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  • How Egypt Introduced Motherís Day to the Arab World

    03/24/2017 10:18:44 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Tuesday, 21 March 2017
    As Arabs mark Motherís Day on Tuesday, it is worth mentioning that Egypt shares a unique history with the celebration of motherhood throughout years. In fact, it is believed that an Egyptian journalist first introduced the phenomenon into the Arab world. The Arab Motherís Day is commemorated on March 21 every year across the Gulf, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Sudan and Libya. Reports on the dayís history suggest that pioneering Egyptian journalist Ali Amin was the first to call on Arabs to assign a day in which mothers are to be ďtreated like queens.Ē ďWhy donít we agree on...
  • U.K. follows U.S. with laptop ban on some flights from Mideast

    03/21/2017 11:51:57 AM PDT · by Enchante · 18 replies
    CNN.com ^ | March 21, 2017 | Charles Riley
    The United Kingdom has followed the United States in preventing passengers on flights from some countries in the Middle East and Africa from carrying devices such as laptops and tablets in the cabin. The restrictions affect 14 airlines, six of which are based in the U.K. As in the U.S., the ban covers any electronic devices larger than a typical smartphone.
  • Imam behind Trump immigration ban suit runs Muslim Brotherhood mosque

    03/20/2017 4:12:45 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | March 18, 2017 | Pamela Geller
    Incredible. Terror-tied imams can usurp our President and our national security apparatus.The Muslim Brotherhood is dedicated in its own words, according to a captured internal document, to ďa kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and Ďsabotagingí its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and Godís religion is made victorious over all other religions.Ē Thatís from ďAn Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Brotherhood in North America,Ē by Mohamed Akram, May 19, 1991. (source: Robert Spencer) ďPlaintiff behind Trump travel...
  • Pope's Egypt visit offers chance to improve Catholic-Muslim ties

    03/18/2017 8:14:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat Mar 18, 2017 | 10:45am EDT | Gavin Jones
    Pope Francis will make a trip to Egypt next month, the Vatican said on Saturday, giving the pontiff another opportunity to promote better relations between Catholics and Muslims. Francis has accepted an invitation to Cairo on April 28-29 from President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Catholic bishops, the pope of the Coptic church of Alexandria and the countryís highest Islamic authority, Al-Azhar, the Vatican said in a statement. Christians, mostly Orthodox Copts, account for about 10 percent of Egyptís population, which is overwhelmingly Sunni Muslim. Sectarian violence sometimes erupts over disputes on issues related to church building, religious conversions and interfaith relationships....
  • CONGRESS DEMANDS INVESTIGATION INTO OBAMA ADMIN MEDDLING IN FOREIGN ELECTIONS

    03/14/2017 3:10:20 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 29 replies
    freebeacon ^ | March 14, 2017 | Adam Kredo
    Obama admin gave taxpayer money to Soros to spark leftist political revolution A group of leading senators is calling on newly installed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to immediately launch an investigation into efforts by the Obama administration to sway foreign elections by sending taxpayer funds to "extreme and sometimes violent political activists" that promote leftist causes, according to a copy of the letter. The lawmakers disclosed multiple conversations with foreign diplomats who outlined active political meddling by the Obama administration's State Department, including the use of taxpayer funds to support leftist causes in Macedonia, Albania, Latin America, and Africa....
  • Defense Secretary Mattis withdraws Patterson as choice for undersecretary for policy

    03/14/2017 12:42:38 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 42 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 14 at 12:03 PM | Karen DeYoung
    <p>Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has withdrawn retired senior diplomat Anne W. Patterson as his choice for undersecretary for policy after the White House indicated unwillingness to fight what it said would be a battle for Senate confirmation.</p> <p>U.S. officials said that two members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), were strongly opposed to Pattersonís nomination because she served as U.S. ambassador to Egypt from 2011 to 2013, a time when the Obama administration supported an elected government with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood that was ultimately overthrown by the Egyptian military.</p>
  • Ka-52 attack helicopter deliveries to Egypt to begin in 2017

    03/14/2017 5:33:29 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 34 replies
    FLIGHTGLOBAL.COM ^ | 14 MARCH, 2017 | DOMINIC PERRY
    Russian Helicopters is on track to deliver this year the first examples of the Kamov Ka-52 attack rotorcraft to export customer Egypt. Parent company Rostec confirms that the first of an eventual 46 Alligators will be handed over to Cairo this year. Dating from an order revealed in December 2015, the helicopters will operate from a pair of French-built Mistral-class amphibious assault ships acquired by the Egyptian navy. Russian Helicopters Flight Fleets Analyzer lists Algeria as the only other export buyer for the Ka-52, with an order for 12 aircraft. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2019. Russian Helicopters holds...
  • The Brotherhood, Erdogan and ISIS

