Africa 2017 Forum -Egypt looks to play a key role in driving regional integration in Africa

The Africa 2017 Forum wrapped up in the Egyptian resort city of Sharm el Sheikh with a clear message of intent from President Al Sisi to bring Africa closer together. President Abdel Fattah El Sisi hosted five African heads of state and top business leaders from across the continent. The Heads of State stressed on […]

#Under30: Mayam Mahmoud, Egypt’s first veiled rapper

by Rachel Ogbu 19-year-old Mayam Mahmoud has been dubbed Egypt’s first rapper who wears a hijab. Although she’s been rapping and writing poetry since she was 12, Mayam became popular when she made it into the semi-finals of Arabs Got Talent singing about female sexual harassment in the Middle East. She is said to believe Hip-Hop music is about […]

”We are shattered”, parents of jailed Al-Jazeera journalist lament

by Farid Abbas

Following the conviction of three Al-Jazeera journalists in Egypt yesterday (Read story here), the parents of one of the journalists, Australian Peter Greste, have called the verdict an attack on free speech everywhere which leaves them “shattered”. Read more about ”We are shattered”, parents of jailed Al-Jazeera journalist lament

YouTube refuses Egypt’s request to take down viral sexual assault video

by Simi George

YouTube turned down an Egyptian request to take down a viral video of a woman being sexually assaulted in Tahrir Square during a rally marking the inauguration of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, The Independent newspaper reported yesterday. Read more about YouTube refuses Egypt’s request to take down viral sexual assault video

Egyptian govt arrests 19 year-old accused of leaking exam answers on Facebook

by Farid Abbas

A 19 year-old student from Shubra Al-Kheima, accused of sharing answers to this year’s secondary school matriculation exams on Facebook, has been arrested, according to a statement released by the Ministry of Interior. Read more about Egyptian govt arrests 19 year-old accused of leaking exam answers on Facebook