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SOPRANO NADINE NASSAR

What a surprise to find a lady of such a demure stature with a powerhouse voice – an opera singer with a voice par excellence. She entertained me with a practice session of her scales and let me tell you, neither a jackhammer nor a revving motorbike can pierce your ears like she can. The lady I speak of, is ...

Sisi didn’t interfere with constitutional amendments, Egypt’s parliament speaker

Egyptian Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel Aal said on Tuesday that President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi did not interfere with the constitutional amendments. Abdel Aal’s remarks came during the first meeting of the Legislative Committee of the House of Representatives to discuss the community dialogue on the constitutional amendments. “The most important result of the dialogue is that it has changed some ...

Egyptian female peacekeeper receives UN Medal

An Egyptian female peacekeeper was granted the UN Medal by Force Commander Lieutenant General Elias Rodrigues Martins Filho at a ceremony held by the United Nations Mission in the DR Congo (MONUSCO) at the Force headquarters in Goma, according to an official statement. The Egyptian peacekeeper was honored among 51 personnel from various countries. Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry noted ...

Dozens of Mummified Mice and Birds Found in Ancient Egyptian Tomb

A tomb that was recently unearthed in Egypt holds a collection of about 50 mummified animals, including mice, falcons, cats and dogs. Inscriptions in the tomb indicate that it was built for a man named Tutu and his wife, Ta-Shirit-Iziz, about 2,000 years ago, Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities announced on April 5 in a Facebook post. Authorities had located the tomb ...

Sissi’s power grab in Egypt gets a nod from Trump

President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi of Egypt was in Washington this week, and the headlines of Egyptian newspapers and media channels — and also those from the White House — are emphasizing cooperation and shared interests in the region. Predictably, up until the Trump-Sissi Oval Office meeting, there had been absolutely no mention of Sissi’s moves to consolidate power through constitutional amendments and Egypt’s democratic struggles. This ...

EGYPT’S MUBARAK: GOLAN COULD HAVE BEEN SYRIA’S IF IT RECOGNIZED ISRAEL

yria rejected an Israeli offer to return the Golan Heights in exchange for the normalization of relations and the opening of embassies in the two countries, former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak told Egyptian media. “I contacted the Israelis to try to recover the Golan Heights, but they demanded the opening of an Israeli embassy in Damascus and a Syrian one ...

Analysis Israel Election: Poor Results Show It’s Time for Arab Parties to Do Some Soul-searching

Whether or not the Ra’am-Balad party passes the threshold and makes it into Israel’s 21st Knesset, all the Arab parties, along with all those who claim to represent Arab society in Israel, need to do some soul-searching. For the 2015 election, the Arab parties merged to form the Joint List, and that united front reaped 13 seats in the 120-seat ...

Pompeo Refuses to Say What U.S. Would Do if Israel Annexes West Bank

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo refused to tell Congress on Tuesday what the United States would do if the Israeli government tried to annex the West Bank, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently promised to do if re-elected. Mr. Pompeo’s silence on the issue is a break from the actions of previous administrations. Senior American officials have long and explicitly ...

Next Israeli Gov’t To Be Plagued by Even More Religious Coercion

Benjamin Netanyahu has once again emerged as the man destined to lead Israel into the near future, but he wasn’t the biggest winner as the votes for the 21st Knesset were counted overnight. One of the major criticisms leveled against Netanyahu going into Tuesday’s election was that he routinely acquiesced to too many demands from the ultra-Orthodox Jewish parties in ...

Israel Election Live Updates: As Gantz Concedes, Netanyahu Set for Victory

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was in position to win a fourth consecutive term on Wednesday, with nearly all of the votes counted. By Wednesday evening, the rival Blue and White alliance led by Benny Gantz had conceded the race, though ballots were still being counted. • After the final tally, it will be up to President Reuven Rivlin to choose ...