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Published: Tue, 26 Sep 2017 15:26:46 -0700

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Egypt: Egyptian Man's Death Became Symbol of Callous State

Wed, 09 Feb 2011 08:00:00 GMT

Washington Post, 09 Feb 2011 - ALEXANDRIA, EGYPT - Had it not been for a leaked morgue photo of his mangled corpse, tenacious relatives and the power of Facebook, the death of Khaled Said would have become a footnote in the annals of Egyptian police brutality. Instead, outrage over the beating death of the 28-year-old man in this coastal city last summer, and attempts by local authorities to cover it up, helped spark the mass protests demanding the ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.



Egypt: Needle Sharing Rife Among Drug Users

Mon, 22 Jun 2009 07:00:00 GMT

The Egyptian Gazette, 22 Jun 2009 - The prevalence of HIV among intravenous drug users (IDUs) in Egypt is relatively low, but needle sharing is rife among this group, putting them at risk of contracting the virus, experts say. "Sharing needles and syringes is very high in Egypt. This is very alarming because although only one per cent of IDUs are HIV-positive, the high percentage of needle sharing may mean that we are sitting on a ticking bomb," Ehab Kharrat, a senior programme advisor for the UNDP HIV/AIDS Regional Programme in the Arab States (HARPAS), said. Different studies of sample groups show that 45-50 per cent of drug users in Egypt share needles, he said. "When the IDUs get the drugs, many of them do not wait to get a clean needle or syringe, so they grab the next available one they find," Midhat el-Arabi, the head of a programme dealing with drug users at the Freedom Drug Rehabilitation Centre, a local NGO, said. "They [addicts] believe that securing the tool [the syringe] first is a bad omen," said 29-year-old Mohamed (he preferred to give his first name only), who stopped injecting himself eight months ago, said. "I used to buy the narcotic first then inject myself with the first syringe I found." "This belief increases the risk of needle sharing and hence the transmission of HIV and other [blood transmittable] diseases," Midhat el-Arabi told Reuters. Mohamed said he knew he contracted HIV five months ago, a few months after he gave up drugs. "I am quite sure I got it from needle sharing.



Egypt: Anti-Drug Campaigns

Thu, 20 Sep 2007 07:00:00 GMT

Al-Ahram Weekly, 20 Sep 2007 - The National Council for Fighting and Treating Addiction says 12 per cent of Egypt's school students use drugs, reports Reem Leila A study by the National Council for Fighting and Treating Addiction (NCFTA) has revealed that 12.21 per cent of school students report using drugs. Nine per cent of respondents said they had used bango, a strain of marijuana, and three per cent reported using cannabis with the remaining 0.21 per cent reporting use of psychoactive pharmaceuticals and heroin.



Egypt: Arab States Struggle With Drugs

Wed, 21 Aug 2002 07:00:00 GMT

Christian Science Monitor, 21 Aug 2002 - ARAB STATES STRUGGLE WITH DRUGS For Some Arab States, Treatment Is Emerging As A Popular Method To Battle A Rising Tide Of Drug Abuse. WADI EL NATROUN, EGYPT - Mohamed Hassan hasn't forgotten the good life. He had a big salary from an international firm, Procter and Gamble, and was zipping around the deserts of Saudi Arabia in his new Porsche. He eventually left for his homeland of Egypt where, he says now, there were much better drugs. But this cocky pleasure-seeker finally hit the skids when his superiors informed him that his dreams of advancement would never come true.



Egypt: Happy Hookahs

Thu, 03 May 2001 07:00:00 GMT

The Economist, 03 May 2001 - In the cafes of Cairo these days, there is much head-wagging about the perils of globalisation. Puffing on their hookahs, patrons mutter about the unstoppable invasion of American fast food and trash television. Few realise that the hookah itself is stealthily kippering the globe. They should ask Murad Askar. Two years ago he lugged his suitcase full of waterpipes from Egypt to California, thinking his fellow college students might like to try a water-cooled smoke. "They went nuts," he says simply. Mr Askar's company, Hookah Brothers, is now shifting 4,000-5,000 units a month to clients in 47 American states. Aside from the standard smoking gear--hollow glass bases, stainless-steel "hearts", hoses and clay pipes--the company sells over a tonne of sticky hookah tobacco a month, in 20 flavours ranging from strawberry to mango.



Egypt: Wire: Egypt Judge Jailed For Cocaine Possession

Mon, 15 Feb 1999 08:00:00 GMT

Reuters, 15 Feb 1999 - CAIRO, Feb 15 (Reuters) - An Egyptian judge has been sentenced to three years in prison with hard labour for possessing 70 grams (2-1/2 ounces) of cocaine, court sources said on Monday. The sources said the drug had been found when police raided the house of Edmond Hefzi, in his 40s, in connection with a bribery case. He was also fined 50,000 pounds ($14,700).



Egypt: Ancient Egypt On Ecstasy

Mon, 24 Aug 1998 07:00:00 GMT

The Independent, 24 Aug 1998 - Party-goers in ancient Egypt could have become induced into an ecstasy-like state of happiness with the help of a sacred plant called the blue lily. Tests on volunteers have found that the blue lily, which Egyptologists had thought was a benign plant used only for decoration, can cause psychotropic effects similar to the modern party drug MDMA, or ecstasy.