Campaign forces University of Liverpool to scrap plans for Egypt campus

A campaign by UCU members at the University of Liverpool and University of Cambridge, which was backed by hundreds of academics from across the UK and Egypt Solidarity Initiative, has won a significant victory. According to leaked documents published on the Academic Freedom Watch website, the University of Liverpool was worried about the potential for…

Analysis: How Sisi’s real-estate salesmen are luring UK universities to Egypt

In this analysis article from Middle East Solidarity magazine, issue 9, Anne Alexander investigates how Egypt’s military dictatorship is hoping to entice UK universities to invest in its grandiose building projects. Meanwhile academics are challenging university managers’ bid to cosy up to a regime which systematically represses human rights and academic freedoms, reports Leon Rocha…

Labour laywer Haitham Mohamedein arrested by Egyptian security forces

Labour lawyer and activist Haitham Mohamedein was seized by Egyptian security forces early on 18 May, according to local media reports and human rights activists. National Security officers and police were reported to have stormed his house, taking him away to an unknown location. Haitham has been the target of repression by the Egyptian state…

Friends and colleagues demand justice for Giulio two years on

Friends and colleagues of murdered Cambridge PhD student Giulio Regeni gathered to protest at the Egyptian embassy with campaigners from Amnesty International and the UCU union on 2 February, marking the second anniversary of the discovery of his body. Giulio’s friend, journalist Laurie Blair spoke at the protest: Laurence Blair – comments outside Egyptian Embassy,…

Event to launch of Middle East Solidarity magazine Issue 7

Join editors and contributors to Middle East Solidarity magazine to help us launch issue number 7 (pdf below) with reports on workers’ struggles in Egypt including the mass strikes by textile workers over the summer and an eyewitness update from Morocco on building solidarity with the popular movement for social justice, the Hirak, which has been shaking…