    03/11/2017 10:50:02 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    Al Ahram ^ | 3-11-2017 | Galal Nassar
    Political Islam has nothing to offer the region except bad choices and worse, writes Galal Nassar It is an old strategy to present two grim alternatives and force people to choose the lesser of two evils. This was how the Muslim Brotherhood presented itself in Egypt, regionally and internationally through their international organisation. They were the model of moderate, tolerant Islam, capable of restraining the hardliners. In assuming power, they would be in a position to serve regional and international interests by keeping the rank and file of extremist groups in check because with them in the limelight they would...
  • Giant 3,000-year-old statue of Pharaoh Ramses II found buried in a Cairo slum [tr]

    03/10/2017 6:08:43 AM PST · by C19fan · 30 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 10, 2017 | Tim Collins
    Archaeologists from Egypt and Germany have found a massive 26ft (8 metre) statue submerged in ground water in a Cairo slum. Researchers say it probably depicts revered Pharaoh Ramses II, who ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago. The discovery, hailed by the Antiquities Ministry as one of the most important ever, was made near the ruins of Ramses II's temple in the ancient city of Heliopolis, located in the eastern part of modern-day Cairo.
  • Why Is General Mattis Nominating the ĎMuslim Brotherhoodís Stoogeí?

    03/09/2017 1:53:03 PM PST · by dalight · 19 replies
    PJ Media ^ | MARCH 9, 2017 | RAYMOND IBRAHIM
    Secretary of Defense Jim Mattisí pick for undersecretary of defense for policy, Anne Patterson, is problematic. Politico briefly explains why: If nominated and confirmed, Patterson would hold the fourth most powerful position at the Pentagon -- and would effectively be the top civilian in the Defense Department, since both Mattis and his deputy, Robert Work, were military officers. As ambassador to Egypt between 2011 and 2013, Patterson worked closely with former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and his Islamist government. She came under fire for cultivating too close a relationship with the regime and for discouraging protests against it -- and...
  • Why Is General Mattis Nominating the ĎMuslim Brotherhoodís Stoogeí?

    03/09/2017 1:24:05 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 29 replies
    PJ media ^ | March 9, 2017 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Secretary of Defense Jim Mattisí pick for undersecretary of defense for policy, Anne Patterson, is problematic. Politico briefly explains why: If nominated and confirmed, Patterson would hold the fourth most powerful position at the Pentagon -- and would effectively be the top civilian in the Defense Department, since both Mattis and his deputy, Robert Work, were military officers. As ambassador to Egypt between 2011 and 2013, Patterson worked closely with former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and his Islamist government. She came under fire for cultivating too close a relationship with the regime and for discouraging protests against it -- and...
  • Grandpa Rapes 2-Year-Old Granddaughter, Muslim Mom Decides to ďFix ItĒ

    02/27/2017 7:56:36 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 42 replies
    Tea Party ^ | 2/26/2017 | Staff
    A Muslim mother woke to the sound of her daughter screaming, only to discover her father was raping his granddaughter. The behavior of the grandfather was reprehensible, but what the daughter did was even worse. The 23-year-old mother, Merfat, decided that rather than condemn her 59-year-old father, Faraj, and save her child, she took her two-year-old, Grace Ahmed, and drowned her in a bucket of water, via Emirates 24/7. The mother said she murdered her child to ďavoid scandalĒ in the largely Muslim-based town of Sohag, Egypt. According to a report by the Karama Press, Chief Detective Ali Akhmim said...
  • Lost Ancient High Technology In Egypt: Saw Marks And Drill Holes

    02/25/2017 7:31:07 PM PST · by combat_boots · 70 replies
    YT ^ | 2/25/2017 | Brien Foerster
    There are many examples in Egypt where we can see that very advanced high technology once existed. To learn more about this, from my 4 trips to Egypt, check out this link: https://hiddenincatours.com/?s=egypt
  • Egypt's foreign minister to head to Washington Sunday ahead of Sisi visit

