| Africatime
Lundi 27 Mars 2017
(Le Monde 01/07/13)
Au lendemain de rassemblements qui ont réuni plusieurs millions de personnes à travers le pays, la crise politique s'aggrave en Egypte : le siège des Frères musulmans au Caire a été mis à sac, lundi 1er juillet, et plusieurs ministres auraient remis leur démission. Face à cet enlisement, l'armée a adressé un ultimatum de 48 heures aux forces politiques du pays. L'armée adresse un ultimatum Dans une allocution télévisée, lundi, le chef d'état-major de l'armée égyptienne a accordé 48 heures aux responsables politiques pour "satisfaire les demandes du peuple", expliquant que celles-ci ont été exprimées d'une manière "sans précédent" et que le pays ne peut plus se permettre de perdre du temps. Le général Abdel Fatah al Sisi n'a pas...
(Ahram Online 25/06/13)
President Mohamed Morsi remained silent over sectarian hate speech before killing of 4 Shia Muslims by mob in Giza, Amnesty International says Amnesty International has warned of rising sectarian violence against Egypt’s Shia Muslims after Sunday's mob killing in Giza. The attack took place, allegedly led by Salafist sheikhs, in the village of Zawyat Abu Musalam. Hundreds of people surrounded the house of a local Shia leader after hearing he was hosting a religious gathering. The mob then beat him and his guests and set the house on fire, killing four. “Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi must urgently tackle the unprecedented level of sectarian violence against Shia Muslims and ensure they are protected from further attacks,” Amnesty’s statement read. Hassiba Hadj...
(Alarabiya.net 24/06/13)
Taking place in a real café in the west of Cairo, “Coffee Shop,” an all-male drama, focuses on discussions between Amr, a staunch Egyptian patriot, and Sherif, who aspires to live a more Western lifestyle. The show is due to be broadcast this Ramadan on al-Hafez, a Salafist Islamist channel known for its conservative programs. The sitcom's creator seemingly attempts to champion a non-Western lifestyle in Egypt. “Every time Amr ends up being right and Sherif ends up being wrong,” said Sayed Said, the creator and chief scriptwriter of “Coffee Shop,” in a report by The Guardian. Said says the existing content shown during Ramadan is sexualized and fails to represent conservative Egyptians. “The basic aim of the series is...
(Ahram Online 20/06/13)
Two weeks ahead of planned nationwide protests 30 June, Egypt's Islamist rulers - and separately the army - consider their options. Having received identical reports on wide and increasing support of planned 30 June demonstrations demanding early presidential elections, President Mohamed Morsi and the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) are independently considering their options. For his part, Morsi has demanded the announced support of both the grand imam of Al-Azhar, who some Islamists called for his removal, and the patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church, whose inauguration Morsi declined to attend despite a prior visit to Abbaseya Cathedral to attend Christmas Mass when he was a presidential runner. Both Ahmed El-Tayeb, the grand imam of Al-Azhar, and Pope...
(Reuters (Eng) 20/06/13)
LUXOR — A hardline Islamist appointed governor of Luxor stayed away from his new office on Wednesday as protesters barred access and demanded Egypt's president revoke a nomination they fear will hurt local tourism. Adel Mohamed al-Khayat, appointed by President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, is a member of al-Gamaa al-Islamiya, the movement accused of killing 58 foreign tourists at the Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor's Valley of the Queens in 1997. Determined to stop Khayat from entering his office, up to 100 protesters blocked a road leading to the building with burning tires. Locals employed in Luxor's tourism industry, already suffering from more than two years of unrest, fear visitors will be scared away from the city on...
(Ahram Online 19/06/13)
As opposition parties and groups brace for 30 June anti-govt rallies – and with Egypt's Islamist camp mulling parallel counter-demonstrations – the spectre of renewed political violence looms disturbingly large. As many Egyptians prepare to hit the streets nationwide on 30 June to mark the end of President Mohamed Morsi's first year in office, the planned protests have come to the forefront of Egypt's domestic political scene amid mounting discontent with the country's post-revolution leadership. The planned demonstrations, called for by Egypt's anti-Morsi 'Rebel' signature drive to demand snap presidential polls, are expected to be the largest since the 25 January uprising's second anniversary. Some campaigners are even billing the event as a 'second revolution.' Within the last two months,...
