Category Archives: Diary of Aak

This Week in Egypt 2017: Week 34 ( Aug 14-20)

Top Headlines Italy to return its ambassador to Cairo, ending standoff over murdered student US military will take part in a joint military exercise with Egypt for the first time since the toppling of Mubarak in 2011 Hamas commander killed in … Continue reading

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This Week in Egypt 2017: Week 33 (Aug 7-13)

Top Headlines  Two passenger trains have collided in northern Egypt, killing at least 36 people Head of Egypt’s railway department resigns after deadly train collision ISIS has claimed responsibility for an attack on a patrol car that killed four Egyptian … Continue reading

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This Week in Egypt: Week 31 (July 31-Aug 6)

Top Headlines Egypt dismisses Qatari allegations of using membership to ‘achieve political purposes’ Egypt’s foreign-currency reserves jumped to a record in July, as investor confidence surged Egypt names new head of stock exchange Egypt and Russia broker truce between Syrian … Continue reading

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Al-Azhar’s Farcical Fatwa Kiosks

    “Fatwa Kiosk” – photo via Al-Fajr newspaper   Egypt’s Al-Azhar Islamic Research Academy has opened a number of kiosks in one of Cairo’s main underground metro stations to allow commuters to “seek guidance on Islamic issues.” According to … Continue reading

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This Week in Egypt: Week 30- 2017 ( July 24-30)

Top Headlines An Egyptian tank crew saved up to 50 people from a car bomb packed with explosives Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain will allow Qatari planes to use air corridors in emergencies Qatar turns down new LNG … Continue reading

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This Week in Egypt: Week 29-2017 (July 18-23)

Top Headlines Egypt urges Israel to immediately stop violence in Jerusalem Largest Military Base in the Middle East Opens in Egypt Egypt, Saudi Arabia deny revising 13 demands for Qatar Egypt ends visa-free entry for Qataris 8 suspected Hasm militants … Continue reading

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This Week In Egypt – Week 28 2017 ( July 10-16)

Top Headlines Attacker kills two German tourists at Red Sea beach resort in Egypt Gunmen kill five Egyptian policemen in Badrashin south of Cairo IMF approves second loan payment to Egypt Deadly battle between police and island ‘squatters’ Egyptian army … Continue reading

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This Week in Egypt. Week 27 ( July 3-9)

Top Headlines At least 23 Egyptian soldiers were killed when two suicide car bombs tore through army checkpoints in North Sinai Egypt, Gulf countries say Qatar displaying ‘lack of seriousness’ in response to their demands Supreme Constitutional Court forces government … Continue reading

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Twitter thread: The New York Times and Journalist Mohamed Fahmy

This week, David Kirpatrick wrote in the New York Times a report about journalist Mohamed Fahmy who has filed a lawsuit against his formal employer the Al-Jazeera Media Network. Here is a twitter thread by Samuel Tadros, Senior Fellow in … Continue reading

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Twitter Thread: A critical look at Ahdaf Soueif’s piece on Red Sea Islands

Egyptian writer Ahdaf Soueif has written an opinion piece about the transfir deal of two Red Sea islands Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia. Many in Egypt, myself included, share Soueif’s overall views. Her post was widely shared on social … Continue reading

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