[Updated throughout the month of June]
Mo Salah’s injury during the Liverpool vs Brazil game took center stage among Egyptian discussion boards, social media, and coffee shops. Of particular interest was the amount of anger they exhibited at the Brazilian Ramos for ‘deliberately’ injuring Salah. From extreme comedic comments about Ramos to extremely angry comments, people wavered in their assessment.
Sisi also met with Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt’s during their visit to Cairo. Sources told Mada Masr say that several projects in the Sinai are expected to be “central” to the deal, which the US seeks to propose as a resolution to the Palestinian conflict.
As Egypt moves forward with its World Bank and IMF-mandated policies, a report by Philip Alston, the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights stated that “the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has a “tiny conscience” and must do more to protect low-income and vulnerable individuals from bearing the brunt of austerity policies. “
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On the global front, the move of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem has been at the forefront of the news. The murder of 90 Palestinians and injury of thousands by Israeli snipers, for protests at the Gaza border have also been in the news with the Arab states barely objecting to the atrocities. These are incidents that profoundly impact the Arab region. Adding insult to injury, the Israeli Embassy decided to celebrate the anniversary of its founding at the Cairo Ritz Carlton and invited many Egyptian businessmen who have attended. Parliament head Abdel Aal warned parliamentarians about attending the celebrations.
This happened as revelations and leaks began to expose the role the UAE and Saudi Arabia played in the election of US President Trump and their securing the boycott of Qatar whose business dealings with Jared Kushner failed, hence prompting Trump to agree to the boycott. Additionally, Prince Salman stated that Saudi Arabia will develop nuclear weapons if Iran develops them! Continue reading
Saudi Prince Salman visited Egypt. During this visit, Sisi apparently gave him 1000 sq. kms of South Sinai for ‘investment’. It is a project called Neom which is part in Saudi Arabia and now will be part Egypt and Southern Sinai. Egypt signed the $10bn deal to support the Neom project.
Egypt also gave it special legal status and created an independent judiciary system for it. This was all done without parliamentary approval or notification and without any Egyptian knowing anything about it. Social media was obviously in an uproar. International media said that Egypt had given up part of its land to Saudi Arabia. One day before the Prince’s arrival, the constitutional court annuls all previous court decisions against the Tiran and Sanafeer agreement and states that it was a ‘sovereign’ decision, thereby confirming Sisi’s right to give away the islands.
The Prince and the Pope
While in Egypt, Salman visited the Cathedral and Pope Tawadros.
It should be noted that at the airport, Sisi by-passed protocols and hurried to the airplane stairs to greet the Prince. Continue reading
This week, this blog is celebrating two ordinary yet extraordinary women:
- Rania Fahmy, an ordinary veiled Egyptian young woman from the province of Naga Hamadi, has done something extraordinary: she filed a lawsuit against a man who harassed her on the street and won. In a video she is shown beating the man when he grabbed her from the back, and she stated later that the people took his side and helped him escape.
- Marwa Hassan, aى 11 year old from Aswan who sold handkerchiefs on the street to help her ailing, widowed father, insisted on joining a competition for running even though she had no shoes and no gym clothes. She won first place.
Worthy of mention also are the following women: Continue reading