Diary of Turkey’s Syria Offensive: Day 4 (Oct 12-2019)

 

The Turkish assault on northeastern Syria is called Operation “Peace Spring”, but it has become clear that it is simply a horrific assault on the Kurdish people and other minorities in North Syria. I decided to chronicle the Turkish assault by gathering relevant tweets and articles on daily basis.

Here is my collection from today:

https://twitter.com/vvanwilgenburg/status/1183147376489443329?s=20

 

 

 

 

Good read:

 

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This Week in Egypt: Week 40 (Sept 30-Oct 6)

Top Headlines

  • Egypt says talks over Ethiopia’s Nile dam deadlocked and calls for international mediation
  • Egypt hints at Political reform, restores food subsidies to some
  • Israeli Gas Shares Soar After Egypt Planned Supply Boos
  • Lost Egyptian temple unearthed 2,200 years after it was built for King Ptolemy IV

 Main Headlines

 Monday 

  • Egypt hints at political reform and restores food subsidies to some
  • Thomas Cook has dues of 125 million Egyptian pounds ($7.7 million) to local operator Blue Sky Group
  • Moody’s: Egypt’s GDP growth expected to reach 5.8% in 2020
  • Egyptian prosecution assigns grandmother trial over torturing her granddaughter to death
  • Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi called to continue the Ministry of Endowment’s strategy of confronting extremism

Tuesday 

  • Israeli gas shares soar after companies developing the country’s largest natural gas fields agreed to increase supply to Egypt
  • Sudan to host new trilateral round of negotiations on Ethiopia’s GERD this week
  • Central Bank of Egypt reserves reach highest ever level, at $45 billion

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday 

  • Egypt releases Dutchman who used drone to photograph Tahrir square
  • Police deny taking arbitrary measures; say arrests are legal.
  • The Rand Merchant Bank ranked Egypt as the first investment-magnet country in Africa
  • South Sinai governorate to open late Egyptian President Sadat’s resting house to the public

Saturday

Sunday

Good Reports

  • Egypt’s economy is improving, but Egyptians can’t tell. Bloomberg
  • Egyptian pro-gov’t media taking shots at Turkey and Qatar. Ahval
  • People in need are still not getting their food subsidies. Beesan Kassab
  • Despite release of at least 96 detainees, calls for more ‘open’ political process, tense security situation highlighted by arrest of lawyers Mada Masr

Good Read

From Twitter

 

Plus

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This Week In Egypt: Week 39-2019 (Sept 23-28)

Top Headlines

  • Scattered anti-Sisi protests hit Egypt, as supporters stage their own rallies
  • Egypt’s president told supporters not to worry about calls for further protests against his rule on Friday
  • Prominent Egyptian activist arrested as crackdown continues
  • ISIS claims attack on Egyptian security checkpoint in Sinai
  • Egypt’s currency strengthens after Central Bank cuts interest rate
  • Egyptian stocks rise nearly 2.5% after 8 days of falls

Main Headlines

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

  • ‪Egypt braced Friday for a second weekend of protests
  • Egyptian government said it would “firmly” and “decisively” deal with any attempt to destabilize the country
  • Egypt responds to anti-Sisi protests with wave of arrests
  • Egypt arrests 6 foreigners charged of espionage in Tahrir Square
  • Egypt’s central bank cuts interest rates by 1 %

Friday

  • ‪ Scattered anti-Sisi protests hit Egypt, as supporters stage their own rallies
  • Egypt’s President Sisi returns home after participating in the UNGA
  • Egypt’s president told supporters not to worry about calls for further protests against his rule on Friday
  • Terrorist ambush in Egypt’s Sinai 7 Egyptian soldiers
  • Egypt’s Tahrir Square on lockdown as regime moves to stifles protests

Saturday

  • ISIS claims attack on Egyptian security checkpoint in Sinai
  • A tank shell fired from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula exploded in the Israeli community of Bnei Netzarim
  • Top members of US Congress back ‘right to protest’ Egypt’s Sisi
  • Egypt says Amnesty International’s accusations are ‘biased and politicized’
  • An Egyptian court has referred the case of seven defendants facing terrorism charges to the country’s top religious authorities

Sunday

  • Egypt’s currency strengthens after Central Bank cuts interest rate
  • Amid crackdown, leading Egyptian rights activist is arrested
  • Egypt’s security forces kill 15 militants in Sinai
  • Saudi Arabia expresses full support for Egypt in its war on terrorism
  • Egypt’s FM urges to take strict actions against countries supporting terrorism in Syria
  • Israeli traveller missing in Egypt for a week, returns safely home

Reports

Good read

From Twitter

 

 

 

 

Plus

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This Week in Egypt: Week 38 – 2019 (Sept 16 -22)

It was a tough and challenging task of compile the news of last week’s tense events in Egypt, but I tried my best to provide a clear concise round-up of events.

