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Aug 08 11:08

Egypt allows domestic gas to Gaza as Israel blocks transfer of fuel

Egypt has allowed “some 250 tonnes of domestic gas” to Gaza nearly a month after Israel shut down its only goods crossing and prevented the transfer of fuel into the strip, a Palestinian official told Anadolu news agency on Sunday.

The agency quoted Khalil Shakfa, the head of the General Authority of Petroleum, saying that “some 250 tonnes of domestic gas has been allowed into Gaza.”

Meanwhile, Sky News Arabia reported that “11 trucks of domestic gas on Monday entered Gaza through Salah al-Din Gate, located near Rafah crossing,” according to sources.

However, the Egyptian authorities have not confirmed or denied the reports yet.

Aug 07 10:01

Israeli minister says Egypt bears equal responsibility for Gaza

Egypt bears as much responsibility for the Gaza Strip as Israel does, an Israeli cabinet minister said on Monday, in remarks that could upset Cairo as it tries to avoid being drawn back into the Palestinian enclave while brokering truce talks there.

In parallel to UN mediation, Egypt has used its contacts with both Israel and the dominant Palestinian Islamist group Hamas to discuss ways of calming a more than the three-month-old surge in confrontations along the Gaza-Israel border.

But some Egyptian officials say they would resist any attempt by Israel, or its US ally, to shift to Cairo the onus for addressing Gaza’s long-term governance or economic problems.

Aug 02 08:38

A look at Egypt’s failure to exploit gas in the Mediterranean

Cairo – The oil and gas resources that Egypt could benefit from are just talk and cannot even be exploited as Israel manipulates these resources and seeks to maintain its control over them by all means possible.

When Israel undertook security measures to protect gas fields in the Mediterranean Sea, including renting a military unit in Cyprus until 2016, it ignited a crisis regarding the right to exploit the oil and gas fields in the Mediterranean. Due to the fact that Israel established the Iron Dome missile defense system to intercept missiles along its coast and off its territorial waters, in addition to its intelligence activities, it was able to monitor the work being done in these economically viable waters.

Jul 30 12:01

Egypt: Cairo court sentences 75 protesters to death

An Egyptian court has sentenced 75 people to death for participating in a 2013 protest against the overthrow of the country's democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi.

Senior members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood organisation were among those ordered executed by the Cairo Criminal Court on Saturday for their involvement with the sit-in demonstration at Rabaa Square in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.

The rulings will be referred to Egypt's chief Islamic legal authority, the Grand Mufti, for a non-binding opinion.

Egyptian law requires any capital sentence to be referred to the Grand Mufti before any execution can take place.

Jul 28 11:12

EGYPT SENTENCES TOURIST TO EIGHT YEARS JAIL FOR COMPLAINING ABOUT VACATION ONLINE

When she went to Egypt for vacation, Mona el-Mazbouh surely didn’t expect to end up in prison. But after the 24-year-old Lebanese tourist posted a video in which she complained of sexual harassment—calling Egypt a lowly, dirty country and its citizens “pimps and prostitutes”—el-Mazbouh was arrested at Cairo’s airport and found guilty of deliberately spreading false rumors that would harm society, attacking religion, and public indecency. She was sentenced to eight years in prison.

The video that el-Mazbouh posted was ten minutes long, and went viral on Facebook, causing an uproar in Egypt. In the video, el-Mazbouh also expressed anger about poor restaurant service during Ramadan and complained of her belongings being stolen. Egyptian men and women posted videos in response to her original video, prompting el-Mazbouh to delete the original video and post a second video on Facebook apologizing to Egyptians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The answers here are very simple; if you go to Egypt, never complain about the country, until you are out of that country, permanently.

Perhaps the best thing to do would be to avoid Egypt for a vacation entirely.

But 8 years imprisonment after the removal of "...a blod clot from her brain which impaired her ability to control anger"?!?

Can Allah (and the folks who represent his religious brand in Egypt), not, perhaps be a little more merciful?!?

Sorry, Egyptian government and judicial system; the optics here are horrific, and I hope you can do better than this.

What the woman needs, and all of us, being 21st century humans, understand this, is counseling, coupled with some natural supplements to help her remain more calm. IF I were part of this woman's family, that would be the kind of treatment for which I would be advocating.

Jul 23 10:31

Egypt warned Hamas: Israel will go to war ‘in two hours’ if you respond to raids

An unofficial ceasefire reached overnight Friday-Saturday between Israel and Hamas came after Egypt warned the Palestinian terror group that Israel would launch a war “in two hours” if Hamas responded to IDF retaliatory strikes in Gaza following the killing of an IDF soldier by Palestinian sniper fire, Israeli television reported Saturday.

Channel 10 news also reported that Egypt threatened to impose sanctions on Hamas if it does not end the launch of incendiary airborne devices toward Israeli territory.

In return for honoring these conditions, Hamas demanded Israel ease restrictions on the flow of goods into Gaza, the report said. Hamas also called for Egypt to keep open the Rafah border crossing and to press Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to pay the salaries of PA employees in Gaza.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Odd there was no mention of Israel's shooting of unarmed protesters...

Jul 20 02:36

Egypt sarcophagus: Mystery black tomb opened in Alexandria

A mysterious ten foot (three-metre) long black sarcophagus has been opened in Alexandria, found on the northern coast of Egypt and founded by the legendary leader of the same name.

The 6.5ft (two metre) high coffin was first discovered earlier this month and unearthed in recent days.

The 30-ton (27,000 kg) tomb was found buried 16ft (five metres) beneath the ground of the city.

Egyptologists pried open the black granite sarcophagus earlier today to reveal three decomposed bodies.

The stone coffin was also filled with sewage water, which is believed to have increased the rate of decomposition.

