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Feb 11 10:32

Russia and Egypt to establish 'free trade zone' and build nuclear reactor

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has hailed the economic and security relationship between Egypt and Russia, and announced the establishment of a “free trade zone” between Egypt and the Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union.

He said it was important to “fight terrorism intellectually” and said there was a need to address the “social issues” that led to it.

Sisi also announced a strengthening of trade relations between the two countries, culminating in a preliminary agreement to create a Russian industrial zone in Egypt, near the Suez Canal. The pair also said that they would set up a nuclear power plant designed to “help Egypt reach its energy needs”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, it looks as though US and European sanctions against Russia's non-existent "aggression" against Ukraine is working beautifully; that is, if you define "beautifully" as pushing Russia economically, geopolitically, and militarily toward China and Eurasia!!

Feb 11 07:21

Russia to build Egypt’s 1st nuclear plant: Sisi

Russia will assist Egypt to establish its first nuclear power plant, and enter into a free trade zone and industrial zone in Egypt, President Sisi announced Tuesday.

Feb 09 06:51

Moscow & Cairo to drop USD, use national currencies in bilateral trade – Putin

Russia and Egypt might soon exclude the US dollar and use their national currencies in the settlement of accounts in bilateral trade, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview to Egyptian media ahead of his Monday visit to the country.

The issue of abandoning the dollar in trade is “being actively discussed,” Putin told Al-Ahram daily newspaper ahead of his two-day trip to Egypt. The Russian president was invited for a bilateral meeting by his Egyptian counterpart Abdul Fattah al-Sisi.

“This measure will open up new prospects for trade and investment cooperation between our countries, reduce its dependence on the current trends in the world markets,” Putin said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The number of countries exiting the US dollar, for country-to-country exchange, is beginning to feel like an exodus.

And who can blame the countries which are moving away from the dollar when the only thing supporting it is a massive military arsenal?!?

Feb 06 07:04

Russia's Putin to visit Egypt on Feb. 9-10

Two country will discuss bilateral ties as well as regional issues in the Middle East, the Kremlin said on Wednesday.

Feb 04 07:01

Egypt to sign LNG deal with Russia’s Gazprom in coming days — media

A delegation from the Russian energy giant arrived in Cairo on Tuesday to complete the negotiations on gas deliveries from Russia

Jan 30 10:04

ISIS Group Claims Responsibility for Attacks That Killed 27 in Egypt

An affiliate of the Islamist terror group ISIS has claimed responsibility for a series of deadly attacks in Egypt on Thursday, security consultants told NBC News. The four attacks in North Sinai and Suez killed 27 people, security and medical officials told Reuters.

Jan 17 10:41

Is Egypt on the Verge of Another Uprising?

Four years after the revolution he helped lead, Basem Kamel has noticeably scaled back his ambitions. The regime he and his friends thought they overthrew after storming Tahrir Square has returned. In the face of relentless pressure and violence from the authorities, most of the revolutionary movements have been sidelined or snuffed out.

Egypt’s new strongman, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, has injected new zeal and energy into the military establishment. He has established his rule using unprecedented amounts of force, including mass arrests and death sentences, and the elimination of freedoms that existed even under previous dictatorships.

Jan 15 07:25

THE LAVON AFFAIR - IS HISTORY REPEATING ITSELF?

In 1954, Israeli agents working in Egypt planted bombs in several buildings, including a United States diplomatic facility, and left evidence behind implicating Egyptian Muslims as the culprits. The ruse would have worked, had not one of the bombs detonated prematurely, allowing the Egyptians to capture and identify one of the bombers, which in turn led to the round up of an Israeli spy ring.

Some of the spies were from Israel, while others were recruited from the local Jewish population. Israel responded to the scandal with claims in the media that there was no spy ring, that it was all a hoax perpetrated by "anti-Semites".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Another in a long history of Israeli false-flags.

Jan 13 08:01

A puzzling question about Egyptians’ silence towards the razing of Rafah

The Governor of North Sinai Abdel-Fattah Harhoor has announced that the authorities intend to raze completely the city of Rafah along the borders between Egypt and the Gaza Strip. His announcement has been met with a deafening silence except for very few voices that condemned the decision. According to informed sources, 100 houses out of a total of 1,220 were evacuated last Thursday as part of the second phase of the operation aimed at setting up a buffer zone along the Gaza Strip.

