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Friday, December 6, 2013

Nelson Mandela Passes Away

Iconic South African leader Nelson Mandela passed away last night at the age of 95. Mandela, who fought against racism and apartheid in segregated South Africa and was imprisoned for 27 years as a result, emerged from prison to become a national hero and healing figure. He served as president of the country for four years, and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. South African President Jacob Zuma said that ”Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father,” and US President Barack Obama was quoted as saying “We’ve lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth.”

Time Magazine Readers: General Sisi is Person of the Year

In a recent poll, readers of Time Magazine voted Egyptian General Abd el-Fattah el-Sisi as ‘Person of the Year’ for 2013. Sisi beat out Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and pop star Miley Cyrus, who came in second and third, respectively. According to the magazine, massive turnout from Egyptians on Time’s website helped Sisi clinch the winning spot. The poll requested that readers vote on the person who influenced the news cycle the most over the past year. In last year’s poll, Barack Obama won, and deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi was one of the runners up.

Italy Convicts Egyptian Cleric on Terrorism Charges

Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr, a radical Egyptian cleric who was kidnapped by the CIA in Milan, has been convicted to six years in prison on international terrorism charges. The cleric was tried in absentia and is reportedly living in Egypt. He was found guilty of aiding emigration for the goal of terrorism and associating with terrorists. Nasr’s case became an international sensation because of the diplomatic confusion surrounding his abduction. 23 American agents involved in abducting the cleric were also tried and charged in absentia in an Italian court.

 Police Use Tear Gas on Small Protests Around Cairo

Supporters of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi took to the streets in Cairo today, and in other cities and governorates around the country, to decry the military-backed interim government (which they view as illegitimate) and call attention to the hundreds of protesters that were killed on Aug. 16 when security forces dispersed large protest camps around the city. In the upper-class Cairo neighborhood of Mohandiseen, police used tear gas against demonstrators.

Weekend Read

On Jadaliyya, Omar Robert Hamilton writes about how Egyptians need to wake up, and pay attention to the current political crisis in Egypt.

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