Jul 13 00:55

In 1974, Egypt had to get a passport for the legendary pharaoh Ramesses II so that his 3,000-year-old mummy could be flown to Paris

Ramesses II was one of the most powerful rulers of Ancient Egypt. He reigned in the 12th century B.C. for approximately 66 years, which was an unusually long time for a pharaoh, as the third pharaoh of the Nineteenth Dynasty of Egypt.

Egyptologists of the 19th century nicknamed him “Ramesses the Great” after they discovered that numerous archaeological sites across modern-day Egypt, Sudan, and Palestine contained monuments, temples, palaces, and shrines built in his honor. One of the most impressive structures built under Ramesses is the Ramesseum, a monumental memorial temple which still stands within the vast Theban necropolis.

Jul 10 02:41

For centuries, some Buddhist monks followed self-mummification, which meant a rigorous diet followed by lying in a tomb, ringing a bell each day they were still alive

As Buddhism spread across Asian countries over the past centuries, various forms of Buddhist schools and teachings emerged as the religion came into contact with many local cultures. Some Buddhist monks observed that all life is sacred, and their school taught followers to move around the temple with the utmost caution, that they should not even by accident squash an ant or any other tiny insect. Other schools and teachings have, however, adopted fairly bizarre beliefs and practices, like learning how to self-mummify in order to achieve an advanced level of enlightenment. This did not produce your typical mummy such as those embalmed in ancient Egypt.

Jul 07 20:53

Remains of one-year-old Egyptian suggest it had scurvy, new evidence for archaeologists

When one thinks of scurvy, you generally think of sailors. That is because the disease was most common in sailors who spent months out at sea during the great age of exploration. However, new research shows that scurvy has afflicted humans for thousands of years.

Archaeologists have found what could be the earliest case of the disease. Scurvy is generally caused by a lack of vitamin C. The archaeologists have found evidence of it in the remains of a one-year-old discovered in Egypt.

Experts believe the child lived in a small village at the edge of the first ancient Egyptian civilization. The village is thought to have emerged between 5,800 and 5,600. The discovery also indicates that the diet of the people living in the village at that time was poor despite living in an area that had rich agricultural resources.

Jul 02 16:16

Claim: Massive mechanical circular saws were used to construct the pyramids

Traveling archeologist Brien Foerster explains in a YouTube video he published back in March that large circular saws were used during the construction of the pyramids to cut massive granite blocks, boxes, and things of that sort.

May 28 09:46

Video: Who are the Palestinians traveling through Rafah crossing?

Last week, Egyptian President Abd al-Fatah al-Sisi announced the opening of the Rafah border crossing with Gaza for the entire month of Ramadan, which he said was “in order to ensure the easing of the burdens on the brothers in the Gaza Strip.”

The crossing, which serves as the main gateway to the outside world for the 2 million Palestinians besieged in Gaza, has remained largely closed since Sisi’s rise to power.

We spoke to several Palestinians — students going abroad to study or in search of jobs, people traveling to reunite with families, and injured protesters seeking treatment in Jordan — as they waited for their chance to leave Gaza. The journey out of Gaza is far from simple, as only a select number of Palestinians with permission are allowed to leave.

May 21 10:01

Egypt: Large Egyptian Aid Convoy Heads for Gaza Strip

A large Egyptian aid convoy carrying medicines and food supplies crossed the borders on its way to the Gaza Strip upon instructions by President Abdel Fattah El Sisi as part of efforts to ease the sufferings of the brotherly Palestinian people in the restive beleaguered enclave.

The convoy which was welcomed by the Palestinian side after entering into the Palestinian side of the borders heading for Gaza, includes medical supplies badly needed by the Palestinian hospitals.

President Sisi issued directives to keep Rafah land border crossing open throughout the holy fasting month of Ramadan to alleviate the sufferings of Gazans after violent escalations that followed the US relocation of its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem on Monday.

May 19 11:14

Israel, Egypt ‘Block Turkey from Airlifting Gaza Wounded Protesters for Emergency Treatment’

Egypt and Israel have blocked Turkish aircraft from using their airports to transport thousands of Palestinians wounded by Israeli troops during protests in Gaza, Turkey’s deputy prime minister has said.

Recep Akdag made the announcement on Wednesday, state-run Anadolu Agency reported, amid a growing rift between Ankara and Tel Aviv over Israeli massacres of Palestinian protesters.

Israeli forces killed at least 60 Palestinians and wounded over 3,000 others mostly with live gunfire on Monday during protests against the transfer of the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Israeli forces shot dead two more protesters on Tuesday as Palestinians marked the Nakba, or “catastrophe”, commemorating the more than 700,000 Palestinians who were expelled in the 1948 war.

Since border protests and clashes began on March 30, 116 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire across the Gaza Strip.

May 18 09:13

GAZANS HAVE THE RIGHT TO INVADE ISRAEL — AT LEAST IF YOU BELIEVE ONE OF ISRAEL’S JUSTIFICATIONS FOR THE SIX-DAY WAR

But there’s a stupendous historical irony to Israel’s manufactured outrage: Israel itself claimed that a far less stringent embargo by Egypt in 1967 was a legitimate casus belli for Israel to attack Egypt (which led to Israel seizing control of Gaza and eventually imposing the embargo on it).

Israel opened fire first during the Six-Day War on June 5, 1967, with an air and land attack on Egypt. But, Israel declared, Egypt had actually started the war several weeks before, when it blockaded the Straits of Tiran, which prevented Israel from shipping goods through the Red Sea.

But if it were legal for Israel to bomb and invade Egypt in 1967 and then occupy Palestinian land for decades, it logically follows that Palestinians in Gaza have had the right to attack and occupy Israel ever since the Israeli blockade began in 2007. Fair’s fair.

