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Egypt and US navies conclude 'Eagle Salute 2017' joint drill

28-04-2017 Egypt

Egypt and US navies conclude 'Eagle Salute 2017' joint drill

AO: Egyptian and US naval forces have finalised a joint drill dubbed “Eagle Salute 2017” in the Red Sea, the Egyptian Armed Forces announced on Thursday.   The drill, which started four days ago, included planning and organising joint daytime and night-time combat operations in coordination with air forces. The combat scenarios involved the securing of maritime areas against various threats. Eagle Salute 2017 also...

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U.S. warns of possible conflict with North Korea, China says situation could escalate

28-04-2017 World

U.S. warns of possible conflict with North Korea, China says situation could escalate

Reuters: U.S. President Donald Trump said a major conflict with North Korea was possible over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, while China said the situation on the Korean peninsula could escalate or slip out of control. Trump, speaking to Reuters on Thursday, said he wanted to peacefully resolve the crisis, possibly through the use of new economic sanctions, although a...

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Egypt’s Army Chief of Staff Hegazy meets commander of US Fifth Fleet in Cairo

27-04-2017 Egypt

Egypt’s Army Chief of Staff Hegazy meets commander of US Fifth Fleet in Cairo

AO: Egypt’s Army Chief of Staff Mahmoud Hegazy met on Wednesday with the commander of the US Fifth Fleet Vice Admiral Kevin Donegan and a US military delegation in Cairo, the Egyptian armed forces said in a statement. The meeting – which was attended by several Egyptian military commanders – saw a discussion of the latest developments in the Middle East...

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U.S., South Korea warn defiant North against new provocation

27-04-2017 World

U.S., South Korea warn defiant North against new provocation

Reuters: South Korea and the United States agreed on Thursday on "swift punitive measures" against North Korea in the event of further provocation, as a North Korean official vowed it would push ahead with nuclear and missile tests to counter U.S. "hostile acts". As a standoff escalated over North Korea's nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missiles, South Korea said the deployment...

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Israeli strike hits Iranian arms supply depot in Damascus: source

27-04-2017 World

Israeli strike hits Iranian arms supply depot in Damascus: source

Reuters: An Israeli strike on Thursday hit an arms supply hub operated by the Lebanese Hezbollah group near Damascus airport where regular supplies of weapons from Tehran are sent by commercial and military cargo planes, a regional intelligence source said. The depot handles a significant amount of weapons that Tehran, a major regional ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, sends regularly...

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'Troubles faced by Egypt are temporary' El-Sisi addresses youth conference

26-04-2017 Egypt

'Troubles faced by Egypt are temporary' El-Sisi addresses youth conference

AO: The current troubles faced by Egypt, including its suffering economy and the threat of terrorism, are temporary, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said on Tuesday in a speech at a youth conference held in the Suez Canal city of Ismailiya.   Earlier in the day, El-Sisi hailed the country's youths and "martyrs" in front of a crowd of some 1,000 young people...

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UNESCO: Between Arab division and Western selfishness

28-04-2017 Hits:11 Opinion

UNESCO: Between Arab division and Western selfishness

  Mohammed Hegazi ,  UNESCO is a UN organisation concerned with education, the sciences and culture. It is a crucible in which the world's cultures melt and come closer to each other; a forum for the exchange of ideas, inspired by various civilisations and the experiences of nations and peoples. Consequently, taking charge of this organisation should be on a rotation basis among representatives...

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Russia and Trump's U-turn on Syria

20-04-2017 Hits:201 Opinion

Russia and Trump's U-turn on Syria

  Taha Abdel Alim , In a sudden reversal of his previously declared stand on not toppling the Syrian regime, US President Donald Trump ordered missile strikes and confounded analysts The US missile strike on Al-Shayrat Syrian military airbase was justified by the US president and officials on the claim that a chemical gas attack on Khan Sheikhoun town in Idlib Province had been...

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Dangerous propositions

09-04-2017 Hits:456 Opinion

Dangerous propositions

  Mustafa Barghouti ,    The best way to confront Israeli attempts to liquidate the Palestinian cause is to restore national unity The whole region and the international sphere is flooded with suggestions aiming at exerting pressure on the Palestinian side while Netanyahu is attempting, through his usual machinations, to pass Israeli projects to gradually liquidate the Palestinian cause via regional and international channels. It is...

