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Egypt parliament begins debate over Red Sea islands. An Egyptian parliamentary committee on Sunday began reviewing a disputed 2016 agreement to hand control over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, a move critics say ignores a final ruling by a high court to annul the pact.

Egypt parliament begins debate over Red Sea islands

The raucous meeting of the legislative and constitutional committee follows a January ruling by the High Administrative Court that upheld a lower court verdict, declaring the agreement unconstitutional and void. Speaker Ali Abdel-Al, a staunch government supporter, struggled to keep order, with committee members arguing among themselves about whether reviewing the agreement was appropriate given the January court ruling. There were also arguments on whether media representatives should be allowed to stay in the chamber while the discussions were ongoing. READ MORE: Egypt court voids block on islands transfer to Saudis The Supreme Constitutional Court, Egypt's highest tribunal, also has yet to rule on whether courts of law had jurisdiction to rule on the agreement.

Egypt parliament begins debate over Red Sea islands. Egypt’s role in the push to cut off Qatar. Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud (L) shakes hands with Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, April 23, 2017.

Egypt’s role in the push to cut off Qatar

(photo by Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court/Handout via REUTERS) Author: Ayah Aman Posted June 8, 2017 CAIRO — After four years of Egyptian-Qatari skirmishes since the ousting of former President Mohammed Morsi for his affiliation with the Muslim Brotherhood, Cairo has now decided to respond to Qatar’s harassment by following in the footsteps of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain and sever diplomatic ties with Qatar. Summary⎙ Print With three Gulf states revolting against Qatar's regional policies, Egypt has found the perfect opportunity to sever ties with Qatar after four years of political bickering.

Author Ayah Aman Posted June 8, 2017 TranslatorPascale el-Khoury In his speech, Sisi specifically accused countries in the Arab region of supporting terrorism. Du bruit pour rien ? Dessous et implications des raids égyptiens sur Derna. Suite au massacre de 29 Égyptiens chrétiens coptes vendredi 26 mai près de l’oasis de Fayoum, à Minya, au sud du Caire, l’appareil d’État égyptien n’a pas hésité à réagir de manière forte.

Du bruit pour rien ? Dessous et implications des raids égyptiens sur Derna

Les déclarations du président égyptien Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, le jour même de l’attentat, selon lesquelles « l’Égypte n’hésitera pas à frapper les camps d’entraînement terroristes partout, sur son sol comme à l’étranger » ont connu une traduction directe le même jour, quand les forces aériennes égyptiennes procédaient au bombardement de ce qu’ils présentaient comme des « camps djihadistes » à Derna, sur la côte nord-est de la Libye.

Daech revendiquera l’attaque le jour suivant, après que l’Égypte s’en soit prise à une autre formation, le Conseil de la Choura des moudjahidine de Derna (CSMD), groupe islamiste radical certes, mais cependant en désaccord avec Daech. The abusive Egypt-Saudi relationship. Over the past week, the most serious crisis in Egypt-Saudi relations since the June 2013 coup against Mohammed Morsi has taken place.

The abusive Egypt-Saudi relationship

It is likely to be well-short of the divorce many have argued is impending (after all only last month Saudi Arabia deposited $2 billion into the Central Bank of Egypt), but is nonetheless significant enough to have raised tensions in the media on both sides of the Red Sea. In addition to vocal Saudi attacks against Egypt in the media, Saudi Aramco has suddenly suspended delivery of oil products (at low costs), a form of in-kind support that has been going on for over three years. The immediate cause appears to have been Egypt’s UN Security Council vote in favor of a resolution on Syria proposed by Russia. How long can this all last? I tend to see less of a turning point and more of a tiresome, ongoing negotiations. Our thanks go to Industry Arabic for making this feature possible. With the Pope in Egypt, Debate on Al-Azhar's Role. The most recent attacks on Egypt’s Coptic Christian minority have provoked fear and consternation.

