Posts Tagged ‘ Egypt ’

Israel approves truce, Hamas undecided; rocket attacks continue

July 15, 2014
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The Globe and Mail [Canada]    

"Palestinian militants fired rockets at Israel on Tuesday after it agreed to an Egyptian proposal to end the week-old Gaza conflict, and a Hamas leader said the Islamist group was still undecided on whether to accept the ceasefire. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Hamas that Israel will intensify its week-long campaign against Gaza militants if Hamas rejects the ceasefire." (07/15/14)

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/israel-gaza/article19608760/  

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Egypt: Eight killed in Sinai militant attack

July 13, 2014
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Los Angeles Times    

"One soldier and seven civilians including a child were killed when militants fired mortar rounds at a military post in the city of El Arish in the northern part of Egypt's Sinai peninsula Sunday, security and medical sources said. According to a statement issued by the Interior Ministry, the attack also hit the nearby market area in the city. Northern Sinai has been the scene of a number of deadly attacks by militant Islamists on police and security forces since the army-led ouster of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi last summer." (07/13/14)

http://tinyurl.com/k3ufs9y  

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Egypt: Two policemen killed defusing bombs

June 30, 2014
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"Two Egyptian policemen have been killed trying to defuse bombs that exploded near the presidential palace in Cairo, interior ministry officials say. The first blast killed one officer and injured three others. An hour later the other officer was killed. Islamist militants said they had planted bombs in the area last week. [Junta leader] Abdul Fattah al-Sisi promised swift 'retribution' for the two deaths on the first anniversary of his rise to power." (06/30/14)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-28085068  

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Egypt: Six killed in attacks

June 29, 2014
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Reuters    

"Two bombs exploded at a small telephone exchange on Cairo's outskirts on Saturday, killing an 18-year-old woman and her mother, security sources said, days after a string of small bomb explosions hit the Egyptian capital's metro network. Near Rafah in North Sinai, gunmen killed four Egyptian soldiers, state media and security sources said. The gunmen forced the soldiers, who were returning from a holiday and dressed in civilian clothing, out of their vehicle and shot them before escaping, the state news agency MENA reported." (06/29/14)

http://af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFKBN0F30BI20140629  

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US-Egyptian “historic partnership” reeks of hypocrisy

June 25, 2014
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Sheldon Richman Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman  

"Largely overshadowed by events in Iraq and Syria, the Obama administration is dropping its pretense at displeasure with the military junta in Egypt and restoring full support for the regime that so recently quashed the country’s faltering attempt at democracy. Secretary of State John Kerry, en route to troubled Baghdad, stopped in Cairo, where he announced that Washington would soon release a briefly withheld portion of the more than a billion dollars in aid that the Egyptian military receives each year from American taxpayers." (06/25/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kqzqfjm  

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8th Wonder of the World

June 24, 2014
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Cagle Post
by David Fitzsimmons  

Cartoon. (06/23/14)

http://www.cagle.com/2014/06/egypt/  

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Egypt: Junta’s kangaroo court sentences journalists to seven years

June 23, 2014
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Bloomberg    

"A court in Egypt sentenced three Al-Jazeera journalists, including an award-winning Australian reporter, to at least seven years in jail, heightening concerns national security is being used as a pretext to curb freedoms. Authorities had accused 20 people, including four foreigners, of terrorism-related activities in support of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, arguing they sullied Egypt’s image and posed a threat to its security." (06/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pvavvwz  

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Egypt: Junta “court” acquits Mubarak-era minister of graft charges

June 12, 2014
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AllAfrica    

"An Egyptian court has acquitted former interior minister Habib al-Adly of money-laundering and profiteering charges. ... The former minister is also detained over charges of killing protesters during the January uprising in 2011. His lawyer expects the judiciary to acquit him of this charge and other corruption charges as well." (06/12/14)

http://allafrica.com/stories/201406121670.html  

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Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood declares junta’s sham election “null and void”

June 5, 2014
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Houston Chronicle    

"The political party of Egypt's Islamist president ousted by the military last year said Wednesday it considers the election of the former army chief as the next president "null and void" and will accept nothing short of the reinstatement of Mohammed Morsi. The statement by the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party underlined the depth of the rift in Egypt as retired Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi prepares to be sworn into office on Sunday. El-Sissi, then Egypt's top officer, masterminded the removal of Morsi on July 3 after massive protests against the country's first democratically elected president. Since then, the military-backed government has waged a crackdown on Morsi's supporters that has killed hundreds, arrested thousands and shattered the Brotherhood, once Egypt's strongest political organization." (06/04/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ny3hs46  

