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Egypt's al-Sisi Drags the Country Closer to Civil War

By : Wadah Khanfar | HuffPost | 25 Jul 2013

The address which was delivered by the Egyptian minister of defense, Lt. General Abdul Fatah al-Sisi, on the July 24 was, in effect, an official declaration of a civil war, an additional proof that the military coup against the elected Egyptian president was an act which was extremely miscalculated and poorly handled. Sisi, by his speech, put aside the civilian government facade he appointed and wanted to use as fig leaf, has exposed himself as the new pharaoh of Egypt.

Experts: Egypt’s military warnings target Islamists and liberals alike

Source : Dina al-Shibeeb, Al Arabiya | 24 Jun 2013

The Egyptian army’s strong warnings on Saturday that they would intervene to stop the country “from plunging into a dark tunnel” were seen by political observers as directed towards both the Islamists in power and liberal opposition forces.

Political and activist groups opposed to Islamist President Mohammad Mursi are planning mass protests on June 30 to call for the president’s ouster. Last Friday, pro-government rallies were held in Cairo to denounce violence and show support for the president.

Protesting Israel's Nuclear Hypocrisy, Egypt Walks Out of Failed Non-Proliferation Talks

By Jacob Chamberlain | 01 May 2013

Egypt ceremoniously walked out of Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) talks in Geneva on Monday in protest of what it called a "lack of will" to implement a 1995 resolution for a Middle East free of nuclear weapons.

The diplomatic protest follows recent comments from an Egyptian official pointing out the hypocrisy of Israel's secretive and undeclared nuclear weapons program.

Egypt's Mursi fails to secure loan, grain from Russia

Russian officials said only that Moscow would consider the loan request and that it might increase grain supplies if its harvest reached the target level this year.
Source : Agencies | 20 Apr 2013

Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi asked Russia on Friday for grain and a loan to help ease a deepening economic crisis but secured neither at talks with President Vladimir Putin.

‘Pharoah’s Magicians’: Egypt’s TV puts a spell on you, warns Islamist preacher

By Eman El-Shenawi | Al Arabiya | 19 MAr 2013

We’ve heard of the jinx of the Sphinx, mystic curses from the lands of Ancient Egypt and the odd sprinkle of magic over all things mysterious.

But recent claims from a prominent Egyptian preacher have perhaps reached new heights.

Beware, viewers watching Egyptian satellite channels – warns preacher Safwat Hegazy – for you could be “watching Pharaoh’s spell” at work.

This week, Hegazy called on the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip not to watch the channels because they were “Pharaoh’s magicians.”

Egyptian president visits India to boost cultural, trade and tourism ties

By Al Arabiya with Agencies | 19 Mar 2013

Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi began his India visit with a ceremonial welcome at the presidential palace in New Delhi on Tuesday.

Mursi is leading a high-level delegation of business leaders and ministers, including the ministers of communications, information technology, trade, commerce and investment.

Bilateral trade between the countries has increased significantly in the recent years in spite of the political transition in Egypt and currently stands at USD 5.5 billion.

Vital Gaza Tunnels Flooded by Egyptian Forces

Source : Agencies | 14 Feb 2013

Egyptian forces flooded a series of tunnels used to bring goods into the blockaded Gaza Strip through the Egyptian/Gaza border, officials stated Wednesday.

The tunnels account for an estimated 30 percent of all goods brought into Gaza, such as cement and gravel, due to an over seven-year goods blockade imposed by Israel.

Ahmadinejad: First Iranian leader to visit Cairo in more than 30 years

By Al Arabiya with Reuters | 05 Feb 2013

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in Cairo Tuesday to attend the Islamic Solidarity Organization conference, a step that marks the first visit of an Iranian president to Egypt in 34 years.

President Mohamed Mursi kissed Ahmadinejad as he disembarked from his plane at Cairo airport, footage broadcast by Egyptian state television showed.

On the sidelines of the summit, Ahmadinejad will also meet Al Azhar’s Grand Imam Ahmad el Tayyeb, head of Egypt’s leading Sunni Islamic institute.

Egypt's leader signs constitution into law

Source : Agencies | 26 Dec 2012

Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi has signed into law first post-Mubarak constitution he says will help end political turmoil and allow him to focus on fixing the fragile economy.

Anxiety about the deepening economic crisis has gripped Egypt in past weeks, with many people rushing to take out their savings from banks and the government imposing new restrictions to reduce capital flight.

Egyptian president calls for national dialogue meeting

Source : Agencies | 07 Dec 2012

Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi invited political groups, judges and others to meet on Saturday for a national dialogue on a political road map after a referendum on a new constitution, which he signalled would go ahead as scheduled on Dec. 15.

In a televised address, Mursi also said he was open to the idea of removing an article in a controversial decree that shielded his decisions from judicial review, saying that could happen if "dialogue led to that".

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