Thought for the day

"An error becomes a mistake only if we refuse to correct it." -- John F. Kennedy


Thousands of Egyptians are demanding the British Museum return the Rosetta Stone to their country. 

Academics have declared that the museum's possession of the treasured 2,200-year-old granite slab is 'a symbol of Western cultural violence against Egypt'.

The inscriptions on the Rosetta Stone became the seminal breakthrough in deciphering ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics after it was taken from Egypt by forces of the British empire in 1801.

US President Joe Biden dashed hopes of Egypt’s rights activists, as well as the Muslim Brotherhood, by avoiding to exert pressure on Egypt’s government and president and focusing his speech at the COP27 summit on climate change without any reference to the issue of human rights.

Observers considered that Biden’s position echoes Washington’s desire to take the side of Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi against his opponents at home and abroad.

The family of jailed Egyptian-British activist Alaa Abdel Fattah, who is refusing food and water, demanded information on his health on Wednesday amid what they said were "rumours of force-feeding".

Egyptian police have ordered public events and shops across the country to cease activity on Friday amid growing calls on social media urging people to join anti-government protests. 

Restrictions have been imposed on sports venues, youth centres, businesses, cafes, a film festival, and tourism offices, Middle East Eye has learned.

Journalists and activists have reported online surveillance and censorship while covering the COP27 climate summit in Egypt. 

Reporters covering the environmental conference have complained of vital sites being blocked and having to sign up for a dubious application to enter the summit.

An Egyptian prisoner has died two months after launching a hunger strike inside Badr 3 prison to protest inhumane conditions he and his fellow inmate suffered behind bars, the Egyptian Network for Human Rights (ENHR) said in a statement on Tuesday.


Prominent jailed Egyptian activist Alaa Abd el-Fattah has begun a full hunger strike ahead of the COP27 climate summit, as supporters say he will be either dead or free when world leaders convene in Sharm el-Sheikh next week.

Abd el-Fattah said in a letter to his family that he would start a zero-calories hunger strike on Tuesday and stop drinking water from November 6, when global climate talks are set to kick off in the Red Sea town.