This Week in Egypt: Week 7-2019 ( Feb 11-17)

Top Headlines

  • Egypt approves bill that means president Sisi could remain in office until 2034
  • Egyptian troops hit by deadly jihadist attack in Sinai
  • Several Egyptian troops killed or wounded in North Sinai
  • Egypt thwarts bomb attack on a security force in Giza
  • Egypt cuts benchmark rate for first time in nearly a year
  • Egypt condemns suicide bombing that targeted Iran’s Revolutionary Guard
  • Egypt: no one should obstruct use of East Med resources 
  • UAE’s Dana Gas to drill second largest Egyptian natural gas field

 

Main Headlines

Monday

 Tuesday

  • Three policemen are sentenced to three years in prison over beating prisoner to death
  • An Egypt court ‘temporarily’ removes nearly 300 people from terrorism list

Wednesday

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Sunday

Reports

Good Read 

From Twitter

 

Plus

  • Travel guides will tell you to skip Cairo, but the Egyptian capitalis a fascinating city bursting with amazing food and culture
  • Egypt’s National libraryin Cairo, the Middle East’s oldest library, has been restored to its former glory with financial support from the United Arab Emirates
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This Week in Egypt: Week 6-2019 ( Feb 4-10)

Top Headlines 

  • Al-Azhar’s Imam calls on Muslims in the Middle East to ’embrace’ Christians
  • Pope and grand imam sign historic pledge of fraternity in UAE
  • Egypt’s Sisi is elected new chairman of African Union
  • Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan discuss Renaissance Dam issue in Addis Ababa
  • Strongly felt but muted opposition to Egypt’s constitution changes
  • Eight Turkish police are suspended after deporting Egyptian fugitive to Cairo 
  • An Egyptian court orders release of satirist blogger Shady Abu Zeid

 

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Main Headlines

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Reports

Good Read

  • Why FGM and population growth go hand in hand. Aleksander Bodiroza

And

  • Full Text of Abu Dhabi Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together
  • Joint Statement on Syria

 

From Twitter

 

Plus

Cairo’s Hidden Gems: The animal museum

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Re-Blog: All what you want to know about the Egyptian new counter-terrorism unit

This blog is crucial to understand Egypt’s new counter-terrorism unit. Enjoy!

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Unit Formation

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In July 2017, the Commander-in-Chief of the Egyptian Armed Forces issued instructions to establish a semi-special forces unit to participate in new tasks as combat terrorism, which considered as kind of atypical wars & urban areas operations, Also, one of the objectives of the unit is to work as a nearby reserve for the general command of Egyptian Armed Forces to participate in the tasks outside the country and inside to secure the cities, provinces, & desert areas in the south and west of the country

The unit is attached to Rapid deployment forces (RDF) of Egyptian Army, and it consists in its formation of Thunderbolts, Border guards, reconnaissance units, Infantry, 25th special operations group of the Egyptian civilian police with total number of 125 personnel, in addition to paratroopers company operating as a reserve to the unit in addition to technical and administrative units

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This Week in Egypt: Week 5-2019 ( Jan 28-Feb 3)

Top Headlines 

  • France’s Macron: Egypt’s rights record seen as worse than under Mubarak
  • A group of Egyptian lawmakers seek to extend El-Sisi term to at least 2024
  • Egypt’s military kills 8 ‘extremely dangerous’ terroristsin the Western desert
  • British woman jailed over painkillers is freed from Egyptian prison after presidential pardon
  • Egypt Unveils Pharaonic Tomb With 50 Mummies

 

Main Headlines

 Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

  • Human Rights Advocates were accused of spreading ‘false news’ after meeting with Macron
  • Egyptian-Kuwaiti joint military drills kick off in Kuwait
  • Egypt’s garment exports hit $1.5 billion in 2018: Garment council
  • Alexandria deputy government is sentenced to 12 years over bribes

Friday

  • Egypt officials discuss future of Downtown government buildings in light of new capital move
  • Egypt’s stock market gains 43.7 billion dollars in January
  • Egypt stops first desert locust attack on Sudan border this year

Saturday

Sunday

  • A group of Egyptian lawmakers seek to extend El-Sisi term to at least 2024
  • Egypt’s short-term dollar debt drops to $14 billion
  • Hamas’s Haniya visits Egypt for talks on Israel truce on truce with Israel
  • Grand Imam of al-Azhar Ahmad al-Tayyeb to hold a historic inter-faith summit with Pope Francis in in Abu Dhabi

Reports

From Twitter

 

Photo Gallery

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Twitter Thread: Lebanon’s New Government

Lebanon finally has a new government. Lebanese factions have agreed to form a new government of national unity, ending nearly nine months of bickering.

