two last night at the State Security Prosecutor’s office.

Sharqawi was kidnapped, according to accounts by lawyers and activists as he was leaving the Press Syn..

by: Hossam el-Hamalawy, Arabist 2006-6-24

Remember when George Bush highlighted reforming education in the region, as a way of fighting “terror,” giving young Arabs a chance for a bright future and bla bla bla bla bla? Well, it seems to be working.
A high school student in a Nile Delta province failed her Arabic language exam two weeks ago for criticizing the US in a composition piece! Yes, I’m not joking wallahi.
Al-Wafd initial..

by: Hossam el-Hamalawy, Arabist 2006-6-26

Activism Calendar

The Egyptian Association Against Torture is organizing a conference, from 6pm to 9pm, at the Press Syndicate,..

by: Hossam el-Hamalawy, Arabist 2006-6-26

Newsweek published a story on the post-Mubarak scenarios…
After the Pharaoh
Who, or what, will replace Hosni Mubarak? Some say democracy, others chaos. It’s the question all Egyptians are now asking. No one has an answer.
By Christopher Dickey

by: Hossam el-Hamalawy, Arabist 2006-6-26

I received today from my friend Alia Mossallam an English translation of a letter sent to Magdi Mahanna–the prominent columnist at Al-Masri Al-Youm, my favori..

by: Hossam el-Hamalawy, Arabist 2006-6-26

I previously posted on the blog a letter from a former Islamist detainee, narrating the torture he went through in prison, during our 1990s Dirty War. I was going through my inbox today, and came across a good article from las..

by: Hossam el-Hamalawy, Arabist 2006-6-29
Around 300 activists demonstrated Tuesday evening in front of the press syndicate, calling for the release of pro-democracy detainees. The demonstrators included several of the recently released detainees, who showed up dressed in the white prison costumes they wore in Tora.
The scene was beautiful. Released activis..

by: Hossam el-Hamalawy, Arabist 2006-7-2

A message from Alaa Ahmed Seif al-Islam, an award-winning Egyptian blogger who was detained on May 7 for participating in a demonstration in solidarity with reformist judges, and ..

by: Hossam el-Hamalawy, Arabist 2006-7-3

Alberto Gonzales, one of Bush’s legal architects of torture in the current war on terror has honoured us with a visit to Cairo, where he defended “extraordinary renditions” of Islamist suspects, but refused to confirm Egypt was (and is) one of..

by: Hossam el-Hamalawy, Arabist 2006-7-3

Kefaya is holding a press conference, 12 noon, publicizing the
findings of its report on Corruption in Egypt. The detailed report is the product of months of work by a group of the movement’s youth,academics and economists.
The conference will be held at the Egyptian Center for Studies,
building #15, 26th of July Street, behind Grand Hotel in Ramsis.


by: Hossam el-Hamalawy, Arabist 2006-7-5

I don’t know when, but it was likely sometime during the 1990s Dirty War that the Egyptian Interior Ministry decided to change its motto, usually printed on dusty signs that top police stations’ entrances, from “The Police is in Service of the People,” to “

by: Hossam el-Hamalawy, Arabist 2006-7-8

Detained Youth for Change activist, Mohamed el-Sharqawi is blogging from prison, in a series postings titled, Ayyam al-3ozla (Days of Isolation)<..

by: Hossam el-Hamalawy, Arabist 2006-7-18

Karim el-Sha3er (photo on the right) has been subject to a knife assault in prison, an activist source said. Sha3er and Sharqawi are the only two rema..

by: Hossam el-Hamalawy, Arabist 2006-7-18

I have just received news the State Security Prosecutor has ordered Sharqawi’s and Sha3er’s release!!!


by: Hossam el-Hamalawy, Arabist 2006-9-22

Blogger Mohamed Gamal, who posts under the name Mr. GEMYHOoOD, has been receiving threats from

by: Hossam el-Hamalawy, Arabist 2006-10-2

I traveled to Al-Arish last weekend, to do some research on Islamic militancy in Sinai. I’ll spare you the horror stories of torture I heard from relatives of terror sus..

by: Hossam el-Hamalawy, Arabist 2006-12-22

Activists are holding a candle light vigil, Saturday 30 December, 6pm, in front of the UNHCR office in Mohandessin, to mark the first the anniversary of the massacre of Sudanese refugees on the hands of the Egyptian Interior Ministry’s Central Security Forces.

by: Hossam el-Hamalawy, arabist 2007-2-10

The strikes of Ghazl Shebeen and Kafr el-Dawwar were suspended on Thursday, after the workers achieved VICTORY!

I’m still having IT/phone pr..