With the Pope in Egypt, Debate on Al-Azhar's Role

This week Pope Francis is due to visit Egypt, to express solidarity with its beleaguered Christians and to appeal for religious tolerance. The attacks have prompted the usual commentary and analysis of the factors behind worsening sectarianism in the country. They have given new impetus to perennial demands that Islamic institutions in Egypt—foremost among them Al-Azhar University, the country’s largest and oldest Islamic university—embrace reform. The bombings, claimed by a branch of the Islamic State terrorist group, killed at least 45 people on Palm Sunday, April 9. But they are just the latest attack on Copts, who regularly face institutional discrimination and acts of violence. Leaders of Christianity's East and West to come together in Egypt. Various Italian media outlets reported Tuesday that Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, the “first among equals” of the Eastern Orthodox Christian world, will join Pope Francis in Cairo, Egypt, for his April 28-29 visit to the overwhelmingly Sunni Muslim country.

Leaders of Christianity's East and West to come together in Egypt

The invitation for the Orthodox leader reportedly came from Ahmad al-Tayyib, the Grand Mufti of the storied Al-Azhar mosque and university in Cairo that’s seen as the most important center of learning in the Sunni world. After Easter celebrations last Sunday at the Phanar, the headquarters of the Patriarchate of Constantinople located in modern-day Istanbul, Turkey, Bartholomew told his faithful that he had received a letter from Pope Francis expressing the hope that the two men would see one another again shortly. Bartholomew said that moment could come “very soon.” “I was also invited to the University of Al-Azhar at Cairo,” he said, “and on April 28 I could be with Pope Francis.” Elisa Campioni - #GuidoOlimpio ##Isis #Egitto #Copti ""La... Egypte : l’échec du maréchal Sissi. Editorial.

Egypte : l’échec du maréchal Sissi

Actions de guérilla contre les forces de sécurité, opérations visant le tourisme, tueries de masse… L’Egypte est désormais confrontée à une menace multiforme. Editorial du « Monde ». Le double attentat qui a frappé, dimanche 9 avril, deux églises chrétiennes d’Egypte, tuant au moins 44 personnes, n’a malheureusement pas surpris la minorité copte : l’organisation Etat islamique (EI) avait annoncé qu’elle serait une cible privilégiée en revendiquant, le 15 décembre 2016, une première attaque qui avait fait 25 morts dans l’église Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul du Caire.

En février, sept chrétiens ont été assassinés à Al-Arich, dans le nord du Sinaï. Egitto, doppio attentato alle chiese copte. Decine di morti tra Tanta e Alessandria. Egypt emergency after Coptic churches hit. How Sisi Is Destabilising Egypt. Since 2013, Egypt's new authoritarian government has systematically widened its repression of the opposition to targets beyond the Islamist spectrum.

How Sisi Is Destabilising Egypt

Voices of dissent have been targeted, including businessmen whose refusal to provide financial support to the government's mega construction projects has led to the confiscation of their assets. And journalists like Ismail al-Iskandarani, whose independent reporting has resulted in accusations of terrorist affiliations and mock trials. Student protests on university campuses and labour protests in industrial facilities have been met with excessive force, while public demonstrations have been subjected to various kinds of state-sponsored violence, including long provisional detention, dismissal from universities, and hefty prison sentences.

In the case of labour activists, these include military trials along with disciplinary sanctions. Trump & el-Sisi praise each other, promise ‘strong support’ for battling terrorism — RT America. US President Donald Trump praised Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi during a meeting in the White House, saying that el-Sisi is doing “a fantastic job.”