 

Top Headlines

  • Rare protests in Egypt calling for president to step down
  • Egypt’s Sisi heads to New York to attend UN General Assembly’s 74th session
  • Trading is suspended in Egyptian stock market as shares plunge after protests
  • Egypt detains award-winning rights lawyer rights lawyer Maheinour Al-Masry
  • Egypt security forces kill Hasm terrorist in a raid in East Cairo
  • Ethiopia rejects Egypt’s proposal on Grand Renaissance Dam

 Main Headlines

 Monday

Tuesday

  • Egypt requests ex-Italian diplomat be placed on Interpol red notice for illegally smuggling artefacts
  • Egypt hit by 3.7 magnitude earthquake, no casualties

Wednesday 

Thursday

Friday

 Saturday

Sunday

Reports

Those reports do not necessarily reflect my personal views; some of them are from outlets that I do not consider neutral, but I think reading them is essential to understand what happened in Egypt last week 

From Twitter

On the latest protests:

Few of my thoughts:

Other news:

 

 

Plus

 

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This Week in Egypt: Week 37 ( Sept 9-15)

Top Headlines

  • Egypt’s el-Sisi dismisses corruption allegations
  • Egypt calls on US to remove Sudan from terror list
  • Trump, awaiting Egyptian Counterpart at Summit, reportedly called Out for “my favourite dictator”
  • Egypt to start work on $2.4-billion telecom network for first phase of new capital city
  • Egypt’s August inflation rate falls to 7.5%, lowest in years
  • Egypt says Israeli gas exports on track but cites low figures
  • Egypt voices unease over prolonged GERD talks
  • “Kingdom of the Yellow Mountain”: new state declared on the Egyptian-Sudanese border

 

Main Headlines

 Monday

Tuesday 

Wednesday

  • Egypt to start work on $2.4-billion telecom network for first phase of new capital city
  • Egypt says Israeli gas exports on track but cites low figures
  • Egypt signs MoU with Chinese firm to expand production of electric vehicles
  • Egypt Air’s first Airbus A220-300 is equipped with Wi-Fi Internet services

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Good Read

Profile

From Twitter

 

Plus

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This Week in Egypt: Week 36-2019 ( September 2-8)

Top Headlines

  • US State department has approved the release of $1.3 billion in military aid to Egypt
  • Egypt’s Homeland Security kills six militants in New Valley
  • Son of former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi dies aged 25
  • Egypt court jails Muslim Brotherhood figures for life over prison break
  • Egyptian banks to disburse interest from Suez Canal saving certificate
  • Egyptian government to replace tuk tuks with mini-vans
  • Egypt had enough strategic rice reserves and will not import rice this financial year

 

Main Headlines

Monday

  • Egypt scraps customs dollar; price to depend on CBE exchange rate
  • Housing project for Egypt’s New Administrative Capital employees to be complete March 2020
  • Egypt’s cotton exports see 218.8% increase during Q3 2018/2019

Tuesday

Wednesday

  • Egypt to launch programme to replace tuk-tuks with minivans
  • Interest from Suez Canal saving certificates to be disbursed Thursday
  • Delisting owners of two of Egypt’s largest pharmacy chains from Health Ministry’s list raises contraversy
  • Egypt’s Dar El-Iftaa says freezing women’s eggs is permissible if certain conditions are met

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Reports

  • US waives human rights rules to send military aid to Egypt. Jack Detsch
  • A landmark 2018 natural-gas deal between Egypt and Israel faces legal challenges and concerns about security threats. Jared Malsin
  • Crucial infrastructure deal brings Israel closer to gas export to Egypt. Eytan Halon
  • A Ramses II obelisk will decorate Cairo’s famous Tahrir Square. Nevine El-Aref

From Twitter

 

Tourism

  • 10 Reasons why Egypt is one of the most fascinating countries in the world.

Plus

  • Poisonous Roses selected to represent Egypt at the 2020 Oscars
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This Week in Egypt: Week 35-2019 (August 26- Sept 1)

Again, I am grateful to my friends who helped me compiling this week’s news and reports. I am also grateful to my followers and their supportive messages. It has been tough few weeks with sickness but hopefully the worst is over. I feel truly blessed by your support. 

Top Headlines

  • U.S. President Trump holds a bilateral meetingwith Egyptian President Sisi on the sidelines of the G7 summit
  • Egypt’s foreign minister phones Lebanese PM on escalation in south Lebanon
  • Egypt’s Sisi meets with Emir of Kuwait for joint cooperation talks
  • Egypt’s top prosecutor signs MoU with Kuwaiti counterpart for judicial cooperation
  • Moody’s keeps Egypt’s credit rating at B2
  • Hoping for release, families of imprisoned Muslim Brotherhood youth offer to stay out of politics, make hefty donations to state

 Main Headlines

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Good Read

And

  • Remarks by President Trump and President El-Sisi of Egypt before bilateral meeting | Biarritz, France

Video

From Twitter

Interview

Plus

  • Islamic new year to be on Saturday
  • Egypt’s birth rate declines while deaths increase for 2018

 

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This Week in Egypt: Week 34-2019 ( Aug 19-25)

 I am deeply grateful for my friend J who kindly volunteered to compile this week’s Egypt’s news and reports, as I am currently sick and unable to do the work. 

