The Islamic holy month of Ramadan began this week -- at a time of upheaval for Arab Muslim societies. What can Islam offer during this holiday to those seeking freedom?
Six months after Egyptians gathered in Tahrir to oust former President Hosni Mubarak, protests have largely lost the support of a public more focused on the economy and upcoming elections.
Salafis, who follow an ultraconservative brand of Islam, had agreed to a set of unified demands for today's rally with secular activists. But they reneged, even shouting pro-military chants.
Hosni Mubarak is well enough to be moved from a hospital in the Sinai resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, where he is under arrest, to Cairo. He will face charges of corruption and ordering the killings of protesters during the uprising that toppled him in February.
Tent-city protests over surging living costs started last week in Tel Aviv, the traditional hub of peace activism, and spread throughout the country. Housing prices have spiked 30 percent since 2007.
Egyptian protesters, who reoccupied Tahrir Square 10 days ago, say they want a change in policies – not just personalities – to show that the military rulers are serious about democratic reform.
Egypt's military leaders have promised to shuffle the cabinet and bring police officers to justice since Friday's protests. But some Egyptians are critical of the protesters, and the military has issued warnings against them.
Probably for now. But The US has complained that the Syrian government was slow to protect the embassy from the stone-throwing supporters of Bashar al-Assad who invaded.
Kamal Abu Eitta endured years of torture and arrest trying to build an independent labor movement in Egypt. Now organized labor is trying to emerge as a real force in Egypt's transition.
With the threat of Islamic groups possibly winning power and then hijacking democracy, Egypt needs a bill of rights and other democratic guarantees before an election.