The US State Secretary John Kerry traveled on Wednesday May 18th to the presidential palace in Egypt. In news “The US secretary of state has held talks with the Egyptian president in Cario on the country’s political situation and peace proposals for the region, including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.” Translating from the political doublespeak into English: The US and Israel tried to push Egypt to drop its support for the upcoming
Yemen: • Yemen has never been a stable country, even prior to the Arab Spring. • Currently the war is between the Houthis (supported by Iran) in the north against Hadi-loyalists (supported by Saudi-Arabia and co.) in the south and ISIL/AQAP in the east. • The Arab Spring allowed Houthi Shias in the north of Yemen to mobilize just like the rest of the region. • Al-Qaeda in the Arabian
There you have it, from the horse’s mouth: “You have created a new Taliban and a new al-Qaeda in Egypt”
I have to admit that I am quite amazed at the celebratory tone of much of the blogosphere in regards to Egypt. Let me say immediately that I have no use for Morsi or his al Ikhwan al Muslimun but, guys, is it not apparent what is going to happen now?Kaveh L Afrasiabi aptly summarized it for the Asia Times: Henceforth, a post-Morsi Egypt will likely embed itself more firmly
Photo from the streets of Cairo:
Today, some Egyptians voted with bulletins, other voted with matches, but the message was the same, no doubt.
Gulf News reports: The organisers of the Gaza aid flotilla are not ruling out the possibility of the fleet sailing from Egyptian ports should their efforts to sail from Greece fail to materialise. Pro-Palestinian activists in Egypt have taken up the flotilla’s cause, inviting organisers to launch the fleet from Egypt after Greece made it clear that it would not allow the Freedom Flotilla 2 to launch from its ports.
Back from my short trip I want to share with you a hodge-podge of observations and thoughts. Let’s begin by the Caucasus. Two things are happening simultaneously in Chechnia, Dagestan: Wahabi insurgents have embarked on a systematic campaign of terror against non-Wahabi Muslim clerics and scholars. This is happening against a background of major losses for the Wahabi insurgency whose leaders are being killed by the Russian security forces one
According to Ha’aretz and the BBC, Egypt will permanently open the Rafah crossing into Gaza The Rafah crossing will be opened permanently from 0900 to 2100 every day except Fridays and holidays, beginning Saturday 28 May: the crossing will be opened permanently from 0900 to 2100 every day except Fridays and holidays, beginning Saturday 28 May. If that is true, this is wonderful and long-awaited news!! Brick by brick, the
A friend just send me this: Egyptian Armed Forces Fire At Christian Monasteries, 19 Injured Does anybody know anything about this? Why would the Egyptian army fire at monastics? Why use RPGs? Does any of that makes sense to you? Thanks for any info! The Saker
El Baradei just declared on al-Jazeera that the main thing now is to “maintain continuity”. That figures….
Does anybody have any info on what is happening, if anything, at the border between Egypt and Gaza? Also, has Hezbollah made any statement about the events in Egypt? What about Hamas – are they doing anything in response to these events? FYI – al-Jazeera live stream here: http://english.aljazeera.net/watch_now/
I am amazed by the video coming out of Egypt. I constantly switch from al-Jazeera, to RT TV, to Press TV and back. Could it really be that the Mubarak regime could really fall? (I got to give al-Jazeera a big “bravo!” for its coverage of the events in Palestine and Egypt.) I have written many time here that Egypt is the most important and also the weakest link in
Democracy Now reports: Muslims Act as Human Shields for Coptic Christians in Egypt In Egypt, millions of Coptic Christians celebrated Christmas on Friday as the community continues to reel from the New Year’s Day church bombing that killed 21 people and injured dozens more. In a sign of solidarity, thousands of Muslims gathered on Thursday night to protect Egyptian Copts as they celebrated Christmas Eve. Acting as human shields, the
According to Le Monde Mubarak has just ordered the opening of the Rafah crossing into Gaza. Ynet and al-Jazeera confirm. Ynet adds: It remains unclear whether the move has to do with the failed aid flotilla to Gaza, because the crossing opens once a month for a few days. Palestinian and Arab officials are pressuring Cairo to keep the crossing open indefinitely.
Resistance chief denies plot to attack country By Therese Sfeir for the Daily Star BEIRUT: Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said Friday that his party did not have branches in Arab countries or anywhere else in the world. In a television appearance on Al-Manar TV, Nasrallah denied accusations launched by Egyptian authorities that party members were planning to launch attacks in Egypt. He also urged Arab leaders not to be
Ha’aretz as published an article entitled “U.S. Army training Egyptians to find, destroy smuggling tunnels” which describes how Egyptian soldiers are trained by the US Army to prevent any tunnels being dug out of the open air prison of Gaza. Ha’aretz writes: The United States Army has begun training Egyptian soldiers to locate and destroy tunnels, in an effort to improve the Egyptian army’s ability to cope with arms-smuggling from