This Week in Egypt: Week 33-2021 ( Aug 16-22)

Top Headlines

  • Ever-Given the ship that blocked Suez Canal in March, crosses the canal again
  • Egyptian president invites Israel’s Bennett for official visit
  • Egypt closes Rafah border with Gaza until further notice
  • Archaeologists surprised by discovery of 6th century Christian town in Egypt 
  • Lebanon’s Nasrallah says another ship to sail from Iran, welcomes Egypt, Jordan help
  • UK delivers Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine doses to Egypt
The Ever Given sails again through the Suez canal in Ismailia, Egypt. Photograph: Suez Canal Authority/Reuter

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  • Historic Cairo’s monuments getting a glow-up
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Thread: Refuting President Biden’s speech and his comments on Afghan army

President Joe Biden blamed the Taliban’s takeover in Afghanistan on Afghan political leaders who fled the country and the unwillingness of the unwillingness of the U.S, trained Afghan army to fight the militant group.

Former CIA analyst Matt Zeller debunked the American president’s assessment. In an interview with MSNBC’s Brian Williams, Mr. Zeller said he” was appalled by President Joe Biden’s Afghanistan speech, and it was a “lie.”  He added that he personally tried to tell this administration since it took office that “this was coming,” and send them plan after plan to evacuate Afghani wartime allies. 

Mr Zeller said that “We had all equipment and people to evacuate months ago and we did nothing, there are 86 thousands who are currently left behind in Afghanistan alone.” He asserted that he has a list of 14 thousands names who wanted to leave Afghanistan.

The most astonishing of Mr. Zeller testimony is his debunking of President Biden’s assertion that Afghan army did not want to fight. He asserted that the Afghan army took more casualties every year more than the American army had in 20 years, and how the Afghani soldiers fought despite not being paid on regular basis and not receiving fuel. “How dare us for having to blame those people?” he added. (in this extended clip from the same interview)

Earlier this year, in June 2021, Mr Zeller spoked passionately about how Afghanis soldiers and interpreters helped the American mission, and how American soldiers could not do their job with Afghani help. 

Here are the true figures of Afghan casualties

The real explanation of President Biden’s reluctance to help loyal Afghanis is aptly explained here

Also here are some added facts:

Here is another important thread:

Harsh criticism of President Biden came from many around the globe.

Here is a striking comment by Alan Jones of Sky News Australia:

Leadership is about taking responsibility, not making excuses”

But let me finish this thread with this from Wall Street Journal’s editorial board

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This Week in Egypt: Week 32-2021 ( Aug 9-15)

Top Headlines

  • Egypt’s Sisi and CIA Director William Burns hold talks in Cairo
  • Egypt’s Berenice Military Base receives Charles Cooper II, US ambassador to Cairo
  • Nine Egyptian soldiers were killed in clashes with Islamist militants in Sinai, Egyptian armed forces kill 13 militants in Sinai operation
  • Egypt and UAE conclude ‘Zayed-3’ joint air forces training

Main Headlines

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Tuesday

  • Egypt’s annual headline inflation surges to 4.6% in July
  • Billionaire Naguib Sawiris offers student bullied over her dress full cost of private study 

Wednesday

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Friday

  • Nine Egyptian soldiers were killed in clashes with Islamist militants in Sinai
  • Egypt officials say militant attack kills 7 troops in Sinai
  • Coca Cola HBC seals Egypt deal after first-half profit jump

Saturday

Sunday

Reports

  • Cairo backed Tunisian president’s actions against Brotherhood. Mohamed Saied
  • How contractors moved a 4,500-year-old Pharaoh’s ship to Egypt’s new museum. Global Construction Review
  • Egypt papyrus makers keep tradition alive despite tourism slump. France24

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  • Why ending Egypt’s bread subsidies holds great significance.  Hamza Hendawi 
  • New escalation in Ethiopia’s Tigray war. Lamis El-Sharaqawy 

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Podcast: Turkish government uses troll armies to control public discourse

My latest Turkish Trend podcast for Ahval was with Süleyman Özeren, a Turkish scholar at the George Mason University and a fellow of the Orion Policy Institute. he explained how Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has utilised its youth organisations to dominate public discourse and intimidate the political opposition through social media. The research, entitled “Political Astroturfing in Twitterscape: The Role of Troll Armies in Turkey’s Democratic Backsliding” analysed 6,252 Turkish state-sponsored accounts suspended by Twitter. He also added that the youth organisation of the AKP has extensively carried out disinformation campaigns on social media. The AKP youth has been utilised to dominate the public discourse and to intimidate the political opposition in Turkey.

