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Egypt to hold presidential elections May 26-27

CNN, By Mohammed Tawfeeq, March 30

Egypt’s presidential elections will take place on May 26 and 27, Egyptian media reported Sunday, citing an announcement by the country’s Presidential Elections Commission.

Army chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi announced Wednesday that he would resign and declared his candidacy in the national polls. El-Sisi, 59, Egypt’s defense minister, had [...]

Tuesday Tensions bedevil Arab summit

Kuwait is hosting the Heads of Arab states for their annual summit for the first time since joining Arab League.

Qatar is being pressured to stop supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and other radical movements through the region. Along with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Mirates, Egypt is trying to isolate Qatar. Yet it [...]

Egypt govt resigns ahead of presidential poll

The government of Egypt’s Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi submitted its resignation to interim president Adly Mansour on Monday, the cabinet said, in a move just weeks before a presidential poll.

Cairo – The military-installed government of Egyptian Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi said on Monday it has resigned, ahead of a presidential poll which will likely [...]

News Around the World

Cairo – Six people have been killed and some 100 others wounded in a series of explosions in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.

Ukraine – A Ukrainian Journalist Explains 10 Things The West Needs To Know About The Situation In Kiev

Poland – The hidden history of the CIA’s prison in Poland

The U.P. ;) [...]

GOP Members Of Congress Hold Surreal Press Conference In Egypt Thanking Military For Overthrowing Morsi

Business Insider, Brett Logiurato, September 8

Republican representatives Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Louie Gohmert (R-TX), and Steve King (R-IA) held a press conference last week in Egypt, praising and thanking the Egyptian military for a July 3 ouster of what Bachmann called the “common enemy” Muslim Brotherhood. Via the Washington Post’s Max Fisher comes video of [...]

Saudi Arabia Pledges To Help Fund Egypt Amid US Threat To Cut Off Aid

IBT, By Amrutha Gayathri, August 20

Amid increasing domestic and international pressure on the U.S. to suspend its aid to Egypt’s military-backed government following its crackdown on supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi, Saudi Arabia — a close U.S. ally — on Monday, pledged financial assistance to the North African nation to fill gaps left [...]

Egypt court acquits Hosni Mubarak on corruption charges; Lawyer says he’ll soon be free

(CBS) – Longtime Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak — ousted by an Arab Spring-inspired popular uprising in 2011 — was acquitted Monday of corruption charges by a Cairo court, and his lawyer told CBS News he expected him to be freed “within 48 hours.”

Lawyer Fareed El-Deeb confirmed to CBS News producer Alex Ortiz that Mubarak [...]

Egyptian security forces move against protesters’ camps

(WaPo) – Egyptian security forces stormed two sprawling sit-ins by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi shortly after dawn Wednesday, killing dozens of people and igniting a wave of violent clashes across the country.

A Health Ministry official, Hamdi Abdel Tawab, said 55 people were dead and at least 562 injured in violence across the [...]

Egypt forces to besiege Cairo protesters

Security forces are preparing to encircle pro-Morsi protest camps in the capital early on Monday, Al Jazeera learns.

Al Jazeera, August 11

Egyptian security forces are preparing to besiege supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi who are gathered in Cairo protest camps.

Security sources told Al Jazeera that police would launch action against the protesters [...]

United States says will not take sides in Egypt crisis

(Reuters) – The United States will not take sides in Egypt’s upheaval, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns said on Monday, in an attempt to address concerns on both sides of the political divide.

Burns, in Cairo on a visit to meet Egypt’s interim leaders, the military and members of the business community, stressed [...]

Some thoughts on the ouster of Mohammed Morsi

The Muslim Brotherhood (MB) has been ousted from power in Egypt in a military coup. There is an astonishing amount of support for the ouster around the region and around the world as well. Much of Egypt is celebrating. But what will this coup bring in coming months and years?

The provisional government has reached [...]

Egypt Islamists mass in Cairo as tensions mount

(AFP) – Tens of thousands of Egyptian Islamists gathered for a show of strength in Cairo on Friday ahead of planned opposition protests against President Mohamed Morsi, highlighting the tense political divide in the Arab world’s most populous state.

You never call, you ignore meetings …

AP – After years of trying to discipline him, the leaders of al-Qaida’s North African branch sent one final letter to their most difficult employee. In page after scathing page, they described how he didn’t answer his phone when they called, failed to turn in his expense reports, ignored meetings and refused time and again [...]

Made in Germany: Berlin Under Fire for Tank Deal with Cairo

(Spiegel Online) – Berlin is once again in hot water over its arms export policy, having authorized the shipment of armored vehicles that were used to fatally crush peaceful demonstrators in Cairo. Tanks manufactured in Egypt under license by a German contractor have also ended up in war-torn countries.

Al Akahbar-English – May Day in Egypt – The Struggle for Social Justice Continues

May Day in Egypt: The Struggle for Social Justice Continues By: Mustafa Bassiouni Al-Akahbar-English Published Thursday, May 2, 2013, Creative Commons

Over two years after Egypt’s January 25 revolution, working class Egyptians find themselves fighting alone to achieve two of the revolution’s main goals: workers’ rights and social justice.

CAIRO – The workers’ movement in [...]