A number of students may have been expelled or temporarily suspended from the German University in Cairo (GUC) over the past two days for demonstrating against its administration and demanding the creation of a viable student union.
According to several GUC students contacted by The Caravan, at least 15 are confirmed to have been initially e
Troy Carter, a political science senior, was shielded behind a metal barricade outside AUC’s main campus when he was shot right below the eye by a Central Security Forces (CSF) officer on the roof of Ewart Hall.
“I remember thinking this is ironic, you are being shot at by someone in your own university,” said Carter of the violence on January 28.
As part of the crowd of protesters, Carter fought off security forces, throwing rocks and pushing riot police back down Qasr Al Eini and Sheikh Rehan St. After a ten-minute retreat, the CSF appeared on the roof of the building which houses the president’s office in the Main Campus.
An AUC student who had been kidnapped early Wednesday has been returned to the custody of his family less than 24 hours later.
Kamal Elleithy was being held for a ransom of EGP 1 million, which according to relatives was not paid to the kidnappers, as Elleithy managed to escape from the city of Tanta, where he was being held.
According to a close relative, Elleithy's abduction began on his way to a Family Transport drop pick up point in 6th of October city. His driver reportedly stopped to pick up a "friend," who pulled out a knife upon entreating the car, and told Elleithy he was being kidnapped and held for ransom.
A large and growing number of unsubstantiated rumors about threats to the safety and security of our community are circulating. These include erroneous reports of attacks on students outside our gates, accounts of car accidents caused by menacing gangs and other disturbing and frightening stories. Naturally, this has raised alarm among students, staff and faculty.
An AUC student who had been kidnapped earlier today has been returned to the custody of his family.
According to a close relative the student is reportedly in the company of his father, after being retrieved from Tanta, where he was being held. The details of the kidnapping and the identity of the perpetrators are still unclear. The student had been seized on his way to campus from his home in 6th of October city early Wednesday.
An AUC student has been seized on his way to campus from his home in 6th of October city early Wednesday.
Kamal El Leithy and his driver were pulled over to the side of the road by two white vans and abducted. They are being held for a ransom of EGP 1 million.
Vice President of Student Affairs Ashraf El Fiqi confirmed that the university was informed of the incident earlier today and has contacted the 6th of October police apparatus. El Fiqi added they could not yet verify that this was in fact a "kidnapping."
However, Ahmad Hassan, a history major and close friend of El Leithy's, told The Caravan that the abductors contacted the student's family demanding the ransom.
Regarding reports that the student was abducted by his driver, Hassan said that "people are making assupmtions and Kamal's father himself does not know for sure."
Professor Neda Kessas from the English Language Institute, who had taught El Leithy two semesters ago, expressed shock upon hearing the news and concern for his safety.
"I can only imagine what his parents are going through," she said. "I am very surprised that the University has not commented though and seems to be in denial that any of these incidents are happening."
AUC President Lisa Anderson issued a statement condemning the use of the Tahrir campus premises by Egyptian State Security to reportedly fire on protesters in the square below.
On January 28, dozens of protesters reported seeing gun flashes from the top of buildings in the main Tahrir Campus. Since then, reports have circulated on Facebook citing eyewitness accounts of snipers using AUC premises to target protesters.
According to reports in the local press, the Supreme Military Council has been moving swiftly to try and sentence people accused of violence, assault, theft and looting during and following the January 25 Revolution.
Military courts have sentenced more than 180 people to fines and sentences of three, seven and 15 years in prison.
A Tahrir Square protester was sentenced to five years in prison for assaulting an officer.
Arab League head Amr Moussa announced las week his candidacy for presidential elections in September.
Moussa, who ends his decade-long tenure at the Arab League later this month, has long been considered a front-runner in the upcoming elections.
A seasoned diplomat who has served as the ambassador to the United Nations and the foreign minister, Moussa is popular with many Egyptians/ He earned accolades in recent years for opposing the US invasion of Iraq and for criticizing Washington’s diminished role in the Middle East peace processes.
Egypt’s revolution has inspired similar populist revolts in neighboring and regional countries.
On February 17, Libyan protesters took to the streets in several cities and towns calling for the ouster of the country’s leader Muammar Qaddafi.
Within hours, however, elements of the Libyan security force and military fired on protesters, killing and injuring hundreds. Despite reported aerial bombardment of rebel cities and the purported use of mercenaries to quell protesters, the embattled Libyan leaders appears to be steadily losing control.
While no medium of mass communication can create the conditions and variables that compound into revolution, social media has served as the catalyst which has helped mobilize disenfranchised popu- lations to express their frustrations about the economic and political status quo.
In two cases, this has ultimately lead to populist dissent.
This has been no more valuable than in countries where state control of the media is inflexible and unwilling to cater to dissenting voices.
In less than a week since former President Hosni Mubarak stepped down and handed all power to the military, economic and political changes have come in rapid succession, often catching the media off guard.
But political analysts agree that the military is faced with a herculean task of stabilizing the country, re- sponding to ever-growing protests in the govern- ment sector and rehabilitating an economy that has been battered by the sudden drop in foreign invest- ments and tourism dollars.
A new collaborative effort to research and develop the Red Sea in a closed-loop agricultural system which combines desert land and untreated seawater is expected to create thousands of new jobs.
AUC along with The Seawater Foundation (TSF) and Energy Allied International (EAI) have executed a long-term cooperation memorandum formalizing their collaboration on Integrated Seawater Agriculture Systems (ISAS), the closed-loop system which will produce bio-fuels, seafood, salt, protein meal and animal feed.
Ezzat Fahmy was announced as the new Dean of the School of Sciences and Engineering, succeeding Medhat Haroun who assumes the responsibilities of Provost on January 1, 2011.
Currently the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the School of Sciences and Engineering, Fahmy joined AUC in 1989 and played a key role in establishing and accrediting the construction-engineering program at AUC.
Amira Gabr is not only a familiar face on campus but a familiar voice among AUC students especially during the staff strike last week. Upon her admission to AUC, she received an academic achievement scholarship, which she maintained for four-and-a-half years. Gabr double majored in theater and political science where she specialized in international relations.
She then established The Independent newspaper and served as its chief editor. Gabr has also been proactive as a student and participated in many strikes.