May 16 12:06

Hamas denies it was under pressure from Egypt to curb Gaza protests

Palestinian protests on the Gaza-Israel border have dropped off over the past two days, with Israel on Wednesday citing “Egyptian efforts” to restore calm after dozens of Palestinians were killed by Israeli gunfire. Gaza’s dominant Islamist Hamas movement denied that it was under pressure from neighboring Egypt to scale back the six-week-old demonstrations, Reuters reports.

May 15 13:31

Talks on free trade zone between EAEU and Egypt to start in autumn of 2018

Negotiations on the creation of a free trade zone (FTA) between the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and Egypt will begin in autumn of 2018, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday. Speaking after the talks between the heads of the Foreign Ministries and the Ministry of Defense of Russia and Egypt in the 2 + 2 format, he said: "This is a very important, qualitative step for deepening relations between Russia and Egypt, between other members of the EAEU and Egypt". The Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) comprises Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Armenia. The agreement on the establishment of the Russian industrial zone in Egypt will be signed within a week, according to Lavrov...

May 14 12:06

Russia welcomes Egypt’s refusal to send troops to Syria on US proposal

Russia views positively Egypt’s decision against sending its troops to Syria as was proposed by Washington, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said after negotiations between Russian and Egyptian foreign and defense ministers in the 2+2 format on Monday.

“We touched upon this issue in the context of discussing the Syria situation, in the context of discussing actions of the so-called foreign players, including, of course, the United States, because it is precisely its idea to invite Arab countries to send their contingents to the Syrian Arab Republic,” the Russian foreign minister said.

May 11 08:02

Welcome to Sinai, where soldiers shoot children then boast on Facebook

Even by the standards of Egypt’s dirty war the video circulating this week of a young boy pleading for his mother moments before he was shot in central Sinai was heartbreaking.

When it comes to Egypt we hear a lot of figures – 60,000 political prisoners, 1,000 protesters massacred in a single day, 378 enforced disappearances in a year – but as the numbers climb we have become desensitised to the scale of oppression taking place in this North African country, once celebrated for its Arab Spring uprising.

The video of the young boy reminds us how horribly wrong it all went, and that behind each and every extrajudicial killing carried out by Egyptian authorities there is a person with a family, a life, a world.

May 10 09:31

Trump’s Pyrrhic Victory: the US Opts for a Path That Can Only Lead to War

Nearly everyone loses by President Donald Trump’s decision on Tuesday to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) relating to Iran’s nuclear energy program and to reinstate the “highest level” of sanctions while also threatening secondary sanctions on any country that “helps” the Iranians. The whole world loses because nuclear proliferation is a disaster waiting to happen and Iran will now have a strong incentive to proceed with a weapons program to defend itself from Israel and the United States. If Iran does so, it will trigger a regional nuclear arms race with Saudi Arabia and Egypt undoubtedly seeking weapons of their own.

Apr 30 10:20

Ex-Egypt official: Israel did asked for land swap for peace with Palestinians

Former Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul-Gheit has for the first time confirmed that Israel has on numerous times requested land swaps in an effort to resolve the Palestine-Israel conflict, Arabi21 reported yesterday.

Aboul-Gheit, who is currently the secretary of the Arab League, revealed he witnessed the land swap request that was repeated four times. He did not say who else requested the land swap.

“There were some illusions between 2003 and 2006,” he said, while giving a speech for the Egyptian army marking the liberation of Sinai. “I was a witness to these requests when I was a foreign minister. They said: Let’s exchange lands with you.”

Apr 25 09:26

Israeli gas imports suspension lawsuit: Another stumbling block to Egypt’s energy hub aspirations

Cairo Administrative Court referred on Tuesday a lawsuit demanding the suspension of the approval of natural gas imports from Israel, for violating the Egyptian Constitution and Law No 196 of 2017 regulating the gas market to the State Council Commissioner Authority (SCCA).

The lawsuit alleges that allowing natural gas imports from the “Zionist entity” endangers the national security of the country, carries a negative impact on the Egyptian economy, and threatens societal peace, which rejects normalisation Israel.

Apr 23 09:04

Expansion Suez Canal - a race against the clock

Apr 03 07:53

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi narrowly misses 100 percent of vote in Egypt

In a result that comes as no shock to Egyptians and the rest of the world, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has won the presidential elections with 97 percent of the votes, final results showed, securing another four-year term.

The elections were criticised as a one-man show with no credible opposition, as at least six other candidates pulled out, were prosecuted, or jailed.

Apr 03 07:22

Israel announces major gas deal with Egypt

Past economic agreements with Israel have been controversial in Egypt, where support for the Palestinians runs high. But this major gas deal adds to growing strategic and diplomatic ties between the countries.

Mar 29 08:54

Egypt's Sisi wins second term with 92% of vote: state media

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has been reelected for a second term with 92 percent of the vote, preliminary results showed on Thursday, but turnout of just 40 percent dented his push for popular legitimacy.

Mar 21 08:48

Netanyahu Defends Egypt Border Fence: Influx of African Migrants More Dangerous Than Terrorism

Israel would be facing terror attacks from the Sinai without the border fence, but even worse, says Netanyahu, the entry of over a million migrants

Mar 17 09:57

Egyptian jamming of ISIS terrorists disrupts phones in Israel

Egyptian military employs electronic warfare measures against terrorists in Sinai, blocking cell reception in southern Israel; Israeli military and political officials in talks with counterparts in Cairo in effort to resolve the three-weeks-long crisis, so far unsuccessfully.

Mar 13 06:19

Top U.S. Jewish Leader Has Little-known Side Job as Director of Israeli Gas Giant Behind $15b Egypt Deal

Less than two weeks before the Israeli energy giant Delek Drilling announced a $15 billion deal to pump natural gas to Egypt, one of its board members, Malcolm Hoenlein, told a newspaper that the United States should be “standing up for” Egypt’s president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, despite his troubling human rights record.

“You can criticize and you can push for human rights and do all those things,” Hoenlein said. “At the same time you’ve got to recognize the realities that these countries face.”

