Podcast: A New Start of Egypt-Turkey Relations?

It was a pleasure to join Thanos Davelis, the director of public affairs at the Hellenic Leader, in a new episode of the Greek Current podcast series. to to discuss the relations between Turkey and Egypt following the Turkish President Erdogan’s handshake with his Egyptian counterpart at the World Cup. We discussed what steps Cairo still expects to see from Ankara, and where Greek-Egyptian relations fit in.

You can listen to the podcast here:

https://player.simplecast.com/d575a187-b190-4f3e-abe5-106c9a704d15?dark=false

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This Week in Egypt: Week 47-2022 ( Nov 28- Dec 4)

Main Headlines

  • Turkish FM asserts that Turkey and Egypt to re-appoint ambassadors in coming months
  • India has invited Egypt to be a guest country at the G20 meetings under its 2023 presidency
  • BP has been awarded new exploration blocks in Egypt’s Offshore Nile Delta
  • Egypt buys first Ukrainian wheat shipment since Russian war began
  • Egypt and Sudan launch Guardian of the South-2 joint military exercise
  • Israel’s Gantz defends Cairo ties after Avi Maoz’s Noam calls Egypt an ‘enemy state
  • Dior showcases fashion in shadow of Egypt’s pyramids

Monday

  • BP has been awarded new exploration blocks in Egypt’s Offshore Nile Delta
  • Turkish FM: Turkey, Egypt to re-appoint ambassadors ‘in coming months’  
  • Libya’s UN Envoy holds talks with Egyptian FM in Cairo

Tuesday

  • Saudi Arabia extends terms of $5 billion in aid to Egypt
  • Ryanair is in talks with authorities in Egypt and Libya about operating flights to the countries for the first time 
  • Egypt studying legislation to allow individuals to donate organs after death

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

  • Egypt’s Sisi Jordan’s King Abdullah II on Saturday 
  • Dior puts on star-studded Celestial show at Egypt’s Pyramids of Giza
  • Egypt to locally manufacture 100 electric buses for Cairo Ring Road
  • Greco-Roman funerary building, mummy portraits discovered in Egypt

Sunday

Reports

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This Week in Egypt: Week 46-2022 ( Nov 21-27)

Top Headlines

  • Egypt’s Sisi and Turkey’s Erdogan agree that World Cup handshake will be start of new relations
  • Egypt and Greece sign deals on migrant rescues and agriculture 
  • Egypt announces freedom, mass pardon for 30 jailed activists
  • Egypt’s population grows by quarter-million in less than two months, now exceeds 104.2 million 

Main Headlines

Monday

Tuesday

  • Egypt and Greece sign deals on migrant rescue and agriculture 
  • Egypt to provide 5,000 farm workers to Greece in seasonal scheme
  • Egypt issues decree to regulate the price and quantities of rice

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Reports

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This Week in Egypt: Week 45-2022 ( Nov 14-20 )

Top Headlines

  • Alaa Abd el-Fattah has ended hunger strike
  • COP27: A historic climate costs deal has been struck but no fossil fuel progress
  • U.S. climate envoy Kerry tests positive for Covid
  • Two Egyptian girls found dead at Syria camp hosting ISIL
  • Turkey’s Erdogan shakes hands with Egypt’s Sisi at World Cup
  • Egypt to start building $11 billion wind farm from 2024

Main Headlines

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

  • Two Egyptian girls found dead at Syria camp hosting ISIL families
  • The Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria sign agreement on rice processing, export with Egypt

Thursday

  • COP27: Climate negotiators in Egypt say they remain far from reaching a deal
  • Confusion, finger-pointing, opposing views at Egypt’s COP27
  • COP27: Africa’s dash for gas sparks debate at climate summit in Egypt
  • Turkey could reset relations with Egypt and Syria after elections: Erdogan

Friday

  • COP27: U.S. climate envoy Kerry tests positive for COVID -19
  • COP27: EU proposes to climate damage fund, energizing bogged-down COP27 talks
  • US and Russia to meet in Egypt to discuss key nuclear arms control agreement later this month

Saturday

Sunday

Reports

  • Explainer: COP27: What is ‘Loss and Damage’ funding, and who should pay? Kate Abnett
  • COP27: What are the sticking points in COP27 negotiations? BBC
  • Egypt reaps economic, political gains from COP27. Hagar Hosny

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Qatar- Where God Favours the Rich

The only people who will be able to drink in stadiums will be those in corporate hospitality.

(MATCH Hospitality)

Can you afford paying $3000? If so, then you are one of few who can enjoy high-end alcoholic drinks in Qatar. The conservative Muslim country that voluntarily decided to host the top global sport event the Football World Cup, has only remembered that alcohol is banned in Islam few hours before the start of the tournament, and has thus decided to ban beer from World Cup stadiums. Its decision, however, comes with a caveat: The rich and elite can enjoy alcohol in corporate hospitality lounges.

According to this Sky News report, at cost of $3000 (£2,522) per ticket, fans will be able to enjoy high-end alcoholic drinks and fine food in the luxurious hospitality lounges, suites, and restaurants at the eight stadiums built and renovated for football’s biggest event. And for £4,000, a mixologist and premium spirits are thrown in.