    02/24/2017 8:49:10 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 13 replies
    Ahram ^ | Friday 24 Feb 2017 | none stated
    The visit is aimed to set the ground for next month's visit by President El-SisiEgypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry will head to Washington DC on Sunday in preparation for a visit by President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi in March, the ministry spokesman said on Thursday. Shoukry will meet with Secretary†of State Rex†Tillerson to discuss bilateral ties and the Trump administration's vision for the Arab region, spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said in remarks to a local TV programme. The spokesman said the visit will also tackle the agenda of El-Sisi's anticipated visit to Washington in March, the first by an Egyptian president in...
  • Al-Qaeda Claims U.S. Killed 'Blind Sheikh' in Prison, Calls for 'Violent Revenge'

    02/22/2017 5:46:45 PM PST · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    PJ Media ^ | February 22, 2017 | Bridget Johnson
    Al-Qaeda accused the United States of withholding necessary medication from "Blind Sheikh" Omar Abdel-Rahman, the mastermind of the deadly 1993 World Trade Center bombing who died behind bars Saturday. They also released a final statement from the sheikh complaining of strip searches that explored his private parts "front and back," claiming that he could be poisoned behind bars and calling for "the most powerful and violent revenge" in the event of his demise. Abdel-Rahman, 78, was serving a life sentence at the Federal Medical Center, Butner, in North Carolina. He had been blinded at a young age by diabetes, and...
  • Obama Admin Intentionally Undermine ďTrump Peace AllianceĒ With Leak To Reuters(truncated)Ö.

    02/19/2017 7:13:56 PM PST · by bobsunshine · 10 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | February 19, 2017 | Sundance
    ..Again, if youíve followed the internal dynamics of the players, and their ideological intentions over time, you can see a clear motive to undermine King Abdullah (Jordan), al-Sisi (Egypt), Netanyahu (Israel) and President Trump Ė by stirring up domestic oppositional extremists (ie. The Muslim Brotherhood) within each nation. (Reuters) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met secretly a year ago with the leaders of Egypt and Jordan in a failed attempt by the Obama administration to convene a wider regional summit on Israeli-Palestinian peace, Israelís Haaretz daily said on Sunday.... Jan 20th Ė President Trump takes office. Jan 26th Ė President Trump...
  • Islamic State Posts Video of Man It Says Was Egypt Church Bomber

    02/19/2017 12:56:13 PM PST · by markomalley · 1 replies
    US News ^ | 2/19/17 | Ali Abdelaty
    Islamic State published a video on Sunday threatening Egyptian Christians and showing the last statement of a man it said was responsible for the deadly bombing in December of a Coptic cathedral in Cairo. The masked man in battle-dress, whom the group identified as Abu Abdallah al-Masri, is seen encouraging militants all over the world not to give up and promising Islamists jailed in Egypt they will be freed soon, when the group "liberates" Cairo. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi had already identified the bomber as a 22-year-old student called Mahmoud Shafik, and it is believed Abu Abdallah al-Masri was his...
  • This is What Happens to Inflation when a Currency Gets Unpegged from the Dollar (Egypt)

    02/15/2017 4:59:31 PM PST · by Lorianne · 14 replies
    Wolf Street ^ | 13 February 2017 | Wolf Richter
    On November 3, the Egyptian Central Bank removed all exchange-rate restrictions and raised its benchmark rate by three percentage points. This was done to obtain that all-important $12-billion bailout loan the IMF had provisionally agreed to provide in August, though by November 3, the IMFís executive committee still hadnít ratified it. In the unofficial market, the pound had already collapsed against the dollar. With the peg gone, the official exchange rate instantly plunged from 9 pounds to the dollar to over 15 pounds to the dollar, and four days later it was at 18 pounds. On November 11, the IMF...
  • Charity Islamic Relief USA: strong ties to terrorism and US refugees

    06/10/2015 3:09:08 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Center for Security Policy ^ | 6/8/15 | Alessandra Gennarelli
    The largest U.S. Muslim Charity, which has been linked to terrorism finance, is now playing a role in helping to settle refugees from terror torn Syria. Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA) is an affiliate of Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW), the largest international Islamic charity in the world, with a $240 million operating budget, nearly 300 employees, chapters in more than 12 countries with their own multi-billion dollar budgets, and operations in over 30 countries, all based in Birmingham, England.IRUSA specializes in refugee assistance and has a history of working with the United Nations and specifically the United Nations Relief and Works...
  • The Clintons Employ Muslim Brotherhood Officials? You Canít Be Serious

