Egypt

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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Open mouths but closed eyes

By Geoffrey Alderman, December 4, 2012

OK. I agree that the semi-hysterical revelries commissioned by Hamas once its cease-fire with Israel had been announced reflect a kind of madness. Much of the Hamas infrastructure is in ruins. A number of key Hamas operatives have succumbed to their wounds. Neither Iran nor Hizbollah came to Hamas's aid. Nor did its Egyptian godfathers of the Muslim Brotherhood.

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‘Jews corrupting Muslims with pornography’

By Zoe Winograd, November 29, 2012

An Egyptian preacher has accused Jews of financing internet pornography as a way to corrupt Muslims.

In a sermon broadcast by Egypt’s Tahrir TV on November 23, Egyptian cleric Abd Al-Fattah Abu Zayd told his followers that “they replaced the armed forces with soft power.”

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Morsi pulls off an Islamist coup

By John R Bradley, November 29, 2012

Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi this week pulled off an Islamist coup, issuing a decree banning anybody from challenging any of his personal decisions. He placed himself, and the Muslim Brotherhood (from which he hails), above any kind of independent judicial or legislative oversight, something even deposed President Hosni Mubarak had not dared to contemplate.

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