The subject of this interview by Women's Enews, Dr. Nawal El Saadawi, one of the most well-known feminists and political dissidents in the Arab world, was born in 1931 in Kafr Tahla, a small village north of Cairo. A psychiatrist by training, she first rose to international prominence with her 1972 book, "Women and Sex," which dealt with the taboo topic of women's sexuality and led to her dismissal as Egypt's director of public health. She also lost her positions as the chief editor of more

The 10 African nations that share the waters of the Nile have been meeting this week in Uganda to discuss how the river's precious resources should be distributed. A number of countries, including Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya are calling for the water to be shared more evenly. But according to a treaty signed between Britain and Egypt in 1929, no country can undertake any project that would reduce the volume of water reaching Egypt. Egypt has reportedly said that any effort to alter the more

The U.S. led war on Iraq has strengthened opposition to U.S. policies in Egypt; emboldened challenges to the regime; led to a growing consensus in favour of political reform and realignment of the opposition, according to a new report from the International Crisis Group. The ICG says the U.S. administration should take seriously the evidence of political damage that American-Egyptian relations have sustained as a consequence of its regional policies, notably its perceived bias in the more

The Egyptian government's refusal to allow two human rights groups to register as legal entities casts a shadow over their capacity to work, Human Rights Watch says. Human Rights Watch also expressed concern over the government's detention and interrogation of a prominent Egyptian human rights activist as he was returning from a conference abroad.

The Egyptian Organisation for Human Rights (EOHR) has expressed great concern over the detention of five anti-war activists who have been detained by the Egyptian authorities since the middle of April. In addition, Ashraf Ibrahim Marzouq, an engineer, is currently in pre-trial detention in Tora prison. He is charged with filming a demonstration and having certain publications in his possession.