Category Archives: Egypt

Egypt’s Presidential Election To Be Held in Late May

Abdul-Fattah-al-SisiEgypt’s presidential election will be held in late May, the electoral commission announced on Sunday, finally setting dates for the crucial vote widely expected to be won by the country’s former military chief who ousted an elected president last year.

The election commission said the results are expected by 5 June, and if a second round is necessary it will be held by mid-month, with results announced no later than 26 June, The Guardian reported. Read more »

Cairo Court Bans Hamas And Co. Activities In Egypt

Egypts DMThe Cairo Court for Urgent Matters has banned all activities in Egypt by Hamas pending a court verdict in an espionage case involving ousted president Mohamed Morsi and members of the Islamist Palestinian group. The court also banned all “organisations or groups branching from, financed or supported by Hamas,” a judicial source told Ahram Online.

Hamas was prompt to criticize the ruling, saying that it “strongly condemned” what it described as an “unjustifiable” and “highly political” decision that was based on “fabrications and false news.” Read more »

Egypt’s Interim Govt. Resigns

In a sudden move, Egypt’s interim government has stepped down. Prime Minister Hazem Beblawi announced the resignation in a televised statement on Monday, without giving any reason for the dissolution of the government, reports BBC.

“Today the cabinet took a decision to offer its resignation to the president of the republic,” said Beblawi in the TV announcement. Read more »

Egypt – Morsi Accused Of Leaking Egypt Security Secrets To Iran

Morsi HillaryProsecutors Sunday accused deposed president Mohammed Morsi of leaking state secrets to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards as part of a plot to destabilize Egypt, at the second hearing of his trial for espionage, AFP reports.

Prosecutors accused Morsi and 35 others, including leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, of conspiring with foreign powers, Palestinian militant movement Hamas and Shiite Iran to destabilize Egypt. Read more »

72% Of Americans Hold Positive View Of Israel, Annual Gallup Poll Show

Israel is by far the most positively viewed Mideast nation among Americans, according to a new Gallup poll published Wednesday. 72 percent of respondents held a “very favorable” view of Israel, a 6 point jump from a year ago.

Positive views of Egypt and the Palestinian Territories are also slightly up from 2013. 45% of Americans said they had a favorable perception of Egypt, up from 40 percent in 2013, and 19 percent expressed a favorable view of the PA, up from 15 percent a year ago. Read more »

Egypt Charges 4, Including 2 Israelis, With Spying

Egyptian authorities on Tuesday charged two Israelis and two Egyptians with forming an espionage ring for Israel, the second such trial to be called for in a month, the AP reported on Tuesday.

Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat alleged that the two Israelis are Mossad officers, and that two Egyptians, including a woman, helped provide them with information. The Egyptians are in custody and authorities have issued arrest warrants for the Israelis, although prosecutors do not know their whereabouts. Read more »

Morsi Trial Postponed So Defense Can Examine Evidence

US EgyptUPI Reports: The trial of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi was adjourned until Jan. 8 so the defense could examine trial-related documents, the judge said.

The first session Monday saw Morsi and 14 co-defendants in a cage, chanting the trial was illegal inside the courtroom as fighting broke out between supporters and opponents of the deposed president on the streets, Ahram Online reported. Read more »

Carney: US Will Announce Egypt Aid Decision

Jay CarneyReuters Reports: The United States will announce the future of its assistance to Egypt after making appropriate diplomatic and congressional notifications, the White House said on Wednesday. White House spokesman Jay Carney said Washington would continue to work with Egypt’s interim government.

A U.S. official said on Tuesday the United States was leaning toward withholding most military aid to Egypt except to promote counter-terrorism and other security priorities. Egypt has been among the largest recipients of U.S. military and economic aid for decades.

Update: WH Slams Report as ‘False’; CNN: U.S. To Halt Egypt Aid after Coup

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Update: Fox News’ chief White House correspondent Ed Henry said via twitter that the WH knocks down the CNN claim on Egypt – “The reports that we are halting all military assistance to Egypt are false”

In another tweet he quotes the WH “We will announce the future of our assistanvce relationship w/Egypt in the coming days” but “assistance relationship will continue” (@edhenryTV).

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CNN Reports: The United States will cut off aid to Egypt in the wake of the July coup against President Mohamed Morsy and the turmoil that has followed, a U.S. official said Tuesday.

The Obama administration withheld some military aid to Egypt in August. Read more »

Egypt Cracks Down on Muslim Bro-Backed Organized Labor

The New York Times is reporting that Egyptian military authorities, not content with crushing the Muslim Brotherhood, have started going after a wider array of targets. Apparently, anyone who questions the police is considered a traitor. See Video Report Here Read more »

U.S. Slams Erdogan’s Allegations of Israel’s Role Ousting Morsi

Recep Tayyip Erdogan TurkishArutz Sheva: The White House condemned Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s claim, made Tuesday, that Israel had a role in toppling ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, AFP reports.

