A military court sentenced 11 supporters of Mohamed Morsi, the deposed Islamist President, to life imprisonment today on charges of attacking the army.
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Friday 30 April 2010
Nia "had the feeling she'd been smoked over in her crib, both parents pouring out their toxins." A political activist and teacher in her late fifties, her worthy, somewhat preachy presence wouldn't have been missed in this novel at all. Nor would the framing narrative, which tells how Nia travels east in search of her own childhood and her long-dead mother's past. The real meat of the book is her mother's story, a harrowing tale of imperial brutality and forbidden love in the Suez Canal Zone during the run-up to Britain's ignominious expulsion from Egypt in 1956. The adult Nia's story pops up mainly to point up the striking parallels between Suez and today's mess in Iraq, while also allowing for some clumsy exposition on the history and politics of the Middle East.
Thursday 04 February 2010
Can it possibly work? Yesterday's Ministry of Defence green paper suggests that, to save taxpayers' money, Britain and France should co-operate more closely on military matters. It is a fact often forgotten that the two countries ceased fighting each other almost two centuries ago (leaving aside occasional misunderstandings in Africa, the Middle East, Twickenham etc). On the other hand, the history of Anglo-French collusion since the Battle of Waterloo has not been an entente tout à fait cordiale. Here is a brief guide to some of des hauts et des bas (ups and downs) of cross-Channel collaboration in the past two centuries.
Saturday 28 November 2009
Sir Donald Logan: Civil servant who assisted the Foreign Secretary Selwyn Lloyd during the Suez crisis
Tuesday 03 November 2009
Donald Logan's place in post-war political history is assured, as he was the only British representative present at the two secret meetings at Sèvres, near Paris, at the height of the 1956 Suez Crisis.
Tuesday 06 October 2009
Tuesday 01 September 2009
Portsmouth's attempts to bring Amr Zaki back to England have failed after a bid was rejected by his club, Zamalek.
Saturday 08 August 2009
Thursday 04 June 2009
Paul Williams: Right-wing Conservative MP who resigned the whip over Suez and later chaired the Monday Club
Friday 03 October 2008
Paul Williams entered the House of Commons in 1953 at the age of 30, winning a by-election for the Conservatives in Sunderland. It was the first time that the governing party had gained a seat in a by-election since 1924.
Friday 02 May 2008
"He taught me one of the most important lessons of my political life – how best to handle Old Etonians!" So Edward Heath told me in 2001, referring to Anthony Kershaw, a fellow guest, when he invited three Labour MPs, Denis Healey, Tony Benn and myself, to join a select score of Tory MPs and ex-MPs at a dinner given on the occasion of his 50 years in the House of Commons. It has to be said, though, that Heath, when Prime Minister, did not reward Kershaw as he might have done.
Thursday 01 May 2008
Nine people were killed when a tourist bus overturned in Egypt's Sinai peninsula and caught fire early today.
Sunday 23 March 2008
Friday 14 March 2008
Cairo's Nobel-winning novelist lived through not only a century (1911-2006) but all Egypt's modern history. Part of Haus's stylish and dependable "Life & Times" series, this compact illustrated survey brings his sprawling, many-sided oeuvre into clear focus. Mahfouz ran enduring risks with his Dickensian social chronicles; the Islamist who nearly killed him in 1994 cited a "blasphemous" novel 35 years old. El-Elany delivers a handy and expert guide to a heroic life's work.
Saturday 01 July 2006
Kirk Kerkorian, the veteran corporate raider who has amassed a near 10 per cent stake in General Motors, has urged the world's biggest car maker to forge an alliance with Renault and Nissan.
Saturday 01 July 2006
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Ukraine crisis: Top Chinese diplomat backs Putin and says West should 'abandon zero-sum mentality'
Boris Nemtsov shot dead: Outspoken Putin critic who had expressed fears for his life is killed near the Kremlin
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