Hoenlein did not speak to the newspaper as a Delek Drilling board member. Instead, he spoke in his more familiar role: as the prominent leader of one of the American Jewish community’s most powerful foreign and domestic policy advocacy groups. As the head of the not-for-profit Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, Hoenlein has represented American Jews in meetings with the top levels of Israeli, Arab and U.S. political leadership for decades.

Mar 12 08:36

Secret talks between Israel, Saudi Arabia

Israel and Saudi Arabia have reportedly held secret talks in Egypt’s capital, Cairo. According to reports, the Cairo talks dealt with several issues, including economic interests. The secret negotiations signal that Israel is no longer the greatest enemy in the region.

Mar 11 13:43

Putin’s Missiles: Deterring an American Attack?

The nuclear poker game just became more exciting.

Putin’s March 1st presentation of new Russian weapons has been greatly misunderstood as a declaration of strategic parity or triumphalism.

Feb 26 09:46

Egypt moves $15 billion closer to Israel

Slowly, surely and increasingly openly, Abdulfattah al-Sisi, the Egyptian president, is moving his country closer to Israel.

This week, it was a $15 billion gas deal that will see Delek, an Israeli company, supply Egypt with natural gas over a 10-year period.

A “joyous day,” Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, proclaimed when the news broke.

“We have scored a key goal,” echoed al-Sisi a few days later as he tried to distance his government from the deal by emphasizing, in what the egypt today website characterized as an “important speech,” that this was purely a private sector deal.

Feb 24 11:09

France-Egypt Plane Deal Blocked by US, Fearing Spread of Missile Tech - Official

The US has blocked Franco-Egyptian negotiations on the sale of additional Rafale fighter jets to the Egyptian Air Force by refusing to export an American component aboard the Scalp cruise missile, French outlet La Tribune reported.

Alexandre Vautravers, an official at the Geneva Center for Security Policy (GCSP), discussed with Sputnik the impact of US companies being in the chain of contractors on European military suppliers.

"It would be great if France's manufacturing industry could produce entirely French products, but we should take into account the development cost of each component in a complicated missile like Scalp. What if no country can afford purchasing these missiles," Vautravers said.

Feb 05 08:26

Israel and Egypt in secret pact against ISIS: Jewish state smashes militants in Northern Sinai after the green light from Cairo

Israel has joined forces with Egypt's military to smash ISIS militants in Nothern Sinai.

Unmarked Israeli drones, helicopters and jets have carried out a covert air campaign to rid Egypt of Islamic terrorists, for more than two years.

Jan 27 02:57

Mike Pence’s Middle East Tour: Outright Pressure and Threats as Foreign Policy Tools

Washington is pushing a plan pretty vague about details and is doing it without its Middle East strategy defined.

Jordan’s King Abdullah II wants Washington to “rebuild trust “after US President Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The king believes that East Jerusalem must be the capital of Palestine. According to him, from now on the US has a “major challenge to overcome”.

“Friends occasionally have disagreements,” Mike Pence said ruefully in his comments on the outcome of the talks. The disagreement came into the open.

Jan 22 07:30

Egypt: Turkish attack on Afrin is unacceptable

The Foreign Ministry of Egypt condemned the Turkish state’s “unacceptable” attack on Afrin, calling it an intervention against and violation of Syrian lands.

In a statement about the operation, the Foreign Ministry pointed out that Turkey negatively affected the political efforts for the ending of terror in Syria, saying; “The attitude of Egypt towards military methods is clear as attacks against our Syrian brothers and sisters are increasing.”

On the other hand, Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, Frants Klintseviç stated that “Russia will ask Turkey to end its operation on Afrin at the United Nations.”

In a Facebook post about the invasion attempt, top Russian official Konstantin Kosaçev said; “Disturbing news are coming from Syria. The “Anti-terrorist operation” announced by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an causes nothing but concern.”

Jan 08 08:35

Tapes Reveal Tacit Egyptian Acceptance of Jerusalem Move

As President Trump moved last month to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, an Egyptian intelligence officer quietly placed phone calls to the hosts of several influential talk shows in Egypt.

“Like all our Arab brothers,” Egypt would denounce the decision in public, the officer, Capt. Ashraf al-Kholi, told the hosts.

But strife with Israel was not in Egypt’s national interest, Captain Kholi said>>>

Jan 08 05:55

Egypt’s proposed anti-atheism law would be an anti-honesty law

Egypt’s Parliament is considering passing a law criminalizing atheism, which is to say they are considering passing a law criminalizing honesty. If the government makes it a crime to admit one is an atheist, then they in effect create an incentive to lie about belief in God. Thus the proposed law would punish honesty and reward lying for those who do not believe in God. Moreover, the proposed law threatens freedom of conscience. If someone in the depths of their soul does not believe in God, through freedom of conscience, it is better to let them speak honestly rather than pressure them into silence or worse yet lying.

Dec 24 08:29

Hundreds of Muslim demonstrators storm Egyptian Coptic church and call for it to be demolished

Hundreds of Muslim demonstrators have stormed a Coptic church in Egypt calling for it to be demolished.

A hostile mob wreaked havoc in the building by wrecking sacred objects and attacking worshippers after gathering outside during Friday prayers.

During the brief siege the demonstrators chanted offensive slogans and called for the church's demolition, the diocese in Atfih said.

The wounded were transferred to a nearby hospital after security guards dispersed the mob. The nature of their injuries is not known.

Dec 24 08:24

Putin in Egypt: Who’s the big player in the Middle East?

This could be just a coincidence, but the next day after Russia announced victory over terrorists in Syria, US President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Both of these events dramatically strengthen the role of the Russian Federation in the Middle East. The Arab world is looking up to Russia, and President Putin has arrived in Egypt to strengthen the strategic alliance with Egypt.

