Tag: Egypt

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Generation Y

From Egypt’s street, a new techno sound

In this Sunday, June 2, 2013 photo, An Egyptian man dances, as “Mahraganat”, Arabic for “festivals,” singers, Fifty and Sadat, not pictured, perform at a wedding in Madinet el-Salam on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty) by Nariman El-Mofty CAIRO (AP) — “We tell the stories of our people, words that come up from our alleys, listen to me to understand” — from the Mahraganat song, “El-Rab El-Masri” (Egyptian Rap) by Sadat, Fifty and Haha. A new musical sound emerged from the underground in Egypt since the country’s 2011 revolution, a rapid-fire electronic beat, mixed with hypnotic rhythms drawn from religious festivals and fired up with auto-tuned vocals. Besides getting club crowds dancing all night long, it has given a rebellious voice to long marginalized youth, telling stories of everyday life in beaten-down neighborhoods of Cairo.

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International

Egyptians targeted with blasphemy charges

This undated photo provided by the lawyer of Dimyana Abdel-Nour, shows Abdel-Nour, 24, a Coptic Christian teacher in the southern Egyptian city of Luxor in a family photo. (AP Photo) by Maggie Michael CAIRO (AP) — The pale, young Christian woman sat handcuffed in the courtroom, accused of insulting Islam while teaching history of religions to fourth-graders. A team of Islamist lawyers with long beards sang in unison, “All except the Prophet Muhammad.”

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National

Pressure cooker bombs used in past by militants

HOMEMADE–This Homeland Security Department pamphlet, from July 2010, distributed to police, fore, EMS and security personnel shows a diagram for rudimentary improvised explosive devices (IEDs) using pressure cookers to contain the initiator, switch and explosive charge. (AP Photo/Homeland Security Department) by Lee Keath CAIRO (AP) — Homemade bombs built from pressure cookers, a version of which was used in the Boston Marathon bombings, have been a frequent weapon of militants in Afghanistan, India and Pakistan. Al-Qaida’s branch in Yemen once published an online manual on how to make one, urging “lone jihadis” to act on their own to carry out attacks.

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International

UN adopts plan to combat violence against women

PROTEST–An Egyptian protester shouts slogans as she holds an anti-Muslim brotherhood poster during a protest in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, March 2. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil) by Edith M. LedererAssociated Press Writer UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Conservative Muslim and Roman Catholic countries and liberal Western nations approved a U.N. blueprint to combat violence against women and girls, ignoring strong objections from Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood that it clashed with Islamic principles and sought to destroy the family.