Trump & el-Sisi praise each other, promise ‘strong support’ for battling terrorism — RT America

He also promoted the United States’ military buildup as “probably more than ever before.” “We agree on so many things,” Trump said of el-Sisi during a photo-op in the Oval Office. “I just want to let everybody know, in case there was any doubt that we are very much behind President el-Sisi.” “He’s done a fantastic job in a very difficult situation,” Trump continued. “We are very much behind Egypt and the people of Egypt, and the United States has, believe me, backing and we have strong backing.” El-Sisi thanked Trump for the invitation, noting it was the first state visit for an Egyptian president in eight years. Egypt's Mubarak returns home after years-long detention. CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's former President Hosni Mubarak returned home on Friday, free following his release from custody after legal proceedings that took years since his 2011 ouster — years during which the country witnessed major upheavals and rights activists saw their hopes scuttled that the autocrat would face justice for the deaths of hundreds who defied his rule.

Egypt's Mubarak returns home after years-long detention

Mubarak's release also marked a new chapter in the saga of an ignominious fate of a president whose people rose up against him, demanding the end of a 30-year rule hollowed out by corruption, economic inequities and reliance on feared security officials to keep its hold on power. It also underscored how the aspirations of the Arab Spring movement that swept the entire region have bottomed out. Six years on, the mass uprisings in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Yemen, Bahrain, and Syria have each failed in some way, leading to civil wars or failed states. Legislating Authoritarianism: Egypt’s New Era of Repression. Egypt’s new authoritarian regime is rapidly closing the public space—cracking down on autonomous civil society and independent political parties, asphyxiating the practice of pluralist politics, and thwarting citizens’ peaceful and active engagement in public affairs.

The government’s primary strategy is to institute wide-scale repression through lawmaking and justify its behavior through conspiratorial and populist narratives. With unprecedented resolve, it has passed new protest and terrorism laws, introduced legal amendments targeting nongovernmental organizations, and extended the military court’s jurisdiction. Essentially, the regime is adapting lawmaking for its own purposes. To fight against the tide, those challenging the system need to fully understand how. The Strategy The Effects. Egypt ploughs cash into food imports to stop bread shortages. Egypt has been buying wheat on global markets at accelerated levels in an effort to keep up with its cash-strapped population's growing reliance on subsidised bread, traders have said.

The acute political sensitivity of the availability and price of the staple leaves the government with little choice but to ensure supplies, despite an economic crisis caused by six years of drift since an uprising ended Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule. In the past two weeks, state grain buyer GASC has purchased nearly once million tonnes of wheat, or more than 20 percent of what it bought all of last year, official figures show. Traders said the flurry of imports reflects a new reality in a country that already imports more wheat than any other: Egyptians are eating more of the state's bread, straining its finances and piling on the pressure to maintain supplies. Three Cairo-based traders said monthly state wheat consumption had jumped by up to 200,000 tonnes since November.

Egypt campus: The students versus the regime. In the wake of the 2013 military coup, students affiliated with - and sympathetic to - the Muslim Brotherhood demonstrated in public universities to demand the return of the deposed President Mohamed Morsi. Their demonstrations turned universities into a new battleground between security forces and students as Egypt's new rulers moved to crackdown on student activism. The clampdown has been harsh. Egypt's ruling generals have used laws, regulations, procedures, and security tools to subdue student dissidents. The government has employed private security companies to patrol public university campuses and pushed university administrations to enforce harsh penalties against non-compliant students.

Why are sections disappearing from Egypt's textbooks? Egyptian activists shout anti-government slogans during a demonstration protesting against the government's decision to transfer two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, in front of the Press Syndicate in Cairo, Egypt, April 13, 2016. (photo by REUTERS/Amr Abdullah Dalsh) Author: Ahmed Fouad Posted February 23, 2017 In what looks like a move straight out of George Orwell's recently resurgent novel “1984,” Egyptian authorities appear to be rewriting history to suit their political agenda.