    I donít know who is more shocked about this, me or Huma Abedin, but it turns out that a former top Clinton Foundation official is also Ö a senior Muslim Brotherhood official who has just been arrested for Ė youíll never guess Ė inciting violence in Egypt. Not to worry, Iím sure it was only moderate violence. The Washington Free Beaconís Adam Kredo reports on Gehad [as in Jihad] el-Haddad: "A senior Muslim Brotherhood official who, until recently, had been employed by the William J. Clinton Foundation was arrested in Cairo on Tuesday and charged with inciting violence.Gehad el-Haddad served...
  • The Clinton Foundationís man in Cairo was also the Muslim Brotherhoodís

    09/19/2013 3:55:26 PM PDT · by mojito · 9 replies
    PowerLine ^ | 9/19/2013 | Paul Mirengoff
    The Washington Free Beacon reports that a senior Muslim Brotherhood official who, until fairly recently, was employed by the William J. Clinton Foundation, was arrested in Cairo on Tuesday and charged with inciting violence. The official, Gehad el-Haddad, had been serving as one of the Muslim Brotherhoodís top communications officials. In that capacity, while the Muslim Brotherhood controlled Egypt, he ďpush[ed] the Muslim Brotherhoodís Islamist agenda in the foreign press, where he was often quoted defending the Brotherhoodís crackdown on civil liberties in Egypt,Ē according to the Free Beacon. El-Haddad served the Clinton Foundation in Cairo as ďcity directorĒ from...
  • Clinton Foundation Employee Arrested in CairoÖ Chilling Past Exposed

    A senior Muslim Brotherhood official was reportedly arrested in Cairo on Tuesday and charged with inciting violence, according to The Washington Times. Gehad el-Haddad, a top communications official for the Muslim Brotherhood, was seized by Egyptian security forces over his loyalty to former President Mohamed Morsi. However, itís his previous job that has Americans concerned. Prior to his stint as a senior Brotherhood official and adviser to Morsi, el-Haddad reportedly served for five years as a top official at the Clinton Foundation, a nonprofit group founded by former President Bill Clinton. El-Haddad was the face of the Muslim Brotherhood and...
  • Several Christians Murdered In Egypt

    02/11/2017 5:25:23 PM PST · by george76 · 3 replies
    BosNewsLife ^ | February 10, 2017
    Christians in Egypt are mourning after another believer was murdered in Egypt, the fifth killing in less than two weeks. Ishak Ibrahim Fayez Younan, 37, was found dead by his brother at the victim's temporary residence in the old part of Cairo, the capital. He leaves behind a grieving wife and two children, ages 10 and 12, Christians said. Ishak's death bears similarities with the other slain Christians who each had their throat cut, while money and other valuables were left behind, according to Christians familiar with the situation. Egypt police reportedly said that robbery was the motive ... The...
  • 'If You Love Jesus, Then Die Like Jesus!': Muslim Persecution of Christians, November 2016

    02/06/2017 8:15:04 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 10 replies
    Raymond Ibrahim ^ | Monday, February 6, 2017 | Gatestone Institute
    Originally published by the Gatestone Institute https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/9875/muslim-persecution-christians-november Reports of Christian life under the Islamic State (ISIS) continued throughout November. Many of these came from the ancient Christian towns surrounding Mosul, such as Batnaya and Qaraqosh, conquered by ISIS in August, 2014, and liberated in late October, 2016. One Christian man, Esam, from Qaraqosh, related what ISIS did after his sister's husband refused to convert to Islam: "He was crucified and tortured in front of his wife and children, who were forced to watch. They [ISIS] told him that if he loved Jesus that much, he would die like Jesus." The...
  • Louvre 'attacker' was Egyptian: Machete-wielding man

    02/03/2017 11:39:08 AM PST · by detective · 46 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3 February 2017 | Dave Burke
    Shortened title. Full title: Louvre 'attacker' was Egyptian: Machete-wielding man shot five times after attacking French soldiers outside Paris museum 'had been in the country for just over a week' A man armed with a machete was shot five times in the stomach after attempting to storm the museum Police source said the attacker was shouting 'Allahu Akbar' before being gunned down Streets around the Louvre have been evacuated and France's interior ministry branded the incident 'serious' French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has described the attack as 'terrorist in nature'† A second person has been arrested, but it is not...
  • Saudi king agrees in call with Trump to support Syria, Yemen safe zones: White House