“What do they say about Egypt: democracy is not the ballot box. Who is behind this? It’s Israel,” Erdogan told a meeting of his Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP). Read more »

Video: Erdogan Accuses Israel of Egypt Coup Role

JN1 Reports: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan is charging that Israel helped mastermind the Egyptian military coup that ousted President Mohammad Morsi on July 3, an action that has triggered mass protests and bloodshed between Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood followers and the North African nation’s military, which is now in charge. – See Video Here Read more »

Saudi King Says Arab Countries Ready to Fund Egypt if US Cuts Aid

Obama SaudiaJewish Press Reports: “To those who have announced they are cutting their aid to Egypt, or threatening to do that, (we say that) Arab and Muslim nations are rich with resources, and will not hesitate to help Egypt,” Foreign Minister Prince. Saud Al-Faisal said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency.

As reported earlier today, The office of Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), head of the Appropriations State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee, told The Daily Beast that military aid to Egypt has been temporarily cut off. The downside for the United States would be that aid from the oil-rich Saudi kingdom would give it more influence on Cairo, at Washington’s expense.

Rasmussen: Only 18 Percent Approve of Foreign Aid to Egypt

Egypt FallingNewsmax:  A new Rasmussen poll shows little support for the U.S. to continue sending billions of taxpayer dollars to Egypt, and not much enthusiasm for President Barack Obama’s reaction to increased violence that has swept the country.

Of the likely voters polled by Rasmussen Reports, fewer than one-in-five — just 18 percent — said the annual payment of $1.3 billion should continue while 54 percent said it should be stopped and 27 percent were not sure. Read more »

Video: Rand Paul Explains Why US Should Cut Off Egypt Aid

Fox News: Muslim Brotherhood Wages War on Christians

Egypt FallingFox News: As violence envelops Egypt, Christians are paying a heavy price with scores of  their most sacred buildings and monuments being systematically destroyed by  members of the Muslim Brotherhood in what one Coptic leader called an attempt at  ethnic cleansing…

At least 50 Christian churches and schools have been looted and set ablaze  since fierce fighting broke out last week. In one recent case, Islamists torched  a Franciscan school and then paraded three nuns on the streets like “prisoners  of war” before a Muslim woman offered them refuge. Read more »

Mubarak Will Still Stand Retrial for 2011 Killings

Mubarak Say WhatAP Via Fox News: Mubarak, who is on retrial for the killings of hundreds of protesters during  the 2011 uprising that led to his ouster, will be released from jail in the next  48 hours after a prosecutor cleared him of a corruption charge, his lawyer  Fareed El-Deeb told Reuters. Still, The New York Times reported that the government could still find a way to hold Mubarak and that his  release was not imminent.

He will still continue to stand retrial for the protesters’ killing but  cannot be held in custody anymore because of a two-year limit for holding an  individual in custody pending a final verdict. Read more »

Israel Lobbying U.S., EU to Support Egypt’s Military Gov

united-nations-IsraelJTA Reports: The New York Times reported late Sunday that Israeli ambassadors in  Washington and the European capitals will lobby foreign ministers, and that  Israeli leaders will urge diplomats to see the Israeli viewpoint that the  Egyptian military will prevent a further deterioration of the situation in  Cairo.

The newspaper cited an unnamed “senior Israeli official involved in the  effort.” Read more »

Video Report: Both Sides in Egypt Attempt to Blame Jews

Jewish News One Reports: As violence continues in Egypt, Cairo has become a hotbed of conspiracy theories over who is responsible for fanning the flames of the latest bloody conflict. While supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi and the current military leadership remain mired in an explosive standoff, they have both begun pointing fingers at Israel and Zionists. See Video Here Read more »

Congress Split on Cutting Off Aid to Egypt

Egypt FallingAP Via Yahoo: Democratic leaders have generally supported the president’s approach. But on Sunday Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., said he would end aid to Egypt. Ellison is the first Muslim elected to Congress and is co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

“I would cut off aid but engage in intense diplomacy in Egypt and in the region to try to say, look, we will restore aid when you stop the bloodshed in the street and set up a path towards democracy that you were on before,” Ellison said. “In my mind, there’s no way to say that this was not a coup. It is. We should say so. And then follow our own law, which says we cannot fund the coup leaders.” Read more »

Video: Judge Jeanine Pirro Rips Obama for Messing Up Egypt

Video: Judge Jeanine Pirro Rips Obama for Messing Up Egypt

Video: John Bolton: Obama Full on Side Of Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt

Video: Obama Speaks About Latest Egypt Mess

U.S. May Cancel Joint Exercise with Egypt

Arutz Sheva Reports: The United States hinted on Wednesday it was considering cancelling a joint military exercise with Egypt, as Secretary of State John Kerry denounced the violence in the country as “deplorable”.

A U.S. official who spoke on condition of anonymity told the Reuters news agency that the possibility of scrapping the biennial “Bright Star” exercise was discussed at a meeting of the so-called “deputies committee,” which gathers the number two officials from key U.S. national security agencies. Read more »

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