Jan 11 09:18

Egypt's El-Sisi to meet head of World Jewish Congress

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi will meet head of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) Ronald Lauder in Cairo on Sunday, a presidential statement said.

Jan 07 10:59

Egypt prepares to destroy 1200 Palestinian homes in the Rafah border zone

An Egyptian committee has finished surveying the homes of individuals living between 500-1,000 meters of the Gaza border in preparation for the extension of a buffer zone on the border to a width of 1,000 meters, Egyptian military sources said Friday.

The move comes after the destruction of hundreds of homes inside the 500-meter area previously, as part of a wider effort to ensure that the joint Israeli-Egyptian blockade of the Gaza Strip be fully carried out.

Jan 07 07:57

Egypt begins work on 2nd stage of Sinai-Gaza security buffer zone

Egypt has started work on the second stage of a buffer zone between the Sinai Peninsula and the Gaza Strip for the purpose of ending cross-border weapons smuggling and terrorism.

Late last year, Egypt announced plans to double its security buffer zone along the Gaza border to 1 kilometer (about six-tenths of a mile), which would mean the relocation of some 1,200 homes on the Egyptian side of the border.

Jan 07 07:56

Egypt's president calls for "religious revolution" in Islam

Egypt's president called for a "religious revolution" over the New Year, saying that top Muslim clerics bear responsibility for helping to reign in extremist views.

The country's information ministry said President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi asked the heads of the country's leading Muslim groups "to confront the misleading ideologies harming Islam and Muslims worldwide."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Egypt is battling Muslim Brotherhood now while the Saudis
are looking to something like the Brotherhood to reduce the
hardliners that Saudis historically backed.

In Christianity it would be like turning Holy Rollers into Methodists.

Jan 03 07:38

Protesters in Egypt hold fresh rallies

As the anniversary of the January 2011 revolution draws closer, the anti coup alliance led by the Muslim brotherhood has called for fresh week long protests dubbed "together to liberate and purge".

Following the Friday prayers, thousands of protesters held rallies in Cairo and several other cities, calling for the ouster of President Abdul Fatah el Sisi and demanding an immediate end to military rule.

Security forces attacked protesters in Hadaeq Helwan district south of the capital Cairo. A protester was killed in the scuffles.
Protesters also chanted anti Sisi slogans and called on all Egyptians to put their differences aside, and to stand against those who protesters called the "coup orchestrators".

Jan 03 07:37

One killed in Gaza by Egypt border guards: Sources

At least one Palestinian has been killed in the frontier town of Rafah in the besieged Gaza Strip by Egyptian soldiers firing from across the border, sources say.

"A Palestinian citizen, aged 23, was killed by Egyptian army fire on the Egyptian-Palestinian border and the security agencies are investigating the incident to find out the motives," Gaza's Interior Ministry spokesman Iyad al-Bazm said in a message on his Facebook page on Friday.

The Egyptian forces shot the unnamed man "in the back and the bullet settled in the heart. He died on the spot," Gaza’s emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said.

On Tuesday, Egyptian authorities said they would double the width of a security buffer zone currently under construction along the Gaza border, claiming that the move will prevent Gazans from entering Egypt.

Jan 01 12:51

Egypt: Top Court Orders Retrial of Imprisoned Al-Jazeera Journalists

Egypt’s highest court of appeals has ordered a retrial of three al-Jazeera journalists who were imprisoned there last year, AFP reports, citing a defense lawyer.

Two Al Jazeera Journalists Held in Egypt Could Be Released Soon
"The Court of Cassation has accepted their appeal and ordered a retrial," said Amr Al-Deeb, a defense lawyer for Peter Greste, following a brief hearing.

Greste, an Australian national, as well as Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, an Egyptian national, were found guilty of publishing false news about Egypt, as well as aiding the Muslim Brotherhood, an organization authorities there have considered a terrorist organization since December 2013. Al-Jazeera has demanded the release of its reporters, and is calling the accusations against them absurd.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a step forward.

Even countries acting like dictatorships do not want to APPEAR as though they are dictatorships.

I hope to see these reporters all released, and soon.

Dec 31 07:31

Egypt to begin expanding Gaza buffer zone next week

Egypt said Tuesday work will begin next week to double the width of a buffer zone being built along the border with the Gaza Strip to prevent militants infiltrating from the Palestinian enclave.