    01/29/2017 4:51:52 PM PST · by bobsunshine · 76 replies
    Reuters via The Conservative Treehouse ^ | January 29, 2017 | Reuters via Sundance
    This is a jaw-dropping exhibition of the scope of President Trumpís strategic leverage. Remember how Secretary of State Rex Tillerson refused to take the bait from Senator Marco Rubio regarding Saudi Arabia? Put this outcome in the dividend column. Those who have not followed the back-story of non-extremist politics in the middle-east will miss the obvious play identified more readily by those who have followed closely. One of the major influences and advisers for King Salman of Saudi Arabia is Egyptian President Fattah Abdel el-Sisi. El-Sisi has already established a productive relationship with President Trump both before and after the...
  • Passengers from Iraq, Yemen barred from NYC-bound flight after Trump refugee ban

    01/28/2017 7:09:14 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 59 replies
    NY Post ^ | January 28, 2017 | Reuters
    Five Iraqi passengers and one Yemeni were barred from boarding an EgyptAir flight from Cairo to New York on Saturday following President Donald Trumpís ban on the entry of citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries, sources at Cairo airport said. Trump on Friday put a four-month hold on allowing refugees into the United States and temporarily barred travelers from Syria and six other Muslim-majority countries, saying the moves would help protect Americans from terrorist attacks. The six passengers, bound for John F. Kennedy International Airport, were prevented from boarding EgyptAir Flight 985 at Cairo airport despite holding valid immigration visas, the...
  • Womenís March towards Islam? (US women's March)

    01/27/2017 7:07:03 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 24 replies
    Cheri Berens ^ | 1-26-17 | Cheri Berens
    Due to the time difference here in Egypt, I had to stay up all night for three nights to watch the pre-inauguration, inauguration, and post inauguration activities. Many thousands of Egyptians did the same. Every coffee shop with a satellite dish was packed to the maximum. Egyptians were enthralled and impressed by the peaceful process, but also the pomp and circumstance. The coffee shop roared loudly with cheers when Trump said "radical Islam will be eradicated from the planet". We here in Egypt have experienced many terror attacks and all of us have experienced the death of a friend or family...
  • Trump, Sisi discuss fighting terrorism in phone call

    01/23/2017 5:06:51 PM PST · by Mariner · 24 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | January 23rd, 2017 | by Ahmed Aboulenein in Cairo
    CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and U.S. President Donald Trump discussed ways to boost the fight against terrorism and extremism on Monday and the new American leader underscored his commitment to bilateral ties, the two countries said. Trump told Sisi in a telephone call he appreciated the difficulties faced by Egypt in its "war on terror" and affirmed his administration's commitment to supporting the country, Sisi's spokesman Alaa Youssef said in a statement. "The U.S. president also expressed during the call his looking forward to the president's awaited visit to Washington which is being prepared for through...
  • President al Sisi: I Will Build the Largest [Coptic] Church in the Nation [Egypt]

    01/09/2017 2:00:11 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Cairo (Agenzia Fides) - It will be the largest Coptic Church of Egypt, it will be inaugurated by 2018 in the new capital which is being built on the margin of Cairo's metropolis, and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al Sisi will be among its direct sponsors. The announcement of the project was given by the same al Sisi on the occasion of his participation in the Christmas liturgy in the Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo, celebrated by Patriarch Tawadros II. Egyptian President said he had destined 100 thousand Egyptian pounds in the first funding initiative, which involves the construction at...
  • EGYPTIAN SYRIANA: A GULF-FUNDED RUSSIAN ROULETTE

    01/09/2017 8:55:37 AM PST · by AdmSmith · 9 replies
    Divergent Opinions ^ | 09JAN2016 | Murad A. Al-Asqalani
    Suggestion that Egypt would enter Syria and support a Syrian National Army to stabilize war-torn Syria. SNA would be a replacement for the now-defunct and disgraced Syrian Arab Army with the SNA being a melting pot to assimilate all ethnicities and all emergent armed groups in Syria after a process of national reconciliation. The article is written from the point of view of the As'Sissi administration of Government of Egypt towards the war in Syria.
  • Muslim Slaughters Christian for Selling Alcohol in Egypt

