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Egyptian Airliner With 66 On Board Crashes In Mediterranean Sea

EgyptAir Flight 804 Map

An EgyptAir jetliner with 66 on board disappeared from radar just before beginning its decent into Cairo.

Russia Confirms Metrojet 9268 Brought Down By Bomb

Metrojet A321 Wreckage

Confirming speculation that had already been all but confirmed, we now know that it was a bomb that brought down a Russian passenger jet on October 31st.

U.S. Intelligence: Russian Passenger Jet Likely Brought Down Over Sinai Peninsula By A Bomb

Metrojet A321 Wreckage

American intelligence officials are saying that a Russian passenger jet that went down over Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula was most likely brought down by a bomb.

Egyptian Judge Affirms Death Sentence For Former President Morsi


Egypt’s legal system, which of course is little more than a tool for its military leaders, took another step down the road toward executing former President Mohammed Morsi: CAIRO — An Egyptian judge on Tuesday confirmed a death sentence against the deposed president Mohamed Morsi, condemning his rule as a “black night” and his Islamist […]

Egyptian Court Sentences Former President To 20 Years


An Egyptian Court has sentenced former President Mohammed Morsi, who was deposed in a July 2013 coup, to 20 years in prison for his alleged role in the deaths of civilians during protests while he was in office: CAIRO — An Egyptian criminal court on Tuesday sentenced ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi to 20 years […]

Egyptian Court Drops Charges Against Mubarak, Further Cementing Renewed Military Rule


Well, so much for that “people’s revolt” that brought down a military dictator.

Hamas Rejects Egyptian Cease Fire Deal Israel Had Accepted

Gaza Rockets

An effort yesterday to bring about a cease fire in Gaza came to naught when Hamas rejected the proposal.

Egypt Sentences Muslim Brotherhood Leader To Life In Prison


The leader of the Muslim Brotherhood has been sentenced to life in prison by an Egyptian Court: The leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Mohamed Badie, was sentenced on Saturday to life in prison for inciting violence in street protests last year, an Egyptian television channel reported. Egypt’s ONTV reported that the presiding judge, Hassan Farid, said […]

Egypt Sentences Three Journalists To Prison


In yet another sign of just what the future of Egypt is likely to look like, three al-Jazeera journalists have been sentenced to prison for allegedly collaborating with the Muslim Brotherhood: CAIRO — A judge on Monday convicted three journalists of conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood to broadcast false reports of civil strife in Egypt. […]

El-Sisi Takes Office As Egypt’s New “Elected” President


The General who led the military coup that overthrew President Mohammed Morsi last July is now Egypt’s President: CAIRO — Egypt’s former army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi was sworn in on Sunday as president for a four-year term, assuming the highest office of a deeply polarized nation that has been roiled by deadly unrest and an […]

Meet Egypt’s New Military Dictator

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is a name we’re likely to be seeing in the news for some time to come.

Why Is Thailand’s Military Coup A “Coup,” But Egypt’s Wasn’t?

Thai Coup

Diplomatic word games.

Hosni Mubarak Convicted Of Embezzlement In Egypt

Mubarak in Court

Former Egyptian ruler Hosni Mubarak was convicted by an Egyptian Court of embezzlement charges related to his time in office: CAIRO — A criminal court here convicted former President Hosni Mubarak on Wednesday of diverting millions of dollars in public money for his personal use in a case that rights advocates say could also now […]

Nearly 700 Sentenced To Death In Egypt


An Egyptian Court has sentenced nearly 700 people associated with ousted former President Mohammed Morsi  to death: MINYA, Egypt — A judge in Egypt on Monday sentenced to death 683 alleged supporters of the country’s ousted Islamist president, including the Muslim Brotherhood’s spiritual leader, the latest in mass trials that have drawn international condemnation and […]

Egypt On The Brink Of Economic Chaos?


Could economic chaos bring Egyptians back out into the streets?

Mohammed Morsi Goes On Trial In Egypt


Nearly seven months after being deposed in a military coup, former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi went on trial today on charges related to actions he took while in office: CAIRO — Egypt’s military-backed government put the deposed President Mohamed Morsi in a specially designed glass cell as he appeared in a court in Cairo on […]

Egypt’s Military Leader To Run For President

Mideast Egypt

The man who led the coup that deposed Mohammed Morsi last July will be running for President in the upcoming elections: CAIRO — The senior leaders of the Egyptian military have authorized General Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi to run for president, state television reported Monday afternoon, making it nearly certain that he would seek the post. General […]

So Far, The Military Coup Looks Like It Will Be A Disaster For Egypt In The End

Mideast Egypt

Nearly six months later, it’s hard to find any good in the July military coup in Egypt.