A 500-metre (546-yard) wide buffer zone is now being built along some 10 kilometres (six miles) of the border, with some 800 homes being demolished in the process.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note the buffer is carved out of Palestine, not Egypt.

Dec 30 12:12

Worse than the dictators: Egypt’s leaders bring pillars of freedom crashing down

Egypt is enacting authoritarian laws at a rate unmatched by any regime for 60 years, legal specialists from four institutions have told the Guardian.

Since the overthrow of Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, Morsi’s successors in the presidency, Adly Mansour and Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, have used the absence of an elected parliament to almost unilaterally issue a series of draconian decrees that severely restrict freedom of expression, association and assembly.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is NOT the outcome for which Egyptians were demonstrating not so long ago.

IT is, very much, however, the outcome preferred by both the US government and Israel, so that Egyptian governmental activities were "controllable".

Dec 13 07:29

Egypt alliance holds rallies against military rule

Members of Egypt's Anti-Coup Alliance have held nationwide rallies calling for an immediate end to military rule and the release of all political detainees in the North African country, Press TV reports.

Egyptian demonstrators who took to the streets on Friday were faced by security forces, but no heavy clashes were reported.

The alliance, led by the Muslim Brotherhood, also called for a round of national protests against the government of President Abdel Fatah el Sisi, who led a military coup last year against Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically-elected president.

“The government is fragile and it will soon collapse because after the revolution which hasn’t achieved its goals yet, the people will not accept injustice anymore and they will for sure revolt against any tyrant,” said Fawzy Soliman of the Egyptian opposition group, the April 6 Youth Movement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A counter-counter revolution?

Dec 07 08:08

Sisi office leak General Shaheen asking Mohamed Ibrahim to fabricate Morsi detention details 1

Dec 06 08:31

Jen Psaki caught on a hot mic calling her prepared statements about the acquittal of Hosni Mubarak “ridiculous.”

Dec 04 09:58

Two Egyptian artists accused of treason for criticising Sisi

Egyptian Attorney General Judge Hisham Barakat yesterday ordered actor Khaled Abol Naga and singer Mohammed Attia to be investigated for charges of espionage and treason following public criticism of President Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi, the Anadolu Agency quoted a judicial source as saying.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have always wanted to walk in the Valley of the Kings but as of now, Egypt just fell off my bucket list!

Dec 03 09:18

Egypt court sentences 188 Morsi supporters to death

An Egyptian court on Tuesday referred 188 defendants – most of whom are supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi – to the grand mufti, Egypt's top religious authority, to consider possible death sentences over their alleged involvement in the storming of a police station in Kerdasa town and killing 11 policemen, a judicial source said.

Dec 01 09:32

Hearing collapses in Egypt trial of 494, including Irish teen

A mass trial hearing for almost 500 people collapsed this morning in Cairo, with the judge failing to attend and defendants unable to enter a court packed with masked pro-Government supporters.

Reports from the makeshift courtroom in Tora prison suggest that there was no judge in attendance throughout, and the room was full of supporters of the Government – many wearing masks in an apparent attempt to intimidate defence lawyers. The families of the 494 defendants were reportedly barred from entering the room, while the prisoners themselves were not called in.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Judge Kangaroo, report to the court room. Judge Kangaroo, report to the court room."

Nov 16 09:51

Officials: Egypt warplanes bombing Libyan militias

Egypt deepened its involvement in the fight against Islamist militias that have taken over key parts of Libya, with officials saying Wednesday that Egyptian warplanes have bombed militia positions in the eastern city of Benghazi.

Nov 04 11:50

ISIS comrades: Egyptian terrorist group swears allegiance to ISIS

Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, considered Egypt’s most powerful and deadly terrorist group, announced that it has sworn its allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in a statement released on Monday night in Cairo.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, that makes it pretty much unanimous; the United States, working together with Israel, has pissed off pretty much the whole planet!

Nov 04 06:59

Egypt, Israel agree to set up Gaza buffer zone: Report

Egypt and Israel have agreed on a plan for the establishment of a buffer zone along the Egyptian border with the Gaza Strip, a report says.

According to the Qatar-funded al-Araby al-Jadeed newspaper, an unnamed Western diplomat recently said Egyptian and Israeli leaders had earlier agreed over the plan regarding the creation of the buffer zone.

