Egypt

EGYPT: PRESIDENT ABDEL-FATTAH EL-SISSI IS BULLYING RIVALS SUCH AS KHALED ALI AHEAD OF HIS RE-ELECTION BID

If Khaled Ali is worried, he isn’t showing it. Sitting behind a wooden desk in his office in downtown Cairo, the prominent human rights attorney is discussing his case with the calm remove of a lawyer defending his client. Only this time, Ali is the one on trial. In May, Egyptian authorities arrested Ali, a possible presidential candidate in the ...

Egypt islands deal with Saudi pits government against courts

CAIRO — The past week’s tempestuous parliament approval of a deal transferring two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia is putting Egypt’s government at odds with the judiciary and providing the country’s battered opposition with a nationalist cause to whip up at a time of growing economic distress. The surprise 2016 deal to hand over the islands of Tiran and ...

Egypt is blocking access to news sites on an ‘unprecedented level’

First published on ISS Today This is an especially tense time in the relationship between Sudan and Egypt, which has always been fraught. But as the geopolitical tectonics start to shift, both in Africa and the Middle East, the two neighbours are increasingly finding themselves on different sides of a number of crucial issues. The most obvious dispute centres around ...

Egypt is blocking access to news sites on an ‘unprecedented level’

The alert came in the form of a simple, late-night tweet by a prominent human rights activist. “Looks like we’ve just been blocked in Egypt @MadaMasr,” wrote Egyptian activist Hossam Bahgat, a Mada Masr contributor, on May 24. The tweet was one of the first signs of a brazen new assault on press freedoms in Egypt. It would soon become apparent that authorities ...

Egypt to Continue Bombing ‘Anyone Sponsoring’ Terror in Libya After Attack on Christians

Egypt is expected to move ahead with more airstrikes against jihadists in neighboring Libya in response to the most recent attack against the Christian minority in the North African country that killed at least 29 people and injured about 24 others. The airstrikes against Libya-based terrorists are intended “to get rid of them and to limit their ability to threaten ...

ISIS attack Egyptian bus killing 29 Coptic Christians

Egyptian officials said attackers who massacred Christians near a monastery had trained in militant camps in Libya which it targeted with air strikes, after the Islamic State group claimed responsibility. The air force loyal to Egypt-backed Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar said it had joined the Egyptian air strikes on Friday following the attack on Copts that killed 29 people. But ...

Egyptian actors’ Syria visit sparks uproar at home

Cairo: An Egyptian delegation of film actors and directors this week visited the Syrian capital Damascus, triggering uproar at home. The visitors included celebrated actors Elham Shahin and Farouq Al Feshawi as well as filmmakers Omar Abdul Aziz and Mohsen Fouda, who also heads the Egyptian Actors ‘Association. The trip came days after forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Al ...

Hamas’ new policy document brings the group closer to Egypt

mas’ founding charter, which was published in 1988, defines Hamas “as a universal Islamic movement and one of the branches of the Muslim Brotherhood in Palestine.” Consequently, Hamas has been tied to the Brotherhood for the past 29 years In its new Document of General Principles and Policies announced May 1 from Doha, Qatar, many articles that were included initially ...

Egypt and Syria have been “disappearing” their citizens. This is why countries do it.

Human rights organizations recently reported that activists in Egypt have disappeared after they were stopped at government checkpoints. In Syria, the regime has disappeared thousands in the midst of its brutal civil war. Repressive states in the Middle East have increasingly added the “disappearing” of regime opponents to their means of violence. Enforced disappearance is the state’s refusal to acknowledge ...

Egypt Issues Law Allowing President to Appoint Judges

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has ratified legal amendments that allow the president to make judicial appointments to its top courts, a move judges said would erode the independence of the judicial system. Parliament passed the amendments on Wednesday but some judges had called on Sisi to hold off on ratifying them, calling the amendments an unconstitutional ...

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