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This Week in Egypt: Week 31-2021 ( Aug 2-8)

Top headlines

  • Egypt’s Sisi says it is time to raise price of subsidised bread 
  • Egypt sends 2 Chinook helicopters to help in extinguishing Greek forest fire
  • Sudan recalls ambassador to Ethiopia after mediation offer rejected 
  • Turkish Cypriot leader Tatar: Drones from occupied Cyprus can reach Egypt 
  • Egypt to receive first batch of single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine on Monday
  • Pharaoh Khufu’s intact solar boat, dating back some 4,600 years, is taken to Grand Egyptian Museum 
  • Egypt plans to establish a city for organic farming
Khufu’s solar boat on its journey to the new Grand Egyptian Museum  – Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities/AFP

Main Headlines

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  • Egypt calls upon international community to exert all possible efforts to support the Lebanese people
  • Fitch Ratings has revised its outlook on the Egyptian banking sector’s operating environment to stable in August, from negative in July
  • Egypt’s interest rates likely to remain unchanged for the rest of 2021 
  • Egypt’s  international reserves are up slightly to $40.6 billion by end of July 

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  • Pharaoh Khufu’s intact solar boat, dating back some 4,600 years, is taken to Grand Egyptian Museum 
  • Russia starts equipment production for Egypt’s El-Dabaa nuclear plant

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Reports

  • Can Algerian mediation bring sides closer in Nile dam dispute? Hagar Hosny

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This Week in Egypt: Week 30-2021 ( July 26- Aug 1)

Top Headlines

  • Egypt, Algeria discuss regional issues and Ethiopian dam
  • Lebanese Army Chief visited Egypt, meets Commander-in-Chief of Egyptian army
  • Egypt’s Arab Contractors Company to develop Lebanon’s Tripoli port
  • Egypt voices support for Tunisian President amid power crisis
  • 89 Jihadists and 5 Egyptian troops were killed in Islamic State attack in northern Sinai
  • China to donate to Gaza 500,000 COVID-19 vaccines produced in Egypt
  • Moody’s maintains Egypt’s credit rating at B2 with stable outlook
  • Egypt’s economy to grow 5% in 2021-22 as rebound continues

Main headlines

Monday

  • Taekwondo fighter Seif Eissa claims 2nd medal for Egyptin Tokyo 2020

Tuesday

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  • Egypt voices support for Tunisian President amid power crisis
  • 89 ISIS Jihadis and 5 Egyptian troops were killed in North Sinai in an anti-terrorism operations conducted by Egypt’s Armed Forces
  • China to donate to Gaza 500,000 COVID-19 vaccines produced in Egypt

Reports

  • Egypt seeks rapprochement with Senegal in Nile dam crisis ahead of its AU presidency
  • Rising sea levels threaten ancient port city in Egypt. Hamada Elrasam and Heather Murdock 

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This Week in Egypt: Week 29-2021 ( July 19-25)

Top Headlines

  • Ethiopia says second filling of giant dam on Blue Nile complete
  • Ethiopia calls for ‘win-win’ solution on GERD, but says will not sign permanent legal deal
  • Egypt’s parliament to vote on law imposing fees on irrigation water, Nile rainfall rate tis year is average
  • Russia resumes flights to Hurghada, Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt on August 9
  • Egypt expresses deep concern over plans to change status of Cyprus’s abandoned Varosha  
  • Egypt increases fuel prices by 25 piasters per litre
  • The sunken city of Thônis-Heracleion in Alexandria reveals new archaeological treasures
Alexandria’s Sunken city

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  • Rainfall rates are around average at the Nile River’s headwaters, but it is still too early to judge the volume of the flood this year
  • Egypt reopens Rafah crossing with Gaza after Eid holidays
  • Egyptian court requests Interpol notice to arrest contractor Mohamed Ali
  • A man was arrested after he chained his daughter over affair with colleague

