EGYPT

Apr 20 20:23

Two candidates to run for president: Egypt

Egypt's election commission says only two candidates, one of them former army chief and Defense Minister Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, will run in next month's presidential election.

Sisi will face leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi as they were the only candidates to submit their papers to run in the polls, the commission said on Sunday.

Apr 11 08:43

Abbas Intends Extending Sham Peace Talks

That’s the word from Cairo. He requested an emergency Arab League meeting. Regional foreign ministers attended. More on this below.

Extending sham talks contradicts Abbas’ earlier position. In January, he categorically rejected doing so. Nine months agreed on is enough, he said.

Apr 08 10:43

Europe’s top court kills invasive phone and email data collection law

Europe’s top court on Tuesday struck down an EU law forcing telecoms operators to store private phone and email data for up to two years, judging it too invasive, despite its usefulness in combating terrorism.

By allowing EU governments to access the data, “the directive interferes in a particularly serious manner with the fundamental rights to respect for private life and to the protection of personal data,” the European Court of Justice (ECJ) said.

Advocate General Pedro Cruiz Villalon declared the legislation illegal and told the European Union’s 28 member states to take the necessary steps to withdraw it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

GOOD!

Now it is high time in the US for the NSA to be disbanded, the CIA to stop torturing, and for the complete legislative repeal of the Patriot Act, the Homeland Security Act, and the NDAA.

Apr 06 02:20

Scores of Egyptians taken hostage in Libya

Libyan gunmen demand release of a national who was handed a life sentence by Egyptian authorities for smuggling arms.

Apr 01 05:23

William Cook : The Goal of the BDS Movement Is Justice

Israel Denies Justice and therefore does not Exist as a Legitimate State. Justice and legitimacy are one and inexorably linked to the Charters and Declarations of the United Nations.

This is a truth that Michael J. Rosenberg does not address as he castigates the supporters of the BDS movement in his recent article: “The Goal of the BDS Movement is the Dismantling of Israel.”

Read more...

Mar 27 06:58

Russian industrial zone to be established in Egypt

A Russian industrial zone focused on producing agriculture machinery and equipment will be established in Egypt, an official statement issued by the Egyptian Ministry of Industry and Foreign Trade said Wednesday.

Russia will assist Egypt in the development and modernisation of the Egyptian Iron and Steel Helwan Factory, El Nasr Automotive Manufacturing Company and Egypt’s large aluminium production company, Egyptalum, located in Nag Hammadi. Russia will also aid in the development of the Aswan Dam’s electricity power plants.

Mar 24 07:11

Nile River Dam Threatens War Between Egypt and Ethiopia

When Egypt’s then-president Mohamed Morsi said in June 2013 that “all options” including military intervention, were on the table if Ethiopia continued to develop dams on the Nile River, many dismissed it as posturing. But experts claim Cairo is deadly serious about defending its historic water allotment, and if Ethiopia proceeds with construction of what is set to become Africa’s largest hydroelectric dam, a military strike is not out of the question.

Mar 14 08:19

MEDEA BENJAMIN TELLS WHY SHE NEVER MADE IT TO GAZA

I went early, on March 3, as part of the logistics team. When I arrived at the airport in Cairo, I was taken aside and put in a separate room. First I was told “no problem, no problem, just checking the papers, just 10 minutes.” After 5 hours I realized that there was, indeed, a problem, as I was taken to a jail cell at the airport. Never once was I told what the problem was. Thank goodness I had hidden my phone and was able to get the word out about my plight over Twitter. Friends and family started immediately contacting the US Embassy for help.

Mar 07 08:51

URGENT APPEAL FROM MEDEA BENJAMIN AND CODEPINK

Just the other day I hopped on a plane to Egypt, eager to join the international delegation of 100 women headed to Gaza for International Women’s Day. Little did I know I would be stopped at the Cairo airport, detained, held overnight in a cell, then in the morning brutally assaulted by Egyptian authorities. They threw me to the ground, stomped on my back, handcuffed me so tightly they dislocated my shoulder, and then deported me to Turkey.

