Leila Fadel http://apr.org en Gas In Egypt Is 78 Percent More Expensive Now Than Last Week http://apr.org/post/gas-egypt-78-percent-more-expensive-now-last-week It's 2 p.m. on a hot day in Cairo and cars are lined up for blocks at this gas station in the east of the capital. People are waiting to fill their cars with the cheapest gas available — which is 78 percent more expensive than it was last week.<p>Ali Fayoumi yells from his window.<p>"I've been waiting for an hour and a half," he fumes. "Even the cheapest gas is too expensive. Everything is expensive, food, drink, everything."<p>The cars ahead of him move forward. He waits while we talk and I tell him not to lose his place in line. Don't worry, he says, no one will cut in front of me. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:13:40 +0000 Leila Fadel 55424 at http://apr.org Gas In Egypt Is 78 Percent More Expensive Now Than Last Week On The Shores Of Tripoli, A Beach Party Libyans Need http://apr.org/post/shores-tripoli-beach-party-libyans-need The beach bums of Tripoli say that no matter who's in charge of Libya, they'll still be at the beach. Faisal Ali Kabir was here the night that former dictator Moammar Ghadafi was ousted, and Kabir remains, renting equipment to tourists, even as things around him change. NPR's Leila Fadel sends this postcard from Tripoli. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 17:58:34 +0000 Leila Fadel 55198 at http://apr.org A Rogue Libyan General Tries To Impose Order With An Iron Fist http://apr.org/post/rogue-libyan-general-tries-impose-order-iron-fist No one is safe in Libya these days. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 09:10:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 54754 at http://apr.org A Rogue Libyan General Tries To Impose Order With An Iron Fist Remembering Salwa Bugaighis, The Libyan Advocate Who Took On Ghadafi http://apr.org/post/remembering-salwa-bugaighis-libyan-advocate-who-took-ghadafi Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. Now, sobering news out of Libya - a prominent rights activist was shot and stabbed to death in her home last night. Salwa Bugaighis was a lawyer from Benghazi who had opposed former dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Today, U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice issued a statement lauding her courage and leadership. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:44:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 54667 at http://apr.org Guilty Verdicts Claim 3 More Reporters, As Egyptian Courts Roll On http://apr.org/post/guilty-verdicts-claim-3-more-reporters-egyptian-courts-roll Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>It's a case that's drawn international condemnation. Today, an Egyptian court sentenced two journalists to seven years in jail, and a third to 10 years. They all work for the Al Jazeera English news network and were convicted of being or aiding terrorists and tarnishing Egypt's image. No evidence of their alleged crimes were present - was presented in court. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:07:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 54424 at http://apr.org Egyptian Court Sentences Al Jazeera Reporters To Prison http://apr.org/post/egyptian-court-sentences-al-jazeera-reporters-prison Two journalists in Cairo got seven years in prison and third received 10 years. Egypt's government accused them of helping the banned Muslim Brotherhood. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 09:22:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 54388 at http://apr.org Saddam's Ex-Officer: We've Played Key Role In Helping Militants http://apr.org/post/saddams-ex-officer-weve-played-key-role-helping-militants As they steamrolled across northern Iraq, Sunni militants had important help from an old power in the country — former members of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party and his army.<p>One retired air force colonel said he is a member of a newly formed military council overseeing Mosul, the large city captured last week by ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, and its allies from Sunni Arab armed factions.<p>He spoke in a phone interview from Mosul and agreed to talk only on the condition that he not be named. He said he was worried about being targeted. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 21:42:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 54238 at http://apr.org Saddam's Ex-Officer: We've Played Key Role In Helping Militants For Fleeing Iraqis, Kurdish Areas Are The Safe Zone http://apr.org/post/river-refugees-begins-swell-iraqis-flee-sunni-militants At a checkpoint to enter the semi-autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq, families wait for their cars to be searched and for permission to enter. Inside this region, they believe they will be safe.<p>But these people who flee to Kurdish cities have the money to stay in hotels or rented apartments or have family to shelter them.<p>The less fortunate stay behind in a small camp near the checkpoint. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 16:28:55 +0000 Leila Fadel 54058 at http://apr.org For Fleeing Iraqis, Kurdish Areas Are The Safe Zone Calm Or Violent Chaos, Life Under ISIS Depends On The City http://apr.org/post/boon-or-blood-bath-life-under-isis-depends-city People in northern Iraq are getting their first taste of life under ISIS — the militant group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria that captured the large Iraqi city of Mosul last week with shocking speed.<p>The Sunni extremist group holds much of the mainly Sunni areas of northern and western Iraq.<p>Over the weekend it launched a bloody takeover of Tal Afar, an ethnically and religiously mixed Iraqi city near the Syrian border.<p>All across the city of Mosul are black flags with the words "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the state of Ninewa." They're a proclamation that the group — Mon, 16 Jun 2014 20:07:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 54006 at http://apr.org Calm Or Violent Chaos, Life Under ISIS Depends On The City One Week A Prime Minister: The Short Story Of Libya's Former Leader http://apr.org/post/one-week-prime-minister-short-story-libyas-former-leader In Libya, you never know from one week to the next who's going to be prime minister. And when I met with the man in the job last week, it was clear no one is really in charge.<p>Ahmed Maiteg had only been prime minister a couple of days. He took office under the apparent protection of a militia that supports him, even as another man still claimed the job.<p>Maiteg, a 41-year-old businessman, was so new in the building that his staff was getting lost.<p>"We are building our country together, and we would like to have a strong state and strong government. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 53547 at http://apr.org One Week A Prime Minister: The Short Story Of Libya's Former Leader Political Chaos Reins 3 Years After Moammar Gadhaf'si Ouster http://apr.org/post/political-chaos-reins-3-years-after-moammar-gadhafsi-ouster Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene. We are reminded this morning of how difficult the transitions have been in the countries of the Arab Spring. Egypt has had a coup. Serious bloody civil war carries on. And in Libya, two men now claim to be the rightful prime minister. One is a businessman elected by parliament earlier this month with the backing of Islamists.<p>The other is his predecessor, the former defense minister who's refused to hand over power. Fri, 30 May 2014 10:08:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 52936 at http://apr.org No Surprise Here: Sisi Rolls To Victory In Egypt's Election http://apr.org/post/no-surprise-here-sisi-rolls-victory-egypts-election It was never in doubt, but now it's official. Ex-military chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will be Egypt's president after nearly a year of being the nation's de facto leader.<p>He won by a landslide with more than 93 percent of the vote, according to a preliminary results. His victory was so sweeping that his lone opponent, Hamdeen Sabbahy, came in third with just 3 percent of the vote. People who voided their ballots in protest outnumbered those who voted for Sabbahy.<p>Sabbahy was third in the 2012 presidential election as well. Thu, 29 May 2014 18:58:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 52892 at http://apr.org No Surprise Here: Sisi Rolls To Victory In Egypt's Election Egyptian Media Encourages Voters To Get To Polls — Or Else http://apr.org/post/egyptian-media-encourages-voters-get-polls-or-else Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, BYLINE: This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. Egyptian authorities added a third day of voting tomorrow in the country's presidential election. Backers of candidate Abdel Fattah al-Sisi are worried about underwhelming voter turnout. Sisi is the former military chief who led the popular coup against Egypt's last elected president. Sisi is almost certain to win, but his legitimacy could rely on turnout. Tue, 27 May 2014 20:17:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 52751 at http://apr.org Voting Begins For Egypt's Next President http://apr.org/post/voting-begins-egypts-next-president Former military chief Abdel Fattah el-Sissi is expected to emerge victorious from Egypt's two-day polling, which began Monday. But the country remains divided. Mon, 26 May 2014 20:59:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 52704 at http://apr.org Egyptians Vote Monday And Tuesday For Next President http://apr.org/post/egyptians-vote-monday-and-tuesday-next-president Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And so as Leila just told us, Egyptians appear ready to elect a military man - which in a way seems amazing considering the images we remember from three years ago. At that point, a military dictator, Hosni Mubarak, was removed from power. At that time, it was NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro in Cairo. She was witnessing all of the celebration.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED BROADCAST)<p>LOURDES GARCIA-NAVARRO, BYLINE: There are tooting horns and people running and screaming in the streets - just an absolutely mad air of celebration. Mon, 26 May 2014 09:06:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 52665 at http://apr.org