Egypt, democracy or dictatorship?

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An Egyptian military tribunal acquitted an army doctor of public obscenity charges on Sunday, throwing out a protester’s claims she was submitted to virginity tests while in detention: here.

Egypt’s virginity test case shows sexual violence, repression continues: here.

Egyptian MPs decided on Sunday to hold a no-confidence vote in the military-appointed government and demanded that the junta stop accepting the more than $1 billion (£640 million) US aid it receives every year: here.

A ship carrying a cargo of weapons with explosives en route from the USA to Egypt must not be allowed to offload because of a substantial risk the weapons will be used by Egyptian security forces to commit human rights violations, Amnesty International said on Thursday: here.

3 thoughts on “Egypt, democracy or dictatorship?

  1. Workers’ protests block Egyptian parliament and Ministry of Health

    Members of parliament and ministers were blocked from entering the Egyptian parliament building Tuesday, as Parliament Street was cordoned off by security staff.

    Demonstrating workers were attempting to present their demands to parliament in front of the main gate of the Shura Council in Kasr Al-Ainy Street. Petrojet company workers demonstrated in front of the Ministry of Health.

    Israeli railway workers in wildcat strike

    On March 9, the Israel Railways workers committee called a wildcat strike against the government’s planned railways reform.

    As a result of the industrial action, lines due to close for imminent track development and maintenance will now stay open.

    Kuwaiti state department workers to stage two-hour strike

    A two-hour daily strike by staff in several state departments is to begin March 19, in protest against unpaid financial allowances by the government.

    The Kuwait Trade Union Federation (KTUF) staged a sit-in last Wednesday, after reports that the government plans to pass general pay raises ranging between 20 and 40 percent—lower than workers are demanding.

    Kuwaiti customs workers strike over pay

    Customs workers in Kuwait went on strike March 13 over wages. Employees last waged a strike in October, disrupting oil shipments from the OPEC member state.

    In October, some 3,000 workers took part in the two-day walkout. The latest action was smaller. The country produces around 3 million barrels of oil a day, according to the state oil company KPC. Thanks to high global oil prices, the government posted a budget surplus of $47 billion in the first nine months of 2011, nearly double the surplus in 2010.


  2. Egypt military to get $1.5bn in aid

    United States: The Obama administration has decided to send $1.5 billion (£945m) in aid to the Egyptian military this year in order to maintain Washington’s “strategic partnership” with Cairo.

    A senior State Department official said the decision reflected “our overarching goal: to maintain our strategic partnership with an Egypt made stronger and more stable by a successful transition to democracy.”

    Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who met Egypt’s ruling junta last month in Cairo, said: “The United States military has a close working relationship with their Egyptian counterparts. These relationships proved to be invaluable and have been a stabilising influence.”


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