Now the Egyptian authorities are blocking most of the remaining delegates from entering Egypt and traveling to Gaza. It has been frustrating and disappointing for us, but we cannot forget that almost two million Palestinians remained trapped in Gaza while the Egyptian Rafah border remains closed or tightly controlled.

Apr 04 19:36

Britain’s Mad-House Foreign Policy

The best and cheapest way of protecting our national security is simply to eject the madmen from the Foreign Office and stop pimping for the US and its mad-dog protegé.

Let’s see how quickly the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), with Mr Bellingham’s help, can get their skates on and straighten out the simple matter of Palestine’s status so that Israel’s strutting psychopaths can finally be brought to book.

Dec 01 22:28

U.S IS RESPONSIBLE FOR EGYPT ‘S ELECTION JOKE

Khalid Amayreh: The American-funded and American-backed tyranny in Egypt is very much reminiscent to US backing of the Shah’s regime in Iran prior to the Islamic revolution in 1978.

Dec 01 10:13

EGYPT; A FARCE OF AN ELECTION

The American-funded and American-backed tyranny in Egypt is very much reminiscent to US backing of the Shah’s regime in Iran prior to the Islamic revolution in 1978. The US gave the Shah all sorts of state-of-the-art weapons, hoping to maintain and perpetuate his grip on power. The notorious Savak was given a free rein to kill, torture, and rape Iranians while the regime made sure to suppress every gesture of public dissent.

Oct 22 08:58

EGYPT ALLOWS FLOTILLA ACTIVISTS ENTRY INTO GAZA

‘Viva Palestina’ activists deliver tons of aid to Gaza Strip
Most of the activists arrived at the Egyptian port El-Arish on flights from Syria, while just 30 activists made the journey with the aid supplies by ship.

Over 300 activists from Syrian aid flotilla “Viva Palestina” crossed Thursday the Egyptian Border into Gaza by land with tons of medical equipment and food supplies for the residents of the coastal enclave.

Sep 22 08:07

Egypt hits back at Israel at tense UN nuclear meet

Egypt hit out at Israel on Wednesday for questioning its commitment to nuclear non-proliferation, underlining tension between the Jewish state and Arab countries at an annual meeting of the U.N. atomic watchdog.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Arabs are furious at Israel special treatment by UN and the shielding that Israel always enjoys by US & Western countries.

Sep 16 07:55

In Egypt, some see first salvo in Mubarak succession plan

The long-held suspicion among Egyptians that President Hosni Mubarak is grooming his son Gamal to replace him one day is crystallizing into a widespread belief. There are now signs that “one day” may be as close as next year.

As President Mubarak hosts the next round of peace talks in Sharm El Sheikh today, some say he’s sending a message to both the Americans and the Israelis that Gamal is the safest choice to preserve Egypt’s peace with Israel, which is deeply unpopular among the Egyptian public, and its role in shepherding the negotiations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Gamal Mubarak is very unlikely to be any more the "dream of the poor" for Egypt than has been his father.

The people of Egypt deserve far better than this, in terms of choices to succeed Hosni Mubarak.

Aug 19 08:44

Egypt publisher: Christians forged their version of the Bible

The owner of the Islamic Enlightenment Publishing House, Abuislam Abdullah, wrote in the introduction that the reason behind the book's publication was to prove that there are several versions of the bible and that Christians had forged theirs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is on the level of the debate over the Moebius Silver Surfer versus the Kirby Silver Surfer.

Aug 14 10:08

On Whose Behalf Is Egypt Savaging The People Of Gaza?

An influx of hair-raising stories keeps coming from the Egyptian side of the Rafah border terminal. Nearly all these stories underscore the degrading treatment meted out to Gazans, already thoroughly savaged by the manifestly criminal siege imposed by Israel on the coastal enclave in coordination with several regional and international players, including Egypt itself.

