Posts Tagged ‘Egypt’

‘Muslim Brotherhood Goes on Facebook’

July 29, 2008

Comment: Making it one step easier for the Mubarak regime to identify and arrest members of the Muslim Brotherhood… if they can figure out how to use Facebook.

“The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt has launched a discussion forum on Facebook, the popular social networking website. A group of young Muslims decided to put the Muslim Brotherhood on Facebook after they received the go-ahead to do so from the Brotherhood’s second-in-command, Muhammad Habib. The creators of the project decided to call themselves an “electronic student cell of the Muslim Brotherhood” and their aim to to push for the return of an Islamic Caliphate [a Muslim state]…” Click for full article


‘Cairo climbs the nuclear pyramid’

March 25, 2008


(Jerusalem Post) — “The driving force behind that decision was the ongoing nuclear crisis with Iran. Egypt, which is proud of its status as the largest and most powerful Arab country, cannot afford to ignore nuclear technology – today an essential part of a country’s power and strength. Sunni Egypt was compelled to enter the field to counterbalance Shi’ite Iran’s growing threat to the international community and to the Middle East. One must not forget that, according to a UN report, the oil and gas reserves of Egypt will start to dwindle in 2016, while Egypt’s population will have gone past the 100-million mark and it will need a lot of energy to produce its electricity. It is therefore obvious that whatever the angle, Egypt has no choice but to develop its nuclear energy. It’s original intentions might be for peaceful purposes, but military considerations will undoubtedly come later…” Click for full article

Egypt Ruling Party Votes to Keep Mubarak at Helm

November 3, 2007


Surprise surprise. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will serve another presidential term. Not since 1993 did his continuing hold on power shock anyone. There is a very good excerpt on the nature of Mubarak’s rule in Fouad Ajami’s book The Dream Palace of the Arabs: A Generation’s Odyssey (1998) regarding that critical year of 1993 when Mubarak opted for a third presidential term, breaking his pledge that he would limit himself to two terms in office. Ajami has said it best:

A healthy measure of the regime’s legitimacy seemed to vanish overnight in the aftermath of that third presidential term. That keen eye for the ruler’s foibles now saw all Mubarak’s defects. He had hung around too long. An inarticulate man, he had never bonded with the country. The national elections he presided over became increasingly irrelevant. Worse still, Mubarak ran afoul of his country’s sense of propriety by refusing to designate a successor or help develop a process of orderly succession. His two predecessors, much larger historical figures with far greater claims to political legitimacy, their personal histories deeply intertwined with their country’s never dared go that far. Supreme in the political domain, Nasser always ruled with a designated successor in place, and Sadat had chosen Mubarak in homage to generational change. Mubarak had no claim to inheritance when Sadat picked him from a large officer corps; it was Sadat’s will that made him. In contrast, Mubarak ruled alone…

(Ynet) — Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was formally retained on Saturday as head of the country’s ruling party at the start of a party convention that may give clues as to how he will handle an eventual transition of power. National Democratic Party members voted to keep 79-year-old Mubarak at the party helm for another five years by a vote of 5,248 to 9 in an uncontested secret ballot, state news agency MENA reported. Mubarak has ruled Egypt for over a quarter century. (Reuters)

Egypt/Israel Deal Will Ease Access to U.S. Market

October 9, 2007

(Haaretz) — Egypt and Israel signed an agreement on Tuesday making it easier for Egyptian-based companies to win exemption from duties and quotas when exporting goods to the United States. Egyptian and Israeli ministers agreed to cut to 10.5 percent from 11.7 percent the minimum proportion of Israeli components in goods which are eligible for the exemptions, Egyptian Trade and Industry Minister Rachid Mohamed Rachid told a news conference.They also agreed to ask U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab to extend the special market access arrangements to companies based in eight provinces south of Cairo, he added.

Egypt Signs Cooperation Agreement with NATO

October 9, 2007

(Ynet) — Egypt has signed a cooperation agreement with NATO, thus becoming the second Middle Eastern country, after Israel, to sign such an agreement.The agreement will allow Egypt to discuss the future possibility that NATO will secure the border the country shares with the Gaza Strip along the Philadelphi Route. (Ronny Sofer, Brussels)