Monthly Archives: January 2016

Egyptian Aak 2016- Week 4 ( Jan25-31)

Top Headlines Amid heavy security, Egypt marks 5th anniversary of uprising. Monday Egyptian F-16 aircraft crashes, killing crew. Thursday Charges lifted for 73 security officials in illicit gains case against Mubarak’s El-Adly. Thursday Egypt refutes reports claiming those responsible for … Continue reading

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Egypt’s nonsensical heroism

  A video of two young men, Ahmed Malek, an aspiring actor and his friend, satire show reporter Shady Abu-Zaid, handing out condom balloons to police on the fifth anniversary of Egypt’s uprising has gone viral, triggering an ongoing flurry … Continue reading

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Italy’s shambolic appeasement of Islamism

Plywood boxes concealed the nude statues at the museum in Rome Photo via BBC   Iranian President Rouhani is in Europe seeking to boost economic ties after the implementation of the Iran deal and the lifting of sanctions on his … Continue reading

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Reblog: EU commission letter to Turkey on renewing accession negotiations

The letter on the deal the EU made with Turkey has finally been made public. Member of the European Parliament Marietje Schaake has published it together with her thoughts on the situation in Turkey. ‪ This paragraph, in my opinion, … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2016 – Week 3 ( Jan19-24)

Top Headlines Giza blast kills 7 Egyptian policemen and 3 civilians. Thursday Chinese president arrives for Cairo visit, set for bilateral talks. Thursday Two Egypt-based militant groups claim responsibility for ‪Giza attack. Friday Egypt denies reports of mediation efforts with … Continue reading

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The anniversary of the Revolution and the need for truth and clarity

  Egypt’s 2012 election, Ahmed Shafiq versus Mohamed Morsi. Via Ahram An Egyptian proverb claims that Egypt was built by a “Halawani” sweet maker, a reference to the Egyptians’ addiction to sweet deserts and sweet talk too. The making of … Continue reading

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The cultural elements of the Cologne attacks

Along with the new year, a new challenge has come to Germany—and the rest of Europe: coordinated group sexual harassment. On December 31, 2015, about 1,500 men, including some who had recently arrived to Europe as asylum seekers, sexually assaulted … Continue reading

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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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Suleiman Khater: Egypt’s Fake Hero

Iranian stamp honouring Suleiman Khater for killing Israelis   Sinai October 1985 — Egyptian conscript Suleiman Khater killed 7 Israeli civilians, including 4 children, during their vacation in Ras Burqa, in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. In December 1985, Khater was tried … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2016 – Week 1 ( Jan 4-10)

Top Headlines  Egypt convenes parliament for the first time in three years. Sunday Egyptian court upholds Mubarak jail sentence. Saturday Three knifemen storm a hotel in Hurghada. Friday ISIS-affiliated group claims responsibility for an attack on Giza hotel. Friday   President … Continue reading

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