Here is a twitter thread about the details and implications of its formation.

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Hezbollah’s leader Hassan Nasrallah

 

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This Week in Egypt: Week 4 ( Jan 21-27)

Top Headlines

  • IMF clears way for $2 billion loan payment to Egypt
  • France’s Macron visits Egypt amid defense and rights concerns
  • Sudan’s Bashir lands in Cairo for talks with Egypt’s Sisi
  • Islamic State says it attacked soldiers, captured Christian in Sinai
  • Egyptian Court postpones hearing on lawsuit aiming to eliminate presidential term limits
  • Egypt TV host is jailed for interviewing a gay man
  • Sexual harasser in Cairo kills man who defended victim

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President Macron visits Abu-Simbel Temple

 Main Headlines

Monday

  • 50,000 state employees to be reassigned to Egypt’s New Administrative Capital in 2020
  • Egyptian Court postpones hearing on lawsuit aiming to eliminate presidential term limits
  • Egypt’s Foreign Minister and his Russian counter-part discussed in a phone call various bilateral and regional issues.
  • Egypt TV host Mohamed al-Ghiety is jailed for interviewing a gay man

 Tuesday

  • Five terrorists were killed by Egyptian police in Qalioubiya shootout
  • Egyptian Armed Forces say 59 takfiri elements killed in Sinai
  • Couple who made sickness claim against Egyptian hotel hit with £7,500 legal bill after it emerged the mother had left a Trip Advisor review saying they’d had an amazing time
  • First phase of Egypt-Sudan power grid link to be completed in two months

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

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Sunday

  • France’s Macron a three-day trip to Egypt boost trade and defence ties
  • French President Macron and his wife tour Egypt’s historic temples
  • Sudan’s Bashirlands in Cairo for talks with Egypt’s Sisi
  • Islamic State says it attacked soldiers and captured “a Christian” in Sinai
  • Every Egyptian household would have at least one direct or indirect worker in tourism

Reports

Good Read

From Twitter

 

Statement

 Photo Gallery

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Twitter Thread: Iraqi Kurdistan and Turkey

In a rare event, angry crowd stormed a Turkish military camp in Iraq’s Kurdish region near the city of Dohuk. I herewith include few tweets that explain the background of this incident

 

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This Week in Egypt: Week 3-2019 (Jan 14-20)

Top Headlines

  • Cairo declaration establishes Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum with seven countries
  • AChristian man who has been kidnapped by suspected Islamist militants in the Sinai Peninsula is a police forensic expert
  • Egypt’s budget deficit in the first half of the financial year is reduced
  • Egypt police kill 14 terrorists during a raid in North Sinai 
  • Terrorist who was involved in beheading of Egyptian Copts is killed in Libya
  • Mercedes-Benz to open car assembly plant in Egypt
  • Egypt to relocate 51,000 government employees to New Administrative Capital

Main Headlines

Monday

Tuesday

  • Egypt’s Minister of Higher Education reduced the punishment of a male student who appeared in a viral video hugging a female friend on campus
  • Egypt’s Al-Azhar University overturns decision to expel female student over hugging her male friend
  • UK is the biggest non-Arab investment partner of Egypt
  • Egypt court orders release of woman jailed over torture claims in BBC report
  • Egypt’s president issues decree regulating travel of senior officials on state business

Wednesday

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 Reports

From Twitter

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sports

Plus

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Twitter Thread: Egypt’s Sisi interview with CBS’s 60 Minutes

 

In my last week Egypt’s update,  I included few tweets and comments on the controversial CBS’s interview with Egypt’s President Sisi.  This week, however, there are more interesting and critical comments that I thought to post them separately here. 

 

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This Week in Egypt: Week 2-2019 (7-13)

Top Headlines 

  • US Pompeo visits Egypt, give a speech in American University, and visit newly-opened Cathedral and Mosque
  • Egypt deports German of Egyptian origin for attempting to join Daesh terrorist elements in Sinai
  • Egyptian activist Ahmed Douma sentenced to 15 years on 2011 violence charges
  • Egypt’s Al-Azhar university expels female student for hugging male friend
  • Egypt settles $39 million dispute with Mercedes-Benz importer
  • Egypt’s inflation drops to 11.1% in December
  • Egyptian-American Rami Malek wins Golden Globe for Best Actor

Main Headlines

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Video

 Reports

  • Six years after completion, Israel’s border fence has transformed the south with Egypt. JNS
  • Egypt hopes US PR firm can brighten its dismal image. Khalid Hassan

From Twitter

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