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Egypt steps up its Palestine
related security cooperation -- training policemen, and
bringing the factions together again...
reports that "an Egyptian court on Saturday dismissed
a case demanding compensation from Israeli Prime Minister
Ariel Sharon over accusations Israeli forces tortured and killed
Egyptian prisoners of war during the Middle East war of 1967."
Ahram's Abdel Moniem Said discusses the complexities
of the Egyptian-Israeli relationship.
Look who's in town
Former US presidential
candidate John Kerry was in Egypt, saying
Egypt-US relations were crucial to resolving the Israeli Palestinian
Brouhaha simmers over Egyptian
airplanes and Israeli airspace.
Lots of diplomacy
Egypt wants a complete Israeli withdrawal from Palestinian
territories to 2000
lines before elections take place...
Foiling the effort
of Israeli raid into Palestinian territories
Still seeking peace
Egyptian diplomats head to Palestine to be election
Egyptian foreign policy's new
Border incident report
In Israel, condemnation of professional
failure, and reprimands for the Israeli commanders responsible
for the wrongful deaths of three Egyptian border policemen.
Will they listen this time?
Mubarak waxes poetic about Palestine and Iraq in a major Der
Spiegel interview that was also picked up by the New
On Palestine, he says Egypt was
basically trying to tell the Palestinians: "Pull yourselves
together like a man, don't allow internal divisions to weaken your
position because otherwise you won't be able to achieve anything."
In an interview with a German magazine, Mubarak imagines a
Palestinian state will come into being by 2008.
Meanwhile, Israeli leftist Yossi
Beilin meets Ahmed Abul Gheit, who previously warned Israel
not to wreck
Then, today: Israel
Says It Will Release 170 Palestinians to Please Egypt.
Different views on peace track
AP says Egypt will have a lot of work to do if wants to generate "new
hope for Mideast peace after four bleak years, transforming
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon from pariah to peacemaker and
seeking to draw Arab leaders and a wary public into its efforts..."
Islam online, meanwhile, features a harsh critique
of Egypt's warming up its relations with Israel.
An IHT editorial describes the QIZ agreement as a case of "making
undies, not war".
QIZ being signed
The landmark, and controversial, Egypt-US-Israel business
deal is being inked in Cairo on Tuesday. AP reports on pro
and con opinions... More details
on the zones are provided by Middle East Online.
Why peace now?
Arab News columnist says the latest flurry of peace moves stem
from "Egypt, [being] tired of the saying “The Arabs are
willing to fight Israel down
to the last Egyptian...”
An Egyptian presidential
spokesman, meanwhile, said that Egypt would send an ambassador
back to Israel when it felt the decision
would help Middle East peace talks.
It's all about peace
An op-ed commentator from
Washington sums up the latest, surprisingly rapid peace maneuvers by
Egypt, and is highly
excited by the hopeful goings-on... Her interpretation: "an
increasingly impatient Egypt" is pushing the peace process...
Mubarak's peace push
in the Gulf summed up by AP.
Mubarak says no ambassador returning
to Tel Aviv now...
Jerusalem Post says Israel will coordinate
with Palestinians on the Gaza withdrawal. Israel
will also release several dozens of Palestinian prisoners from its jails
as part of a goodwill
gesture to Egypt, Israeli security sources said.
Meanwhile, Israel says no peace conference
A post-Arafat thaw?
Tons of stories have appeared in the last few days about Egypt
supposedly working out a deal
with Israel, Palestine and other interested parties for a truce
Even the possibility of
its ambassador to Tel Aviv seems to be on the table.
CS Monitor calls it "a
thaw in a key Middle East relationship."
At the same time, there
have also been lots of Israeli reports saying such talk is premature.
Debating the Azzam-students
The prisoner exchange -- Israeli spy Azzam for 6 Egyptian students
caught infiltrating the borders -- is being called demeaning
by various Egyptian politicos, while the presidential spokesman
continues to insist that it wasn't a swap.
One opposition politician
says "nothing can justify
this gift for Israel at time when it is increasing its aggression
against the Palestinians and the Arabs."
Economic cooperation on
BBC puts Egypt's decision to cooperate with Israel to export
textiles to the US via the Qualified Industrial Zones into perspective,
as the industry struggles to deal with new worldwide trade
Khaleej Times provides
details on the
four zones to be established
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Egypt seeking a wider
continental role at an African summit...
On his way to the summit, President Hosni Mubarak makes it pretty
clear that he will be running
for president this year...
End of tolerance?
Meanwhile, Reuters reports that newly approved Ghad party
leader Ayman Nour was taken
in for questioning on Saturday for allegedly forging power of
attorney documents. Nour was one of the most forceful proponents
arguing that the way in which the president is elected be
changed... Reuters says "the detention raised the political
temperature in Egypt, where this year's presidential and
parliamentary elections will take place under closer than usual
international scrutiny because of the U.S. campaign for Middle
Plus, more trouble
for Saadeddin Ibrahim... Khaleej Times reports on a lawsuit...
