Leila Fadel http://ktep.org en Egyptians Fear Power Outages Could Fuel More Unrest http://ktep.org/post/egyptians-fear-power-outages-could-fuel-more-unrest Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep. Sometimes in the evening in Cairo, Egypt, people take a sailboat ride on the Nile. I got to do this once, Renee. It's amazing. The river cuts through the center of the city and you can see the lights of Cairo spreading along each bank. Except, of course, when the lights are out.<p>MONTAGNE: And power outages are a feature of daily life, I gather. The electrical grid needs repair. Power plants need fuel. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 08:56:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 39130 at http://ktep.org Egyptian Journalist Trial Is Long On Jail Time — But Short On Proof http://ktep.org/post/egyptian-journalist-trial-long-jail-time-short-proof Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. In Cairo today, three journalists with the al-Jazeera English channel were back in court. They're accused of being terrorists and spreading false information and it's a case causing international condemnation. The journalists have now been in jail for more than 100 days, part of a wide crackdown on Islamists, critics of the government and the press.<p>NPR's Leila Fadel was in the courtroom today and joins us now. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:47:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 38425 at http://ktep.org Egyptian Town Reeling Over Mass Death Sentence http://ktep.org/post/egyptian-town-reeling-over-mass-death-sentence More than 500 people in Matea, Egypt, have been sentenced to death. On one street alone, a juice store owner, a sweets shop owner, a doctor and more than 20 others have been condemned. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 21:10:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 37584 at http://ktep.org In Egypt, Defendants Are Being Tried By The Hundreds http://ktep.org/post/egypt-defendants-are-being-tried-hundreds Egypt's legal system has already been under scrutiny with a raft of high-profile cases that include two ousted presidents and scores of activists. And a new wave of international criticism is building after an Egyptian court sentenced 529 men to death after a two-day trial.<p>The judge sentenced the men for the killing of a police officer. They were also charged with arson, inciting violence and other crimes in the province of Minya, just south of Cairo.<p>The <a href="http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=47423#.UzLq0a2Sw_c" target="_blank">U.N. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:38:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 37523 at http://ktep.org In Egypt, Defendants Are Being Tried By The Hundreds Egyptian Court Sentences 529 Morsi Supporters To Death http://ktep.org/post/egyptian-court-sentences-529-morsi-supporters-death Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene. Good morning. In Egypt yesterday, a criminal court sentenced 529 people to death over the killing of a police officer. The verdict has been described as unprecedented and humanitarian critics say the two-day trial that preceded it was a sham. Here's NPR's Leila Fadel from Cairo.<p>LEILA FADEL, BYLINE: Human rights groups call the mass death sentences the most severe verdict they've seen in modern history. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 09:06:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 37320 at http://ktep.org A View On The Torture And Terror Of Egyptian Prisons http://ktep.org/post/view-torture-and-terror-egyptian-prisons Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>In Egypt, the prisons are overcrowded. Prisoners sleep back-to-back in packed cells as the military-led government rounds up its suspected opponents. First, Islamists were being detained, accused of terrorism, then secular activists, and now many others, as neighbors inform on one another. The Egyptian government makes no apologies for the arrests and denies accusations of torture. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 20:24:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 37142 at http://ktep.org In Egypt, A New Courtroom Drama Every Day http://ktep.org/post/egypt-new-courtroom-drama-every-day Not one but two ousted presidents are on trial. In cages. As are a group of journalists from the Al Jazeera satellite channel. Then there are the countless activists facing charges that are widely seen as politically motivated.<p>If you like courtroom dramas, Egypt is the place to be these days. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 07:28:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 36639 at http://ktep.org In Egypt, A New Courtroom Drama Every Day Impatient With Change, Libyans Begin To Leave http://ktep.org/post/impatient-change-libyans-begin-leave Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Three years ago, Libyans began a revolution that toppled the regime of Colonel Moammar Gadhafi. Today, their country still teeters between chaos and the emergence of a new state. Crime, violence and power outages are part of daily life in Libya. But many Libyans had had enough. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:40:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 35665 at http://ktep.org Outmanned And Outgunned, Libya Struggles To Fix Its Broken Army http://ktep.org/post/outmanned-and-outgunned-libya-struggles-fix-its-broken-army In Libya, disputes are settled by guns.<p>On a recent day, just west of Tripoli, the Libyan capital, gunfire erupts, a battle between two families. It builds for hours; people run for cover. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 08:36:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 35524 at http://ktep.org Outmanned And Outgunned, Libya Struggles To Fix Its Broken Army With Egyptian Press On Trial, Space For Dissent Is In Question http://ktep.org/post/egyptian-press-trial-space-dissent-question Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Now, to Cairo where the spotlight is on an important case in the government's crackdown on press freedoms. Three jailed journalists for the al-Jazeera English channel were taken to their first court hearing today. Their arrest nearly two months ago has been denounced by rights groups. As NPR's Leila Fadel reports, they were denied bail today in a short but dramatic appearance.<p>LEILA FADEL, BYLINE: Outside Tora prison in suburban Cairo, Havas(ph) Fahmy's face is drawn. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 23:46:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 35204 at http://ktep.org Journalists On Trial In Egypt On Terrorism-Related Charges http://ktep.org/post/journalists-trial-egypt-terrorism-related-charges Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Journalists involved in a high-profile trial in Egypt made a brief and dramatic appearance in a Cairo courtroom today. The Egyptian government has been restricting press freedom, and it accused these journalists from the Al Jazeera network of terrorism, apparently because they were trying to interview members of a banned opposition group, the Muslim Brotherhood.<p>NPR is, by the way, among several dozen news organizations that signed a petition calling for detained journalists to be released in Egypt. We're also keeping an eye on this case. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 11:05:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 35147 at http://ktep.org Looking Back On Libya: 'We Were Naive' About The Challenges http://ktep.org/post/looking-back-libya-we-were-naive-challenges In 2011, I crossed the border with other journalists into a country that had been cut off from the world for 42 years. We had no idea what to expect as we entered what the rebels were calling "Free Libya."<p>Where before there had been oppressive security, instead what greeted us was a motley group of ecstatic young men with guns who welcomed journalists to the land they'd liberated. There was no passport control, no rules and a sense of relief that the world would finally hear their stories.<p>They showed videos of atrocities committed by Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's men. Sun, 16 Feb 2014 21:26:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 34933 at http://ktep.org Looking Back On Libya: 'We Were Naive' About The Challenges Libya's Slow And Bloody Path Toward Stability http://ktep.org/post/libyas-slow-and-bloody-path-toward-stability Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. This month marks the third anniversary of Libya's uprising against a brutal dictator, Moammar Gadhafi. After a bloody civil war, he was ousted and later killed - and now Libya is trying to rebuild itself. But the process has been slow. The divided nation still has a weak government and is awash with weapons. NPR's Leila Fadel has just returned from Tripoli and joins us from Cairo. Leila, thanks so much for being with us.<p>LEILA FADEL, BYLINE: Thanks for having me.<p>SIMON: Let me begin with this. Sat, 15 Feb 2014 14:54:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 34877 at http://ktep.org Egypt's Crackdown Widens, But Insurgency Still Burns http://ktep.org/post/egypts-crackdown-widens-insurgency-still-burns Here are three numbers that tell the story of Egypt's security crackdown, its political turmoil and the simmering insurgency.<p>16,687. It's estimated that at least this many political detainees have been imprisoned since the military ousted the Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi, on July 3.<p>4,482. At least this many people have been killed in clashes since Morsi's ouster, many at the hands of security forces.<p>198. That's the number of people killed, mostly security force members, in armed attacks on the police and army between July and November 2013. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 19:48:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 34528 at http://ktep.org Egypt's Crackdown Widens, But Insurgency Still Burns Detention Of Al-Jazeera Journalists Strains Free Speech In Egypt http://ktep.org/post/detention-al-jazeera-journalists-strains-free-speech-egypt Twenty people were referred to criminal court in Egypt today, among them three Al-Jazeera English journalists who have been in prison since Dec. 29. The charges are chilling.<p>Egyptian authorities say Canadian-Egyptian journalist <a href="https://twitter.com/Repent11">Mohamed Fadel Fahmy</a> was running a terrorist cell out of a swank hotel in the upscale district of Zamalek. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 00:35:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 33770 at http://ktep.org Detention Of Al-Jazeera Journalists Strains Free Speech In Egypt The Coup Goes To Court: Ousted Pres. Morsi On Trial In Cairo http://ktep.org/post/coup-goes-court-ousted-pres-morsi-trial-cairo Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>In Cairo today, former President Mohammed Morsi appeared in court for the second time since he was ousted in a military coup last July. The Islamist leader wore a white prison uniform and stood in a glass-enclosed cage. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 21:52:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 33686 at http://ktep.org No Surprises: Egyptian Military Endorses Its Chief For President http://ktep.org/post/no-surprises-egyptian-military-endorses-its-chief-president Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Now, to Egypt where there were more indications today that the country's top military chief is preparing to run for president. The armed forces announced on state television that Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi should, in their words, heed the call of the people and run for president in an election expected to be held within the next three months.<p>NPR's Leila Fadel joins us now from Cairo. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 22:01:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 33608 at http://ktep.org Deaths, Arrests Mark 3rd Anniversary Of Egypt's Uprising http://ktep.org/post/deaths-arrests-mark-3rd-anniversary-egypts-uprising The third anniversary of Egypt's revolution was marked with violent clashes across the country between pro and anti-government demonstrators. By Sunday morning at least 49 people had been killed and more than 1,000 arrested. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 09:55:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 33564 at http://ktep.org Three Years Later, Tahrir Protesters Drained And Defeated http://ktep.org/post/three-years-later-tahrir-protesters-drained-and-defeated Three years after the start of the 2011 revolution, many of the young secular activists who led the protests are behind bars.<p>Others have gone silent, afraid to speak out as the military and the ousted Muslim Brotherhood are locked in a battle for Egypt itself.<p>For most of those revolutionaries, this is a dark and bitter time.<p>"The moment we entered Tahrir remains the most significant moment of my entire life, because I physically felt a wall being broken down, a wall of fear that they're working very hard at rebuilding," says Noor Noor, son of prominent Egyptian politician Ayman Noor an Sat, 25 Jan 2014 16:21:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 33495 at http://ktep.org Three Years Later, Tahrir Protesters Drained And Defeated Deadly Explosions Rattle Cairo http://ktep.org/post/deadly-explosions-rattle-cairo There have been three deadly explosions in Cairo on Friday. First, a car bomb targeted Egypt police headquarters in the heart of Cairo. The bombings come on the eve of the anniversary of the start of the 2011 uprising. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 10:57:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 33405 at http://ktep.org Doubt And Insecurity Loom As Egypt Goes To The Polls http://ktep.org/post/doubt-and-insecurity-loom-egypt-goes-polls Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block.<p>Egyptians went to the polls today at the start of a two-day referendum on a draft constitution. The day was marred by violence in parts of the country. At least 11 people were killed, as protesters boycotting the vote clashed with police. Egypt remains deeply polarized - on one side, supporters of the military, and on the other, those who back ousted President Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 22:12:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 32783 at http://ktep.org Egyptians Begin Voting On New Draft Charter http://ktep.org/post/egyptians-begin-voting-new-draft-charter Egyptians go to the polls over the next two days to vote on a draft constitution. The military-backed government is pushing for a "yes" vote amid indications that military chief General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi will soon announce his intention to run for the presidency. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 11:38:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 32737 at http://ktep.org As Egypt Votes On New Constitution, Space For Dissent Closes http://ktep.org/post/egypt-votes-new-constitution-space-dissent-closes Egyptian voters go the polls Tuesday and Wednesday in a constitutional referendum. The vote comes at a time Egypt is witnessing what many analysts call a full-blown counterrevolution. While the country remains dangerously polarized, the space for dissent is closing. The government continues a crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, but now it's also targeting the youth activists whose names and faces are synonymous with the 2011 revolution.<p>About 50 men gathered outside a police station in eastern Cairo on Sunday night. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 22:31:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 32708 at http://ktep.org As Egypt Votes On New Constitution, Space For Dissent Closes Egypt's Coptic Christians Celebrate Christmas Amid Fear, Hope http://ktep.org/post/egypts-coptic-christians-celebrate-christmas-amid-fear-hope Coptic Christians in Egypt celebrated their Christmas on Tuesday in an atmosphere of uncertainty. There were dozens of attacks on churches and Christian homes both during and after the tenure of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. Coptic leaders publicly supported the military coup that ousted Morsi. Wed, 08 Jan 2014 10:18:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 32342 at http://ktep.org In Egypt, Protests Shift To University Campuses http://ktep.org/post/egypt-protests-shift-university-campuses Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Let's turn next to Egypt, where the protest movement is shifting from the street to university campuses. Student activism is now at the heart of dissent against the military-backed government. But like Egypt itself, this movement is divided. Groups of secular and Islamist protesters are working separately, closing down campuses and demanding that the police be tried for their crimes. From Cairo, NPR's Leila Fadel sent this report.<p>LEILA FADEL, BYLINE: At Cairo University, students wave a flag emblazoned with the face of Mohamed Reda. Tue, 10 Dec 2013 12:29:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 30572 at http://ktep.org The High Price Egyptians Pay For Opposing Their Rulers http://ktep.org/post/high-price-egyptians-pay-opposing-their-rulers Mohamed Yousef is a tall, handsome practitioner of kung fu. In fact, he's an Egyptian champion who recently won an international competition.<p>But a month ago, when he collected his gold medal at the championship in Russia, he posed for a picture after putting on a yellow T-shirt with a hand holding up four fingers.<p>That's the symbol of Rabaa al-Adawiya, the Cairo square where Egyptian security forces opened fire in August on supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. Tue, 03 Dec 2013 19:28:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 30143 at http://ktep.org The High Price Egyptians Pay For Opposing Their Rulers Egyptians Hit Streets, Defying Protest Ban http://ktep.org/post/egyptians-hit-streets-defying-protest-ban Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>A new political storm is brewing in Egypt. It's over a law that bans unauthorized protest. Egyptian officials are taking to the airwaves to defend the law, in the face of fierce opposition from secular political activists. NPR's Leila Fadel reports from Cairo.<p>LEILA FADEL, BYLINE: A few hundred people rallied in downtown Cairo today, chanting - let's start the revolution again. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 21:24:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 29851 at http://ktep.org World Cup Qualifying Match Tests Cairo's Security http://ktep.org/post/egypts-soccer-team-fails-world-cup-bid-uniting-divided-country Ghana qualifies for its third straight World Cup — defeating Egypt 7-3 on total goals after a 2-1 loss. This was the first international match in Cairo in two years. A bloody soccer riot there left dozens dead in 2011. It was also the first match since authorities lifted the curfew that went into effect after widespread clashes between security forces and Muslim Brotherhood supporters, protesting the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi. Wed, 20 Nov 2013 09:44:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 29386 at http://ktep.org Back To The Future: Calls Grow For A Military Ruler In Egypt http://ktep.org/post/back-future-calls-grow-military-ruler-egypt For nearly three years Egyptians have battled for a different, and better, future. But the transition has been tumultuous, filled with pitfalls, death and disappointment.<p>Today, many are ready to settle for a return to the pre-revolution status quo: a strong, military man who can guide Egypt back to stability.<p>At the Kakao lounge in central Cairo, teenage girls sample chocolates that bear the face of Egyptian military chief Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. Mon, 18 Nov 2013 22:41:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 29295 at http://ktep.org Back To The Future: Calls Grow For A Military Ruler In Egypt Tripoli Zoo Sees Different Kind Of Cage — One With Migrants http://ktep.org/post/tripoli-zoo-sees-different-kind-cage-one-migrants Gun-toting militiamen man the steel gate that leads into the Tripoli zoo. A sign promises a garden of animals. Inside, there are paths that meander through a maze of cages and animal habitats. Monkeys climb trees; hippos submerge themselves in water and lions lounge in the heat.<p>Just a few hundred yards away, there's a different kind of cage: Inside there are people — migrants waiting to be deported or to prove they are in Libya legally.<p>Sayed Ghazallah has his men unlock the padlock on the steel bars. Tue, 12 Nov 2013 08:07:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 28817 at http://ktep.org Tripoli Zoo Sees Different Kind Of Cage — One With Migrants