(AFP (eng) 17/06/13)
Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi on Saturday announced the "definitive" severing of relations with war-torn Syria, which is suffering from more than two years of civil war. Egypt "decided today to definitively break off relations with the current regime in Syria, to close that regime's embassy in Cairo and to recall Egypt's charge d'affaires" from Damascus, Morsi told thousands of supporters in a Cairo stadium for a "Support for Syria" rally. Calling on the international community to impose a "no-fly zone" over Syria, Morsi also said he had made "contact with Arab and Muslim states to organise an emergency support meeting" for the Syrian people. He denounced the intervention in the conflict of powerful Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah, which recently...
(BBC News Africa 17/06/13)
Syria has condemned Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi for cutting off diplomatic relations between the two countries. Mr Morsi had joined a "choir of conspiracy and incitement led by America", an "official source" told the state-run Sana news agency. Mr Morsi also demanded that the Lebanese Shia movement Hezbollah withdraw from the fighting in Syria. Some Sunni Muslim clerics have urged support for rebels in Syria. Addressing a rally in support of the Syrian opposition on Saturday, Mr Morsi said that Syria's embassy in Cairo would be shut and Egypt's representative withdrawn from Damascus. He also called on the international community to impose a no-fly zone over the country. Syria said the move was "irresponsible" and was part of an attempt...
(AFP (eng) 17/06/13)
Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi, in severing ties with Damascus, aims to show solidarity with Western and fellow Arab states opposed to Syria's regime and also boost his under-fire image at home, analysts said. Morsi, an Islamist from the Muslim Brotherhood, told supporters in a Cairo stadium for a "Support for Syria" rally on Saturday that he was going to "definitively" cut diplomatic relations with Syria. The Syrian government on Sunday slammed the decision. Morsi had joined the "conspiracy and incitement led by the United States and Israel against Syria by announcing the cutting of ties," an unnamed official told Syria's state news agency SANA. He accused Morsi of announcing the cut in ties to deflect attention from domestic crises. On...
(Ahram Online 13/06/13)
In an exclusive interview, Ahram Online talks with members of Egypt's most controversial and mysterious opposition group, the outlawed Black Bloc, ahead of nationwide anti-Morsi protests on 30 June. After 45 days in detention, security forces have released eight young men arrested in April for being part of the amorphous and outlawed group the "Black Bloc." Eight youth slapped with the same charges, including spreading terrorism and banned ideas online, possessing firearms, using violence against public servants and burning down Muslim Brotherhood buildings, have been released. Egypt's Black Bloc has ruffled the feathers of authorities since it mysteriously appeared on 24 January 2013. Just five days later, Prosecutor General Talaat Abdallah issued a blanket arrest warrant for anyone involved in...
(Ahram Online 13/06/13)
Egypt's National Security Board calls on presidency to tone down allusions to war between Egypt and Ethiopia; foreign minister dispatched to Addis to seek and offer 'good will'. Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr is expected in Addis Ababa next week for talks with top Ethiopian officials over Ethiopia's building of a mega dam over the Blue Nile that some argue may impact Egypt’s historic share of Nile waters. Amr is expected to underline in talks with Ethiopian interlocutors the need for Egypt and Ethiopia to work closely together to ensure that the proposed dam will have a minimal negative environmental impact and would take into consideration Egypt’s need for its full share of Nile water as per past agreements. The...
(LibreAfrique 12/06/13)
L’Égypte est confrontée à sa plus grave crise politique depuis février 2011. Ce dimanche, la Cour constitutionnelle suprême a statué que l’élection au Conseil de la Choura, la chambre haute du pays, et la nomination d’une commission chargée de rédiger la nouvelle constitution étaient inconstitutionnelles. Bien que personne ne puisse prédire les répercussions exactes de ces décisions, elles constituent un rappel de la menace que représente une politique dysfonctionnelle pour l’avenir du monde arabe. L’Égypte est au bord d’un abîme économique. L’État, lourdement endetté, consacre un tiers de ses dépenses à subventionner les prix des carburants et des denrées alimentaires. La plupart des avantages des subventions reviennent aux ménages les plus riches et aux grandes entreprises. Les importations de produits...
(The Associated Press 11/06/13)
JOHANNESBURG — The desk is spotless and books neatly line the shelves in Nelson Mandela's office at a Johannesburg-based foundation that carries his name, but the former South African president and anti-apartheid leader hasn't worked there for years. The meticulously preserved room is one of many tributes to the legacy of a former prisoner who became so revered for his efforts to reconcile a racially divided nation that many South Africans cannot bring themselves to speak openly about the possibility of his death. That reluctance is gradually eroding as the 94-year-old receives treatment for a recurring lung infection, spending a fourth day in a Pretoria hospital on Tuesday. President Jacob Zuma called Mandela's condition "very serious" but said he has...
