With Egypt’s newly amended constitution gaining near unanimous popular approval, attention shifts to political laws as legislative and presidential elections approach
1) Both Egyptian men and women wore makeup. The eye-paint was usually green (made from copper) or black (made from lead). As well as offering protection from the sun, the Egyptians believed makeup had magical healing powers, too!
2) Unwrapped, the bandages of an Ancient Egyptian mummy could stretch for 1.6km. Yikes!
3) Love playing boardgames with your pals? Well, gang – so did the Ancient Egyptians! One popular game was ‘Senet’, which was played for over 2000 years! The game involved throwing sticks (in the same way we throw dice) to see how many squares to move your piece forward on the board.
1) Most Ancient Egyptian pyramids were built as tombs for Pharaohs (rulers of Ancient Egypt) and their families. To date, over 130 pyramidshave been discovered in Egypt.
2) The Pyramid of Khufu at Giza is the largest Egyptian pyramid. This incredible structure weighs as much as 16 Empire State buildings!
Egypt is not under military rule, nor is it heading towards this, the Ministry of Foreign affairs said in a Thursday statement addressing several controversial allegations about the interim government.
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CAIRO: As Egypt braced for referendum on new constitution on Monday an Egyptian party led by a prominent hardliner said that it will boycott the referendum after several of its members were arrested for campaigning against the charter.
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Muslim Brotherhood boycotts the poll that is expected to set the seal on overthrow of former president Mohamed Morsi
Egyptians will vote this week for the first time in the post-Morsi era, in a referendum that the new establishment hopes will formally ratify a fresh constitution, as well as demonstrate public support for the ex-president’s army-backed removal last July.
“We dreamed that one day all of Egypt would be like Tahrir Square…” This remarkable ground-level documentary begins with fireworks bursting over Cairo in 2011 as protesters celebrate the resignation of President Mubarak. Yet over the next two years, the crowds must return time and again to “the square” as the battle for their country continues. Through urgent, hand-held camera footage we see armoured vehicles charging the crowds as bullets fly and bodies fall. Schisms with the Muslim Brotherhood give way to more protests; Morsi rises and falls; the streets become “our ballot box”. Meanwhile, the makeshift projections of “Cinema Tahrir” offer a visceral reminder of “why we are here, because only we can tell our stories”. It’s an astonishingly intimate account of an ongoing revolution, seen from within the heart of historic social upheaval; alarming, uplifting, empowering.