    01/05/2017 12:45:13 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 17 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Raymond Ibrahim
    What is clear is that the assassin is a Salafi, one of those Muslims who closely follow the lifestyle and teachings of Muslim prophet Muhammad and his original companions A Muslim man crept up behind a Christian man and slit his throat, killing him in Alexandria, Egypt, on the evening of January 3. Adel Suleiman, 48, the Muslim man who committed the murder, did so because his Christian victim, 45-year-old Joseph LamĎi, owned a shop that sold alcohol, which the murderer deemed ďcontrary to the sharĎia [Islamic law] and the religion [Islam],Ē according to an Arabic language investigative report.
  • Egyptian Army Renovates Bombed Cairo Church Ahead of Coptic Christmas

    01/02/2017 4:21:37 PM PST · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    Coptic World ^ | 12/31/16
    The Egyptian army has completed the renovation of a church in central Cairo that was the scene of a bomb attack that killed 27 people earlier in December, a military spokesman announced on Saturday. President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi ordered that St. Peter and St. Paulís Church be renovated after the attack on 11 December, which was claimed by a local ISIS affiliate, before Coptic Christians celebrate Christmas on 7 January. "The Armed Forces Engineering Authority was able to restore the churchís destroyed areas while preserving the church's architectural heritage in 15 days to be ready to receive Christians for Christmas," read...
  • Egyptian News Reveals Minutes Of Palestinian Authority Meeting With Kerry,Rice,Coordination On 2334

    12/31/2016 1:50:03 PM PST · by SJackson · 31 replies
    MEMRI ^ | 12-30-16
    Egyptian Daily Close To Egyptian Intelligence Reveals Minutes Of Secret Palestinian Authority Meeting With John Kerry, Susan Rice; U.S.-Palestinian Coordination On UNSC 2334; Rice Says Trump Administration's Policy Will Be 'Dangerous' In mid-December 2016, a Palestinian Authority (PA) delegation met in Washington with officials from the outgoing Obama administration for secret talks. On December 27, the Egyptian daily Al-Youm Al-Sabi', which is close to Egyptian intelligence services, published an exposť of the minutes of the secret talks. According to the report, by Ahmed Gomaa, the Palestinian delegation included PLO Executive Committee secretary and negotiating team leader Saeb Erekat; Palestinian...
  • Israel Urges Jews To Leave France, Suspends "Working Ties" With ...

    12/26/2016 4:53:35 PM PST · by LurkedLongEnough · 10 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | December 26, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    In an unexpected escalation that was not the result of Israel's angry response to Friday's UN vote which passed a resolution condemning the country's settlements on occupied Palestinian territory, and which the US refused to veto, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Monday called on French Jews to leave their country to protest a Paris-hosted conference planned for next month aimed at restarting Palestine-Israel peace talks, Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth has reported.
  • Trump and Sisi discuss Middle East peace

    12/23/2016 1:51:41 AM PST · by Fred Nerks · 21 replies
    ArutzSheva ^ | December 23, 2016 | Elad Benari,
    Egyptian President and U.S. President-Elect agree to allow Trump's administration to deal with Israel-PA peace issues. Ôá†Ôāö Ó†źÓ†Ā Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Thursday night spoke with U.S. President-Elect Donald Trump, Sisi's office said, according to Reuters. The call came hours after the UN Security Council postponed indefinitely a vote on Egypt's draft resolution denouncing Israeli ¬ďsettlements¬Ē. "During the call they discussed regional affairs and developments in the Middle East and in that context the draft resolution in front of the Security Council on Israeli settlement," said Sisi¬ís spokesman, Alaa Yousef. "The presidents agreed on the importance of affording...
  • Egypt delays UN resolution on Israel as Trump raises concerns

    12/22/2016 7:42:57 PM PST · by Innovative · 14 replies
    BBCNews ^ | Dec. 22, 2016 | BBC News
    Egypt has suddenly delayed a vote on its UN resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank as Donald Trump made his opposition clear. A US official told the BBC that it had been considering an abstention, which would have allowed the motion to pass. Israel then contacted Donald Trump's transition team to intervene, an Israeli official told Reuters. Egypt's resolution called for Israel to stop building new settlements, which it said breached international law. It was to have been voted on in the UN Security Council on Thursday, but Egypt withdrew it hours before the meeting was due to...
  • Krauthammerís Take: Trump Opposing U.N. Israel Resolution ĎExtremely Effective and Extremely Daringí