Summary⎙ Print Lawyers used textbooks in a case against the Egyptian government; now the books have changed. Author Ahmed Fouad Posted February 23, 2017. Egypt's Christians flee Sinai amid Islamic State killing spree. Invasion of the stinging jellies: How the new Suez Canal is destroying the Med. It is unlikely that President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt lies awake at night worrying about the whereabouts of the Lagocephalus sceleratus, the silverside puffer fish. Nor, as he goes about his daily duties, is he likely to be overly concerned about the wanderings of the Rhopilema nomadica jellyfish and, so far, there have been no reports of the Pterois miles, the common lionfish or devil firefish, being among problems discussed during phone chats between the president and his new opposite number in Washington. 'The whole food web is being disrupted. Every time there is an enlargement of the canal we see a spike in the number of invasives' The puffer fish, the nomad jellyfish and the lionfish are among about 700 invasive species now found in the Mediterranean, particularly in its eastern region.

The poisonous silversided puffer fish likes to eat native species (MEE/Oren Klein) Log In - New York Times. Egypt High Court Declares Void Transfer of Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia. Egypt High Court Declares Void Transfer of Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia Egypt’s Supreme Administrative Court has rejected an Egyptian government appeal, declaring void the transfer of the Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia.

The verdict, which is final and can no longer be appealed, confirms that Egypt cannot legally transfer the Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia despite an agreement between the country and Saudi Arabia. Earlier in 2016, the transfer was annulled by an administrative court, forcing the Egyptian government to submit an appeal. It remains unclear what the Egyptian government will do now in the wake of the court’s ruling. The ruling is an administrative one and not a constitutional one, indicating that the government may propose a new agreement with Saudi Arabia. In 1949, Saudi Arabia allowed Egypt to occupy the two islands “for defense purposes” following the establishment of the Israeli state. Egypt’s Failed Revolution.

The Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, who came to power in a coup that, in its aftermath, resulted in the massacre of more than a thousand supporters of his predecessor, has a reputation for speaking very softly. This quality often disarms foreigners. “When you talk to him, unlike most generals, he listens,” a European diplomat told me recently. “He’s not bombastic.” An American official told me that Sisi reminds her of a certain Washington archetype. “You have the political people who always want to be the loudest voice in the room,” she said. Revolutions are often started by the bold and the outspoken, and then coöpted by those who are quiet and careful. Agreement to hand over Red Sea islands approved. Egypt's government approves deal to hand islands to Saudi Arabia. Egypt’s government has approved a deal to hand over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia and sent it to parliament for ratification, despite a legal dispute over the plan, according to state television.

The deal, announced in April, caused public uproar and protests by Egyptians who said the uninhabited islands of Tiran and Sanafir belonged to their country. Understanding the Dangers of Egypt's NGO Law. December 7, 2016. How Egypt’s Copts Fell Out of Love with President Sisi. “Islam hates us.” That was a recurring theme of your campaign, Mr. Is Egypt trying to control Libya through Haftar? LIBYAPROSPECT – Editorial The Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry, discussed the Libyan crisis while meeting French defense minister Jean-Yves Le Derian, on the sidelines of the 12th session in Manama. The two ministers, who are not counterparts, agreed on the necessity to support the Libyan army as a front against terrorism and to prevent weapons from reaching militias, according to the Egyptian Al-Youm7. Egypt blast strikes near Coptic Cathedral, St. Mark’s, in Cairo. Blast hits near St. Explosion kills 6 Egyptian police officers, wounds others in Cairo.

Egyptian security officials inspect the site of a bomb blast in Giza on Dec. 9. Four ways Egypt’s pound flotation will cause more problems than it solves. Egypt court suspends block on island transfer to Saudi. Sisi assassination plots said uncovered in Egypt; 292 suspects charged. Egypt’s Orwellian Populisms - Carnegie Middle East Center. ElBaradei: 'Government threatened to destroy me over Rabaa opposi. Egypt's Mohamed Morsi has death sentence overturned - News from Al Jazeera. Can Egypt's Brotherhood restore ties with Cairo? 11/11 spokesperson denies postponement of protests. Why Egypt's Sisi welcomes Trump win. La crisi egiziana e le occasioni perdute - Arabpress. Egypt: How Not To Float Your Currency. Egypt tiptoes toward a 'breaking point'

