This Week in Egypt: Week 37-2021 ( Sept 13-19)

Top Headlines

  • U.N. council urges Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan to restart dam talks
  • President Biden to withhold, restrict some military aid to Egypt
  • Egyptian president and Israeli prime minister have talks in first formal meeting between two countries in over a decade
  • Multinational military exercise Bright Star 2021 is concluded in Egypt
  • Egypt Air to operate Cairo-Tel Aviv flights in October 
  • Egypt set to export electricity to Cyprus, Greece in October 2021 
  • Egypt is removed from UK COVID-19 ‘Red List’
  • Egypt signs flurry of deals with Libya’s unity government

Main Headlines

Monday

  • Egyptian president and Israeli prime minister have talks in first formal meeting between two countries in over a decade3

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

  • U.N. council urges Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan to restart dam talks
  • Cairo welcomes UNSC presidential statement on GERD
  • Egypt signs flurry of deals with Libya’s unity government

Friday

  • UK removes Egypt from red list of travel  
  • The multinational two-week long military exercise Bright Star 2021 hosted by Egypt was wrapped up on Friday

Saturday

  • Egypt receives more than 564K doses of COVID-19 vaccine AstraZeneca  from France
  • Sudan FM decries Ethiopia for ‘fabricating problems’ over GERD, borders
  • Marriage, divorce decline in Egypt in 2020

Sunday

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Reports

  • Experts weigh in on the Biden administration restricting aid to Egypt. Omri Nahmias
  • Egypt’s embrace of Bennett highlights divisions in Israeli cabinet. Mazal Mualem
  • Turkey to extradite militants to Egypt as relations warm. Hamza Hendawi 
  • Egypt trains Sudanese police to counter Brotherhood plans. Al-Monitor 
  • Egypt picks Europe over China: High-Speed Rail to Connect Red Sea and Mediterranean.  Bernhard Zand

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  • Ritualistic tools discovered at Tel al-Fara in Egypt
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This Week in Egypt: Week 36-2021 ( Sept 6-12)

Top Headlines

  • Egypt Launches National Strategy for Human Rights
  • Turkey and Egypt pledge further talks to normalise ties after second round of talks
  • Egyptian PM:  Egypt-Turkey ties could be restored this year if outstanding issues are resolved
  • Egypt builds new water station outside Cairo as fears over Ethiopia dam persist
  • Ethiopia claims it ‘withstood pressures’ from Egypt and Sudan to ‘internationalise’ GERD dispute
  • Egyptian and Indian navies execute joint drill in Mediterranean Sea

Main Headlines

Monday

Tuesday

  • Turkey holds second summit with Egypt as Erdoğan courts regional rivals
  • Egypt’s GDP is expected to grow to 5.3% in FY2022/23 through FY2023/24: S&P 

Wednesday

  • Turkey and Egypt pledge further talks to normalise ties after second round of talks  
  • Ethiopia claims it ‘withstood pressures’ from Egypt and Sudan to ‘internationalise’ GERD dispute

Thursday

  • Traffic in Egypt’s Suez Canal unaffected by brief grounding of a ship in the canal
  • Egyptian PM:  Egypt-Turkey ties could be restored this year if outstanding issues are resolved  

Friday

  • Egypt to deliver natural gas to Lebanon through Jordan, Syria
  • Egypt, Jordan, and Palestine hold tripartite talks in Cairo

Saturday

Sunday

Reports

  • Will political tension in Ethiopia benefit Egypt’s position on Nile dam dispute? Ayah Aman
  • Egypt- Turkey: Testing the waters. Doaa El-Bey 
  • ‘Hymen reconstruction fatwa’ stirs controversy in Egypt.  Shahira Amin

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This Week in Egypt: Week 35- 2021 ( Aug 30- Sept 5)

Top Headlines

  • President Sisi stresses Egypt’s solidarity with Cyprus against practices compromising its sovereignty
  • Second round of Turkey-Egypt diplomatic talks to be held in Ankara
  • President Sisi congratulates Israeli counterpart for new position, advent of new Jewish year
  • Egypt’s Sisi to host Israeli PM Bennett at Sharm El-Sheikh meeting 
  • Egyptian Paratroopers and Commandos conclude joint counterterrorism training with US Special Forces
  • Egypt signs $4.5 billion high-speed rail deal to link its Red Sea and Mediterranean coasts
  • Amazon inaugurates logistics centre in Egypt 

Main Headlines

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

  • Israel’s Bennett and Egypt’s Sisi to meet publically in Sharm El-Sheikh soon  
  • ‘Suez Canal on rails’ – Egypt signs $4.5 billion high speed rail to link its Red Sea and Mediterranean coasts