Aug 13 10:29

Amayreh: On whose behalf is Egypt savaging the people of Gaza?

An influx of hair-raising stories keeps coming from the Egyptian side of the Rafah border terminal. Nearly all these stories underscore the degrading treatment meted out to Gazans, already thoroughly savaged by the manifestly criminal siege imposed by Israel on the coastal enclave in coordination with several regional and international players, including Egypt itself.

H/T JNOUBIYEH

Aug 12 09:22

EGYPT; ISRAEL’S SOUTHERN PARTNER IN CRIME

Mubarak and his regime will go away, sooner or later. He will be remembered as the leader of the largest and most powerful Arab country, who has helped Israel starve, torment, savage and kill his fellow Muslims across the border.

Jul 14 12:20

Libya ship takes Gaza aid to Egypt after Israel warning

A Libyan ship, initially bent on breaking Israel's Gaza blockade, docked in Egypt on Wednesday after agreeing to deliver its cargo of aid through Egyptian territory, an AFP correspondent reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is, I think, the best compromise. A confrontation was avoided, Israel gets to go on pretending they have a blockade of Gaza, and (assuming Israel does not launch an air strike into Egypt) the food will get to Gaza.

Jul 06 10:34

Israel’s Attack On Egypt In June ’67 Was Not ‘Preemptive'

It is often claimed that Israel's attack on Egypt that began the June 1967 "Six Day War" was a "preemptive" one. Implicit in that description is the notion that Israel was under imminent threat of an attack from Egypt. Yet this historical interpretation of the war is not sustained by the documentary record.

The President of Egypt, then known as the United Arab Republic (UAR), Gamal Abdel Nasser, later conveyed to U.S. President Lyndon Johnson that his troop buildup in the Sinai Peninsula prior to the war had been to defend against a feared Israeli attack.

Israel's June 5, 1967 surprise attack on Egypt resulted in the obliteration of Egypt's air force while most of its planes were still on the ground.

Jul 04 10:05

Israel’s attack on Egypt in June ’67 was not ‘preemptive’

It is often claimed that Israel’s attack on Egypt that began the June 1967 “Six Day War” was a “preemptive” one. Implicit in that description is the notion that Israel was under imminent threat of an attack from Egypt. Yet this historical interpretation of the war is not sustained by the documentary record.

The President of Egypt, then known as the United Arab Republic (UAR), Gamal Abdel Nasser, later conveyed to U.S. President Lyndon Johnson that his troop buildup in the Sinai Peninsula prior to the war had been to defend against a feared Israeli attack.

Jun 15 13:05

Egypt has accepted to issue visa for Iran MPs to visit Gaza

An Iranian parliamentarian Mahmoud Ahmadi-Biqash said Egyptian government has accepted to issue visa for a number of Iranian parliament members to visit Gaza Strip.

Following Zionist regime's deadly attack on an aid flotilla heading to Gaza Strip, a number of Iranian lawmakers have called for visiting Gaza Strip.

Jun 09 09:00

Egypt to keep border with impoverished Gaza Strip open

After three years of cooperating in the Israeli blockade of Gaza, Egypt said that it will leave its border with the Palestinian territory open indefinitely for humanitarian aid and restricted travel. With international pressure building to ease the blockade, an Egyptian security official said on Monday that sealing off Hamas-ruled Gaza has only bred more militancy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The blockade is finished. There is therefore no need for Obama to make any deals with Israel to limit the scope of an international investigation into the attack on the aid flotilla in international waters.

Obama will make that deal anyway, because any investigation will only remind the American people how the US Government shamelessly turned its back on its own citizens in the rush to protect Israel from criticism.

