Posts Tagged ‘ Egypt ’

After a year, Al Jazeera journalists jailed in Egypt seek end to ordeal

December 29, 2014
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Times of India [India]    

"A year after three Al Jazeera English journalists were arrested in Egypt, they and their families are pleading for justice and an end to their ordeal. The unprecedented arrest and prosecution of Australian Peter Greste, Egyptian-Canadian Mohammed Fahmy and Egyptian Baher Mohammed sent a chill through the media in Egypt. They were detained in a raid on suspicion of helping the Muslim Brotherhood, which the government later declared a terrorist organization, and were sentenced to between seven and 10 years in prison in a trial that most observers called a politicized sham that lacked any evidence to incriminate the journalists of anything beyond doing their job." (12/29/14)

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Egypt: Two policemen killed in Cairo attack

December 27, 2014
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Gulf News [UAE]    

"Two policemen, guarding a bank in the Egyptian capital, were killed Saturday in an attack by unidentified gunmen, a security source said. Three masked gunmen on a motorbike opened fire on the two policemen in the early Saturday assault outside the bank in the plush quarter of Agouza, the source added." (12/27/14)

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Egypt opens border with Gaza after two-month closure

December 22, 2014
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Gulf News [UAE]    

"A Palestinian border official says Egypt has opened its border post with the Gaza Strip for the first time in two months, offering temporary relief to Palestinians seeking to leave the coastal enclave. Maher Abu Sabha, the Gaza official in charge on the Gaza side, says the Rafah crossing is only to remain open for two days. It’s the main gateway to the outside world for Gaza’s 1.7 million residents. Egypt had kept the border closed since an October 24 attack in the Sinai Peninsula that killed 31 Egyptian soldiers. About 250 Palestinians as well as ambulances with medical patients crossed into Egypt on Sunday." (123/21/14)

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Egypt: Two killed as thousands protest Mubarak verdict

December 1, 2014
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Economic Times [India]    

"At least two people were killed and nine others injured when police clashed with demonstrators who were protesting here to denounce an Egyptian court's verdict to drop a murder charge against ousted leader Hosni Mubarak. Over 3,000 protesters took to the streets and gathered near Tahrir Square yesterday evening, after Mubarak was acquitted of a murder charge by a court which found him not guilty in the killing of hundreds of unarmed protesters during the 2011 Egyptian Revolution that toppled the former strongman's nearly three decade-long regime." 11/30/14)

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Egypt: Junta court sentences 78 teenagers for pro-Morsi protests

November 27, 2014
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Sydney Morning Herald    

"An Egyptian court has sentenced 78 minors to between two and five years in prison for taking part in demonstrations calling for the return of ousted president Mohammed Mursi. The authorities have engaged in a crackdown on Dr Mursi's supporters since his overthrow by the army last year, with hundreds jailed in mass trials which the United Nations has described as 'unprecedented in recent history.' On Wednesday, a court in the city of Alexandria sentenced 78 teenage boys aged from 13 to 17 for joining Muslim Brotherhood rallies during the past three months, a judicial official said." (11/27/14)

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Egypt: Regime abducts Muslim Brotherhood leading in ongoing crackdown

November 20, 2014
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Deutsche Welle [Germany]    

"Egyptian police have arrested one of the last Muslim Brotherhood leaders not already in detention or in exile. Thousands of the group's members have been rounded up in a mass crackdown. The Muslim Brotherhood leader, Mohammed Ali Bishr, was arrested at his home in the Nile Delta on Thursday, security officials said. Bishr, who served as a cabinet minister under ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, was accused of having called for mass protests on November 28, state media reported." (11/20/14)

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Egypt: Sinai militants kill regime conscripts

November 14, 2014
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The Age [Australia]    

"Militants have shot dead five Egyptian conscripts in the Sinai peninsula, as the army searched for eight servicemen missing after an attack on a navy boat in the Mediterranean. The military carried out air strikes in Sinai, killing three members of the Islamist militant group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, security officials said on Thursday. Egypt has been hit by a wave of attacks since the army overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last year, infuriating his supporters. In Cairo, 16 people were injured in a panicked crush on a Cairo metro train after a small bomb exploded during rush hour." (11/14/14)