Egypt completely committed to transparency on its peaceful
nuclear experiments -- it may not have revealed everything because
it didn't know
it had to...
Scant details on the alleged Iranian spy's trial
Egyptian political analysts comment on Bush's inaugural
Plus, a short NY
Times bit on Egyptian-US tensions and how they might be circumvented.
AP reports that "Egypt has shut
down an unauthorized polling station that Iraqi residents had
set up in an attempt to take part in their country’s first free
elections in nearly 50 years."
Tense or not?
Fox editorial says the religious tensions at the slain Coptic
family funeral were overblown, and urges the Coptic community to
in the US justice system.
media harp on the troubles
that continue to beset the New Jersey Egyptian community. AP also
Pound still strong
Still talking about the
After giving two high-profile interviews in English and Arabic
last week to PBS and Al-Arabiya, President Hosni Mubarak's
comments on whether or not he will pursue
a new term attracted the most attention. More excerpts from the
interviews from DPA. A Qatari site details Mubarak's
description of his grueling daily schedule.
The Washington Post, meanwhile, weighs in on the same subject with
the harsh editorial Enough
In a related vein, Prime
Minister Ahmed Nazif discusses the possibilities surrounding Gamal
future with AP. Plus, there's the BBC's version.
And, a Malaysian site picks
up another AP take on
all of it, including the opposition movement and the Post
Tension at the funeral for the slain Coptic family in the US makes
Plus, there's a pre-funeral story from a local
Up and down
latest on the interesting recent fluctuations
of the pound.
Running for president
notices an anomaly
in an Al-Ahram front page story: "Nine months before a referendum to choose Egypt’s president,
the state newspaper Al-Ahram has announced the result on its front
page — Hosni Mubarak will be re-elected for another six years. “President Mubarak will take the oath of office at this
historic session (of parliament), signaling the start of a new
presidential term,” the paper said."
Then, Gamal Mubarak
says his father's nomination is not a done
himself says he's okay with others
running for president...
And, a web site takes it upon
itself to nominate
Iraqis in Egypt to vote...
(1) The controversy
over the new Arab Human development report continues...
(2) According to CBS, now
it's the US that's excited about negotiating a Free
Trade Agreement with Egypt.
(3) AP tries to do a thoughtful
piece about t he Egypt nuclear allegations...
Maria Golia's year end round up of Egypt 2004 is good at times,
but features the unfortunate
reference to Abdel-Haleem Qandil as the editor of al-Wafd instead
Nuke charges pop up
Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul- Gheit denies
that Egypt is involved in any sort of nuclear weapons testing. Here's the in-depth AP report from Vienna about the original speculations
-- all attributed to unnamed diplomats.
Pakistani site says
US State department also brushes the rumors aside...
while an Indian site interprets the same State dept remarks as
Chinese media report -- providing both sides -- seems the mist
balanced about how the US
The Egyptian head of the UN atomic energy watchdog agency,
meanwhile, is critical
of US attempts to spy on him...
Lots of diplomacy
Mubarak holds talks in Saudi Arabia to smooth
ties with Libya...
Plus, Egypt wants a complete Israeli withdrawal from Palestinian
territories to 2000
lines before elections take place...
Meanwhile, Iraq wants Egypt to help convince Iraqi Sunnis
to participate in elections..
And, the Washington
Times reports that Algeria is critical of Egypt's "monopoly
" of the Arab League secretariat general.
Mido off to Tottenham...
Malaysian tour not
going to take place -- but the belly dancing cruise (as reported
earlier) is not why...
In a controversial article on Muslim Wake Up, an Egyptian American
celebrates the scandalous Hind El-Hennawy Ahmed El-Fishawy urfi
baby tale... This controversial article elicited a lot of
comments from Muslim Wake Up's readers -- make sure to check them
Plus, here's the original
New York Times coverage
of the Hennawy Fishawi scandal that inspired the piece.
5 girls and a boy for Egyptian couple... this Turkish site also
provides a picture
of the new tots...
Salt Lake Tribune looks at the shattered
Egyptian community in New Jersey. Authorities continue to deny
a religious motive for the slaying of a Coptic family, but others
speak of the dead man's frequent insults to Islam on chat rooms...
Plus, more on the
same from the Philadelphia
Huge charity gift
from Bill Gates -- who happens to currently be in Cairo --
to go towards combating polio in Egypt...
belly dancing for top Malaysian visitors to Cairo.
found by Japanese team in Dahshour.
Plus, Tut exhibit to
go to Millennium
Dome in London after US tour...
Internal politics result in cancellation
of Aida performances in Luxor...
Now Mido moving to Tottenham?
This in-depth piece explores the bad boy's long and winding career.
More Blair woes
Now the British press is making a fuss about the Royal
Air force people who accompanied Blair to Sharm El Sheikh for
The Washington Post reports that "FBI and Department of
Homeland Security officers have arrested an Egyptian man who
allegedly ran a business from a hot dog cart on 17th and L streets
NW that provided American
brides for Middle Eastern men seeking green cards."
