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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

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

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

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

Egypt’s transition to democracy grows more messy

Mohammed ElBaradei’s decision to pullout of the presidential race in Egypt came to some as a surprise while others believe it is a calculated move to discredit the political process for it’s disordely and fast pace. The Nobel Peace prize laureate made harsh criticism aimed at SCAF’s generals during Saturday’s announcement. In his withdrawal statement, … Continue reading

Opinion: SCAF’s psychological warfare

SCAF is engaging in highly proficient psychological warfare, complete with leaked reports of a grand conspiracy concocted by “external elements” and their “internal allies” to ruin Egypt on none other than Jan. 25, 2012. The alleged plot aims to provoke confrontations between protesters and the army, to fuel chaos and civil strife to be used as … Continue reading

Egypt Tahrir clashes rage on for fifth day

Egyptian police and soldiers fired weapons and used batons and teargas for a fifth day on Tuesday in the latest security operation to clear Cairo’s central Tahrir Square of opponents of army rule. Reuters, United States Click here for the full story

Egypt Post Mubarak: ‘Military kills its way into power’

In the latest violence, at least 8 people were killed and hundreds injured. Egyptians want the military council to step down immediately, despite parliamentary elections being underway. Russia Today, Russia

Eight dead in clashes, Egyptian army sets barbed wire around cabinet

Health ministry reports eight deaths and around 300 injuries since the Thursday night military attack on protesters sitting in at Cabinet headquarters in Cairo. Al Ahram, Egypt Click here for the full story

Protesters clash with military in Cairo

Deadly clashes sparked by army move to shut down sit-in outside cabinet offices, as election process continues. Al Jazeera, Qatar  

Analysis: Is Egypt becoming another Pakistan?

The past experience of three major players on the Egyptian political scene ― the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), the US Embassy and Islamists ― suggests that Egypt may soon come to resemble Pakistan. Al-Masry Al-Youm, Egypt Click here for the full story

Opinion: Who’s afraid of the Brotherhood?

The intensity of the past few days separating the announcement of the results of the first round of Egypt’s parliamentary elections and the beginning of the second round yesterday have been such that every new day has carried with it developments that have seemed to bring ever closer the prospect of an open clash between … 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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