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Egypt: State media reports attack on naval vessel

November 13, 2014
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Zee News [India]    

"Assailants in boats attacked an Egyptian naval vessel in the Mediterranean on Wednesday, prompting the military to send in air support, state media reported. The navy boat caught fire during the exchange and three of the assailants' boats were destroyed, the official MENA news agency reported. It said 20 of the assailants had been arrested while the military conducted search and rescue operations, without elaborating." (11/13/14)

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Egypt: Court convicts eight for participating in wedding

November 2, 2014
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Fox News    

"An Egyptian court has convicted eight men for 'inciting debauchery' following their appearance in an alleged same-sex wedding party on a Nile boat, sentencing each of them to three years in prison. The Internet video shows two men exchanging rings and embracing among cheering friends. In September, a statement from the office of Egypt's chief prosecutor said the video clip was 'shameful to God' and 'offensive to public morals.'" (11/01/14)

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Egypt: Court jails 23 activists for protesting

October 27, 2014
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Albany Democrat Herald    

"An Egyptian court on Sunday convicted 23 activists, including prominent rights campaigners, of staging an illegal demonstration and sentenced them each to three years in jail. The Cairo court also fined the defendants, who include eight women, 10,000 pounds (about $1,400) each. The case is rooted in a peaceful demonstration the defendants had allegedly participated in last summer near the presidential palace in Cairo's Heliopolis suburb. The demonstration was called to protest a law adopted late last year severely restricting the right to stage street protests." (10/26/14)

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Egypt: Court sets January 1 appeal date for Al Jazeera journalists

October 22, 2014
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euronews [EU]    

"An Egyptian court has set January 1 as the date for an appeals hearing for the three Al Jazeera journalists serving jail time in Egypt, the network said on Tuesday. The journalists were convicted in July on charges of aiding a terrorist organisation in a verdict that was widely condemned internationally. The three, who all denied the charge of working with the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood, are Australian Peter Greste and Canadian-Egyptian national Mohamed Fahmy, Cairo bureau chief of Al Jazeera English." (10/21/14)

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Libya: Egyptian warplanes attack militias

October 16, 2014
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Daily Mail [UK]    

"Egypt is deepening its involvement in the fight against Islamist militias who have taken over key parts of Libya, with officials saying Egyptian warplanes have bombed their positions in the eastern city of Benghazi. ... The operation, they said, was requested by the internationally recognized Libyan administration based in the eastern city of Tobruk. That elected administration was thrown out of the capital, Tripoli, by rival militias allied with Islamic political factions." (10/15/14)

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Egypt: Bomb inside junta ministry kills three

September 22, 2014
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The Daily Mail [UK]    

"A bomb blast beside Egypt's foreign ministry killed three policemen on Sunday, including a key witness in a trial of deposed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi. The blast, the worst attack in Cairo for months, killed two police lieutenant colonels and a recruit, according to the foreign ministry. Ajnad Misr, the Islamist militant group that carried out the last significant attack in Cairo, claimed responsibility for the blast in a statement posted on their official Twitter account." (09/21/14)

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Egypt: Junta court sentences Brotherhood leader, cleric to 20 years

September 9, 2014
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Reuters    

"An Egyptian court sentenced a leader of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and an Islamist cleric to 20 years in prison on Tuesday for attempting to kill two policemen, part of a government crackdown that has severely weakened the group. Mohamed El-Beltagy and cleric Safwat Hegazy were convicted of detaining and attempting to kill the policemen during protests against the military's overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi on July 3, 2013. The demonstrations at Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya were crushed by security forces, who killed hundreds of people." (09/09/14)

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Egypt: Regime vows to punish attackers after 22 soldiers killed

July 20, 2014
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Gulf News [United Arab Emirates]    

"Egypt vowed on Sunday to punish the attackers who killed 22 border guards in its western desert near the frontier with restive Libya. Militants firing rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns attacked a checkpoint, 630 kilometres west of Cairo, on Saturday, killing 22 soldiers and wounding another four. The military, which updated its previous death toll, said the soldiers were killed when an RPG set off an explosion in an ammunition depot at the Al Farafrah border security post." (07/20/14)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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The mind of a dictator and his enablers

June 2, 2014
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Jacob G 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)

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