Egypt’s Tamer Hosny teams up with LA’s Snoop Dogg on new song

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Egyptian singer and actor Tamer Hosny has teamed up with American rapper/producer phenomenon Snoop Dogg on a new song to be released this week, Al Arabiya reports.

You can see a sneak preview of the video for the song, “Si L Sayed,” above, which was filmed in Los Angeles and posted by Hosny to YouTube this past spring. Continue reading

Egypt reacts to Mubarak verdict: “What Egypt needed was a truth and reconciliation commission”

Huge demonstrations have erupted in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and cities throughout Egypt hours after an Egyptian judge sentenced deposed president Hosni Mubarak and his Interior Minister to life in prison for accessory to murder, while acquitting six senior security officials in the killing of unarmed protesters.

Al-Monitor reached out to several veteran Egypt watchers for their reaction to the verdicts.

“What Egypt needed was a truth and reconciliation commission about the crimes committed during the Mubarak era, not an ordinary court where prosecutors did their job poorly and is limited to the 18 days of the 2011 uprising,” Issander El Amrani, a Middle East analyst who blogs at “The Arabist,” told Al Monitor Saturday.

Issander El Amrani, who blogs at “The Arabist“:

These verdicts give you two parts: on the one hand, there’s a crowd pleasing part against Mubarak and his minister of interior as the two chief villains of the Egyptian uprising. On the other, every other security official is exonerated, sending a message to the entire security apparatus that their corporate interests are secure and they
won’t be abandoned by the regime, which still needs them. In the context of a presidential election where one of the two remaining candidates represents a restoration of the old order and the other wants to eliminate it, that amounts to a call to arms. But away from the verdicts, the entire process was flawed to start with.

What Egypt needed was a truth and reconciliation commission about the crimes committed during the Mubarak era, not an ordinary court where prosecutors did their job poorly and is limited to the 18  days of the 2011 uprising.

Steven Cook, Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), and author of The Struggle for Egypt: From Nasser to Tahrir Square:

I can understand why people are upset, but the verdicts aren’t terribly surprising. Mubarak et al were tried under the old regime’s unstable legal order with Mubarak-appointed judges.

It seems this gives a lift to [Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate Mohamed] Morsi, people are coming out of the woodwork for him now. That said, hard to make a judgement definitely on the pres elections. Were Ayman Nour and his minions going to vote for [former Mubarak regime Air Force chief Ahmed] Shafiq? Continue reading

Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak sentenced to life in prison

Former Egypt strongman Hosni Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison by a Cairo court Saturday.

Mubarak and his former Interior Minister Habib al Adly should be sentenced to life terms for being accessories “to murder in the killing of more than 240 demonstrators in the last six days of January 2011,” the presiding Egyptian judge Ahmed Refaat said in delivering his sentence, the New York Times reported.

“Judge Ahmed Rifaat said Mr. Mubarak and his former interior minister, Habib al Adli, were guilty on charges of accessory to murder and attempted murder of protesters,” the Wall Street Journal’s Matt Bradley reported from Cairo. “But he acquitted the six senior interior ministry officials whom prosecutors had also accused of killing protesters.”

Scenes of chaos erupted outside the courtroom as the sentence was read.

Mubarak, 84, observed the proceedings from a cage inside the courtroom. He was later reported to have suffered a health crisis after arriving by helicopter at a military prison, Egypt state television reported. He was admitted to the prison hospital after initially refusing to leave the helicopter, reports said.

Analysts said they found the verdict somewhat confusing. Namely: how could the judge find Mubarak and the ex-Interior Minister Adly guilty of being accessories to the murders of the protesters, while acquitting the six Interior Ministry police accused of having actually carried out the killings. Continue reading