Jun 08 08:39

More than 5,000 Palestinians cross newly opened Gaza-Egypt border

More than 5,000 Palestinians have crossed the border between Gaza and Egypt since the Egyptian president ordered it opened eight days ago, border security sources said on Tuesday.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak opened the crossing in the border town of Rafah in response to Israel's raid on an aid flotilla bound for the besieged Gaza Strip, which left nine activists dead.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This could possibly be seen as a calculated election year ploy by Mubarak, (Egyptian Parliamentary elections will be held in October of this year) as the lot of the average Egyptian hasn't really gotten very much better under his watch.

However, whatever the reason, I am very glad Mubarak did this, and it sends a very strong and courageous message both to Israel and the rest of the world: the siege of Gaza is all but over.

Jun 07 08:37

Egypt: Gaza Blockade A Failure

An Egyptian security official declared the blockade of Gaza a failure Monday and said his country will keep its border with the Palestinian territory open indefinitely.

Keeping that crossing point open long term would ease the blockade imposed by Israel three years ago to isolate and punish Gaza's Hamas rulers. It also restores a link to the outside the world for some of Gaza's 1.5 million Palestinians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The blockade has just now, for all practical intents and purposes, ended.

Good on the Egyptians!

Jun 01 10:11

Egypt Lifts Its Side Of Gaza Blockade

The governor of northern Sinai, Murad Muwafi, says President Hosni Mubarak ordered the opening of the border crossing to Gaza in the town of Rafah for several days.

Muwafi says the opening of the crossing – which Egypt sealed after Gaza was taken over by Hamas militants in 2007 – is an effort to "alleviate the suffering of our Palestinian brothers after the Israeli attack" on the flotilla.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good on Mubarak; but let's make open border to Gaza last not "...a couple of days", but a permanent lifting of the siege on Egypt's part!

Apr 21 07:12

Anti-govt. demos held in Egypt

The demonstrators slammed calls by politicians and officials loyal to President Hosni Mubarak to use force against anti-government protesters. They also called for an end to emergency rule that allows indefinite detentions of people under the pretext of national security.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sound familier?

Apr 13 06:27

Greco-Roman mummy found in Egypt

The Greco-Roman tombs, in Bahariya Oasis, 300 km (190 miles) southwest of Cairo, were discovered during probes that indicated they may be part of a much larger necropolis, Egypt's Culture Ministry said in a statement on Monday.

A 97-cm (38-inch) tall female mummy, found in the stair-lined interior of one of the rock-hewn tombs, was cast in coloured plaster inlaid with jewellery and eyes.

Archaeologists, who dug at the site ahead of the planned construction of a youth centre, found the tombs contained other treasures as well. The area has now been turned over to Egypt's antiquities authority.

Feb 07 10:26

Egypt Restores Oldest Monastery In The World

Egypt's chief archaeologist unveiled on Thursday an extensive renovation of the oldest monastery in the world, touting the work at the 1,600 year-old-site as a symbol of peaceful coexistence between the country's Muslims and Christians.

It's the message Egypt's government has been emphasizing ever since a lethal drive-by shooting at a church a month ago in a southern town: No troubles here – dismissing new worries over sectarian divisions between Egypt's mainly Muslim population and the large Christian minority.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Religion of any stripe can be used to promote kindness, charity, and interfaith respect...or the most horrendous types of hatred, bigotry, and slaughter.

Let us hope the "adults in the room" in positions of leadership in Islamic and Coptic Christian communities work to nurture that respect.

And even if the timing of this announcement is this is just a PR stunt on the part of the Egyptian government,remember: the work on this started almost a decade ago.

There are people in the Muslim world, like Dr. Hawass and his archeological team, who understand that Egypt has been host to a number of other religious traditions, including Judaism, and Christianity.

Feb 02 14:18

GEORGE GALLOWAY ~~ (DESPITE HIS DEPORTATION SAID) “WE LOVE THE ARAB PEOPLE OF EGYPT FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS”

Speaking in Brooklyn, George Galloway presented a report on his recent experiences in Gaza and Egypt. Despite his deportation from Egypt, he had only praise for the citizens of that nation.

Feb 02 12:42

Congrats to Egypt…and yes it’s from Gaza!