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Dec 18 05:10

Egypt reopens an ancient library in Sinai that hold thousands of centuries-old manuscripts including a hand-written copy of the New Testament

An ancient library in Egypt has been reopened after three years of restoration on the building, which holds some of the most ancient manuscripts in the world.

Dec 13 11:49

Egypt will remain at forefront in defending historic and legal Palestinian rights: Egypt's FM Shoukry tells Muslim leaders

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said before an urgent meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul on Wednesday that Egypt will be at the forefront in confronting any attempts to circumvent the realisation of historic and legal Palestinians rights.

Shoukry said that the stability of the region and the world will be affected by any ill-conceived moves on Jerusalem, reaffirming Cairo’s rejection of last week's decision by US President Donald Trump to recognise the city as the capital of Israel.

Dec 12 07:44

Egypt, Russia sign deal to build a nuclear power plant

Moscow and Cairo signed an agreement on Thursday for Russia to build a nuclear power plant in Egypt, with Russia extending a loan to Egypt to cover the cost of construction.

A spokesman for Russia’s state-owned nuclear firm Rosatom said the plant, Egypt’s first, would be built at Dabaa in the north of the country and was expected to be completed by 2022.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, speaking on state TV, gave few details but said the project would involve the building of a ‘third-generation’ plant with four reactors.

Dec 12 07:15

Efforts underway to change US Embassy street names in Amman, Cairo

Efforts are underway in Jordan and Egypt to persuade authorities to change the names of the streets in both countries where American embassies are located, in response to US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Dec 11 03:58

Egyptian Christians Reject Meeting With Pence in Protest of Trump's Jerusalem Decision

Egypt’s Coptic Church has rejected a meeting requested by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence during his visit in the region later this month in protest against Washington’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, MENA state news agency reported on Saturday.

The Church “excused itself from hosting Mike Pence” when he visits Egypt, citing Trump’s decision.>>>

Dec 10 09:50

Egyptian Muslim leader rejects meeting with U.S. Pence over Jerusalem: statement

One of Egypt’s top Muslim leaders, the Imam of Al Azhar mosque, rejected a meeting requested by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence in protest against a U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Al Azhar said in a statement on Friday.

Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb had rejected a request from the United States for Pence to meet him on Dec. 20 at Al Azhar saying President Donald Trump must reverse his decision on Jerusalem.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I frankly don't blame the guy for rejecting a meeting with Pence. Pence may wind up with a trip to the Middle East, and other than Israeli leaders, may well have no one who wants to meet with him.

And the true repercussions against the US for President Trump's announcement about Jerusalem being Israel's capital have not even started.

Dec 10 09:44

Egypt’s Coptic Church chief cancels meeting with US vice president over Quds

The head of Egypt's Coptic Church, Pope Tawadros II, has called off a meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence scheduled to be held in the capital Cairo later this month in protest at Washington's recognition of Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel's capital.

US President Donald Trump's decision "did not take into account the feelings of millions of Arab people," Egypt's Coptic Church said in a statement on Saturday.

"The Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church declines to receive American Vice President Mike Pence," the statement added.

Dec 09 13:22

Jerusalem’s fate – Grant F Smith

Donald Trump’s decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem signals Washington now deems this to be Israel’s capital.

How this is in America’s interest is difficult to fathom.

The law of unintended consequences is surely in play.

Dec 09 09:42

Egypt's top cleric cancels meeting with US vice president

The Grand Imam of Egypt's al-Azhar Mosque, the country's highest Islamic authority, has canceled a meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence in the wake of an announcement by US President Donald Trump that Washington will recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s capital.

Al-Azhar said in a statement on Friday that Ahmed al-Tayeb had changed his previous decision to meet with Pence, who would travel to Egypt and Israel in late December.

The grand imam announced "his categorical rejection of a formal request from US Vice President Mike Pence to meet with him on December 20," the al-Azhar statement said.

Dec 09 09:08

Egyptian churches insist Jerusalem is a Palestinian Arab city

The leading Protestant Christian in Egypt insisted on Friday that Jerusalem is a Palestinian Arab city, Anadolu has reported. “It is inevitable that it will return to Palestinian sovereignty,” added Reverend Dr Andrea Zaki, the President of the Protestant Community of Egypt and General Director of the Coptic Evangelical Organisation for Social Services.

Rev. Zaki called for the nations and states which care about peace to work towards maintaining the Arab identity of Jerusalem because it is the place of the three monotheistic faiths of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. “The American decision has hurt the feelings of millions of Arabs, Muslims and Christians,” he pointed out. “This decision will never change the fact that Jerusalem is occupied.”

According to the senior theologian, he has been in constant contact with international church organisations in an effort to mobilise support for the Palestinians “at this decisive moment” and “to reiterate that Jerusalem is an Arab city.”

Dec 08 09:48

Putin To Visit Turkey And Egypt Amid Anger Over Trump's Jerusalem Move

Russian President Vladimir Putin, already scheduled to visit Egypt on December 11, will travel to Turkey on the same day for talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Putin and Erdogan plan to discuss bilateral issues, including joint energy projects, as well as the conflict in Syria and the broader situation in the Middle East, the Kremlin said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Trump just pivoted the Middle East towards Russia!

Dec 08 09:47

Egypt rejects U.S. decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem - Foreign Ministry

Egypt rejected the U.S. decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem, the foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

It added that Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital did not change the city’s legal status.

Dec 08 08:53

Hundreds protest in Cairo, Alexandria against Trump's Jerusalem declaration

Hundreds of Egyptians demonstrated on Friday in the capital Cairo and the Mediterranean city of Alexandria against US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Hundreds protested at Cairo's Al-Azhar mosque following weekly Friday prayers, raising signs and chanting slogans supporting the Palestinians and their right to establish an independent state and affirming Jerusalem's Arab and Islamic identity, Egypt's state-run news agency MENA reported.

