Egypt

Leaders’ streams

January 21, 2013

It is rare to get direct access to the innermost thoughts of a nation's leader but global statesmen appear to have been letting their streams of consciousness flow recently. This week we learned the extent of Barack Obama's contempt for Benjamin Netanyahu; he is so weary of Israeli policies that he "didn't even bother getting angry" when the E1 settlement plan was announced.

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White House: Morsi bloodsucker remarks ‘deeply offensive’

By Sandy Rashty, January 16, 2013

The White House has hit out at Mohamed Morsi over the Egyptian President’s recently-revealed comments that he called Zionists “bloodsuckers” in a television interview aired in 2010.

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Hamas and Fatah head to Cairo for attempt at unity

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 10, 2013

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met the head of Hamas’s political bureau, Khaled Mashaal, in Cairo on Wednesday in yet another attempt to push through a Fatah-Hamas unity agreement.

The first unity deal between the rival Palestinian factions was signed nearly two years ago but so far no concrete steps have been taken towards genuine joint-leadership.

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Hamas and Fatah leaders due to meet in Egypt

By Anna Sheinman, January 9, 2013

Palestinian Authority President and leader of Fatah Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas political chief Khaled Mashaal will meet in Egypt for reconciliation talks on Wednesday, according to reports in the Egyptian press.

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Morsi: Zionists are ‘descendants of pigs’

By Sandy Rashty, January 7, 2013

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi called Zionists “bloodsuckers” and descendants of pigs in a television interview aired in 2010 and transcribed recently by Middle East Media Research Institute (Memri).

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Israeli/Egypt border fence almost complete

By Anna Sheinman, January 3, 2013

The Israeli Defence Ministry announced the completion of the main section of the Israeli-Egpytian border fence on Wednesday.

The 230km fence is aimed at preventing illegal immigrants, terrorists and smugglers from entering Israel.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the border for a ceremony marking the completion of two and a half years' work.

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Austerity and food prices will help keep extremists on top

By John R Bradley, December 27, 2012

Tunisian President Munsif Marzouqi was forced to abandon a public speech this month in Sidi Bouzid. He had been intending to celebrate the Arab Spring at the place where it began two years ago.

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Few turn out to vote on Egyptian constitution

By Sandy Rashty, December 24, 2012

Less than one third of voters participated in the two-part referendum on Egypt’s controversial new constitution, which concluded on Saturday.

Unofficial polls suggest that 63 per cent of the eight-million who voted were in favour of the constitution. The official outcome will be announced by the country’s electoral commission this afternoon.

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Truth is that Egyptians are rejecting democracy

By John R Bradley, December 20, 2012

The first round of voting in Egypt on a new Islamist constitution was extended into the late hours on Saturday because, as the Western media uniformly told us at the time, voter turnout was “extremely high”.

It subsequently turned out to be a miserable 32 per cent.

When the second round takes place this week, turnout will be even lower.

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Morsi keeps theocracy on track with aid of military

By John R Bradley, December 14, 2012

With Egypt spiralling ever more wildly into anarchy in the wake of last month’s bold Islamist coup by President Mohammed Morsi, the army has re-emerged from its barracks.

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