Egypt

Obama announces ‘new chapter in American diplomacy

Washington (CNN) — The United States will support efforts for reform across the Middle East and North Africa, including “transitions toward democracy,” President Barack Obama said Thursday. In a speech at the U.S. State Department laying out his policies toward the region, the president said he is marking “a new […]

Arab League Ignores Syrian Turmoil

(CNSNews.com) – Two months after the Arab League won praise for its unprecedented call for international intervention in Libya, the bloc of 22 Arab states is reverting to its customary role of closing ranks, this time around the Assad regime in Syria. At a time of historic change and challenge […]

Egyptian activists plan ‘Third Intifada’ Now that they are free to demonstrate, Egyptians plan a ‘million-man’ march to support the Palestinians on May 15

Following the February ousting of Egypt’s longstanding president Hosni Mubarak, calls have been circulating in Egypt and throughout the region for a ‘Third Intifada’ to begin May 15. “Unlike the first two Palestinian uprisings, the proposed Third Intifada is meant to involve the entire Arab world,” said Egyptian journalist and […]

Egyptian tycoon wants to revamp Swiss ski areas

by Susan Vogel-Misicka, swissinfo.ch Egyptian billionaire Samih Sawiris wants to team up with a Swedish company to link and upgrade Switzerland’s Andermatt and Sedrun ski resorts. A letter of intent published on Wednesday shows that Andermatt Swiss Alps – a subsidiary of Sawiris’ Orascom Development – is joining forces with […]

Egypt to open Gaza border crossing on a permanent basis

Egypt has announced that it will open its border crossing with Gaza on a permanent basis, thereby reversing Egypt’s collusion with Israel’s blockade regime. The interim Foreign Minister, Nabil al-Arabi, has described support for the blockade by the previous Egyptian regime as “disgraceful”. While Israeli officials have responded to this […]

Cautiously optimistic

The signing of a reconciliation accord in Cairo between Fateh and Hamas promises the start of a new era in the inter-Palestinian relations. One, nevertheless, expresses optimism timidly; this is not the first time Fateh, the mainstream faction in the West Bank, and Hamas, the ruling faction in Gaza, have […]

Palestinian factions sign unity deal in Cairo

CAIRO (AFP) – Palestinian factions signed a reconciliation deal in Cairo on Tuesday to end the divide between the West Bank and Gaza and hold elections in a year in an agreement Israel called a blow to peace. Representatives of 13 factions, including Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fateh Party and […]

Difference between Egyptian and Syrian revolts

By Michael Jansen There is a world of difference between Egypt’s people’s power uprising and the ongoing Syrian revolt. In Egypt, there were specific local developments that in combination with the overthrow by popular action of Tunisia’s President Zine Al Abidine Ben Ali prompted millions of Egyptians to raise the […]

A new chance in Egypt for Islamic finance

Covered head-to-toe in a black abaya embroidered with red and yellow flowers, Amal Abbas waits for her turn to place a deposit at Cairo’s Al Baraka Egypt Bank, one of Egypt’s two fully-fledged Islamic banks. Although Egypt is considered the birthplace of Islamic finance, which adheres to Islamic principles banning […]

Mubarak, two sons detained in rare move

Cairo (CNN) — Egyptians exulted Wednesday over the detention of their ailing former president and his two sons in a probe exploring the killing of protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the center of the country’s dramatic uprising earlier this year.  Former President Hosni Mubarak and his sons, Gamal and Alaa, were […]