Egypt

Egyptians expected to vote in new constitution

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 16, 2014

The result of the constitutional referendum that took place this week in Egypt is not in any doubt: the Egyptians are expected to approve of the constitution by a large majority.

All eyes, however, are on the turnout, levels of violence and the next step of army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, widely expected to run for president later this year.

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Analysis: Like Nasser, Al-Sisi is forgetting that brutality brings blowback

By John R Bradley, January 9, 2014

This month, Egyptians vote on a new constitution that, under the veneer of popular democracy, cements military rule.

It seems certain to pass. That Defence Minister Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi will be elected president — if, as expected, he stands in elections slated for the summer — can likewise be taken for granted.

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Egypt bans the Brotherhood: a wise move?

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 3, 2014

Until six months ago, the Muslim Brotherhood ruled Egypt. Last week, the interim Egyptian government, backed by the military, declared the Brotherhood a terror outfit. The decision came in the wake of two bomb attacks on government security forces in the Nile Delta in less than a week. Sixteen people were killed and over 100 wounded in the attacks.

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Family of Arab awarded Righteous Among the Nations rejects honour

By Isabelle Fraser, October 21, 2013

The family of the first Arab to be named Righteous Among the Nations has declined to take up the honour.

The award was bestowed posthumously on Dr Mohamed Helmy, an Egyptian-German doctor, by Yad Vashem for his role in saving a Jewish family in Germany during the Holocaust.

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Head of Greek neo-Nazi party jailed

By Charlotte Oliver, October 3, 2013

The head of Greece’s extreme-right Golden Dawn party was jailed this morning in Athens, charged with running his party as a criminal organisation.

Nikos Michaloliakos and five of his party leaders were arrested on Saturday in a national crackdown that also saw 14 Golden Dawn party members and two police sympathisers targeted. Police say more arrests will follow.

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Arab doctor is Righteous Among the Nations

By Rosa Doherty, October 1, 2013

Yad Vashem has recognised an Egyptian doctor as Righteous Among the Nations.

The late Mohamed Helmy, who helped save a Jewish family at the height of the Holocaust, is the first Egyptian to receive the accolade.

Dr Helmy died in 1982 and Yad Vashem is searching for his next of kin so that they can be presented with the certificate and medal of the Righteous.

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Egypt’s generals wary of sparking civil war

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 12, 2013

After arresting its leaders and killing hundreds of its supporters on the streets, the military-backed government in Egypt is now talking of disbanding the Muslim Brotherhood.

It is not clear, however, whether this a real threat or a ploy to block the Brotherhood from carrying out more mass demonstrations.

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Egypt’s national media in grip of bird-brained conspiracy theories

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 4, 2013

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan drew widespread criticism last month when he accused Israel of orchestrating the military coup in Egypt.

His “proof” was an anti-Muslim Brotherhood diatribe delivered two years earlier by Bernard-Henri Levy during a conference at which the French philosopher was seated next to Israel’s Justice Minister Tzipi Livni.

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Hamas divided over Iran links

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 3, 2013

Hamas is split over the question of its ties with Iran in the wake of the civil war in Syria.

The Palestinian movement shut down its offices in Damascus last year and aligned itself with Egypt and Qatar but, following recent regional developments, it has found itself without supporters.

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Erdogan’s Israel remark reveals frustration

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 22, 2013

Even for a severe critic of Israel like Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the outburst on Tuesday appeared to be taking things to the extreme.

At a meeting of his party’s leaders in Ankara, Mr Erdogan launched a broadside against the Egyptian military that ousted the Muslim Brotherhood government last month.

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