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Among the many remarkable developments in Egypt is the apparent emergence of an as-yet secret group of “Free Police Officers” among the security forces. They claim to have a presence at the top of the Interior Ministry, pledge not to attack peaceful demonstrators, and call on fellow officers in the major cities and governorates to follow suit. They will reveal themselves “when the time is right,” since apparently National Security (formerly State Security) and the police inspectorate have been instructed to investigate them.
Who can say whether this is a small group of disgruntled officers sending news releases to Al Masry Al Yom, or a broader tendency or organization? Either way, morale cannot be high among police officers.
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This process is clearly not perfect. But it seems far more transparent and responsive than the chaotic way the new constitution was put in place (imposed?) in Egypt.
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History, not just compensation, at stake. UGTT remains one of the few political forces capable of challenging Nahda effectively, not only on economic issues.
The primary purpose of reviewing Decree 97 to include the affected families in Redeyef is to establish “the historical truth” of the Jasmine revolution’s timeline, said Hajji.
Redeyef’s residents undertook the 2008 uprising to protest against what they considered as unjust hiring practices by Gafsa Phosphate Company after the results of a round of hiring were announced on January 8, 2008. Five locals were killed and 41 wounded in the ensuing unrest.
For him and the residents of Redeyef, the 2008 uprising laid the foundation upon which the Jasmine revolution could take form on December 17, 2010 in the town of Sidi Bouzid.
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Extraordinary that TAP ran a story so dangerous to the government. Definitely not likely before the revolution.
Deputy Minister of Finance Slim Besbes clarified yesterday to TAP that the state will be able to pay public sector employees, adding that the budget has additional resources that do not appear on its treasury’s bank account.
“There is no need to worry,” he told TAP.
The minister of finance will be questioned before the NCA on Tuesday, January 8, in order to clarify the misunderstanding, Cheikhrouhou said.
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The deed is done, apparently. What will the Brotherhood’s opponents do in the next few weeks as the referendum campaign takes place?
Activists highlighted other flaws such as worrying articles pertaining to the rights of women and freedom of speech.
“There are some good pro-freedoms articles, but there are also catastrophic articles like one that prevents insults. This could be used against journalists criticizing the president or state officials,” said human rights activist Gamal Eid.
“We wanted Egyptians to get more freedoms and less presidential powers and were unhappy with the end result in those areas,” said Edward Ghaleb, who had been sitting on the assembly as a representative of the Coptic Orthodox church.
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Our cultural memory is baked into our food.
Poitiers All Over Again: Pastry, Islam and Isoglosse http://t.co/Et0GpT6D
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That Tunisian identity is under construction at the same time as its post-revolutionary institutions are may seem self-evident, but is worth emphasizing. Revolutions mean risks and opportunities.
Tunisians of my acquaintance often emphasize the country’s cosmopolitanism, historically, linguistically, culturally etc. It may be that the multi-racial history of the Mediterranean, and of the different peoples who have settled in what is now Tunisia, has been stripped of some of its elements in order to emphasize the dominant narratives of Europe-facing and Arab identities. Tunisia’s African identity should be a source of pride and strength, and not reduced to the history of slavery.
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Some journalists are not so sure that the government concessions will be fully implemented to the degree striking journalists want.
“It’s just a statement. We’ve seen no action. In fact, all that we’ve seen is stalling,” said Hayet Essayeb, a journalist from Dar Assabah, the newspaper that initiated the strike
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