Abdul Fattah al-Sisi

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi holds a news conference at the Presidential Palace in Khartoum, Sudan

New restrictive regulations in Egypt will shut down access to independent information, legal director says

Free speech

Egypt’s new amendments to its national terrorism law will reinstate military powers that curtail human rights and free speech. Mai El-Sadany, the legal director at the Tahrir Institute of Middle East Policy in Washington discusses the development with The World’s host Marco Werman.

An array of bitcoins

El Salvador becomes the first country in the world to make bitcoin legal tender

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President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi at a podium with an Egyptian flag behind him

Activists look to Congress after Biden requests military aid for Egypt without human rights conditions

Global Politics
Smoke plumes from airstrikes in Gaza.

Israel and Hamas agree to ceasefire

Conflict & Justice
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi meets with with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence at the Presidential Palace in Cairo, Egypt on January 20, 2018.

In President Sisi’s Egypt, human rights are under threat

Protesters gather to rally against U.S. President Donald Trump's firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey, outside the White House in Washington, U.S. May 10, 2017.

Trump firing Comey: ‘It helps every authoritarian in the world’

Global Politics

Journalists and academics across the globe see alarming parallels between the US and deeply troubled countries whose leaders go after those who investigate them.

A view of the High Court of Justice in Cairo, Egypt.

The Egyptian ruler Trump calls ‘fantastic’ is now strengthening his power over the courts


Weeks after Donald Trump welcomed him to the White House and praised his good work, Egypt’s Abdul Fattah al-Sisi quietly gave himself new powers that judges and rights groups say threaten whatever Egyptian court independence remains.

Aya Hijazi, founder of a nonprofit charity that looks after Egyptian street children, sat reading a book inside a holding cell as she faced trial in a courthouse in Cairo, Egypt on March 23.

American charity worker in Egypt is acquitted after three years in jail


Her US lawyer says engagement with the Egyptians by the Trump and Obama administrations, as well as by Congress and advocacy groups, helped win her release.

Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi in Khartoum, Sudan, on Oct. 10, 2016.

Trump praises ‘fantastic job’ of Egyptian leader widely accused of human rights violations

Global Politics

Egypt’s President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi met his counterpart and admirer Donald Trump in Washington Monday for a “reboot” of relations following years of tension with the American president’s predecessor.

An anti-government protester participates in demonstrations against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarakin in front of the presidential palace in Cairo, Feb. 11, 2011.

These young Egyptians led a revolution. Now their frustrations are mounting under Sisi.


In 2011, when hundreds of thousands took to the streets and deposed Mubarak, many involved in the protests finally thought they would get real change. Six years later, many young people say the revolution brought nothing but dashed hopes.