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Harper Should Stand With Canadians And Help Free Mohamed Fahmy

Farah Mawani | Posted 02.22.2015 | Canada Politics
Farah Mawani

Dear Prime Minister Harper, I write to you as a Canadian, and as a survivor of having a loved one wrongfully imprisoned in Iran. I write to you knowing what it feels like every moment of every day a loved is held captive for political reasons alone. It is haunting. It is impossible to feel free.

An Open Letter to the RCMP Commissioner About Egyptian Police

Ehab Lotayef | Posted 02.08.2015 | Canada Politics
Ehab Lotayef

Over the past 19 months the brutality of the Egyptian Police reached new highs, not even seen or heard of during the Mubarak years. The European Parliament, the UN Secretary General, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, have all condemned the Egyptian security forces for the use of force leading to the death of hundreds of protesters and serious injuries of many more.

How Egypt's Conscription Generates Unemployment and Refugees

Maikel Nabil Sanad | Posted 11.16.2014 | Canada Politics
Maikel Nabil Sanad

Many International actors, including the U.S. government, support the Egyptian military, in the belief that Egypt's army can restore stability, and, in doing so, stem the flow of refugees out of Egypt. But it's the Egyptian military, through its stubbornness dealing with the conscientious objection issue, which generates refugees every day.

Continued Cronyism Is the Arab Spring's Worst Enemy

Fred McMahon | Posted 10.15.2014 | Canada Politics
Fred McMahon

The violence that spun out of the Arab Spring in Egypt, Libya, Yemen, and Syria grabbed the headlines but the real problem received little attention -- lack of opportunity. This lack of opportunity for the people of the Middle East is an issue the West largely ignored and partly caused.

Though I Keep Getting Detained, I'll Never Stop Being an Activist

Maikel Nabil Sanad | Posted 10.13.2014 | Canada Impact
Maikel Nabil Sanad

I was sitting on a bench inside the military court that day, accompanied by a military intelligence agent, waiting for my military judge to arrive in the courtroom. It was a spring day, in April 2011, just few months after the revolution started. It was the fifth time I was detained in Egypt because of my activism. It isn't that I can understand the situations of people facing injustice from afar, I can feel their pain, because it's my pain as well.

Harper: Egypt Knows Canada Is Not Happy

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.25.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The federal New Democrats have received assurances from the Harper government that Egyptian-Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy won't be stripp...

In Egypt, You Must Agree With the Military

Maikel Nabil Sanad | Posted 07.19.2014 | Canada Politics
Maikel Nabil Sanad

Last Tuesday, May 13, My brother Mark Nabil had to go through his compulsory medical examination for the military service. Mark disapproved all the questions. Army officers at the site were very furious that someone dared to disagree with the army role.

How Egypt Won the Battles But Lost the War

Firas Al-Atraqchi | Posted 03.14.2014 | Canada
Firas Al-Atraqchi

When talk show host David Letterman asked news anchor Scott Pelley on June 27, 2012 what happened to the "Arab Spring," the latter replied: "It's almost as if the revolution never happened." This was what Omar Kamel, an advocate for social justice and civilian rule, feared the most.

Slavery in Africa Is Alive, Well and Ignored

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

Simon Aban Deng is a Sudanese human rights activist living in the United States. A native of the Shilluk Kingdom in southern Sudan, Deng spent several...

Welcoming Home John and Tarek From Egypt

Irene Mathyssen, MP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Irene Mathyssen, MP

The detention of Dr. Tarek Loubani and John Greyson was at the forefront of all Canadians' concerns for the 50 days they spent behind bars at Cairo's Tora Prison. Dr. Tarek Loubani is an emergency room physician in my riding and John Greyson is an acclaimed film-maker and professor at York University. They are now home safe.

Naomi Klein Calls for Economic Pressure on Egypt over Detention of Canadian Filmmaker, Doctor

Democracy Now! | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Democracy Now!

Two Canadian citizens -- acclaimed Toronto filmmaker John Greyson and medical doctor Tarek Loubani -- have been jailed for more than a month-and-a-hal...


CP | Will Campbell, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.29.2013 | Canada

Two Canadians arrested and held without charge in Egypt for more than seven weeks have been ordered detained for another 45 days, a decision that come...

It's Time for Rule of Law in Egypt

Paul Dewar | Posted 11.17.2013 | Canada
Paul Dewar

Freedom of speech and association are not options in a democracy -- they are the very foundation of democratic life. I am therefore deeply concerned by last week's announcement by Egyptian authorities that the state of emergency will be extended for a further two months.

Canadians Detained In Egypt On Hunger Strike

CBC | Posted 11.16.2013 | Canada

Two Canadians who have been detained in an Egyptian prison for over a month will be going on a hunger strike. Tarek Loubani of London, Ont., and Joh...


CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.15.2013 | Canada

OTTAWA - Two Canadians arrested in Egypt and held without charge since mid-August will be detained for another two weeks.Friends of Tarek Loubani and ...

Director Wants Canadians Jailed In Egypt Freed

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 09.03.2013 | Canada

Film director Gus Van Sant has called for the release of two Canadians incarcerated in Egypt, according to the Toronto Sun. Van Sant expressed his...

Morsi To Stand Trial On Charges Of Inciting Deadly Violence

AP | Sarah El Deeb | Posted 09.01.2013 | Canada

CAIRO, Egypt -- Egypt's state news agency says the country's top prosecutor has referred ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi to trial on charges ...

Is Egypt's True Enemy Paranoia?

Bessma Momani | Posted 10.23.2013 | Canada
Bessma Momani

During the short-lived rule of ousted Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood complained bitterly about the "deep state" while liberal-secularists accused the Brotherhood of consolidating power throughout Egypt to push through its conservative social policies. In rebutting these claims, each side accused the other of sheer paranoia.

What You've Read About Egypt Is Wrong

Rabbi Ben Hecht | Posted 10.22.2013 | Canada
Rabbi Ben Hecht

In Egypt, there was a strong desire to be able to clearly declare who/what was absolutely right and who/what was absolutely wrong; there was a strong desire to be able to state what needed to be done -- in clear, concrete terms. In my mind, the complexity of facts was often, also, a tragic victim.

In Egypt, Only the Dead Know Who is Right

Deena Douara | Posted 08.21.2013 | Canada
Deena Douara

What stance do I take on Egypt? I can defend the killings and support the military, but my voice will change nothing on the ground. On the other hand, I can condemn the killings, guessing but not knowing, that of the 900 or more estimated dead so far, most were not armed, not terrorists, some not even Morsi supporters.

Canada's Embassy Reopens After Bloody Clashes

CP | Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.21.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Two Canadians detained in Cairo remained behind bars Wednesday as an uneasy calm allowed the reopening of the Canadian embassy in the Egyptia...


AP | Posted 08.19.2013 | Canada

By Hamza Hendawi THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CAIRO, Egypt _ Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who is on retrial for the killings of hundreds of ...

2 Canadians Reportedly Arrested In Egypt

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.17.2013 | Canada

TORONTO - A friend of two Canadians who were arrested in Cairo says consular staff told him the pair were fine but still hadn't heard if they were bei...

Canadians Rally Against Mohammed Morsi's Ouster

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.17.2013 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Demonstrators gathered in some Canadian cities Saturday to protest the military coup that ousted Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi from powe...

Canadian Resident Dies In Egypt

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.16.2013 | Canada

OTTAWA - Foreign Affairs confirms that a Canadian resident has died in the strife in Egypt.A spokeswoman would only say the person was a permanent Can...