US warns of ‘widespread conflict’ in Libya

State Department calls for draft of new constitution to take place unhindered amid increasing volatility.

Al Jazeera, July 13

The United States has warned that the conflict in Libya could become “widespread,” urging that a new parliament be quickly seated after contested elections.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki also called for work on drafting Libya’s […]

International Polls open in Egypt’s presidential election

More than 53 million people are eligible to vote, amid opposition calls for nationwide boycott.

Al Jazeera, By Dahlia Kholaif, May 26

Millions of Egyptians have begun voting for the country’s third president in as many years, in a race largely expected to be won by the country’s former army chief.

The two-day vote, which […]

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 […]

Prolonged Fight Feared in Egypt After Bombings

New York Times, By David D. Kirkpatrick, January 24

Cairo — Three years after the start of its revolt for democracy, the capital was shaken Friday by four deadly bombings, in the clearest sign yet that Egypt is entering a prolonged and violent struggle between the military-backed government and a growing Islamist insurgency.

The bombs, […]

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Egypt declares Turkish envoy persona non grata — Turkey responds in kind

CNN, By Susannah Cullinane, November 23

Turkey has declared Egypt’s envoy to Ankara persona non grata in response to Cairo’s decision to expel the Turkish ambassador, the Turkish Ministry of Foreign affairs announced Saturday.

The Egyptian government had earlier summoned Turkey’s ambassador to inform him he was persona non grata and to ask him to […]

Israel’s changing regional security: a new approach to Iran someday?

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s terse dismissal of Iranian President Rouhani’s recent overtures to the West was based solely on the two countries’ recent hostile past, not on an understanding of the two countries’ previous longstanding cooperation. Nor was it based on understanding the geopolitical realities upon which that longstanding cooperation was built and recognizing that […]

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 […]

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Egypt shifts support toward Syrian government

General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

In a major change in policy, Egypt now supports of the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad. The shift in policy reflects the Egyptian military’s characterization of the pro-Morsi Muslim Brotherhood protesters as terrorists and the close alignment of the deposed Morsi government and its Muslim Brotherhood supporters with the Syrian […]

Egyptian Public Supports Military Actions Against Muslim Brotherhood Demonstrators


The Egyptian people strongly support the actions of General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in “fighting terrorism,” as el-Sisi calls it. The removal of former President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood brought that well organized group to the streets. Armed, and belligerent, the Brotherhood staged demonstrations throughout Cairo, Alexandria and other parts of Egypt. […]

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 […]

Christians under siege in Egypt and Syria

Coptic Church, Egypt – ABC

Christians in Egypt and Syria are under attack.

The attacks are systematic and pervasive in both countries where Christians account for five to ten percent of the population. Al Qaeda and extremist fellow travelers are behind the violence. In the Syrian conflict, the United States supports the rebel cause, […]