(AFP (eng) 11/06/13)
JOHANNESBURG, June 11, 2013 (AFP) - Nelson Mandela was spending his fourth day in hospital Tuesday where he was being treated in intensive care for a lung infection. The 94-year-old former president was rushed to a Pretoria hospital early Saturday and was said to be in serious but stable condition. His latest health scare has been met with prayers and a growing acceptance among South Africans that their hero may be nearing the end of his life. "He is receiving intensive care treatment," presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj, who served jail time with Mandela, told AFP on Monday. He "remains in hospital, and his condition is unchanged," the presidency said after describing him as being in a "serious but stable" condition...
(The Associated Press 11/06/13)
CAIRO (AP) — Angry Egyptian lawmakers accused the country's prime minister and government on Monday of doing nothing to prevent Ethiopia from completing a dam that threatens to leave Nile-dependent Egypt with a dangerous water shortage. Prime Minister Hesham Kandil had just finished addressing parliament about how the government planned to work diplomatically, legally and technically to negotiate with Ethiopia over the dam when the session heated up. He called the dam's construction an "act of defiance" and stressed that Egypt will not give "a single drop of water," but then hurriedly left the chamber despite calls for clarification over how to handle the situation if Ethiopia rejects overtures. "Egypt will turn to a graveyard" if the dam is completed,...
(Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency 10/06/13)
Sudan’s Information Minister and Government Spokesperson Ahmed Bilal Osman insisted today that Sudan would benefit from the controversial Ethiopian renaissance dam and stressed that Ethiopia has engaged Sudan in all operations associated with the dam building. This is a report by the Sudan Tribune. At a press conference in Khartoum, Osman announced that Sudan’s minister of water resources and electricity Osama Abdalla Mohamed al-Hassan will travel for Cairo early next week. He said that the ten-member committee which includes representatives from Sudan, Ethiopia and Egypt as well as international experts has dispelled all concerns raised about the dam, adding that Sudan is ready to send experts and technicians to help in the construction of the dam. The report further read...
(Ria Novosti 10/06/13)
LE CAIRE, 10 juin - RIA Novosti. La cour criminelle du Caire a acquitté lundi les fils de l'ex-président égyptien Hosni Moubarak, Alaa et Gamal, quant à leur complicité dans le meurtre de manifestants lors des troubles de janvier 2011 au Caire, et ils ne sont désormais accusés que de corruption. Le juge a ordonné la libération des fils de l'ancien raïs "s'il ne sont pas impliqués dans d'autres délits". Alaa et Gamal Moubarak resteront détenus dans le cadre d'autres procédures judiciaires sous l'accusation de détournement de fonds publics. Début mars, Alaa et Gamal Moubarak, ainsi que leur père Hosni ont été inculpés pour avoir entre autres empoché plus d'un milliard de livres (plus de 150 millions de dollars) du...
(AL Jazeera 29/05/13)
Once thriving Suez Canal city is a pale shadow of itself as rising crime forces people and businesses off the streets. Port Said, Egypt - Egyptians from all walks of life once flocked to the markets and beaches of Port Said. Businessmen rubbed shoulders with factory workers, browsing through piles of imported tax-free goods. Families from around the country strolled along the promenade and lounged on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Now, the streets of this Suez Canal city are empty. Most of the stores are shuttered, and the few that remain struggle to survive. Frequent reports of crime and violence have driven visitors away and merchants see little foot traffic. Cruise ships that used to stop to refuel...
(AL Jazeera 28/05/13)
Port Said, Egypt - Egyptians from all walks of life once flocked to the markets and beaches of Port Said. Businessmen rubbed shoulders with factory workers, browsing through piles of imported tax-free goods. Families from around the country strolled along the promenade and lounged on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Now, the streets of this Suez Canal city are empty. Most of the stores are shuttered, and the few that remain struggle to survive. Frequent reports of crime and violence have driven visitors away and merchants see little foot traffic. Cruise ships that used to stop to refuel and unload thousands of passengers have begun to skip the stop entirely. Restaurants and cafés that catered to tourists are struggling...
(The Jerusalem Post 24/05/13)
Morsi wary of fighting terror while trying to defuse opposition; Brothers don’t understand what is needed is not military buildup. There was a happy ending for the six policemen and the soldier kidnapped last week in the Sinai Peninsula. They were released unhurt after marathon negotiations that lasted until dawn Wednesday between a representative of military intelligence, a Salafi sheikh and a representative of the Swarka tribe, one of the largest in the peninsula. No one will guarantee it will be the last kidnapping. The official version is that no deal was struck, and it may be nothing more than a lull in the storm. The kidnappers understood that Egypt was not going to give an inch; a large scale...

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