In Islam, alcohol is banned for everyone, rich and poor, corporates and non-corporates, elites and non-elites. But in Qatar, the ban is lifted, it seems, for those the Qatari leadership sees as useful to serve its agenda. And they are many of them, rushing on social media to defend Qatar and use excuses like “health and safety”, “hooliganism”, and “respect for the culture”. Those who dare to voice outrage are branded “white supremacists” and disrespectful to Islam. 

Well, no one disrespect Islam more than those who think the Almighty will only punish the poor for daring to drink a cheap can of beer, but will forgive Muslims who allow the rich to enjoy drinking in their posh lounges

Qatar’s beer ban perfectly sums up the fallacy of Islamism, where alcohol is a top sin, but bribes, exploitation of poor workers, and favouring the rich elites are conveniently ignored. 

Up to 6,500 migrant workers have allegedly died in Qatar since the World Cup was awarded, and fans who have travelled to Qatar as part of a controversial paid-for supporters programme have been told by Qatari authorities that their cash has been cut, as the Guardian has revealed that a per diem payment for food and drink upon which some supporters were depending was cancelled just as fans were packing to travel to the Gulf, following the exposure of the scheme in the media and even reports of alleged bribery for Ecuadorian players. Where is Islam in all of this? 

It is sad and infuriating to see pious Muslims rush to defend “sister” Qatar’s alcohol ban against the “evil” West while ignoring all the anti-Islamic policies adopted in Doha. This is testimony to how Islamism has managed to brainwash many Muslims to believe that alcohol will only be a treat in heaven, but not on earth and that the rich can enjoy life behind closed doors, but not the poor. 

There are many things money can buy, but Islam is not one of them. Islam is about justice not privilege. Islam is about tolerance, not enforcement. Islam has never sanctioned dualism and corruption.  

Defend Qatar as much as you like, but stop dragging Islam into this moral mess. 

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This Week in Egypt: Week 44 – 2022 ( Nov 7-13)

Top headlines

  • The United Nations Climate Change Conference COP27 has started in Egypt’s Sharm El-Sheikh 
  • Plight of Egyptian dissident overshadows climate conference COP27 in Egypt
  • Family of jailed activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah asks for presidential pardon
  • Egypt’s Sisi met US President Biden and US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi 
  • COP27: Biden raises human rights with Egypt’s Sisi -White House 
  • U.S. President Biden praises Egypt for its stance on Ukraine and Gaza 
  • Archaeologists in Egypt discover tunnel that may lead to Cleopatra’s tomb

Main Headlines

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

  • Cop27: President Sisi meets US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in Sharm El Sheikh
  • UK firm Alstom builds monorail for COP27 host country Egypt
  • British-Egyptian activist undergoing ‘medical intervention’ days after escalating hunger strike

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Reports

  • Plight of Egyptian dissident Alaa Abdel Fattah overshadows COP27. Heba Saleh
  • Curbs on rights weaken Egypt’s climate talks, campaigners say. Dominic Evans
  • Dead wrong: Victorians ‘mistaken’ about why Egyptians mummified bodies. Vanessa Thorpe

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  • Readout  of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi of Egypt
  • The Muslim Brotherhood’s radical preachments and its relationship to violence and extremism. European Eye on radicalisation 

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This Week in Egypt: Week 43-2022 ( Oct 31- Nov 6)

Top Headlines

  • COP27 Climate Summit kicks off in Egypt’s Sharm El-Sheikh
  • More than 120 world leaders to attend the COP27 in Egypt
  • COP27 puts climate compensation on agenda for first time
  •  Jailed British-Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel Fattah escalates hunger strike
  • Egypt faces criticism over crackdown on activists ahead of COP27 climate summit
  • Leading figure in Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood dies at 85

Main Headlines

Monday

Tuesday

  • Egyptian pound slides to 24.2 against USD on Tuesday
  • Egypt to adopt comprehensive vision to seek applicable solutions for climate challenges at COP27: Sisi to UN Chief
  • Egypt arrests dozens of protestors ahead of COP27 – rights group 

Wednesday

Thursday

  • Egyptian FM Shoukry discusses with Sec. Blinken COP27 preparations, Libya and human rights
  • Jailed British-Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel Fattah escalates hunger strike
  • Egyptian pound drops to 24.3 against US dollar on Thursday
  • German MEKO A-200 frigate arrives at Alexandria naval base

Friday

Saturday

  • More than 120 world leaders will attend the COP27 in Egypt
  • Egypt faces criticism over crackdown on activists ahead of COP27 climate summit
  • Central Bank of Egypt issues binding regulations to foster sustainability and sustainable finance

Sunday

  • COP27 to formally discuss climate compensation for poorer nations
  • Jailed activist Alaa Abdel Fattah begins “water strike
  • Rishi Sunak writes to family of jailed British-Egyptian writer as sister urges Sunak to get ‘proof of life’
  • Egypt’s Suez Canal Authority to invest $550m in current fiscal