Thursday

  • Egypt, Jordan, and Palestine hold top-level summit in Cairo

Friday

Saturday

  • Egypt’s Sisi stresses Egypt’s solidarity with Cyprus against practices compromising its sovereignty 
  • Egypt’s Sisi asks for ‘serious’ role by international community to help solve GERD dispute
  • Sudan condemns Ethiopian army’s ‘misleading statements’ 
  • Syria says will help Lebanon get gas from Egypt as Iran fuel shipment en route 
  • Egypt’s Sharm El-Sheikh airport receives 1st Swiss Air flight after five years hiatus

Sunday

  • President Sisi congratulates Israeli counterpart for new position, advent of new Jewish year new Jewish Year
  • Governor of Central Bank of Egypt Tarek Amer is among 10 best central bank governors globally
  • Egyptian stocks retreated due to a broad selloff in blue-chip shares

Reports

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  • Salah joins Egypt for World Cup qualifier in Gabon
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This Week in Egypt: Week 34-2021 ( Aug 23-29)

Top Headlines

  • Egypt’s Sisi, Qatar’s Tamim meet for first time since reconciliation
  • Ethiopia deems Tunisia’s GERD proposal to the UNSC ‘inappropriate’
  • Researchers discover remains of four-legged amphibious whale in Egypt’s Fayoum
  • Egypt to make oldest Islamic capital in Africa into open museum
  • Egypt’s top religious authority opens Tiktok account 
Scientists in Egypt have identified a new species of four-legged whale that lived around 43 million years ago.

Main Headlines

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

  • Researchers discovered new species of ancient four-legged whale in Egypt
  • Egypt partially reopens Rafah border crossing with Gaza

Friday

Saturday

  • Egypt’s discusses  bilateral relations with Iraqi president ahead of Baghdad cooperation conference
  • Egypt rejects all foreign interference in Iraq’s affairs, illegal aggression on its territories, Sisi says
  • Egypt’s Sisi and Qatar’s Tamim meet for first time since reconciliation 
  • Egypt urges dialogue to settle Morocco-Algeria dispute

Sunday

Reports

  • Cairo and Khartoum are both wary that Turkey might expand its ties with Ethiopia. Fehim Tastekin
  • Egypt to make oldest Islamic capital in Africa into open museum. Hani Sameer
  • Sunflowers change farmers’ fortunes in central Egypt city. Amr Emam
  • Egypt’s top religious authority opens Tiktok account.  Abdulla Kadry

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This Week in Egypt: Week 33-2021 ( Aug 16-22)

Top Headlines

  • Ever-Given the ship that blocked Suez Canal in March, crosses the canal again
  • Egyptian president invites Israel’s Bennett for official visit
  • Egypt closes Rafah border with Gaza until further notice
  • Archaeologists surprised by discovery of 6th century Christian town in Egypt 
  • Lebanon’s Nasrallah says another ship to sail from Iran, welcomes Egypt, Jordan help
  • UK delivers Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine doses to Egypt
The Ever Given sails again through the Suez canal in Ismailia, Egypt. Photograph: Suez Canal Authority/Reuter

Main Headlines

Monday

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Thursday

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 Sunday

Reports

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  • Historic Cairo’s monuments getting a glow-up
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Thread: Refuting President Biden’s speech and his comments on Afghan army

President Joe Biden blamed the Taliban’s takeover in Afghanistan on Afghan political leaders who fled the country and the unwillingness of the unwillingness of the U.S, trained Afghan army to fight the militant group.

Former CIA analyst Matt Zeller debunked the American president’s assessment. In an interview with MSNBC’s Brian Williams, Mr. Zeller said he” was appalled by President Joe Biden’s Afghanistan speech, and it was a “lie.”  He added that he personally tried to tell this administration since it took office that “this was coming,” and send them plan after plan to evacuate Afghani wartime allies. 

Mr Zeller said that “We had all equipment and people to evacuate months ago and we did nothing, there are 86 thousands who are currently left behind in Afghanistan alone.” He asserted that he has a list of 14 thousands names who wanted to leave Afghanistan.

The most astonishing of Mr. Zeller testimony is his debunking of President Biden’s assertion that Afghan army did not want to fight. He asserted that the Afghan army took more casualties every year more than the American army had in 20 years, and how the Afghani soldiers fought despite not being paid on regular basis and not receiving fuel. “How dare us for having to blame those people?” he added. (in this extended clip from the same interview)

Earlier this year, in June 2021, Mr Zeller spoked passionately about how Afghanis soldiers and interpreters helped the American mission, and how American soldiers could not do their job with Afghani help. 

Here are the true figures of Afghan casualties

The real explanation of President Biden’s reluctance to help loyal Afghanis is aptly explained here

Also here are some added facts:

Here is another important thread:

Harsh criticism of President Biden came from many around the globe.

