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Egyptian Aak 2016- Week 6: Feb 6-12

Top Headlines Egyptian pound strengthens as foreign investors return Egypt shows early signs of economic turnaround Police seals shut Al-Nadeem Centre for victims of violence and torture Egypt’s Al-Azhar entirely rejects proposal to end verbal divorce Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway remove travel … Continue reading

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Short Comments: On Egypt and Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to Egypt Ahmad Qattan  (Al Arabiya) Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Egypt, Ahmed Qattan, has played down media reports suggesting ties between both countries are strained, adding that bilateral relations are “at their best.” The Saudi Ambassador has … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2015 – Week 23 ( June1-7)

Top Headlines  Egypt court postpones Morsi death sentence ruling (Tuesday) Senior Muslim Brotherhood members were arrested by security forces (Tuesday) Egypt’s former president to be retried over killing of protesters (Thursday) Egyptian court annuls previous court decision deeming Hamas a … Continue reading

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For Hamas, Egypt is now the new “Israel”

(Photo via Reuters) For the Egyptian leadership and Hamas, February was a particularly bad month. The tension between the two sides has reached tipping point. The cascade of escalating events started with a court verdict listing Hamas’s armed wing as … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2015 – Week 9 ( Feb 23 – Mar 1)

(Members of the special forces police stand guard in front of the Supreme Constitutional Court in Cairo, March 1, 2015- via Reuters) Main Headlines  Monday ‪ Egypt shuts its Embassy in Yemen over bad security Activist Alaa Abdel Fattah sentenced … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2014 – Week 43 ( Oct 20- 26)

(Funeral of Egyptian soldiers killed in Sinai on Friday, via Ahram online) Main Headlines  Monday El-Sisi says clemency for imprisoned journalists is not possible now No plan for Egyptian military action against Islamic State: Egypt’s PM ‪ Egypt-Israel gas deal … Continue reading

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Gaza cease-fire might lead to indirect Egypt involvement

  ( Kids in Gaza celebrate the ceasefire agreement, via Twitter)   I wrote this piece for Al-Monitor, warning that in the future a failed Gaza can easily end its existence as an autonomous entity, and snooker Egypt into a … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2014 – Week 34 ( Aug 18-24)

 Main Headlines Monday Policeman was killed in an attack at checkpoint in northern Egypt Leftist and liberal parties form parliamentary coalition Egyptian interior minister says Rabaa will be remembered for police martyrs Egypt, Norway to co-host Gaza conference Ministry of … Continue reading

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Profile: Hamas’s Mohammed Deif

A rare video image of Deif in 2005 via Ma’an News The war in Gaza has brought the focus back on Hamas’s military wing, the Qassam Brigades, and its mysterious leader Mohammed Al-Deif. Here is a collection of old and … Continue reading

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Sisi, Islamic Jihad, and Gaza

(Islamic Jihad and Hamas delegation in Cairo, via Twitter) The war in Gaza has highlighted the tense relationship between Egypt and the Palestinian factions, mainly Hamas, in Gaza. However, it seems Cairo does not view all factions with one lens, … Continue reading

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