Mercredi 20 Septembre 2017
(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...
(Ahram Online 23/05/13)
Over the past few weeks academic experts along with university professors have been warning authorities — with an alarmist tone — about current instability in the country’s universities. In fact, since February 2011, when Hosni Mubarak stepped down as president following a nationwide revolt, academics have been genuinely worried about universities. They say chaos has struck the country’s governmental and private universities and the potential for a wider outbreak of violence increases. In an attempt to contain the anger of students over attacks by thugs and even on-campus deaths, President Mohamed Morsi met on 4 April representatives of student unions. During the two-hour meeting Morsi said students’ rights were not subject to compromise. “It is the government’s responsibility to provide...
(Ahram Online 17/05/13)
Police close Rafah border in Sinai Peninsula to protest the abduction of seven Egyptian security personnel, and vow to keep the port closed until their colleagues return. Egyptian policemen have closed the Egyptian port of Rafah entrance and exit gates to protest the kidnapping of their colleagues, Al-Ahram Arabic-language news website reported. An official source told Al-Ahram Arabic-language news website that police members are sitting in front of the port to stop any crossing. Soldiers along with employees at the Rafah border stressed that they will keep the border closed until their kidnapped colleagues are freed. On Thursday, seven Egyptian security personnel, including one member of the armed forces, four port security officers, and two state security officers, were kidnapped...
(The Wall Street Journal 08/05/13)
CAIRO—Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi swore in new cabinet ministers on Tuesday in a shuffle of his government that strengthened the position of the Muslim Brotherhood in key ministries and provoked complaints from the nation's disparate opposition. Members of the opposition had demanded that Mr. Morsi form a more inclusive government—one including liberals, moderates, Coptic Christians and women—ahead of parliamentary elections due to take place this year. They also sought the removal of Prime Minister Hisham Qandil, who is viewed by his critics as lacking political experience and charisma. Read the story at: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142412788732382680457846874331793174...
(Reuters (Eng) 26/04/13)
Africa's brisk economic growth over the past decade has been consumer driven, a much-hyped trend that masks the uncomfortable fact that the region remains far too reliant on commodities. Sub-Saharan Africa's growth has been second only to Asia and cracked along at 5.8 percent last year, according to a World Bank estimate, if South Africa, the continent's biggest economy, is excluded. About two-thirds of growth in the past decade has been driven by domestic demand, which has been stoked by a number of factors including the continent's fast-growing and young population. Consumption has had multiplier effects into a range of services including banking and finance. Yet unlike in Asia, Africa's consumer boom has been financed mostly by income generated from...
(The Associated Press 19/04/13)
A split erupted Thursday in Egypt's main liberal opposition bloc, the National Salvation Front, over whether to go ahead with a boycott of parliamentary elections or reverse course and participate. A joint statement indicating cancellation of the boycott brought a quick retort from other leaders, insisting that their participating in the election was still conditioned on the government's agreement to a list of demands. Voting for a new parliament is expected later this year, dependent on approval of a new election law. The infighting typified the fractured state of opponents of Egypt's Islamist-led government. Broken up into more than a dozen factions, parties and movements, the liberal and secular forces have fared poorly against the better-organized Islamists since the overthrow...
(Jeune Afrique 09/04/13)
Pour pallier la faiblesse de leurs réserves, les pays du nord du continent multiplient les appels d'offres. Attisant la concurrence au sein d'un secteur qui ne compte qu'une dizaine d'acteurs. Hier coûteux et réservé aux pays pétroliers bénéficiant d'une énergie quasi gratuite, le dessalement de l'eau de mer est de plus en plus prisé en Afrique (surtout dans le Nord) pour la consommation, l'irrigation ou l'industrie. Il faut dire que les coûts de construction des usines ont chuté : ils n'excèdent pas 800 à 1 100 euros le mètre cube par jour (m3/j), contre 1 000 à 1 300 euros le m3/j en 2000. « Le tarif de l'eau dessalée par osmose inverse [l'une des deux technologies disponibles ; l'autre,...
(ABC News 26/03/13)
A prominent Egyptian blogger handed himself in to authorities on Tuesday, a day after the country's prosecutor general ordered his arrest along with four others for allegedly instigating violence with comments posted on social media. The charges stem from clashes between supporters and opponents of the country's Islamist president last week that left 200 injured. Activists say the accusations against blogger Alaa Abdel-Fattah may herald a wave of arrests of opposition leaders. They follow closely on an angry televised warning by President Mohammed Morsi that he would soon take exceptional measures in the face of violence. Abdel-Fattah, wearing a prison jumpsuit to show his readiness to face jail, arrived at the Cairo office of Prosecutor General Talaat Abdullah surrounded by...
(Reuters (Eng) 26/03/13)
Seized by Bedouin gunmen Friday, an Israeli man and a Norwegian woman were held as their kidnappers pressured police to release a relative from detention. EL-ARISH, Egypt — An Israeli and a Norwegian tourist who were abducted last week by Bedouin gunmen in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula were released early Tuesday, security officials said. The two — an Israeli man and a Norwegian woman — were set free and were taken to police headquarters in the city of el-Arish near the border with Israel and Gaza, the officials said. The tourists were seized Friday along a main road in Sinai and were held in the desolate mountainous Gabal-Maghara area in the peninsula. According to earlier reports, a taxi driver told police...