Here is a striking comment by Alan Jones of Sky News Australia:

Leadership is about taking responsibility, not making excuses”

But let me finish this thread with this from Wall Street Journal’s editorial board

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This Week in Egypt: Week 32-2021 ( Aug 9-15)

Top Headlines

  • Egypt’s Sisi and CIA Director William Burns hold talks in Cairo
  • Egypt’s Berenice Military Base receives Charles Cooper II, US ambassador to Cairo
  • Nine Egyptian soldiers were killed in clashes with Islamist militants in Sinai, Egyptian armed forces kill 13 militants in Sinai operation
  • Egypt and UAE conclude ‘Zayed-3’ joint air forces training

Main Headlines

Monday

Tuesday

  • Egypt’s annual headline inflation surges to 4.6% in July
  • Billionaire Naguib Sawiris offers student bullied over her dress full cost of private study 

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

  • Nine Egyptian soldiers were killed in clashes with Islamist militants in Sinai
  • Egypt officials say militant attack kills 7 troops in Sinai
  • Coca Cola HBC seals Egypt deal after first-half profit jump

Saturday

Sunday

Reports

  • Cairo backed Tunisian president’s actions against Brotherhood. Mohamed Saied
  • How contractors moved a 4,500-year-old Pharaoh’s ship to Egypt’s new museum. Global Construction Review
  • Egypt papyrus makers keep tradition alive despite tourism slump. France24

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  • Why ending Egypt’s bread subsidies holds great significance.  Hamza Hendawi 
  • New escalation in Ethiopia’s Tigray war. Lamis El-Sharaqawy 

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Podcast: Turkish government uses troll armies to control public discourse

My latest Turkish Trend podcast for Ahval was with Süleyman Özeren, a Turkish scholar at the George Mason University and a fellow of the Orion Policy Institute. he explained how Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has utilised its youth organisations to dominate public discourse and intimidate the political opposition through social media. The research, entitled “Political Astroturfing in Twitterscape: The Role of Troll Armies in Turkey’s Democratic Backsliding” analysed 6,252 Turkish state-sponsored accounts suspended by Twitter. He also added that the youth organisation of the AKP has extensively carried out disinformation campaigns on social media. The AKP youth has been utilised to dominate the public discourse and to intimidate the political opposition in Turkey.

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This Week in Egypt: Week 31-2021 ( Aug 2-8)

Top headlines

  • Egypt’s Sisi says it is time to raise price of subsidised bread 
  • Egypt sends 2 Chinook helicopters to help in extinguishing Greek forest fire
  • Sudan recalls ambassador to Ethiopia after mediation offer rejected 
  • Turkish Cypriot leader Tatar: Drones from occupied Cyprus can reach Egypt 
  • Egypt to receive first batch of single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine on Monday
  • Pharaoh Khufu’s intact solar boat, dating back some 4,600 years, is taken to Grand Egyptian Museum 
  • Egypt plans to establish a city for organic farming
Khufu’s solar boat on its journey to the new Grand Egyptian Museum  – Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities/AFP

Main Headlines

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

  • Egypt calls upon international community to exert all possible efforts to support the Lebanese people
  • Fitch Ratings has revised its outlook on the Egyptian banking sector’s operating environment to stable in August, from negative in July
  • Egypt’s interest rates likely to remain unchanged for the rest of 2021 
  • Egypt’s  international reserves are up slightly to $40.6 billion by end of July 

Thursday

Friday

  • Pharaoh Khufu’s intact solar boat, dating back some 4,600 years, is taken to Grand Egyptian Museum 
  • Russia starts equipment production for Egypt’s El-Dabaa nuclear plant

Saturday

Sunday

Reports

  • Can Algerian mediation bring sides closer in Nile dam dispute? Hagar Hosny

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This Week in Egypt: Week 30-2021 ( July 26- Aug 1)

Top Headlines

  • Egypt, Algeria discuss regional issues and Ethiopian dam
  • Lebanese Army Chief visited Egypt, meets Commander-in-Chief of Egyptian army
  • Egypt’s Arab Contractors Company to develop Lebanon’s Tripoli port
  • Egypt voices support for Tunisian President amid power crisis
  • 89 Jihadists and 5 Egyptian troops were killed in Islamic State attack in northern Sinai
  • China to donate to Gaza 500,000 COVID-19 vaccines produced in Egypt
  • Moody’s maintains Egypt’s credit rating at B2 with stable outlook
  • Egypt’s economy to grow 5% in 2021-22 as rebound continues

Main headlines

Monday

  • Taekwondo fighter Seif Eissa claims 2nd medal for Egyptin Tokyo 2020

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

  • Egypt voices support for Tunisian President amid power crisis
  • 89 ISIS Jihadis and 5 Egyptian troops were killed in North Sinai in an anti-terrorism operations conducted by Egypt’s Armed Forces
  • China to donate to Gaza 500,000 COVID-19 vaccines produced in Egypt

Reports

  • Egypt seeks rapprochement with Senegal in Nile dam crisis ahead of its AU presidency
  • Rising sea levels threaten ancient port city in Egypt. Hamada Elrasam and Heather Murdock 

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