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(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...
(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...

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