Oct 31 08:21

Al Jazeera - The Day Israel Attacked America

In 1967, at the height of the Arab-Israeli Six-Day War, the Israeli Air Force launched an unprovoked attack on the USS Liberty, a US Navy spy ship that was monitoring the conflict from the safety of international waters in the Mediterranean.

Israeli jet fighters hit the vessel with rockets, cannon fire and napalm, before three Israeli torpedo boats moved in to launch a second more devastating attack. Though she did not sink, the Liberty was badly damaged. Thirty-four US servicemen and civilian analysts were killed, another 171 were wounded.

Later Israel apologised for what it claimed to be a tragic case of mistaken identity. It said that it had believed the ship to be hostile Egyptian naval vessel. US President Lyndon Johnson was privately furious but publicly the White House chose not to challenge the word of its closest Middle East ally and accepted that the attack had been a catastrophic accident.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Day Israel attacked America can be seen from Thursday, October 30, at the following times GMT: Thursday: 2000; Friday: 1200; Saturday: 0100; Sunday: 0600; Monday: 2000; Tuesday: 1200; Wednesday: 0100; Thursday: 0600.

You can find if Al Jazeera is available in your area using this search page.

Oct 16 10:51

An Egyptian Intervention in Libya

Two Egyptian officials claimed the country’s warplanes had begun bombing positions in Benghazi, the second-largest city in neighboring Libya, on Wednesday, in an attempt to wrest control of the city from the Ansar-al-Sharia Islamist militia. The mission, which will be led by Libyan pilots, marks the highest-profile collaboration between the two North African countries, both of which are beset by instability, since they experienced simultaneous Arab Spring revolutions in 2011. The Egyptian government has officially denied the news.

According to the Associated Press, the mission is slated to last three to six months and will “eventually involve Libyan ground troops recently trained by Egyptian forces.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The instability in Libya is directly tied to the US/NATO-led overthrow of Gaddafi, and the return to a private central bank.

The Libyan people are tired of foreign interventionism to control who gets its oil, and in what denomination that oil is sold.

Oct 13 07:19

Rumors Swirling About Israel's Shocking 'Endgame' Plan for Palestinians in Gaza

It is difficult to imagine that sooner or later Israel will not face a massive upheaval on its doorstep. So how does Israel propose to avert a scenario in which it must either savagely repress a mass uprising by Palestinians in Gaza or sit by and watch them tear down their prison walls?

Reports in the Arab and Israeli media – in part corroborated by the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas – suggest that Egypt may be at the heart of plans to solve the problem on Israel’s behalf.

Oct 03 12:05

U.S. Back to Openly Supporting Tyranny in Egypt

t is, of course, very difficult to choose the single most extreme episode of misleading American media propaganda, but if forced to do so, coverage of the February, 2011 Tahrir Square demonstrations in Egypt would be an excellent candidate. For weeks, U.S. media outlets openly positioned themselves on the side of the demonstrators, depicting the upheaval as a Manichean battle between the evil despot Hosni Mubarak’s “three decades of iron rule” and the hordes of ordinary, oppressed Egyptians inspirationally yearning for American-style freedom and democracy.

Almost completely missing from this feel-good morality play was the terribly unpleasant fact that Mubarak was one of the U.S. Government’s longest and closest allies and that his ”three decades of iron rule” — featuring murder, torture and indefinite detention for dissidents — were enabled in multiple ways by American support.

Sep 30 09:48

FLASHBACK - The Lavon Affair: When Israel firebombed U.S. Installations to make it appear attacks were by ‘Muslim extremists,’ and how the US media cover it up

In their 1979 book, The Untold History of Israel, Israeli journalists Jacques Derogy and Hesi Carmel relate that in 1954 Israel’s army intelligence section conceived a plan to attack British personnel seconded to King Hussein’s government in Jordan. The purpose was to sour relations between Britain and Jordan as well as between both Jordan and Britain on the one hand and Egypt, which would be blamed for such attacks.

Shortly afterward, the same Israeli army intelligence organization activated two networks of Egyptian Jews first established in 1948. These young people had been recruited in Egypt, secretly trained in Israel, and then sent back to their homes in Cairo and Alexandria to await orders to carry out acts of sabotage in case of war between Egypt and Israel.

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?

n/a
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.

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Oct 25 11:27

Israel still makes Egyptians uneasy

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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.

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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 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

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