Car Bomb Injures Six Members Of Egyptian Military


A car bomb injured six members of the Egyptian military today, raising fears of a rising insurgency: CAIRO — A car rigged with explosives detonated outside a military intelligence headquarters in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia on Saturday, wounding at least six military personnel and highlighting the rise in militant attacks on security forces […]

U.S. Freezes A Portion Of Military Aid To Egypt


The U.S. sends a mostly weak signal to the Egyptian military.

Violence Continues To Hit Egypt


Some three months after the coup that deposed Mohammed Morsi and imposed military rule, violence in Egypt seems to have increased, and this weekend we saw yet another indication of that fact: CAIRO — Deadly violence against the government broke out around Egypt on Monday as health officials raised to 53 the number said to […]

Egypt Bans Muslim Brotherhood, Seizes Assets

In the latest crackdown move since the July coup, the Egyptian government has banned Muslim Brotherhood: CAIRO — An Egyptian court on Monday ordered the Muslim Brotherhood to be banned and its assets confiscated in a dramatic escalation of a crackdown by the military-backed government against supporters of the ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi. The […]

Michele Bachmann Thanks Egyptian Military For Coup That Has Killed Hundreds


If I didn’t know better, I’d think that this was a Saturday Night Live sketch: Three U.S. lawmakers who have generated controversy for their statements about Islam and Muslim Americans released a video Saturday praising the Egyptian military and thanking it for staging the July 3 and subsequent crackdowns against their “common enemy,” the Muslim […]

Whoever Wins, America Loses


In both Egypt and Syria, it’s damned if we do and damned if we don’t.

Hosni Mubarak Released From Jail


Deposed Egyptian leader has been released from jail after being held almost constantly since the day he was removed from power in February 2011: CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s ousted leader Hosni Mubarak was released from prison Thursday and transported to a military hospital in a Cairo suburb where he will be held under house arrest, […]

America Has Options in Egypt


Andrew Bacevich argues, persuasively, that “absence of leverage does not preclude options” with respect to Egypt.

Is the U. S. Relevant to Egypt?


Let’s flip the question I asked in this post around. Is the U. S. relevant to Egypt? Does it make any difference to outcomes in Egypt whether we provide military support for the country or not? Does what President Obama say to or about Egypt make any difference to outcomes there?

Is Egypt Irrelevant?

US Egyptian Flags

Does interest in Egypt make the same sense it did 30 years ago?

Obama Condemns Egypt Violence, Doesn’t Do Much Else


In a speech delivered via audio only from his vacation home on Martha’s Vineyard, President Obama spoke out against the violence in Egypt, but he didn’t do much else: VINEYARD HAVEN, Mass. — President Obama, deploring the military-led Egyptian government’s deadly crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood protesters there, said on Thursday that the United States would […]

Egypt Death Toll Hits 525


The death toll in Egypt has reached 525, and is likely to climb higher: CAIRO — The death toll from Egypt’s bloody crackdown on supporters of the deposed president, Mohamed Morsi, soared beyond 500 across the land on Thursday with more than 3,700 people injured, the Health Ministry said, in a further sign of the […]

U.S. Aid Will Flow To Egypt Despite Coup, Because We Won’t Call It A Coup

US Egyptian Flags

Not surprisingly, the United States is not going to place aid to Egypt’s military in legal jeopardy by calling this month’s events a coup.

