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Egypt Silencing Free Speech

The Egyptian regime of Mohammed Morsi has stepped up attacks on journalists, charging them with insulting his leadership. In fact, a new human rights report shows that Morsi has brought four times more legal cases against journalists and media figures than the regime of the deposed Hosni Mubarak. So much for the myth of the Arab Spring translating into a burst of freedom.

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Morsi: Egypt’s New Pharoah

Bassem Youssef, an Egyptian TV satirist in the vein of Jon Stewart, is being prosecuted under a new law that forbids anyone from insulting Egypt’s leaders. Looks like Egypt’s new President Mohammed Morsi might be even more thin-skinned and dictatorial than the deposed Hosni Mubarak.  Progress!

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Egypt’s Tourism in Tailspin

Once a linchpin of the country’s economy, Egyptian tourism has taken a major hit since the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak. Travelers have been afraid to visit Egypt because of the ongoing turmoil and uncertainty that continue to plague the nation. Now, Islamic fundamentalists are placing even more obstacles in the way of a tourism rebound — threatening to impose restrictions on what kinds of clothes tourists can wear and dictate how they must behave. Some radicals even want the Pyramids covered. Fouad Hady from Australia’s SBS Dateline reports.

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1/2 Revolution

As chaos broke out during the Egyptian uprising in 2011, a group of young filmmakers took to the streets to document the waves of protests that swept their neighborhood and ultimately their country. The resulting film is a gritty, no-holds-barred, insider account of the historic events that eventually led to the ouster of long-time President Hosni Mubarak.

The documentary also follows the filmmakers themselves as they struggle to navigate the violence and new uncertainty facing their country. In this excerpt, Karim El Hakim, one of the directors of 1/2 Revolution, describes the genesis of the film and explains why he believes the revolution is still unfinished. He also previews gripping scenes from the protests that overturned a 30-year dictatorship.

1/2 Revolution was directed by Karim El Hakim and Omar Shargawi. The film is a co-production between Danish Globus Film and Egyptian Prophecy Films. H/T the ifilestv

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Cairo Protests Turn Violent

Opponents of Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi fought with members of the Muslim Brotherhood on Friday in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. The outbreak of street violence, which reportedly left 41 injured,  was the largest and angriest clash between these rival camps since Morsi took office. The Islamists faced off against liberals and so-called soccer “hooligans,” throwing stones and bottles at each other, and sometimes engaging in hand-to-hand brawls. Police didn’t intervene. The specific catalyst for this riot: A court ruling last week that acquitted former Egyptian officials who had ordered a camel and horseback charge against protesters leading last year’s uprising to oust Hosni Mubarak.

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Raiders of the Lost Mubarak

With news of President Mubarak receiving a lifetime jail sentence in Egypt, here’s a timely resurrection of PolitiZoid’s RAIDERS OF THE LOST MUBARAK, following Illinois Obama and Delaware Joe as they discover that foreign policy is not just a distraction from their domestic agenda, it’s an adventure!

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