In Alexandria, dozens protested at the Al-Qaed Ibrahim mosque in the central part of the coastal city, burning an Israeli flag and chanting "Jerusalem is Arab".

Dec 08 08:45

Putin to visit Egypt on Monday, discuss Middle East with el-Sisi – Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Egypt on Monday, the Kremlin’s press service has said. He will meet with President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to discuss the situation in North Africa and the Middle East, TASS reported, citing the statement. The two presidents will also discuss the development of bilateral ties in political, economic and humanitarian areas, the press service said on Thursday.

Dec 07 09:06

Egypt minster calls for opening Arab embassies in Palestine’s Jerusalem

“America has proven it is not neutral in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and has revealed its complete bias in favour of the Israelis. We must stop looking at the US as a neutral party to resolve the conflict. It would be more honourable for the US, if it has any honour left, to sit on the Israeli side of the table in any future negotiations.”

Dec 06 05:17

Rare Conversation with Jared Kushner, Saban Forum – 2017

A lot of countries in the Middle East want the same thing – economic progress, peace for their people.

Jared Kushner, U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser on Middle East peace, said Sunday that Israel needs to reach a peace deal with the Palestinians before it can form an alliance with the greater Arab world.

Dec 01 09:57

Israel Seeking Egypt Split Using ISIS Terrorism

The Sinai Peninsula is an Egyptian territory located east of the country. It borders Gulf of Aqaba from the east, Gulf of Suez from the west, the Mediterranean Sea from the north, and the Red Sea from the south. Home to a population of about 800,000, the Sinai is of strategic position as it covers a considerable part of the Egyptian coasts, beside linking the two continents of Asia and Africa.

The significance of this Egyptian land becomes clear if we know that there have been many disputes over it. The two important sides of the disputes are Egypt and the Israeli regime. The importance of the Sinai is high to a degree that so far Tel Aviv twice invaded it, not to mention the many measures taken by the Israelis on the global diplomatic stage to bring it under their control.

Nov 30 11:44

Russia negotiates deal for its warplanes to use Egypt bases

Deal to allow countries to use each other's military airstrips would see Moscow increase foothold in North Africa and Middle East

Nov 30 08:25

Former Egyptian PM blocked from leaving UAE

Former Egyptian Premier Ahmed Shafiq said on Wednesday the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was preventing him from travelling to his country after he announced his plans to run in Egypt’s presidential elections next year.

In an exclusive interview with Qatar-based Al Jazeera television, Shafiq — the last prime minister from Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak era — said he was satisfied with his residence in the UAE but complained that Emirati authorities were not allowing him to travel to Egypt.

Nov 25 08:39

Egypt delays opening of border crossing with Gaza following terrorist attack on mosque

Egyptian authorities have delayed the opening of the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, citing security concerns, Reuters reports. The move followed a terrorist attack targeting a mosque in northern Sinai that claimed the lives of at least 235 people. The border was scheduled to re-open for three days to facilitate travel from both sides.

Nov 24 08:44

Egypt attack: More than 230 killed in Sinai mosque

Militants have launched a bomb and gun attack on a mosque in Egypt's North Sinai province, killing 235 people, state media say.

Witnesses say the al-Rawda mosque in the town of Bir al-Abed, near al-Arish, was targeted during Friday prayers.

It is the deadliest attack of its kind since an Islamist insurgency in the peninsula was stepped up in 2013.

Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has held emergency talks with security officials to decide how to respond.

What happened?

Local police said gunmen arrived in four off-road vehicles and bombed the packed mosque before opening fire on worshippers, the Associated Press reported.
Pictures from the scene show rows of bloodied victims inside the mosque. At least 100 people were wounded, reports say.
"They were shooting at people as they left the mosque," a local resident who had relatives there told Reuters news agency. "They were shooting at the ambulances too."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Sufis are among the most peaceful, inward-looking group of Muslims you will ever find.

Hatred on religious grounds which leads to point-blank assassination of "the others", in the 21st century, is both maddening and perplexing to me.

Nov 24 08:38

Egypt mosque attack: Over 200 people killed after militants detonate bomb and fire on worshippers

AT least 200 people have been killed after militants bombed a Sufi mosque and fired on worshippers in Egypt’s volatile Sinai Peninsula during Friday prayers.

The extremists attacked the al-Rawdah mosque in the town of Bir al-Abed, 25 miles from the North Sinai provincial capital of el-Arish, opening fire from four off-road vehicles on worshippers inside during the sermon.

The attack, which has left more than 100 others injured, appears to be the latest by the area’s Islamic State affiliate.

Police officers said victims were being transferred to local hospitals and militants had blocked escape routes from the area by blowing up cars and leaving the burning wrecks blocking the roads.

The attack was the largest single targeting of Egyptian civilians and the first on a large mosque congregation since the IS affiliate began its campaign of violence against the state following the military’s 2013 overthrow of an elected but divisive Islamist president.

Nov 24 08:11

Moscow, Cairo Opposition Delegates Abruptly Quit Riyadh Meeting on Syria

Nimrud Suleiman from the Moscow platform said that he was unaware of the reasons behind the decisions of the representatives to leave the meeting, adding that he had left it due to "political and ethical reasons."

Nov 20 09:41

Lebanon's PM to Arrive in Egypt Tuesday After Unexpected Resignation

According to Almustaqbal newspaper, which cites the Lebanese prime minister's press service, Saad Hariri will meet Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Sisi during his upcoming visit to Egypt.

Nov 19 08:21

Hariri to head to Cairo, Kuwait before Lebanon: reports

Prime Minister Saad Hariri is expected to travel to Egypt and Kuwait before making his return to Lebanon, media reports said Sunday.