Reports

  • Climate change and rising seas threaten Egypt’s bread basket.  Samy Magdy 
  • As countries convene at climate summit in Egypt, reports show the world is wildly off track. Here’s what to watch at COP27. Ella Nilsen
  • Sinking Alexandria faces up to coming catastrophe. AFP 
  • Ahead of COP27, Democrats push Biden to confront Egypt on human rights Elizabeth Hagedorn
  • Egypt eyes diplomatic payoff from hosting COP27 climate summit. Aiden Lewish
  • Egypt’s post-IMF pain is a lesson for debt-laden emerging markets. Netty Idayu Ismail
  • Why does Egypt have a problem with rape? Jade Bremner

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  • The IMF’s deal with Egypt ignores its economy’s main weakness: The overweening presence of the military in practically every important sector. Bobby Ghosh 
  • Is It time for Jacinda Ardern to head to the Middle East? Geoffrey Miller

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This Week in Egypt: Week 42-2022 ( Oct 24- 30)

Top Headlines

  • Egypt reaches $3bn IMF loan deal after agreeing to float currency
  • Egyptian pound dives after shift to flexible currency and IMF deal
  • British PM Rishi Sunak will not attend climate summit COP 27 in Egypt next month
  • Egypt launches COP 27
  • Egypt halts dialogue with Turkey over Libya’s policies
  • U.S. Embassy Cairo issues a demonstration alert  
  • EU funds border control deal in Egypt with migration via Libya on rise
  • Egypt to plant wheat in Congo amid water shortage

Main Headlines

Monday

  • Egypt launches COP27 App on iOS and Google Play-store
  • Egypt shuts down event spaces on first Monday of Cop27 in blow to NGOs
  • Egypt says it hopes King Charles will attend COP27, urges UK not to backslide on climate pledges
  • Letter of credit system for imports to be cancelled within 2 months: Egypt PM

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

  • Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will travel to Egypt for COP27 climate conference 
  • Egypt halts dialogue with Turkey over because the latter showed no signs in changing its policies about Libya, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry

Sunday

Reports

  • Desperate for Dollars? A brief explainer of what the devaluation of the Egyptian pound means. Egyptian Streets
  • Egypt to plant wheat in Congo amid water shortage. Mohamed Sabry
  • Egypt seeks new agriculture, food security cooperation with Africa. Rasha Mahmoud
  • First climate-related fatwa  prohibiting environmentally harmful practices issued in Egypt. Ayah Aman
  • COP27: What is the Egypt climate conference and why is it important? Esme Stallard

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  • 7 must-visit winter destinations in Egypt

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This Week in Egypt: Week 41-2022 ( Oct 17-23)

Top Headlines

  • US senator blocks $75m military aid to Egypt over human rights concerns
  • Egypt’s Sisi: Maritime border deal, with Greece and Cyprus, kept Egypt from going dark
  • Egypt’s currency seen falling faster than previous projections
  • Russian referendums strain Egypt-Ukraine ties 
  • Black sand reserves promise a shining future for Egypt
  • Egypt keeps domestic fuel prices unchanged till end of December

Main Headlines

Monday

  • Senator blocks $75 million in U.S. military aid to Egypt over rights concerns 
  • Egypt parliament to vote on harsher penalties for illegally building on farmland

Tuesday

  • Egypt receives 1st MEKO A-200 frigate from Germany
  • Egyptian military court reduces journalist Ismail Eskandrani prison sentence to 7 years
  • Young man kills fiancé on street in Port Said

Wednesday

  • COP27: Family of Briton Alaa Abd El-Fattah jailed in Egypt stage sit-in outside Foreign Office
  • Sisi invites private sector to engage in Egypt’s projects to extract metals from black sand

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Reports

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This Week in Egypt: Week 40-2022 ( Oct 10-16)

Top Headlines

  • IMF chief Georgieva says ‘big policy issues’ resolved in talks with Egypt 
  • Fitch Solutions upgrades its projections for Egypt’s GDP growth by 0.36% in 2022, expects EGP to further weaken
  • Egypt restricts dollar withdrawals amid liquidity crunch
  • Inflation in urban parts of Egypt to highest level in four years
  • Egyptian embassy in Kiev urges nationals to leave as soon as possible
  • Egypt says condemning Russia in UNGA vote in line with principle of rejecting force 
  • Egypt’s Suez Canal to offer ships fuelling and catering services

Main Headlines 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

  • IMF chief Georgieva says ‘big policy issues’ resolved in talks with Egypt
  • Germany’s thyssenkrupp Marine Systems handed over the first-of-class MEKO A-200 EN to Egyptian navy

Saturday

Sunday

Reports

  • Egypt restricts dollar withdrawals amid liquidity crunch
  • COP27: Everything you need to know about the United Nations climate talks in Egypt.  Sky News
  • Coca-Cola to sponsor COP27 in Egypt, sparking criticism. Marc Espanol
  • Egypt to push tourism at Qatar World Cup Egypt to push tourism at Qatar World Cup. Ibrahim Ayyad 
  • Statement by the IMF Spokesperson on Egypt 

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