(Mail & Guardian 08/03/13)
A court decision to cancel April legislative polls is a blow to President Mohamed Morsi, who is seen by some analysts as failing to lead Egypt. Since his election in June 2012 in the aftermath of the revolution that toppled the veteran president Hosni Mubarak, Morsi has had to backtrack on several executive decisions following grassroot protests over his rule. Wednesday's ruling by the administrative court cancelling controversial parliamentary elections scheduled for April 22 has worsened the political crisis that still faces Egypt two years after Mubarak's overthrow. "It is a bad decision for the president and bolsters the feeling that his decisions are never thought out and that his advisers are not competent," said Mustafa Kamel al-Sayyed, a Cairo...
(Asmarino Independent 08/03/13)
Lamlam, 17, is one of thousands of people who make the treacherous journey from Eritrea to Egypt each year. Many fall victim to unscrupulous people traffickers, who kidnap them and demand ransom money from their families. "The kidnappers would make me lie on my back and then they would get me to ring my family to ask them to pay the ransom they wanted," she says, lifting up the back of her shirt to expose a rash of deep scars. "As soon as one of my parents answered the phone, the men would melt flaming plastic over my back and inner thighs and I would scream and scream in pain. "This, they hoped, would put extra pressure on my mother...
(Reuters (Eng) 27/02/13)
CAIRO — Egypt’s main opposition coalition declared Tuesday that it would boycott the coming parliamentary elections, all but ensuring that Islamists will continue to dominate the legislature and that their rivals will continue to question their legitimacy. With the elections scheduled to begin in April, the Islamists who dominated the 2011-12 parliamentary and presidential votes appear more vulnerable than at any time since the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak two years ago. President Mohamed Morsi, of the Muslim Brotherhood’s political arm, is presiding over a period of political polarization, street violence, economic hardship and the first steps of cutting public subsidies. Among the pockets of vocal discontent are the cities along the Suez Canal, which are revolting against his government...
(20 minutes 21/02/13)
La chambre haute du Parlement égyptien a adopté ce jeudi la loi électorale amendée par la Cour constitutionnelle, ce qui va permettre au président Mohamed Morsi de fixer la date des élections législatives. Le chef de l'Etat devrait ratifier le texte dans les jours qui viennent et annoncer l'organisation du scrutin dans environ deux mois. L'Assemblée du peuple -chambre basse du Parlement- a été dissoute l'an dernier par la Cour constitutionnelle, juste avant l'élection présidentielle, en raison d'une loi électorale jugée «injuste». Les législatives organisées fin 2011-début 2012, premier scrutin libre de l'histoire de l'Egypte, avaient été largement remportées par les Frères musulmans, devant les salafistes. Les partis libéraux n'avaient fait que de la figuration. La Cour constitutionnelle, qui compte...
( 21/02/13)
LE CAIRE, 21 février (Reuters) - Il n'y a eu pratiquement aucun investissement étranger en Egypte pendant le second semestre 2012, a déclaré jeudi le ministre de la Planification, confirmant la gravité de la crise économique qui affecte le pays arabe le plus peuplé. Achraf al Arabi a rappelé que l'Egypte avait un besoin urgent d'investissements pour atteindre une croissance de 7% de son produit intérieur brut (PIB), seuil en dessous duquel les économistes jugent impossible d'inverser la courbe du chômage. La croissance n'a été que de 2,2% en rythme annuel au dernier trimestre 2012, a précisé le ministre au cours d'une conférence de presse. Le gouvernement islamiste a tendu la main mercredi aux hommes d'affaires égyptiens qui ont fui...
(22 Septembre 21/02/13)
Si le tirage au sort des groupes des éliminatoires de la CAN 2015, qui va se dérouler au Maroc, n’aura lieu que le 10 mars, la Confédération africaine de football (CAF) a rendu publique la composition de trois des 4 chapeaux. Au total, 44 équipes seront en lice pour tenter de rejoindre le pays hôte, qualifié d’office. La CAN 2013 est terminée, vive la CAN 2015 ! A peine la compétition sud-africaine a t-elle sacré les Super Eagles du Nigeria que la Confédération africaine de football a déjà annoncé la composition des chapeaux pour le prochain tirage au sort des groupes pour les éliminatoires. Lors de son assemblée générale, la CAF a donc annoncé un retour à un format de...
(22 Septembre 21/02/13)
Pour le Cinéma Numérique Ambulant (CNA), le Festival panafricain du cinéma et de la télévision de Ouagadougou est désormais un rendez-vous incontournable. Pour sa cinquième participation consécutive au Fespaco, le CNA a choisit de prendre ses quartiers au «Maquis du Festival» à la Cité An III en plein cœur de Ouagadougou, où il a installé un Village CNA. C’est sur ce site que se tiendront les activités du CNA. Pour ce 23ème Fespaco, le CNA initie le projet «Fespaco classique » et revisite, en cinq soirées thématiques, les classiques du cinéma africain plébiscités par les publics des villages d’Afrique. Ainsi, du dimanche 25 février au vendredi 1er mars, six films seront projetés. Il s’agit de Yaaba d’Idrissa Ouédraogo (Burkina Faso)...
(Le Parisien 07/02/13)
La visite du président iranien en Egypte a été mouvementée. Arrivé au Caire mardi, veille de l'ouverture du sommet de l'Organisation de la conférence islamique (OCI), Mahmoud Ahmadinejad n'a pas reçu un accueil très chaleureux de la part de la population. Dans la soirée, pris dans un bain de foule alors qu'il sortait d'une mosquée en compagnie de son homologue égyptien Mohamed Morsi, un homme a balancé sa chaussure dans sa direction. Le projectile a atterri aux pieds du dirigeant de Téhéran sans le toucher, d'après les images de la scène diffusées par l'agence de presse turque Anadolu et reprises par plusieurs médias internationaux. Mais le tireur, qui a vite été repoussé par d'autres individus, a fait son effet, puisque...

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