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What if banks currency pricing is inaccurate?‎

30-03-2017 Hits:684 Opinion

What if banks currency pricing is inaccurate?‎

  Noaman Khalid ,  How do banks currently determine the exchange rate? If the Egyptian pound was tradable in the forex market like the dollar, euro or yen, it would have been much easier to grasp. Currencies listed in the forex market get bought ‎and sold by individuals, entities, investors, companies, banks, and central banks; accordingly the announced exchange rate is ‎a combination of...

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The UN Secretary-General Written message on International Women’s Day

12-03-2017 Hits:1061 Opinion

The UN Secretary-General Written message on International Women’s Day

  António Guterres , Wednesday 8 Mar 2017, Women’s rights are human rights. But in these troubled times, as our world becomes more unpredictable and chaotic, the rights of women and girls are being reduced, restricted and reversed Empowering women and girls is the only way to protect their rights and make sure they can realize their full potential.  Historic imbalances in power relations between...

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Globalisation without fangs

26-02-2017 Hits:1223 Opinion

Globalisation without fangs

  Hassan Abou Taleb ,    Are we on the threshold of a new stage of globalisation, and if so will it meet the demands of developing countries? With the beginning of US President Donald Trump's term, it seems that the world is on the threshold of a new stage of globalisation in which compulsory integration is receding in some states and societies within a...

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Basic determinants for reading the Arabs revolutions

17-02-2017 Hits:1359 Opinion

Basic determinants for reading the Arabs revolutions

  Mohamed Shuman , Thursday 2 Feb 2017   The Arab Spring revolutions are now entering their seventh year but it is not yet clear what specific path they will take in the future and whether they will fulfill the slogans raised by the masses who took to the streets Most of the slogans from the Arab Spring revolutions were more like objectives and action...

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How can we confront the threat to transfer the US embassy to Jerusalem?

07-01-2017 Hits:1796 Opinion

How can we confront the threat to transfer the US embassy to Jerusalem?

  Mustafa Barghouti   Arab and Islamic states should react strongly to any attempts to transfer the US embassy to Jerusalem If the new US administration decides to fulfill its promise to transfer the US embassy to Jerusalem it would be an accomplice with Israel in breaching international law, the UN Charter and the Geneva Conventions. More than this it would constitute a rejection of...

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An open letter to a suicide bomber

28-12-2016 Hits:1917 Opinion

An open letter to a suicide bomber

  Azza Radwan Sedky ,   When pain is deep, the system shuts down and refuses communication. Sleep did not come that night or the nights after. But today, I have enough strength to address your like face to face You see, I can’t speak to those who died to tell them that they are in a better place. By the same token, I can’t...

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Security doctrine in Egypt: A call for change!

20-12-2016 Hits:1817 Opinion

Security doctrine in Egypt: A call for change!

  Ayman S. Ashour ,    The nature of the present environment and threats indicates a dire need for change in security approaches in Egypt Approaches to security vary in different parts of the world. In the US, the levels of security for doors and locks are below those in Europe. This is probably attributable to easy access to guns. In the US, robbers are...

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Domestic violence: From love to death

04-12-2016 Hits:1744 Opinion

Domestic violence: From love to death

Yury Fedotov ,    Across the world tens of thousands of women and girls are being loved to death. Take a wide angle snapshot of these deaths and violent assaults and they become a recitation of women attacked in desperate circumstances. Strangulations, often with everyday implements such as rolling pins and dog leads, frightening acid attacks, shootings, burnings, are just some of the ways women...

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Arabs ignore US-Israel deal

17-11-2016 Hits:1704 Opinion

Arabs ignore US-Israel deal

  Mohamed Elmenshawy ,   For reasons unknown, Arab official and media circles virtually ignored an important US-Israeli deal that will guarantee Israeli military supremacy until 2028 A key memorandum of understanding was signed at the State Department in Washington between Israel and the US last month on the future of US military aid to Israel. The deal was mostly ignored by Arab official and media...

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