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Abdul Fattah al-Sisi's image is omnipresent in the Cairo district of Gamaliya (photo: Markus Symank)

Presidential election in Egypt

In the heartland of the al-Sisi cult

The residents of Gamaliya in Cairo are extremely proud of their district's son, Abdul Fattah al-Sisi. Markus Symank visited the quarter where the former Egyptian army chief spent his formative years to get a feel for the man who is most likely to be Egypt's next head of stateMore

General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi (photo: Reuters)

The economic power of the Egyptian army

Everything under control

While poverty and unemployment rates in Egypt are on the rise, the country's generals live comfortably and the army's businesses are booming. In fact, since the revolution, the army has managed to consolidate its economic power – with the help of foreign countries seeking to influence domestic politics in Egypt. By Markus Symank in CairoMore

Protest against the imprisonment of the Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste (photo: Simon Maina/AFP/Getty Images)

Al Jazeera journalists face terrorism charges

Egypt settles scores with Al Jazeera

Employees of the Al Jazeera news channel are currently on trial in Egypt. The prosecution has accused them of being members of a terrorist organisation. Markus Symank reports from CairoMore

Demonstration in commemoration of the Egyptian activist Gaber Salah, Kairo (photo: dpa)

Protestes in Egypt

Army Opponents Break Their Silence

Egypt's Islamists demonstrated for months against the army. Now, secular activists are out in the streets to protest the co-opting of their revolution. But, the military government has a propaganda machine on its side. By Markus Symank from CairoMore

Al Azhar mosque in Cairo (photo: picture-alliance/ZB9)

Preaching Ban for Islamists in Egypt

Controlling the Message

The interim government appointed by the Egyptian army is banishing Islamist preachers from mosques. But imams who are loyal to the regime are still allowed to combine religion and politics. By Markus SymankMore

Supporters of disempowered president Morsi Mursi flee from riot police using tear gas (photo: Reuters)

Protests in Egypt

Civilians against Civilians

The spiral of violence In Egypt continues. Dozens of former President Morsi's supporters have died during protests. But those responsible for the deaths are not likely to face legal consequences for their actions. Markus Symank reports from CairoMore

A nun stands beside the burned out remains of an altar in the Franciscan School in Beni Suef (photo: DW/M. Symank)

Christians in Egypt

Persecuted and Forgotten

Anti-Christian violence is on the rise in Egypt. Although 45 churches and buildings were burned to the ground just a month ago, the Egyptian state is doing little to protect the country's Christians. By Markus SymankMore

Ahmed Maher at the office of the April 6 movement in Gizeh. The graffito in the background displays the so-called 'martyrs of the revolution', including Khaled Said (center) (photo: © Markus Symank)

Interview with Ahmed Maher

"The Next Revolution Will Certainly Come"

Ahmed Maher is regarded by many as a hero of the Egyptian popular uprising. However, the army and the Islamists have, for the time being, rendered the April 6 protest movement inactive. In an interview with Markus Symank, the activist explains why this is nevertheless not the end of the revolutionMore

A man sits next to a row of corpses of members of the Muslim Brotherhood (photo: Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

Persecution of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt

Humiliated even in Death

Hundreds of supporters of ex-President Mohammed Morsi were killed in Egypt last week. Judging by what Markus Symank witnessed during his visit to a Cairo morgue, it seems as if their relatives are being systematically bullied by the governmentMore

Members of the Black Bloc movement and the Muslim Brotherhood throw stones at each other during clashes in central Cairo, Egypt, 19 April 2013 (photo: picture-alliance/AP)

Post-Mubarak Egypt

Veering off the Path of Progress

When Hosni Mubarak was ousted from power, many thought Egypt would enter a new era. But the country is more divided than ever, and democracy is still a distant dream. Markus Symank asks what went wrongMore

Sama al-Masri (photo: dpa/picture-alliance)

Freedom of Speech in Egypt

Belly Dancer Exposes Islamists' Double Standards

Tweaking the Islamists' noses: In her music videos, Egyptian belly dancer Sama al-Masri pours derision on the Muslim Brotherhood. Now she may face trial for insulting Islam. Markus Symank reports from CairoMore

Egyptian military police search the offices of an NGO in Cairo (photo: dapd)

Controversial NGO Law in Egypt

Attack on the Heart of Civil Society

The Egyptian government hopes to restrict the work of non-government organisations by means of a new law. Activists are up in arms, while the opposition has been remarkably quiet on the subject. Markus Symank has the information from CairoMore

Supporters of the Muslim Brothers holding up pictures of president Mursi (photo: AP)

Muslim Brothers as Victims

''25 TV Stations Are Working against Us''

Unfair media coverage, hostile opposition, and violent demonstrators: Many Muslim Brothers see themselves as being wrongly attacked. A visit to a party office of the Islamists in Cairo. By Markus SymankMore

Protest against Egypt's president Mohamed Morsi in December 2012 (photo: Reuters/Mohamed Abd El Ghany)

Impoverishment of the Egyptian Middle Class

A Frustrated People

The middle class forms the core of the pro-democratic movement in Egypt. But the economic downturn and the country's uncertain political future are threatening its existence. Markus Symank reports from CairoMore

Refugees from Tawerga (photo: Markus Symank)

Refugees in Libya

Scapegoats for the Crimes of a Few

The oasis city of Tawerga was completely destroyed in the Libyan civil war. Its dark-skinned inhabitants are still on the run. Former rebels accuse them of war crimes and are carrying out vigilante justice. Markus Symank has the detailsMore

An Egyptian woman points to a poster that read 'No to the constitution' (photo: dpa/picture-alliance)

Referendum on the Constitution in Egypt

Resistance from the ''Cradle of the Revolution''

It was not only in Cairo that the majority voted against the draft constitution; in the industrial city of Mahalla El-Kubra, which used to be the stronghold of resistance to the Mubarak regime, most people voted "no". Markus Symank spoke to people in the cityMore