Top Headlines

  • Egypt’s Sisi arrives in France for G7 summit
  • Egypt cuts interest rates for the first time in six months after inflation Relief
  • Next meeting on Ethiopian Renaissance Dam postponed until September, negotiations unfruitful so far
  • Egypt arrests son of Abbas’s adviser
  • Young Muslim Brothers serving long jail terms in Egypt have demanded the group’s leadership resigns
  • Time picks Egypt’s Red Sea Mountain Trail as one of World’s Greatest Places 2019

 

G7 summit in Biarritz 

Main Headlines

Monday

Tuesday

 Wednesday

Thursday

  • Egypt cuts interest rates for the first time in six months after inflation relief
  • Next meeting on Ethiopian Renaissance Dam postponed until September, negotiations unfruitful so far
  • Egypt raises investments in Sinai by 75% in 2019-20
  • Japanese investments in Egypt hits $ 880 million, increases by 74.3% in FY 2017/2018

Friday

Saturday

 Sunday

  • Sisi meets African presidents to coordinate stances during G7 summit
  • Egypt is determined to uncover truth of Italian student’s murder: Sisi tells Italy’s PM
  • Egypt’s Media council blocks two websites for spreading fake news about Huawei

Good Reports and Read

Interview

  • Mohamed Salah is ‘happy at Liverpool’; less so with the Egyptian FA. CNN

From Twitter

 

Plus

  • Egypt’s media watchdog to investigate TV host for ‘eyesore’ comments about overweight people.
  • A little-known gem of world cinema from Egypt
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This Week in Egypt; Week 33-2019 ( Aug 12-18)

Top Headlines 

  • Egypt hosts Sudanese faction peace talks
  • Egypt took part in the signing of historic power-sharing deal between Sudanese army and civilian forces
  • FBI wants to interrogate an Egyptian man in Brazil, citing Al-Qaeda links
  • Egypt made history by reaching the final of the men’s U-19 World Handball Championship for the first time 
  • Egypt’s unemployment rate drops to 7.5 percent in Q2 2019

 Main Headlines

 Monday

  • FBI wants to interrogate an Egyptian man in Brazil, citing Al-Qaeda links
  • Egypt hosts Sudanese faction peace talks peace talks
  • Egypt targets daily crude oil production to hit 690,000 barrels by end of 2019
  • Female police are deployed at metro stations to confront harassment during Eid

Tuesday

  • Egyptian Mubarak’s era business tycoon Hussein Salem died in Spain at the age of 85
  • Egypt Air suspends flights to Hong Kong as serious disruptions continue at its international airport
  • Transport minister promises overhaul of Egypt’s railways starting 2020

Wednesday

  • Natural gas production at Zohr, the largest gas-field in the Mediterranean Sea, more than tripled in the first half this year
  • Egyptian lawyer files a lawsuit over J-Lo’s garments at its North Coast concert

Thursday

Friday

  • Egypt’s PM heads to Khartoum for constitutional declaration inking signing ceremony
  • Egypt’s non-petroleum exports hit $13 billion in the first half of 2019
  • Grain imports coming from Russia are subjected to quarantine checks to ensure they are free from any harmful substances

 Saturday 

Sunday 

 Reports

From Twitter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sports

  • Egypt made history by reaching the final of the men’s U-19 World Handball Championship for the first time

Plus

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This Week in Egypt: Week 32-2019 (Aug 5-11)

Top Headlines

  • Massive car explosion outside Egypt’s National Cancer Institute in Cairo
  • Egypt identifies perpetrator behind Monday’s car explosion
  • Egyptian security forces killed 17 jihadists after hospital attack
  • Egypt’s inflation at 4-year low of 8.7%
  • Cairo hosts delegation of Sudan Revolutionary Front
  • Egypt ‘legalizes’ over 1100 churchesbuilt without permits
  • Egypt’s banks to pay back dues of Suez Canal certificates in September

 Main Headlines

 Monday

  • Massive car explosion outside Egypt’s National Cancer Institute in Cairo
  • Deadly Cairo car bombing a “terrorist incident”, says Egypt’s president Sisi
  • Egypt says Islamist militants were behind a blast that killed at least 20 people in central Cairo

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

  • Security forces killed 17 terrorists in raids following Monday’s car bomb
  • Cairo hosts a delegation of Sudan Revolutionary Front
  • Everton fan admits racially abusing Liverpool star Mohamed Salah

Saturday

  • Pop-star Jennifer Lopez’s concert in Egypt went ahead as planned, despite calls by anti-Israel groups to scrap the show over her appearance in Israel
  • Egypt jails American “traveller”, saying she criticized the government on Facebook
  • Egypt’s banks to pay back dues of Suez Canal certificates in September
  • Egypt’s agricultural exports rise to 4.6 M tons

Sunday

Reports 

From Twitter

 

Travel

Photo Gallery

  • Jennifer Lopez rocks at her 1st concert in Egypt

 

 

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