Egypt

Egypt-Israel relations ‘at highest level’ in history

On the 39th anniversary of Sadat’s speech in Jerusalem, the two countries have never been closer, analysts say. Almost four decades since former Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat extended a hand of peace to Israel, the two governments have reached “full partnership and unbreakable alliance”, analysts say. Although many Egyptians continue to regard Israel as a threat and sympathise with the ...

Egypt hands journalist union head two years in prison

The ruling on against Yahia Kallash, head of the country’s press union, and two others comes after a seven-month trial. An Egyptian court sentenced the head of a journalists union and two board members to two years in prison for harbouring colleagues wanted by the law and spreading false news, judicial sources said. Yahiya Kallash, president of the  Egyptian Journalists Syndicate, Gamal ...

Egypt: Free float relief

Egypt’s currency has nosedived since its central bank free floated the pound this month. It lost more than 50% of its value, adding to the burden already felt by Egyptian consumers. The pound was trading at around LE15.50 against the US dollar earlier this week, down from an official rate of LE8.88 earlier this month. The devaluation paves the way ...

Alleged police torture case triggers uproar in Egypt

CAIRO Reports that an Egyptian street vendor was tortured to death inside a Cairo police station has sparked uproar on social media and led to calls for an investigation into the alleged incident. Relatives of Magdi Makeen say the 50-year-old fish seller was detained by police Sunday in Egypt’s capital while driving his fish cart. Shortly afterward, they allege, he ...

Germany now worse than Egypt at protecting climate

The Climate Change Performance Index released on Wednesday by Climate Change Network Europe and Germanwatch rated 58 countries on how well they work to prevent climate change. The rankings were based on evaluating each country’s emissions levels, development of emissions, renewable energies, efficiency and climate policies. The report also evaluates countries’ efforts to implement the Paris Agreement on climate change ...

Egypt Looks for Help Where It Can Get It

Summary Egypt is on a quest for economic allies. In the tumultuous years since former President Hosni Mubarak’s ouster, Saudi Arabia has been one of Egypt’s primary backers. But the past several months have brought the countries’ differences to light, straining their relationship. In October, the Saudi Arabian Oil Co. (better known as Saudi Aramco) announced that it would suspend delivery ...

Challenging government, Egypt’s parliament approves ‘repressive’ NGO bill leftright 4/4leftright

Egypt’s parliament on Tuesday approved a bill to regulate non-governmental organizations in a move human rights groups say effectively bans their work. Egyptian rights activists say they are facing the worst crackdown in their history amid a wider campaign under President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to erase freedoms won in a 2011 uprising that ended Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule. The bill, ...

Egypt sees spike in attacks on Christians as tensions continue after Arab Spring

This file photo taken on June 22, 2012, shows thousands of supporters of Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate Mohamed Morsi packing Cairo’s landmark Tahrir Square. Nearly half of attacks on Christians occurred in the past three years, after Egypt’s elected Islamist President Mohammed Morsi was ousted in the military coup in 2013. ASEM, EGYPT—The Christian and Muslim villagers grew up together, ...

“They did not give us a reason, they only informed the authority about halting shipments of petroleum products until further notice.”

While the proxy war in the middle-east rages, a curious, and largely under the radar pivot has been taking place in one of the countries directly impacted by Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy: Egypt. In mid-October, it was reported that, for the first time ever, Russia and Egypt would conduct joint military drills. This followed news that Russia will sell attack ...

‘We Don’t Owe Anyone’: Egypt Jousts With Its Chief Benefactor, Saudi Arabia

CAIRO — In the tumultuous two years since President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt came to power, one ally has kept the Arab world’s most populous country from economic ruin: Saudi Arabia pumped more than $25 billion into the faltering Egyptian economy, dwarfing aid from the United States. The Saudis may have thought they were buying loyalty. But Egypt’s vote ...

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