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Egyptian Aak 2016 – Week 2 ( Jan 11- 17)

  Top Headlines Egypt extends state of emergency in North Sinai until April. Tuesday Egypt’s Cabinet has approved a draft law criminalizing the use of “terrorist” symbols. Wednesday ‪ Egypt extends participation in Yemen conflict for up to one year. … Continue reading

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Few Thoughts on Syria’s Zahran Alloush

Zahran Alloush Credit Amer Almohibany/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Last Friday, Zahran Alloush, the powerful leader of the Army of Islam, one of the many rebel groups fighting the Assad regime in Syria, was killed in an air strike by … Continue reading

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Will Canada entice us to embrace liberal secularism?

Canada’s PM Justin Trudeau  personally welcome Syrian  refugees via his Twitter’s account This weekend, Canada has dominated my timelines on both Facebook and Twitter. The images of the Canadian PM warmly welcoming Syrian refugees arriving in his country are rightly … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2015 – Week 14 ( Mar 30 – April 5)

Al-Sisi says securing Yemen’s key strait a top priority, via Egypt Independent  Main Headlines  Monday PM: Egypt to inaugurate ‘new Suez Canal’ next August Policemen has been injured while defusing a bomb in Alexandria Egypt spends 30 % less on … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2015 – week 6 ( Feb 2-8)

(Sunday’s football match riots. Photo via AP) Main Headlines  Monday Egypt court sentences 183 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to death Al-Jazeera journalist Fahmy’s release from Egypt jail is imminent Greste speaks of ‘angst’ over colleagues in Egyptian jail British foreign secretary … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2015 – Week 3 ( Jan 12 – 18)

(Egypt’s best known actress. May 27, 1931 – January 17, 2015) Main Headlines  Monday A Libya affiliate of ISIS has claimed the abduction of 21 Coptic Christians Court acquits 26 men in “gay bathhouse” case Egyptian security  arrests ISIS cell that … Continue reading

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Egypt and the Jewish Rabbi Abu-Hasira

Yacoub or Jacob Abu Hasira. (photo:Wikimedia Commons) Egypt – A court in Alexandria has canceled an annual Jewish festival commemorating the birthday of Abu-Hasira, a leading 19th-century Moroccan Rabbi (1805-1880). The festival was due to take place on January 9 … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2014 – Week 52 ( Dec 22- 28 )

(Activist Sanaa Seif, and rights activist and lawyer Yara Sallam (Photo: Courtesy of Free Sanaa Facebook page) Main Headlines  Monday Al-Jazeera shuts down its Egypt channel Egypt extends opening of Rafah border crossing Appeals court adjourns FGM victim case to … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2014 – Week 49 ( Dec 1-7)

Main Headlines  Monday Prosecutor-general will issue a decision on Mubarak’s release within 48 hours Rival groups ‪to protest Mubarak’s verdict this week Egypt’s Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis claims killing of US citizen in Western Desert Egyptian fighting for Islamic State dies … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2014 – Week 48 ( Nov 24 – 30)

  (Mubarak’s lawyer following the acquittal verdict) (Photo via al-Masry al-Youm )  Main Headlines  Monday Pope urges Sisi to ensure peace during Egypt transition Schools in North Sinai to reopen soon, says minister Egypt military court upholds jail terms for … Continue reading

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