Il Movimento dei Poveri in Egitto: l’11.11 di Haraket Ghalaba. After IMF deal, Egypt's Sisi says will not hesitate on tough reforms. Immigrants africains bombardés par la marine égyptienne : Crime de guerre au large de la Méditerranée. November 11 protests: popular uprising or damp squib? ElBaradei’s statement breaks 3 years silence on post-June 30 violence. Why Egypt's 'revolution of the hungry' isn't coming soon. As Egypt’s economy struggles, calls for protests against Sissi grow louder. Come l'Egitto sta cambiando asse. "11/11": la rivolta egiziana contro il regime di Al Sisi. "La rivoluzione dei poveri" - Egypt Today Notizie in tempo reale.

Sisi and Egypt's Christians: A passing crisis or the end of an alliance? - Opinion. Army to end infant milk monopolization, says spokesperson. ÉGYPTE – Le 14 rouge ! Bain de sang à Rabaa… Egypt's Scholars Reject Government-Written Sermons. Erdogan blasts Egypt's 'putschist president' Sisi in al-Jazeera i. Egypt's Foreign Minister to Meet Netanyahu in First Visit to Israel in Nine Years - Israel News - Haaretz. Sisi delivers 'message from Egypt' at 30 June uprising celebration. How Egypt plans to address its growing water crisis. Egyptian court quashes deal to transfer Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia. The myth of Sisi’s Sinai proposal. Volo Egyptair, torna la tesi dell'esplosione. Il medico legale egiziano: "Solo un'ipotesi"

Omicidio Regeni, tre mesi dopo: il conto (salato) pagato in Libia. Egypt: eight police killed in attack on outskirts of Cairo. Four reasons Sisi won’t turn against Iran. Il mistero dell'egiziano morto a Napoli, "attenzione" del governo del Cairo. Golpe contro Al-Sisi? Lo "prevedono" in USA - Blondet & Friends. Notes from Egypt's Interior Ministry leaked to journalists. Notes from the Underground: Why Some Egyptians Believe Islamists Killed Giulio Regeni. Untitled. In 2 weeks, police detained and arrested as many as 1227 in #Egypt to preempt widespread anger. #ThisisEgypt. Could the latest blunder by Egypt’s Sissi be the nail in his coffin? Warnings issued over planned protests in Egypt.

Elisa Campioni #EGITTO Timeline 25 Aprile 2016. Who owns the Nile? It’s more complicated than you think. April 25 protests: Locations announced despite clampdown and threats. Report: Egyptian President Sisi’s days are numbered. L’Egitto 5 anni dopo Tahrir: un paese sospeso. Will Sisi, Muslim Brotherhood make peace? Sisi's dwindling friends. Egypt: Statement By President Sisi to the 13th Session of the OIC Summit. EXCLUSIVE: The Emirati plan for ruling Egypt. How two Red Sea islands shed light on secret relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia. Uk.businessinsider. Protesters demand fall of Egypt's government over islands deal. Tiran-Sanafir: Redrawing maps and regional roles. Egypt police disperse protest against Saudi island deal. PressTV-Egypt warns against demos over islands. The ramifications of the Tiran and Sanafir catastrophe. Sinai: una penisola di punti interrogativi. Il Mar Rosso e le isole di un accordo precipitoso, fra Sisi e Salman.

Elisa Campioni - E' vero, non trattiamo con tanta spocchia... Egypt Informed Israel in Advance of Plan to Hand Over Red Sea Islands to Saudis - Middle East News - Haaretz. No more 'free' Saudi money for Egypt: Saudi businessman familiar with matter. Italy recalls ambassador from Egypt for talks about death of student. Egypt's devaluation woes. Time to Rethink U.S. Relationship With Egypt. Gang Posing as Police Killed Italian Student, Says Egypt’s Interior Ministry. Libia: al-Sisi, intervento militare? Si rischia nuova Somalia.