Jan 08 08:15

ALLOWAY DEPORTED FROM EGYPT AFTER LEAVING GAZA

Leader of the Viva Palestinan convoy and British MP George Galloway was deported from Egyptian soil moments after he set foot on it, crossing the border at Rafah from Gaza, organizers of the convoy said.

Jan 08 06:57

Egypt deports MP George Galloway

George Galloway was deported from Cairo today despite wanting to return to Gaza to help members of a humanitarian convoy who have reportedly been arrested, a spokeswoman for the convoy said.

Plain clothes police officers bundled the Respect MP on to a plane bound for London, said a spokeswoman for the Viva Palestina convoy.

Jan 06 08:28

ISRAEL IS DEFINITELY BEHIND THE CHAOS IN EGYPT

We must not forget who has closed off the Gaza Strip to the rest of humanity. We must not forget who is responsible for the deaths of close to 1500 innocent people, including 450 children. We must not forget that these crimes have been documented and condemned by the United Nations General Assembly.

Anger is now directed at the Egyptian authorities for the situation, but it is Israel that is behind it all. Obama has remained silent on the issue, as has most of the commercial media in the United States, another indication that what I say is true.

Jan 03 08:59

WHAT’S GOING ON IN EGYPT TODAY….. AND WHY

In the end, after a meeting with the wife of the president, a typical Egyptian solution was found: one hundred activists were allowed to reach Gaza. The rest remained in Cairo, bewildered and frustrated.

Dec 30 09:23

Protesters reject Egypt’s Gaza offer

Bethlehem – Ma’an – The organizers of the Gaza Freedom March rejected an Egyptian offer on Wednesday to allow 100 out of 1,300 supporters into the Gaza Strip.

“We flatly reject Egypt’s offer of a token gesture. We refuse to whitewash the siege of Gaza,” said Ziyaad Lunat a member of the march’s Coordinating Committee in a statement.

“Our group will continue working to get all 1,362 marchers into Gaza as one step towards the ultimate goal for the complete end of the siege and the liberation of Palestine,” he added.

The Freedom March will walk the 41 kilometers from the southern end of Gaza at the Rafah crossing to the northern end at Israel’s Erez crossing; the march was scheduled to take place on Thursday...

Dec 27 08:35

Gaza Freedom Marchers: 38 detained by Egypt

London – Ma’an – Egyptian security forces detained 38 participants of the Gaza Freedom March from a hotel in Al-Arish on Sunday at noon, according to a statement issued by the event’s organizers.

“Egyptian security forces detained a group of 30 internationals in their hotel in el-Arish and another group of 8 at the bus station. They also broke up a memorial action commemorating the Cast Lead massacre at the Kasr al Nil Bridge,” the statement asserted.

The Freedom March plans to bring more than 1,000 international protesters to Gaza this week to denounce the blockade of the Palestinian territory.

Dec 21 19:32

Egypt Says It Will Block International Gaza Freedom Marchers

On December 31, together with more than 1000 peace advocates from around the world, I’m planning to join tens of thousands of Palestinians in a march in Gaza to the Erez border crossing to protest the Israeli blockade of Gaza, and to demand international action to relieve Gaza’s humanitarian crisis.

Unfortunately, it appears that the Egyptian government has just announced that it will not allow the internationals to enter Gaza as planned. If so, that would be a shame.

Dec 10 17:45

Egypt digs underground wall to stop Gaza tunnels

Residents of Rafah, the border town which has become the centre for a major smuggling operation, say engineers have brought in earth moving-equipment and are placing deep steel tubes at short intervals into the ground.

The government has not confirmed the claims but one security source said the plan was to build a blast-proof, impenetrable steel wall of adjoining two inch thick sheets across stretches of the frontier known to be used by smugglers.

Another official said engineers were installing tunnel detection equipment along the border, which is about seven miles long. He refused to confirm that a wall was also being planned.