    12/22/2016 7:41:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The National Review ^ | December 22, 2016 | Staff
    The U.N. was expected to vote today on a resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlement building, and reports indicate that Obama was ready to allow the resolution to pass until Egypt put off the vote. President-elect Donald Trump put pressure on Egypt not to go forward with the resolution, and it seems to have had an effect. Charles Krauthammer said that the resolution could have done serious damage to Israel, making Trumpís involvement daring and effective: More than a slap on the wrist, I think it would have done permanent damage to Israel, which is why even Obama himself...
  • Egypt scuttles UN vote on Israeli settlement after Trump warning

    12/22/2016 1:29:20 PM PST · by JOHN ADAMS · 4 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 22, 2016 | Joel Gehrke
    Egyptian officials scrapped a plan to proceed with a United Nations Security Council vote condemning the construction of Israeli settlements, following pushback from Israeli officials and President-elect Trump. "Egypt requested the vote's delay to permit them to conduct an additional meeting of the Arab League's foreign ministers to work on the resolution's wording," Haaretz reported, citing Western diplomats. But the vote might be postponed "indefinitely," according to the report.
  • Egypt scuttles UN vote on Israeli settlement after Trump warning

    12/22/2016 8:48:34 AM PST · by ColdOne · 15 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 12/22/16 | Joel Gehrke
    Egyptian officials scrapped a plan to proceed with a United Nations Security Council vote condemning the construction of Israeli settlements, following pushback from Israeli officials and President-elect Trump. "Egypt requested the vote's delay to permit them to conduct an additional meeting of the Arab League's foreign ministers to work on the resolution's wording," Haaretz reported, citing Western diplomats. But the vote might be postponed "indefinitely," according to the report. Israeli settlement construction drew condemnation from the State Department earlier this year, in addition to the rebukes of mo
  • Egyptian film crew arrested for 'fake' Aleppo video

    12/20/2016 11:46:19 PM PST · by Freelance Warrior · 6 replies
    9news (au) ^ | 12/21/16
    A fake video purported to show war ravaged Aleppo days after government forces retook control has led authorities to a group of filmmakers who have been arrested for the ruse in a demolition site in Port Said. Two children an eight-year-old girl, and a 12-year-old boy appeared in the footage. The group confessed to making the video with the intention of distributing it on social media. The filmmaker, his assistants and the parents of two children were detained after officers passing by the site spotted a child covered in what was later revealed to be red paint.
  • Egypt accuses Muslim Brotherhood over church attack

    12/13/2016 7:14:45 AM PST · by csvset · 3 replies
    France24 ^ | 13 Dec 2016 | Wire
    Egypt's interior ministry Monday accused fugitive Muslim Brotherhood leaders who have fled to Qatar of training and financing the perpetrators of the bomb attack on a Cairo church that killed 25 people. The ministry said investigations revealed the group was led by a suspect who received financial and logistical support and instructions to carry out the attacks by Brotherhood leaders residing in Qatar. The Muslim Brotherhood have denied any involvement with the explosion at the Saint Peter and Saint Paul Church on Sunday. The incident was the deadliest attack in recent memory on the Christian minority, who make up about...
  • Bombing at Egypt's main Coptic Christian cathedral kills 25

    12/11/2016 6:48:27 AM PST · by Zakeet · 8 replies
    AP ^ | December 9, 2016
    CAIRO (AP) ó A bombing at a chapel adjacent to Egypt's main Coptic Christian cathedral killed 25 people and wounded another 49 during Sunday Mass, in one of the deadliest attacks carried out against the religious minority in recent memory. [Snip] "I found bodies, many of them women, lying on the pews. It was a horrible scene," said cathedral worker Attiya Mahrous, who rushed to the chapel after he heard the blast. His clothes and hands were stained with blood and his hair matted with dust. "I saw a headless woman being carried away," Mariam Shenouda said as she pounded...
  • Egyptian Women Resist Harassment With Short Dresses

    12/09/2016 3:08:27 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Friday, 9 December 2016 | Ashraf AbdelHamid
    A group of Egyptian women have resorted to a new and original way to fight sexual harassment during a march in the capital, Cairo - wearing short dresses. As onlookers watched on in silent amazement, the women waved signs carrying the message: "we are wearing the dresses of the past, we want the streets of the pastĒ. The message was referring to the sixties and seventies when womenís skirts and dresses were fashionably much shorter, but they received less unwelcomed attention. Dr Riham Atef, the organizer of the march, told Al Arabiya.Net: ďThe concept behind this march is inspired by...
  • Six people killed in bomb blast near the pyramids - Islamists strike along road [tr]