Nov 11 08:48

Convoy of Egyptian army trucks destroyed by IS militants in Sinai

A convoy of cement trucks from an Egyptian army factory was attacked by militants linked to the Islamic State group in the central Sinai peninsula on Thursday.

Eight civilian employees and two soldiers were killed in the ambush, according to Egyptian state security officials.

Among the dead was Lieutenant Colonel Ibrahim Hussein Mohammed, who was attacked near the town of Nakhl, an anonymous security source told the Associated Press.

Egyptian security officials added that the militants stole the soldier's weapons and burnt the seven trucks.

Nov 07 07:58

'Time not right to challenge Hizballah,' says Sisi as Riyadh accuses Lebanon of declaring war

Egypt's president has urged for calm in the region as tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran flare, saying it is not the right time to challenge Lebanese Shia group Hizballah.

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi made the appeal in an interview with CNBC over the weekend that aired on Tuesday morning.

"The stability of the region is very important and we all have to protect it... I am talking to all the parties in the region to preserve it," Sisi said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What al-Sisi is saying is that Egypt will not take part in any war between Saudi Arabia and Lebanon.

Nov 01 14:24

McCain Says “We Must Fight Crackpot Conspiracy Theories” Despite Promoting The Biggest One: A New World Order

By Aaron Kesel

Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) urged fighting “crackpot conspiracy theories” during a speech on Monday night despite for years being one of those people who pushes one of those theories: the creation of a world government, or a New World Order.

“We have to fight against propaganda and crackpot conspiracy theories. We have to fight isolationism, protectionism and nativism. We have to defeat those who would worsen our divisions,” McCain said at the Brigade of Midshipmen at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., The Hill reported...

Oct 24 06:25

El-Sisi: Maintaining Syria’s unity is important

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi stressed the importance of preserving Syria’s unity and moving towards a political solution to the crisis in it, reiterating his country’s position that the Syrian people are the ones who decide the future of their own country. In a television interview during his current visit to France, el-Sisi said that Egypt always has a consistent view and a firm policy towards countries that are in a state of disturbance, including Syria. It is very important to preserve the unity of countries so that things in the region do not worsen, that is, preserving the national state and the political solution to crises, he added. The Egyptian President pointed out that the national army in countries facing great challenges of instability should be responsible for preserving the state, confronting terrorism and extremism, and establishing security and stability, stressing that this is the only way to end crises facing the region.

Oct 21 09:11

Egyptian officials say 55 police killed in Cairo shootout

Egyptian security officials say at least 55 policemen, including 20 officers and 34 conscripts, have been killed in a shootout during a raid on a militant hideout near Cairo.

Oct 18 11:37

Egypt is in Turmoil - So Why Are Egyptians Begging Sisi to Stand for Reelection?

Despite economic hardship, some Egyptians are asking President Sisi to stand for reelection
His popularity had dipped due to soaring consumer prices
However thousands have already signed up to the "To Build It" campaign
Still, opposition to his candidature remains fierce among others

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has guided his nation into deep financial crisis, overseen the unpopular handover of two Red Sea islands and imprisoned thousands without trial.

The military general initially came to power in a coup overthrowing democratically elected Mohamed Morsi, with his presidency later confirmed in a landslide 2014 vote. Since then, dramatic rises in food and fuel costs, along with his regime's severe human rights abuses, have seen public discontent rise.

Despite all of this, some Egyptians just cannot get enough of their president.

A campaign to push Sisi to stand for reelection in the anticipated 2018 presidential elections has taken off online.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder if this "alleged support" for this military dictator is genuine... or fabricated by a clever PR machine, to make it appear as though there is real support for him.

But evidenced by the remarks made by President Trump during Al-Sisi's meeting at the White House on 21 September of this year, the Al-Sisi regime has the full support of Trump's administration.

Remarks by President Trump and Egyptian President Al-Sisi at a September bilateral meeting

Apparently for President Trump, trade trumps human rights every time; his relatively new BFFs in the Middle East, Netanyahu and Prince Salman, echoe that choice quite loudly.

Oct 11 10:32

US demands Egypt sever ties with North Korea or face further punitive action

US President Donald Trump's administration has demanded that Egypt cut all ties with North Korea or face further punitive action, diplomatic sources have said.

US diplomatic sources in Cairo told The New Arab on Wednesday that Washington has warned Cairo over its military relations with the pariah Asian state.

"The Trump administration has urgently demanded that Egypt close military attache offices and all related activity in both Cairo and Pyongyang," a source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said.

Oct 05 09:15

Egypt dismisses Washington Post report on North Korean shipment 

Egypt’s Foreign Affairs Ministry dismissed on Tuesday article published by International media outlet Washington Post regarding the North Korean shipment stopped at Suez Canal last August.

The shipment that included huge number of rockets was noticed by United States (US) intelligence, when arrived to Suez Canal in August coming from North Korea in July 2016. The Egyptian authorities stopped and raided the shipment.

In response to the claims reported in the report published on Saturday that the shipment was coming to Egyptian officials, spokesperson of ministry Ahmed Abu Zaid, said in press statement to Agence France-Presse (AFP), that the report “included some aspects of the author’s imagination, along with some correct information”.

He also said that the report aimed at implying that, “Egypt is not committed to implement of resolutions of United Nation Security Council regarding North Korea”.

Sep 17 08:47

Russia to start moving 50 MiG-29 fighters to Egypt : TASS

Russia is set to commence the supply operations of 50 Mikoyan MiG-29 fighters to Egypt as an implementation step to the bilateral agreement signed in 2014 between both countries; Vladimir Kojin, military affairs aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin stated.

According to Russian news agency TASS, Kojin said Egypt will receive the 50 MIG 29 fighters in batches; the batches are scheduled to arrive on an annual basis, adding that the delivery will continue for several years.

Sep 07 11:33

HRW: Egypt torture likely 'crime against humanity'

Human Rights Watch in a report released on Wednesday accused Egyptian security services of widespread torture of detainees in a probable "crime against humanity."