U.S. “Halts” Delivery Of F-16s To Egypt

US Egyptian Flags

The United States has placed a halt on a planned shipment of F-16s to Egypt in the wake of the removal of former President Morsi and the protests that have gripped the country for the better part of this month: WASHINGTON — President Obama, in his first punitive response to the ouster of Mohamed Morsi […]

Six Die As Egyptian Protests Continue


Protests by supporters of deposed President Mohammed Morsi are continuing their protests against the military backed government, and those protests are continuing to becoming violent: CAIRO — At least six people were killed Tuesday near a sit-in held by supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi, the latest sign that Egypt’s political impasse is devolving into […]

Americans Don’t Care About What’s Happening In Egypt

APTOPIX Mideast Egypt

National Journal’s Brian Resnick takes note that the Americans haven’t really been paying much attention to what’s been happening in Egypt: Americans are not paying much attention to the momentous occurrences in Egypt of the last few weeks. In a report released Wednesday, Pew finds that just 36 percent of people indicated they believe what happens in Egypt […]

Deadly Clashes Continue In Cairo

Cairo Protests

Nearly two weeks after protests and a military coup removed Mohammed Morsi from his position as Egypt’s first elected President, clashes between Morsi supporters and military and police forces continue, with last night’s clashes in Cairo being among the most deadly yet: Deadly clashes erupted on the streets of Cairo on Monday night not long […]

US Navy Ships Deployed Near Egypt


The US Navy is moving transport ships near Egypt. Just in case.

Egyptian Christians Targeted By Muslims In Retribution For Morsi Ouster


The aftermath of the removal of Mohammed Morsi from power is taking ominous turns: CAIRO — The military’s ouster of President Mohamed Morsi has unleashed a new wave of violence by extremist Muslims against Christians whom they blame for having supported the calls to overthrow Mr. Morsi, Egypt’s first Islamist elected leader, according to rights […]

Did The Egyptian Military Set Morsi Up To Fail?

Mideast Egypt

Certain aspects of Egyptian civic life have improved rapidly in the wake of the military coup, raising at least some questions about the events leading up to it.

U. S. Aid to Egypt Is Complicated

US Egyptian Flags

The complicated issues surrounding U.S. aid to Egypt.

White House Rules Out Suspending Military Aid To Egypt


Not surprisingly, the Obama Administration said today that it is not going to see to suspend military aid to Egypt based on the fact that there was a military coup: The White House called on all sides in Egypt on Monday to refrain from violence and return to democracy but rejected an immediate cutoff of […]

Egypt’s Grim Economics


Whatever the news media may be reporting I believe that the anger at Mohamed Morsi that lead to Egypt’s military ousting him was primarily due to economic factors. Egypt has a trade deficit of about $30 billion per year, about 14% of Egypt’s economy. Egypt’s primary sources of foreign exchange are, in descending order, remittances […]

Clashes In Egypt Leave Dozens of Morsi Supporters Dead


Post coup protests in Egypt seem to be getting more deadly: CAIRO — Egyptian security officials and members of the Muslim Brotherhood said that more than 40 supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi were killed as violence erupted outside a military officers’ club early Monday where the supporters had been holding a sit-in for days […]

When Is A Coup Not A Coup?

Mideast Egypt

Words don’t always mean what you think they mean.

Mohammed ElBaradei’s Appointment As Prime Minister Now On Hold


Contradicting earlier reports, the appointment of Mohammed ElBaradei as Interim Prime Minister of Egypt now seems to be in doubt, which may be a sign that the civilian coalition being propped up by the military may not be as united as claimed: CAIRO — Divisions opened Saturday in the mixed coalition of Egyptian activists and […]

On The Coup In Egypt And The Future Of Democracy

Mideast Egypt

The events of the last week in Egypt raise a whole host of questions.

Mohamed ElBaradei Named Interim Prime Minister Of Egypt


Former United Nations weapons inspection group head Mohamed ElBaradei has been named the interim Prime Minister of Egypt: Leading liberal Egyptian politician Mohamed ElBaradei is to be named prime minister of a new caretaker government, his supporters say. Mena state news agency says he met interim President Adly Mahmud Mansour, three days after the army removed […]

Reflections On The 4th Of July In Light Of The Coup In Egypt

Signing Of The Declaration Of Independence

Yesterday’s coup in Egypt, a day before we celebrate our own independence, reminds us of something else worth celebrating.

The Day After In Egypt

APTOPIX Mideast Egypt

Egyptians celebrated last night, but the future is far from clear.

Military Coup Underway In Egypt [Update: Morsi Deposed]


if reports are to be believed, there is a coup d’etat underway in Egypt.

Millions Of Egyptians Protest Morsi Regime As Military Sets Deadline For Action

Tahrir Square June 30

Yesterday saw some of the biggest protests ever to rock Egypt. Where does it go from here?

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