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The mind of a dictator and his enablers

June 2, 2014
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Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger  

"The New York Times recently carried a profile of Egyptian military dictator Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. The piece discloses what goes through not only the mind of a dictator but also the minds of the U.S. officials who continue to support him with money and armaments." (06/02/14)

http://fff.org/2014/06/02/the-mind-of-a-dictator-and-his-enablers/  

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Egypt: Junta flacks reject appeal of rigged presidential election

June 2, 2014
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swissinfo [Switzerland]    

"Egypt's elections committee said on Sunday it had rejected a defeated presidential candidate's appeal against voting results that gave former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi a landslide victory. Leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi only got 3 percent of the votes in last week's elections, according to initial results that showed Sisi in the lead with 93 percent of votes. The elections committee's statement did not give details on its ruling on the appeal. It said the official results will be announced on Tuesday night." (06/02/14)

http://tinyurl.com/m8kdd5y  

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Egypt: Junta figurehead claims victory with 93.3% of vote in fake election

May 29, 2014
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Reuters    

"Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the general who toppled Egypt's first freely elected leader, swept to victory in a presidential election, provisional results showed on Thursday, joining a long line of leaders drawn from the military. But a lower than expected turnout figure raised questions about Sisi's credibility after his supporters had idolized him as a hero who can deliver political and economic stability. Sisi captured 93.3 percent of votes cast as counting nearly came to a close, judicial sources said. His only rival, leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi, gained 3.0 percent while 3.7 percent of votes were declared void." (05/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/plvxtnh  

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Egypt: Junta “court” cages Mubarak, sons for three years

May 21, 2014
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Daily Mail [UK]    

"Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been sentenced to three years in prison for embezzlement and ordered to pay back $17.6m. The graft case against the 86-year-old Mubarak, who is kept in custody at a military hospital, is one of two against the former president who was ousted in a popular uprising in 2011 after nearly three decades in power." (05/21/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kdcpt9m  

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Obama regime continues to surreptitiously supply arms to Egyptian junta

May 21, 2014
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Truthout    

"Newly obtained documents reveal that the US government has continued to provide substantial weapons support for the unelected Egyptian military regime, despite the State Department's assertion that it would withhold important weapons shipments 'pending credible progress toward an inclusive, democratically elected civilian government.' Though the military assistance freeze was announced last October, the US has continued to send the Egyptian military millions of dollars worth of parts for tanks, helicopters, fighter jets and guided missiles." (05/21/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kjynura  

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Egypt: Junta “courts” “convict” 170 in mass show trials

May 19, 2014
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Houston Chronicle    

"A pair of Egyptian courts [sic] on Sunday convicted [sic] 170 suspected supporters of toppled President Mohammed Morsi on charges over violent attacks last year, the country's latest mass trials [sic] ahead of this month's presidential elections. The convictions in the courts in Cairo and in the Nile Delta city of Kafr el-Sheikh are the latest in a series over recent months that saw hundreds of people prosecutors identified as Morsi supporters sentenced to death or imprisonment. In some cases, the verdicts came after no more than two hearings, drawing criticism from human rights activists and foreign governments as Egypt's military-backed [junta] continues its crackdown on Morsi supporters and his Muslim Brotherhood group." (05/18/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nstomy3  

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Egypt: Al Qaeda-inspired militant group claims responsibility for Sinai bombings

May 4, 2014
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Fox News    

"An Egyptian militant group has claimed responsibility for twin suicide bombings that killed three people and wounded eight on Friday in the southern Sinai Peninsula. ... In the first attack, a suicide bomber blew himself up in front of a bus carrying workers, killing one and wounding three. Another bomber blew himself up at an army checkpoint, killing a soldier and a civilian passer-by and wounding five others." (05/04/14)

http://tinyurl.com/oashzyw  

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Suicide bombers strike Egypt’s Sinai, bomb kills one in Cairo

May 2, 2014
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Reuters    

"One Egyptian soldier was killed and at least seven more people wounded in two suicide attacks in South Sinai on Friday and a policeman died in a Cairo bomb attack, official sources said, in the latest round of violence ahead of elections due in May. Militant attacks in Egypt have spiraled since the army deposed President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood last July after mass protests." (05/02/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mtpapor  

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EU: Egypt junta’s mass death sentences in breach of international law

April 29, 2014
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The Star [Malaysia]    