Oct 25 11:27

Israel still makes Egyptians uneasy

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Is there anyone Israel DOESN'T make uneasy?????

May 21 11:55

HOPE CONVOY PREPARING TO LEAVE EGYPT FOR GAZA….. FINALLY

May 09 07:46

Egypt to host Obama outreach to Muslims

As the first Arab and Muslim country to recognize Israel three decades ago, Egypt is mainly considered as Israel's right hand man against the Palestinians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Which is weird when you consider that Israel tried to frame Egypt twice with the Lavon Affair and the attack on the USS Liberty.

Mar 09 09:17

SIXTY MEMBER AID DELEGATION ALLOWED ENTRY TO GAZA (VIA EGYPT)

The delegation, which includes Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Alice Walker, organized by the peace group CODEPINK, was allowed through the Rafah, Egypt crossing in time for International Women’s Day, March 8. The crossing has been closed by the Egyptian government almost continuously since July 2007. However, Egyptian First Lady Suzanne Mubarak, chairman of the Egyptian Red Crescent (similar to the Red Cross) and president of the National Women´s Committee, communicated her “blessing” of the mission through the Red Crescent team that escorted the delegation through the crossing.

Jan 28 07:18

Iran protests to Egypt over Gaza aid ship

Iran lodged a protest with Egypt on Tuesday over its failure to allow an Iranian ship to unload aid for Gaza in an Egyptian port, Iranian media reported.

Jan 17 09:34

US backs deal to reopen Gaza-Egypt border

Key ceasefire demands of Hamas and Israel would be met under plan to stop crossings being used for weapons smuggling.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US and Israel justify the bombings along the Gaza/Egypt border by claiming that HAMAS is smuggling Iranian-supplied weapons through the tunnels, but has anyone actually SEEN these weapons?

Has HAMAS used an anti-tank weapons against Israel? Have any Israeli planes been shot down by shoulder fired surface to air missiles?

Have we seen anything other than those home made hammered-from-old-food-can hobby rockets launched at Israel?

Israel justified the starvation of the entire Gaza people (collective punishment) by claiming HAMAS was being armed by Iran.

After three weeks of unrelenting slaughter of civilians, where are these claimed Iranian weapons?

Jan 13 18:59

Why Arab dictators will not help GAZA

The Sources of Arabs’ Shame: Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia
by Dr. Abbas Bakhtiar / January 10th, 2009

"The Arab Collaborators
The often asked question, when it comes to the Palestinians, is about the role of Arab countries in the Palestinian struggle for freedom. The people not familiar with the political landscape of the area often see the Middle East as two camps, Arab countries on one side and Israel on the other. The reality is totally different. Israel has seldom been alone. Beside its usual American, French, British and other staunch allies, she has had the hidden backing of several Arab countries."

"The Collaboration

Dec 04 14:40

Egyptian said to have spied for Mossad dies in fall from flat

A multimillionaire Egyptian businessman who was accused of being an agent for Mossad, the Israeli intelligence service, has been found dead at the foot of the luxury apartment block in London where he had lived for more than 20 years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Smert Shpionam!

Nov 18 09:18

Egypt court says aid must be allowed into Gaza

Despite an Israeli economic blockade in place to limit traffic to and from the Gaza Strip, an Egyptian court has ruled that Cairo must allow humanitarian aid and supplies to enter Gaza via the Rafah Border Crossing. The Rafah Border Crossing is the small Mediterranean stip of land's only border to the outside world.

Presently, Egypt has limited humanitarian trucks from entering Gaza as part of its border crackdown in line with Israeli policies.

The court said the action was in violation of Egyptian law and contradicted official government policy.

Oct 05 10:46

Yard probes billionaire spy's death

The mysterious death of an Egyptian billionaire whose body was found below his Mayfair flat just weeks after accusations that he had spied for Mossad is being investigated by a new team of murder detectives following complaints from family members that key evidence had disappeared.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Mossad has a very strict retirement policy!

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