First, there was live archaeology on TV -- now it's on the web...
Plus, ancient mummy fraud:
Discovery channel looks into another x-ray
Hitting the big time
Egyptian American TV news anchor Sandra
Ali gets attention from Cincinnati online media.
Washington Post profiles Dina Powell, the Egyptian
born head of the White House personnel office...
Laila Fawzi dies
Veteran actress Laila Fawzi dies
at 80; she had just received a lifetime achievement award from
the Cairo International Film Festival.
Yet another knife
censorship mechanism sparks TV writers' ire.
Playwright Ali Salem
continues to court controversy
by visiting Israel...
drama to be shown on Egyptian TV.
Seeking the other
Cultural commentator pens interesting
commentary on globalization
and Egyptian cinema....
"The Egyptian government is sending a medical
team and humanitarian aid to the victims of the tsunami in
This AP photo of Zahi Hawass and the mummy
of Tutankhamun made it to the Drudge Report on Thursday
Plus, ABC does an in-depth
story on the event -- which involved the mummy being given a
Egyptian Muslim student on
Arizona basketball team feted
by local press...
Plus -- dates and details set for
African Nations soccer cup to take place in Egypt.
Another cross cultural
marriage down the tubes -- this time, the Egyptian father gets legal
custody of the daughter...
Here's an odd one -- the famous children's story Peter Rabbit gets
translated into hieroglyphics
by the British Museum.
Round up of Arab
and Egyptian film in 2004.
One pyramid opened,
other one closed...
A case involving young actor Ahmed Fishawi and a woman who claims
he married her brings the orfi
marriage issue into the media spotlight.
How many of Egypt's public sector
banks might be sold
off in 2005?
Just in time for
Last few Coptic detainees
from last month's Cathedral protests over alleged priest's wife's
A farcical run?
Nawal El-Saadawi rages
against those critical of her bid to become president!
BBC does a sharp short analysis
of the increasingly loud calls for change. AP compares upcoming
2005 elections in Iraq, Palestine and Egypt. Plus,
presidential candidate to be named in March,
Initial Reuters report on emerging Coptic-Muslim clashes
in Minya. Later, Middle East online goes a little bit more in-depth.
Italian company still trying to raise
its stake in Egyptian cement company.
Egyptian government will offer the more than 45 per cent stake it
has in Egyptian
Fertilizers Co (EFC) to the private sector in January,
Egyptian Investment Minister Mahmoud Mohieldin said in remarks
Heikal's comments about Jordanian King's shia
crescent remark picked up by Iranian site.
High profile memoir
Jihan Sadat talks to the Washington Post about her late husband's legacy...
Has Egypt been helping to train British intelligence agents in
how to deal with Islamic extremists?
stream jet carrying "rendered" prisoners has made
its way to Egypt many times, reports the Washington Post.
Huge new bond
sale for Telecom Egypt...
On Iran, after the Der Spiegel interviewers tell Mubarak he was
right about his pre-war prediction about Iraq turning into a
nightmare, he says: "It would be a catastrophic mistake for
the US to attack Iran. The result would be that the scale of
terror and violence throughout the Middle East and, not much
later, everywhere else in the world would dwarf what we've seen so
far. I hope it doesn't come to that."
Egyptian and Jordanian foreign ministers issued a veiled
warning to regional religious leaders against using next
month's critical elections in Iraq to create a sectarian,
FT does a story quoting businessman Naguib Sawiris as saying that
his Orascom subsidiary, mobile operator Iraqna, was thinking of
pulling out of Iraq -- because it was becoming too
dangerous... Middle East Online's version
of the story is more likely not to require registration, and it
also mentions the fact that two of Iraqna's employees were
recently arrested then released, and that the company is facing
An interesting note
related to this story -- it turns out that the Sawiris
family owns the majority share in Contrack, the major American
construction company that also just pulled out of the Iraqi
reconstruction scheme, citing high security costs...
UK doesn't want Baradie
According to the Independent, "The British government, while
publicly supporting the efforts of Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the
UN's nuclear watchdog, to stop Iran developing nuclear weapons, is
backing US plans to remove him."
US against attacking Iran.
His own money
Tony Blair in Sharm for the holidays again this year -- and he's paying
for it himself, says the BBC.
star feted by Malaysian paper.
The Daily Star goes in depth on the Egypt-based, new Middle
hero comic book series...
Harrods boss goes back
Billionaire Mohamed El-Fayed is back
in Egypt after more than 40 years... Tourism, not business, is
why he's touring Sharm El-Sheikh and other places with his
Reuters reports that "panic
broke out in the Egyptian provincial town of Fayoum when more than
300 people inhaled chlorine gas which leaked from a large cylinder
in a scrap yard, the state news agency MENA said on
Camels and more
section of Washington Post talks to Egyptian boy.
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