The Week in Egypt – October 14, 2013

Catch up on the latest out of Egypt every week, with analysis, news updates, photos, videos, and more.

Quote of the Week

“The cabinet is astonished by the United States’ decision on Wednesday to halt some of its military aid to Egypt at this critical moment when Egypt is fighting terrorism,” The Egyptian government responds to cut in aid. | Ahram Online

Egypt in the News







Why is Maspero different? | Sarah Carr, Mada Masr

Sarah Carr, on behalf of Mada Masr, poses the important question of why the Maspero Massacre is remembered in a different way than the atrocities that followed.

“Aside from the [eighteen] days of the revolution itself, there is one event from that tumultuous year that is particularly seared into people’s memories, and which is commemorated in a way the others are not: The Maspero Massacre of October 9.”

“The difference to me is that there were no front lines and a dignified fight. There was a march of women, children and those believing Egypt is theirs at last, and must fight even the church for their rights as citizens,” Sally Toma says.

“The very different public reaction to the killing by security forces of 600 protesters taking part in the pro-Mohamed Morsi sit-in at Rabea al-Adaweya in August of this year illustrates how complicated political death has become, and how it reveals more about the living than the deceased.”

Dark Clouds of the Sinai | Nadine Marroushi, The Slate

Nadine Marroushi provides rare coverage on Northern Sinai, the target of the Egyptian military’s ‘campaign against terrorists.’

People in attacked villages and towns, including those sympathetic to the military, complain that it is conducting its war indiscriminately, not differentiating between civilians and militants.”  

“Sheikh Ibrahim El-Menaei, head of a coalition of Sinai’s tribes, says that at least [fifty-two] people have been killed since the military began its campaign in July; of those slain, [sixteen] were women and children. He is a vocal critic of Egypt’s policies toward the tribes.”

“In early September, Ahmed Abu Draa, a Sinai-based journalist, was jailed for reporting on attacks on women, children, and a mosque. The army says he published false news, and that his reporting is part of an “information war.” He has since been released with a six-month suspended sentence for entering a military zone without authorization.”

Video of the Week

Cairo in 1944

This Week in History

“On October 9, 2011, [twenty-eight] protesters were killed as they marched on Egypt’s state TV building, [Maspero]. In a two-part timeline, Ahram Online investigates eyewitness accounts that shed light on the night’s horrific sequence of events” | Ahram Online, EIPR

Photo of the Week

Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt | A beautiful photo essay of a leprosy colony in Egypt. Photos by Claudia Weins.

Cartoon of the Week

Translation: “Don’t be shocked, this isn’t an American film, it is al-Sisi man saving al-Mahrousa [Egypt] before she falls.”

Source: Al-Akhbar via Zenobia

On Twitter: Remembering Maspero