Reports

  • Egypt weighs next steps after Ethiopia completes second filling of Nile Dam. Baher  al-Kady
  • Egypt, Ethiopia compete to export power to Africa. George Mikhail 
  • Israel catches overflow of Egyptian ire in Blue Nile dam dispute. Zvi Bar’el

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  • The sunken city of Thônis-Heracleion in Alexandria reveals new archaeological treasures
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This Week in Egypt: Week 28 ( July 12-18)

Top Headlines

  • Egypt’s El Sisi sets out red line over Ethiopia’s Nile dam
  • Water flow to Sudan’s Roseires Dam declines 50% as Ethiopia starts 2nd GERD fillingIsraeli Embassy in Egypt refuted Israeli defense systems are in place to protect Ethiopia’s GERD
  • Egyptian FM holds consultations with NATO secretary general in Brussels 
  • Egypt frees several prominent activists ahead of Eid al-Adha
  •  Egypt’s prosecution annuls asset freeze on Mubarak’s sons

Main headlines

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  • Egypt’s Sisi offers support as Lebanon’s Hariri visits Cairo
  • US regional spokesperson stresses agreement on time frame for GERD negotiations
  • U.S. raises civil society “harassment” with Egypt
  • Egypt’s top court rejects terrorism list appeal by activists

Thursday

  • Egypt’s Sisi: Egypt’s national security is a red line that cannot be crossed, we should not worry
  • Egypt sends fourth military plane with medical aid supplies to Tunisia
  • PM Mostafa Madbouly Decent life initiative is Egypt’s megaproject for the 21st century
  • Egypt’s prosecution annuls asset freeze on Mubarak’s sons

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  • Text of the Message by Shahbanou Farah Pahlavi on the occasion of the passing of Jehan Sadat , Egypt’s Former First Lady 

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  • An Egypt Archaeologist is blown away by ‘truly spectacular scene’ inside ‘labyrinth of treasure’
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This Week in Egypt: Week 27-2021 ( July 5-11)

Top Headlines

  • Egypt ‘categorically rejects’ Ethiopia’s decision to start second filling of GERD reservoir
  • Egypt, Sudan urge UN action on Nile dam, Egypt’s FM Sameh Shoukry addresses the UNSC on GERD
  • After UNSC meeting, Egypt FM heads to Brussels for talks with EU over GERD 
  • Egypt’s Suez Canal says goodbye to Ever-Given with payoff and a party
  • Suez Canal’s revenue hits record $5.84bn despite blockage crisi
  • Russia Lifts 2015 Ban on Flights to Egyptian Red Sea Resort
  • Widow of Egypt’s President and women’s advocate, Jehan Sadat, dies at age 88
Egyptian FM adresses UNSC on GERD crisis- Ahram

Main Headlines

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  • Ethiopian PM  tells Egypt, Sudan GERD can be source for cooperation
  • Egypt’s Sisi heads military funeral of Egypt’s former first lady Jehan Sadat  
  • Italian energy group Eni signs deal for hydrogen production in Egypt
  • Egypt’s trade deficit  has  reduced 13.3% to $3.1B in April

Saturday

  • Security Council situation on GERD complicated, Ethiopia’s argument weak: Egypt FM
  • US is ready to provide political, technical support to Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia in GERD issue
  • Egypt denies the New York Times report that officials sexually abused women
  • Bodies of four Egyptians killed in Cyprus‘s ‘huge’ forest fire to be repatriated Saturday evening
  • Egypt sends 31 tons of medical aid to Tunisia to fight COVID-19

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  • Egypt’s inauguration of a new naval base near Libya is a message to Turkey.  Paul Antonopoulos 
  • Jehan Sadat, 1933-2021: The first lady who pushed the lines. Dina Ezzat
  • Jehan Sadat, 87, widow of Egypt’s President and women’s advocate, dies. Vivian Yee and Nada Rashwan
Jehan Sadat- Getty images

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Podcast: Turkey’s proxies try to sabotage upcoming elections in Libya

In this episode of Turkey Trends, I discussed the situation in Libya with Aya Burweila, a senior adviser at the Research Institute for European and American Studies. She highlighted how Turkey and its Islamist proxies and forces in war-torn Libya will do everything to make sure presidential and legislative elections will not take place in the country as scheduled. “They don’t want elections in Libya because they know that the Islamists will not have a future in Libya,” she said. You can watch the entire interview here: 

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