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Opinion: Egypt-Israel Gas Crisis: publicity stunt or smoke screen?

Ayman Qenawi says the decision by the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation and Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company to suspend the sale of natural gas to Israel because of a “business dispute” would  not have been possible without “a crystal-clear go-ahead from the ruling Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF).” But the author says the reasons behind this … Continue reading

Opinion: Termination of Israeli-Egyptian natural gas agreement serves dangerous precedent

Following the announcement by the CEO of the Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company of the termination of the agreement with Israel, after 14 attacks against the pipeline since the revolution, Zvi Bar’el explores the causes behind the decision. As the agreement symbolizes for many the corruption of the Mubarak regime, pressure from the street may … Continue reading

Debate: Egypt’s road to democracy: Uncertainty after ban on presidential candidates

Guests: Ahmed Naguib, Spokesperson for the Trustees Council of the Revolution and member of the Egyptian Tayyar party; Myra Daridan, Egyptian author and researcher; Alain Gresh, Deputy Director, Le Monde Diplomatique. France 24, France Part 1: Egypt’s road to democracy: Uncertainty after ban on presidential candidates Part 1 Part 2: Egypt’s road to democracy: Uncertainty after … Continue reading

Obama proposes $1.3 billion military aid for Egypt in 2013 despite ongoing NGOs row

U.S. president Barack Obama proposed to renew the $1.3 billion in military aid to Egypt for 2013, despite the recent crackdown on illegally funded american NGO’s in the country. However, it has to be accepted by the majority in congress where a few have said the U.S. should completely cut off aid to Egypt if … Continue reading

Analysis: Al-Qaeda Grows in Sinai

Since the ousting of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak a year ago, our attention has been turned to Cairo and the political developments taking place there, in particular the rise of Islamist political parties and the role of the military in the democratic transition process. But in the Sinai , bordering Israel, tensions have increased between … Continue reading

Calls for strike divide Egypt as Muslim Brotherhood snubs government

Religious authorities in Egypt are calling on unions and youth groups across the country for a boycott of the strike that is planned for Saturday February 11. Egyptian protesters are planning mass walkouts and civil disobedience to demand a quicker transfer of power from the SCAF military rule to a civilian rule. Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayib, Grand Imam of … Continue reading

Analysis: Egypt’s army too big to fail

More than a year has passed since the start of the Egyptian revolution and yet protestors are still violent and the situation remains volatile despite the efforts of the interim SCAF (Supreme Council of the Armed Forces) government. This has caused many Egyptians to call for the military to surrender complete leadership to the citizens, an … Continue reading

Egypt PM defends action against NGOs

After recent threats by the United States to cut the annual 1.3bn dollars aid if Egypt doesn’t stop the crackdown on american NGOs, Kamal el-Ganzouri, Egypt’s military-backed prime minister said that they won’t quit over pressure from Western countries. There are currently 19 Americans and 24 others on trial , being accused of illegally using foreign money to support unrest in … Continue reading

Amr Moussa’s vision for Egypt could upset military

Former Arab League secretary-general Amr Moussa is a top contender for the presidential seat in Egypt’s new-found democracy. In a recent interview, he said that the military, under his leadership, would be one of the basic institutions in Egypt and not a separate one with its own rules which the military has enjoyed under Mubarak’s regime. He … Continue reading

Pipeline Supplying Israel Is Attacked

A pipeline supplying gas for Israel was attacked on Sunday in the Egyptian Sinai desert. It is the 12th time within a year that the pipeline is attacked. The pipeline also provides gas for Jordan. Since the fall of Husni Mubarak, former president of Egypt, the gas deliveries to Israel have come under heavy criticism in Egypt. … Continue reading

Opinion: Egypt’s tragedy: This is not just soccer violence

After clashes at a soccer game in Port Said yesterday between the local Marsy team and Cairo’s Ahly team, a lot of questions remain unanswered. For instance, why was there practically no security present at the game? The two teams have a long history of rivalry and there is always a serious potential for violence between them. … Continue reading

Egypt Fumes Over Israel’s Energy Plans

In an attempt to increase Israeli self-sufficiency and strengthen economic bonds with Europe, Israel has announced plans for the construction of an Ashdod power plant which will be linked to European markets through Cyprus. Egypt has also been seeking this sort of opportunity to create an infrastructural tie to Europe. As a result, Egyptian media … Continue reading

Israel plans Red Sea-Mediterranean rail link to manage Suez overflow

Israel has announced a plan for a 350 km railway linking Eilat on the Red Sea with Ashdod on the Mediterranean sea. The railway could be an alternative to the Suez Canal, especially when that route will not be able to cope with the increasing volume of trade. Israeli officials deny the suggestion that the plan is … Continue reading

Analysis: Deep in the Sinai, a looming crisis threatens Egypt-Israel peace treaty

Since the fall of Hosni Mubarak, the security situation of the Sinai Peninsula has deteriorated significantly and consequently is endangering Israeli-Egyptian peace. Yesterday, disgruntled Bedouins abducted 25 Chinese workers as a sign resistance, demanding the release of those still held in jail since the 2004 Sinai terror crackdown enacted by Hosni Mubarak. Militant Bedouins are … Continue reading

Opinion: Mubarak shouldn’t be executed

A report says that deposed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has sent multiple letters to the leaders of countries that were friendly to his regime including the United States, France, Germany, Britain, Italy, Kuwait, Bahrain, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia. In the letters, Mubarak ask the leaders to save him from the death penalty which was proposed … Continue reading

Focus: Egypt’s Salafist surge

In a matter of months, Egypt’s ultra-conservative Salafists have beaten a path from marginalised religious sect to major political force. But what do we know about them, aside from their heavily religious roots? France24, France

Scorecard: Egypt since the revolution

Egypt’s revolution came to life on January 25th, 2011 and since then the military generals of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces have been the de facto rulers of Egypt. Egyptian protesters had many demands that had to be met quickly by the military after the toppling of former president Hosni Mubarak currently on … Continue reading

Islamists win 70% of Egypt People’s Assembly party list seats

Egypt’s electoral commission has published the final results of the first parliamentarian elections in the country since the ousting of President Mubarak. Islamist parties received, as a whole, account for 70% of the People’s Assembly. The Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), party of the Muslim Brotherhood, secured 38% of the seats. The Salafist Al Nour … Continue reading

Analysis: Muslim Brotherhood mixes pragmatism, ideology on Israel

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood is on a slippery slope as they will try to maneuver between the anti-Israel foundation of the organization and the political realities of gouverning modern day Egypt. “The Brotherhood is in a real challenge and real crisis. For the first time, they are in power, which forces them to be rational when it … Continue reading

Analysis: There is no ‘Turkish model’ for Egypt

Egypt’s young revolutionaries hold Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) as an example for Egypt in its democratic struggle. Their praise the AKP’s ability to cope with secular democracy in a mostly Muslim society. But the reason behind the Turkish islamists’ pragmatism and acceptance of secular democracy is clearly identifiable: it is those neoliberal reforms … Continue reading


Debate: Is there a rift between the Prime Minster and the security establishment, and how might it affect his chances of re-election?

Interview: Dr. Einat Wilf, Israeli MP, Chair of the ‘Independence’ faction

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