The New York-based rights group said security services in the North African country used torture as a "systematic practice" against suspected opponents of the government.

Rights groups have regularly accused Egyptian security services of practising torture, something the interior ministry has denied.

The government has acknowledged there have been "individual" cases of torture, and several policemen have been tried and sentenced for violent deaths in detention in recent years.

"Human Rights Watch believes the torture epidemic in Egypt likely constitutes a crime against humanity, due to its widespread and systematic practice across Egypt," the group said in the report.

It said it had interviewed 19 former detainees who detailed the methods of torture, which include electrocution.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How reminiscent of Americans torturing Iraqis at Abu Ghraib!!

I just have to wonder; where did the Egyptian military learn about these techniques of torture, which the US government has sanctioned, and used, or outsourced the use of, against prisoners of war?!?

Aug 29 14:17

Egyptian Army Eliminates Large Number of ISIL Terrorists in Sinai

The Egyptian Army continued their field operations in the Sinai Peninsula, targeting ISIL’s positions in the Northern part of this region. Egyptian units from the 2nd Army carried out several raids, destroying a number of ISIL’s dens in the Northern part of the Sinai Peninsula, Al Masdar reported. These prevalent field operations conducted by the Egyptian Army are meant to eliminate the last remnants of the ISIL that are still present in the Sinai. The attack by Egyptian forces on ISIL militants in Sinai comes after earlier this month the terror grouo claimed responsibility for an attack on a patrol car that killed four Egyptian policemen in North Sinai. Security forces in Egypt frequently come under attacks by militants. The violence has been concentrated in the Sinai Peninsula, where Egypt is fighting an insurgency, but has also expanded to hit Egypt's Coptic Christians, the country's largest minority.

Aug 24 17:57

Why Does US Military Have Records On 2013 Egyptian Military Coup?

Egyptian army chief, General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, led a coup against Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi in 2013. The Egyptian constitution was subsequently suspended. When it happened, President Barack Obama avoided the use of the word “coup” to describe what unfolded. This was to ensure U.S. military aid continued to flow to the country. And, as The Guardian noted, “Ties between the Pentagon and the Egyptian military [were] already close.”

Aug 04 08:42

Israel to starve Palestinians with underground wall between Gaza and Sinai

In the short term, such a wall will starve Gaza, in the long term it helps place Israel in a strong position to invade and occupy Sinai once again, leaving Egypt increasingly defenceless.

Jul 23 09:22

President Sisi inaugurates largest military base in Mideast

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi inaugurated on Saturday the largest military base of the Middle East in the coastal city of Alexandria. The president raised the Armed Forces flag on the new base in el Hammam city, west of Alexandria. The military base was named after late president Mohamed Naguib, who orchestrated 1952 revolution which ended the royal regime in Egypt.

Jul 23 08:47

Egypt, Jordan discuss adopting measures over Israeli actions at Al-Aqsa Mosque

Cairo and Amman discussed on Saturday possible measures that could be taken after the recent Israeli escalation against Palestinians at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque, according to a statement by Egypt’s foreign ministry.

Egyptian foreign minister Sameh Shoukry received a phone call from his Jordanian counterpart Ayman Safadi on Saturday where they discussed the “dangerous violations against Palestinians by the Israeli occupation forces.”

Jul 22 10:50

Ramses II was King Solomon

Very few equivalences in ancient times are so certain as the equivalence of Ramses II with King Solomon. Indeed, no mainstream scholar has been able to present even the most minimal requisite evidence necessary to rebut my challenge to current chronology as posted at https://listhost.uchicago.edu/pipermail/ane/2003-July/009941.html

Egyptologists, Oriental and Biblical scholars do not like to be confronted with facts - rather, they continue to build their nice little houses of cards as if facts contrary to their ill-conceived theories and chronologies simply did not exist. The closed-minded majority of Egyptologists seem to have a limited capacity for critical thinking.

Just how long did Ramses reign? They assume it is 67 years of sole regency, but the evidence is against them.

It is quite clear that Ramses did not rule alone for 67 years but like Solomon only ruled 40 years as a sole regent.

Jul 21 12:17

The US Empire, the CIA, and the NGOs

The CIA recruited the Muslim Brotherhood to fight a proxy war against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, which led to the withdrawal of the Soviets from the Hindu Kush. Since then, the CIA used the mercenaries to fight more proxy wars in the Balkans, Chechnya, and Azerbaijan. Due to the wars of aggression against Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen the US and its vassal states created sectarian violence that led to civil wars. Right now, the CIA and the Muslim Brotherhood are present in the form of ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

Jul 11 11:42

'But sir, it’s an American ship.' 'Never mind, hit her!' When Israel attacked USS Liberty

'The Americans have findings that show our pilots were aware the ship was American,' a newly published document by the State Archives says.

Israel apologized and paid compensation to the victims’ families. Israeli and American commissions of inquiry found that the attack was a mistake. But naturally, as often happens in such events, to this day there are some who believe Israel attacked the ship with malicious intent.

A conspiracy? Healthy suspicion? Call it what you will. A new book published in May in the United States (its authors include several survivors of the attack) promises that “the truth is being told as never before and the real story revealed.” The 302 pages of “Remember the Liberty!: Almost Sunk by Treason on the High Seas” include quite a number of documents, testimonies, arguments and information that were gathered in the subsequent 50 years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The attack on the USS Liberty, by the Israeli military was absolutely no mistake, and from what I have read by experts on the matter, the proposal that President Lyndon Johnson may well have been behind the attack, in order to get the US to join the 6 Day War, could potentially be feasible.

And please remember: when the survivors were awarded their medals in a closed, private ceremony, and not by President Johnson, but by the Secretary of the Navy at the Washington Navy Yard.

Remembering the USS Liberty

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