    12/09/2016 1:01:31 PM PST · by C19fan · 12 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 9, 2016 | Julian Robinson
    Islamists have killed six people in a bomb blast on a road used to transport tourists to the pyramids in Egypt. The explosion rocked a checkpoint near a mosque in the western Talibiya neighbourhood of the Egyptian capital Cairo shortly before Muslim Friday prayers this morning. All of the victims were police officers either in or near their car while four civilians were hurt when the device went off near a bin.†
  • Egyptian pilots flying Russian choppers in Syria

    12/08/2016 5:25:58 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | November 26, 2016
    Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisiís secret decision to intervene militarily in the Syrian war on the side of the Syrian President Bashar Assad is revealed here by DEBKAfileís military and intelligence sources. The precise details of that intervention vary from source to source. 1. According to one version, a group of Egyptian helicopter pilots Ė 18, according to one estimate - landed secretly a few days ago at the Syrian Air Force base in Hama and were pressed at once into service for strikes against Syrian rebel forces. Some sources describe the Egyptian flight crews as taking over the cockpits of...
  • Oldest alphabet identified as Hebrew: Ancient Israelites turned Egyptian hieroglyphics into letters?

    12/05/2016 8:02:55 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Science News ^ | 12/05/2016 | Bruce Bower
    The worldís earliest alphabet, inscribed on stone slabs at several Egyptian sites, was an early form of Hebrew, a controversial new analysis concludes. Israelites living in Egypt transformed that civilizationís hieroglyphics into Hebrew 1.0 more than 3,800 years ago, at a time when the Old Testament describes Jews living in Egypt, says archaeologist and epigrapher Douglas Petrovich of Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada. Hebrew speakers seeking a way to communicate in writing with other Egyptian Jews simplified the pharaohsí complex hieroglyphic writing system into 22 alphabetic letters, Petrovich proposed on November 17 at the annual meeting of the American...
  • Egyptian Human Rights Activist Hany Elsadek Reiterates: I Love Hitler, He Was a Great Man

    12/03/2016 3:15:32 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 10 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 11-27-16
    Egyptian human rights activist Hany Elsadek reiterated his pro-Nazi sentiments in videos posted on YouTube. Responding to MEMRI's exposure of his previous pro-Hitler clips, Elsadeq declared: "I love Hitler because he was an honorable man, who exposed you for what you are." Elsadek, who heads the "Middle East for Rights and Freedoms," signed off one of his new videos, posted on his YouTube channel on November 27, with a Nazi salute. For his previous statements, see MEMRI clip 5749. † Hany Elsadek: "I'd like to respond to some Israeli websites which published videos of me talking about Hitler. They mock...
  • Springtime for Morsi: Review of 'Arab Fall' By Eric Trager

    12/02/2016 10:35:55 AM PST · by C19fan · 1 replies
    Commentary ^ | November 16, 2016 | Michael J. Totten
    4 shares A A Almost everyone got the Arab Spring wrong. At a casual glance, the Middle East and North Africa appeared to be sprouting political liberals like daisies at the tail end of 2010, when a nonviolent revolution in Tunisia spread to Egypt, Libya, and Syria. Tunisiaís autocratic Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fell in a matter of weeks, followed a month later by Egyptís Hosni Mubarak. Rebellions then broke out in Libya against the tyrannical Muammar Qaddafi and in Syria against Bashar al-Assad.
  • STATEMENT BY SENATORS JOHN McCAIN & LINDSEY GRAHAM ON EGYPTIAN LEGISLATION REGULATING NGOS

    12/02/2016 6:37:33 AM PST · by Excellence · 26 replies
    McCain's web page ^ | Senators McCain and Graham
    Washington, D.C. ≠Ė U.S. Senators †John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) released the following statement today on the Egyptian parliamentís passage of legislation regulating non-governmental organizations (NGOs): ďThe Egyptian parliamentís passage of draconian legislation regulating non-governmental organizations (NGOs) undermines Egyptís stated commitment to protecting constitutionally-guaranteed rights and to furthering Egyptís democratic transition. We urge President al-Sisi to reject this legislation and uphold Egyptís constitutional commitment to freedom of association and assembly.† ďThis legislation would effectively subject the operation of independent NGOs to powerful Egyptian security agencies.†Egyptís longstanding and vibrant civil society would be placed under unprecedented pressure to cede...