"The European Union's foreign policy chief said on Tuesday Egypt's sentencing of 683 people to death breached international law and urged Cairo authorities to ensure defendants' rights to a fair and timely trial. An Egyptian court sentenced the leader of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and 682 supporters to death on Monday, intensifying a crackdown on the movement that could trigger protests and political violence before an election next month." (04/30/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mhb4gm6  

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Egypt: Junta “court” hands down death sentence for Brotherhood leader, 682 supporters

April 28, 2014
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Reuters    

"An Egyptian court handed down a death sentence on the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and 682 supporters, intensifying a crackdown on the movement that could trigger protests and political violence ahead of an election next month. A death penalty for Mohamed Badie, the Brotherhood's general guide, will infuriate members of the Brotherhood which has been the target of raids, arrests and bans since President Mohamed Mursi was forced from power by the military in July. ... Death sentence recommendations in the case involving Badie will be passed on to Egypt's Mufti, the highest religious authority. His opinion is not legally binding and can be ignored by the court." (04/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/knyqae4  

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Egypt: Cairo bombing kills top cop

April 23, 2014
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"A senior Egyptian police officer has been killed by a bomb blast in the capital, Cairo, security officials say. Brig-Gen Ahmed Zaki died when an explosive device placed under his official vehicle was detonated in the western suburb of 6 October City. He was the fifth police general to be killed since the start of the year. Jihadist militants have stepped up attacks on security personnel and killed hundreds since the army ousted President Mohammed Morsi last July." (04/23/14)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-27122773  

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Egypt: Junta leader “resigns,” will “run for president”

March 27, 2014
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Sydney Morning Herald [Australia]    

"Egypt’s army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has resigned his post and announced he will run for the presidency, pledging to 'reconstruct the state and restore its dignity.' Ending weeks of speculation, Field Marshal Sisi also stood aside from his role as Minister of Defence in the government that was formed after the overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood-backed government of Mohamed Mursi on July 3." (03/27/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pap4eqk  

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Egypt in transition

March 5, 2014
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Acton Institute Acton Institute
by  

"As Egypt moves through the process of establishing a new, stable government after not just one but two revolutions, the security of the Coptic Christian community in Egyptian society has at times been in doubt. Dr. Magdy El-Sanady, an Egyptian Coptic Christian who has worked for over 30 years in health planning, management and community development, and in non-governmental organization institutional strengthening in Egypt, joins Acton's Director of Communications John Couretas for a discussion of the current state of affairs politically and socially within an Egypt that is transitioning from dictatorship to a new, and hopefully better, form of government." [Flash audio] (03/05/14)

http://www.acton.org/media/audio/egypt-transition  

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Egypt: Junta names Mubarak crony to form new puppet government

February 25, 2014
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Miami Herald    

"In a surprise announcement, Egyptian Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi announced Monday that his 7-month-old government had resigned just two months ahead of expected presidential elections, a move that seemed destined to clear the way for a new Cabinet led by politicians close to ousted President Hosni Mubarak. The departing Cabinet was the fifth government to rule Egypt in three years. The transitional president, Adly Mansour, accepted el-Beblawi’s resignation and named as his successor the housing minister, Ibrahim Mahlab, a former member of Mubarak’s National Democratic Party who has business interests in Saudi Arabia and whom Mubarak appointed to the legislature’s upper house, the Shura Council, in 2010." (02/24/14)

http://tinyurl.com/oqca7m7  

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Egypt: Junta’s “interim government” resigns unexpectedly

February 24, 2014
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"Egypt's interim Prime Minister Hazem Beblawi has unexpectedly announced the resignation of his government. He gave no reason in his televised address, but it comes amid a series of strikes, including one by public sector workers and rubbish collectors. The state-run newspaper al-Ahram said he had been asked to stay on as prime minister until a successor was named. He was appointed in July after the military overthrew President Mohammed Morsi following opposition protests." (02/24/14)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-26323638  

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Islamist leader: Egypt is “republic of fear”

February 9, 2014
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Lexington Herald-Leader    

"A leading Egyptian Islamist and a former presidential candidate says an ongoing crackdown by the military-backed interim government has turned the country into a 'republic of fear.' Abdel-Moneim Abolfotoh, who joined mass protests against the now-ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi last summer, reiterated his decision that he will not contest upcoming presidential elections expected for the spring, denouncing the vote as a 'farce' since it will come amid 'suppression.'" (02/09/14)

http://tinyurl.com/n6nokhr  

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