January 22, 2021 Find out more February 1, 2021 Find out more News February 6, 2021 Find out more June 18, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Egypt Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison The Internet has grown faster in Egypt than in most Middle Eastern countries. Introduced in 1993, it has been available to the public since 1995 and since then has steadily grown more popular. The communications and information technology ministry ended the monopoly the state had exercised through Telecom Egypt and opened up the sector in early 2002 with a scheme allowing ISPs to assign special phone numbers to users with a computer and modem. The customers were not obliged to commit themselves to one ISP. The aim was to boost the number of Internet users and get Egyptians used to new technology.The country’s traditional media is closely watched, but until recently no specific laws applied to the Internet. But in September 2002, the interior ministry set up a department to investigate computer and Internet crime and its director, Ahmed Essmat, told Al Ahram that his staff monitored the Internet daily. RSF_en Help by sharing this information Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff News to go further LINKS:- The Egyptian Organisation for Human Rights News EgyptMiddle East – North Africa The authorities tightened their control of the Internet in 2002 by setting up a government department to investigate online crime. Receive email alerts News EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Organisation Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution At the end of 2001 and early 2002, Internet users were warned off taboo issues (such as relations between Copts and Muslims, publicising terrorist ideas, human rights violations, criticising the president, his family and the army and promoting modern versions of Islam) and told that too much outspokenness was unwelcome. Moreover, when 52 homosexuals were tried by the state security court at the end of 2001, the gay community’s websites were targeted by police. One even put a notice on its homepage saying: “Guess who’s watching us? The state security police!” Traps were set up by the police. Two men made rendezvous with visitors through gay sites who turned out to be policemen, who arrested them.In mid-December 2002, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPPR) expressed concern about a new communications bill, noting that its article 65 was very vague in allowing the army, police and state security officials to access any communications network “for reasons of internal security.” These objections resulted in amendments to the bill, which was adopted at the end of the month. Article 65 now says citizens have a right to privacy and says security agencies can only intercept private communications “in accordance with the law.” They must obtain a court order to do so which is limited to 30 days and is only to be granted in connection with serious crimes or offences punishable by more than three months in prison.Tried for putting a 30-year-old poem onlineShohdy Surur, webmaster of the English-language Al Ahram Weekly, was sentenced to a year in prison on 30 June 2002 for posting on another website a sexually-explicit, socially critical poem written by his late father 30 years ago.Article 178 of the penal code forbids possession of material for sale or distribution “with intent to corrupt public morals.” Surur had posted on wadada.net, which is partly devoted to the work of his poet and actor father Naguib, a poem called Kuss Ummiyat, which contained passages said to be “an affront to public morals.”The poem was written by the elder Surur in earthy and sexually-explicit language, as a criticism of Egyptian society and culture after the country’s defeat in the 1967 Six-Day War with Israel. He several times likened Egypt to a prostitute. Since no law refers to the Internet, the state brought charges under the law on public morals.The poem had been on the US-based wadada.net for the previous three years. Its author, who died in 1978, was never prosecuted for writing it. Shohdy Surur was arrested on 22 November 2001 at his home, which was searched and his computer seized. Police interrogated him for three days. The prison sentence on Surur, who has dual Russian and Egyptian nationality and lives in Russia, was confirmed by an appeals court on 14 October 2002.A 19-year-old student, Andy Ibrahim Shukri, was arrested, tried and sentenced in April 2002 to a month in jail for “putting old false information” after he had sent e-mail messages about a serial killer on the loose in Cairo. Follow the news on Egypt
While guitarist Neal Schon has been occupied with the band Journey for the past 40+ years, he was also an integral member of the original lineup for Santana. With that band’s newly minted Santana IV album (read the review here) and first performance since 1973, it’s safe to say that Schon’s fretwork is in high demand. Considering Journey has a major summer tour schedule ahead, fans have been curious just how long the Santana reunion will last.Fortunately, Neal Schon answered those questions and more in a new interview with Billboard. In it, Schon talks at length about his renewed passion for the Santana band chemistry, and their future plans for the road ahead. When asked if the band was considering more shows, Schon said, “Definitely. I think that’s just completely inevitable.”He continues, saying, “It’s like The Force has risen again. There’s so many people who want to hear it, and what I’m hoping is that management opens their minds and eyes and sort of listens to the demand that’s out there. There’s a lot of fire, a lot of legs and a lot of people who want to see us all over the world.” While Journey has some big plans for 2016, the band might take a hiatus in 2017 to allow for Schon to work in Santana. “It’s something I really want to do, so maybe we (Journey) take a hiatus for a year,” Schon says. “Arnel (Pineda, Journey’s singer) would like to take some time off, so instead of doing two years in a row of hard Journey, maybe we do one year and we give it a rest and let it sit for a second. Sometimes when you come back it’s really fresh. So put aside some time for me next year because I’m going there and I’m going to do it. It’s a no-brainer for me. It’s something I have to do and it’s something that’s truly got some legs.” There’s also talk of recording more music! “When I listen to all the facets that are in that band, rhythmically, and what you can do, I have so many endless ideas,” he says. “You can go anywhere with it — you can go blues, you can go Latin, you can go Caribbean, you can go all African, you can go Cuban. Some bands, when they’re really in tune, it’s just like that. I think it’s a combination of the people that make the chemistry that just things erupt out of. That’s definitely what we have here.”With great new music and enthusiasm for this classic reunited band, the sky is the limit. It’s an exciting time to be a fan.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This is placeholder text continue reading » This post is currently collecting data… As we set out to write an opinion piece on what either the re-election of Donald Trump or the election of Joe Biden would bring for the financial markets, we thought we would wait to see how the debate went on Tuesday. Unfortunately, but perhaps not surprisingly, the debate offered little to nothing regarding policy on stimulus, COVID-19 relief plans, business regulation, tax plans, environmental regulation, global trade, or healthcare. We are probably missing a few items but since the “debate” was little more than 90 minutes of shouting and insults, we can assume that discussion of missing topics will be at the next debate.Nevertheless, we were ready to soldier on since we have a good idea of each candidates’ views. Then, President Trump ended up in the hospital with COVID-19. Now, we must factor into our view the fact that the President might not even be in shape to run in 30 days. Moreover, we also have to consider that despite being more cautious than President Trump, former Vice President Biden is 78 years old. He was standing six feet away from the President on Tuesday night, is still on the campaign trail, and is surrounded by campaign staff. Then, of course, we have Vice President Pence, perhaps vulnerable, as he was at the Rose Garden event that seems to have been a super-spreader. He will also be on the campaign trail as President Trump recovers. Since this is 2020, we cannot rule out anything.We think it is obvious that if we get closer to November 3 and the President is not well—and perhaps his opponent is not well either—that we will have maximum chaos. Equities have so far not only defied losses, they have prospered during a global pandemic, high and sustained levels of unemployment, a record drop in GDP, and entire industries on the brink of ruin. To all of that, add the President of the United States and the Republican leadership in the Senate coming down with COVID-19, and the oncoming freight train of consumer and commercial loan defaults as foreclosure moratoriums and payment forbearances expire. If we have an election where one or both septuagenarian candidates are in the hospital with a deadly virus, we think even the youngsters on Robinhood will sell! Cash will be king as an event such as this would bring back the crazy days of last March before the Fed stepped in along with Treasury and implicitly or explicitly guaranteed almost everything. Unfortunately, this scenario does not have a probability of zero, so we would be dialing down a few degrees of both credit and interest rate in risk portfolios now. Better to get a clearer picture of President Trump’s condition in the next week or so.