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oil, Sinai offensive, offensive media, child spies, the king’s travels and other amusements

This post will continue to be updated throughout Feb.

Although it is elections time, and everyone is focused on the sham elections, there have been other things going on in Egypt.


  • US’s General Tillerson was in Cairo meeting with Sisi. During the joint press conference in Egypt with Minister Sameh Shoukry, Secretary Tillerson stated: “The U.S.-Egyptian relationship is growing stronger every day as we work together to build a more secure, more prosperous region!”.
  • For several days Egypt was on high alert, mobilizing the army in Northern Sinai, issuing orders to hospitals to prevent staff vacations and closing schools, claiming there is a massive operation that will take place in Northern Sinai to fight terrorism. No known threats have been identified and people are in the dark as to what is happening. The military has only shown stock images of mobilization and some recent images and videos that do not show combat or engagement. A general stated that 2.5% of Egypt’s military has been mobilized.
    Parliamentary spokesperson said that “we are at war and need to stand behind our army.” This immediately followed the NYT article and perhaps it was a response to it to show that the army is capable. It also may be because of the upcoming sham elections and wanting people to support Sisi.
    Update from Mada Masr: The city of Arish is beginning to show signs of a food crisis, 13 days into the Armed Forces Operation Sinai 2018. Main markets have been devoid of fresh produce and supermarket shelves have been scarcely stocked with food products since February 11.

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what the world thinks of the egy and egy elections

Here is a collection of articles on the Egyptian elections by foreign newspapers:

  • The Washington Post: Egypt hits Sinai targets, killing 16 and arresting dozens
  • Wall Street Journal: Egypt’s President Sisi Touts Megaprojects Ahead of March Vote
  • The Sunday Times: Now is the time to visit Egypt. After recent troubles in the country, the home of the Sphinx is back on the tourist map. Travel editor Jane Knight visits with her son
  • The Economist: What fuel, bread and water reveal about how Egypt is mismanaged
  • Financial Times [requires subscription]: Egyptian news site keeps media freedom alive amid Sisi crackdown
  • Washington Post: Why Egypt’s oldest political party isn’t challenging President al-Sissi
  • Haaretz: Friends Like Israel and the IMF Can’t Fix a Broken Egypt
  • Atlantic Council: The State of Emergency in Egypt: An Exception or Rule?
  • NYTimes: Secret Alliance: Israel carries out air strikes in Egypt, with Cairo’s OK.
  • PRI: In Egypt’s ‘joke’ election, Sisi’s only challenger is perhaps his biggest fan
  • BBC: What’s the deal with Egypt’s elections?
  • The Sydney Morning Herald: In Egypt, Sisi’s election without candidates is a joke too grim for laughter
  • El Solta El Khamesa [The 5th Estate – Arabic program on Deutsche Welle]: Our man in Egypt: How the West sees Egypt
  • The New Arab: Sisi: A tyrant plagued by the ghosts of Egypt’s revolution
  • Reuters: Egypt opposition slams President Sisi’s warning to opponents
  • Foreign Policy: Egypt’s Undemocratic Election: Under Sisi’s iron fist, only one candidate is allowed to run.
  • The Atlantic: How to Save the Memories of the Egyptian Revolution. In a society where dissent has become dangerous, Mosireen’s archive is an exercise in the subversive power of memory.
  • Le Monde: En Egypte, une présidentielle atrophiée. Après les islamistes, après les révolutionnaires, c’est dans son propre camp que le président-maréchal Al-Sissi fait taire toute voix dissidente.
  • Le Monde: De quoi le président égyptien a-t-il peur  ?
  • Bloomberg: Egypt’s El-Sisi Gets Competition—and It’s From a Backer

sham election watch – february

This post will be updated throughout February

The sham election saga continues..

Feb 21:

  • South Cairo Criminal Court adds former presidential candidate & Strong Egypt Party head Abdelmoneim Abulfutouh (& 15 others) to Terrorist List.
  • MOI claims they arrested 6 fugitive Muslim Brotherhood members in Abulfutouh’s farm.

Feb 20:

  • The Supreme Administrative Court ruled that the appeal filed by lawyer Tarek El Awady against the candidacy of Mousa Mustafa Mousa should not be accepted because the person who filed the lawsuit is not the opposing presidential candidate.

Feb 14:

  • Former presidential candidate and Muslim Brotherhood member, Islamist Abdel Moneim Abulfutouh has been arrested. 6 members of his Misr El Kaweya party have also been arrested. They have been accused of inciting to overthrow the regime. His family issued a statement.

Feb 13:

  • Justice Hisham Geneina was arrested, and is currently being held by the military prosecution following claims that Sami Anan has documents implicating the state in post-2011 violence, according to Geneina’s lawyer. After his arrest, Anan’s family said that Anan possessed no such documents. Obviously both Anan and Geneina are in custody and they are being played against each other. After Anan’s alleged denial, Geneina allegedly said he had witnesses and asked for Dr. Hazem Hosni, Dr. Hazem Abdel Azim and others who he said were witnesses to the statement. [read more under the post on Justice Geneina]

Feb 11:

  • Mohamed al-Qassas, the Strong Egypt Party’s deputy president, who has been arrested two days ago, has reported being subject to mistreatment during his detention at the maximum-security Tora Prison complex, including prolonged hours of being handcuffed and blindfolded.

Feb 9:

  • The Supreme State Security Prosecution  ordered deputy head of Misr al-Qawia Party (Egypt Strong) Mohamed al-Qasas be detained for 15 days pending investigation on accusations of belonging to the Media Axis of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Feb 7:

  • Samir Anan, General Anan’s son has been arrested today and was being interrogated all day about tweets attributed to him from several accounts that had sprung up on Twitter since his father’s candidacy, and he had reported those accounts repeatedly.

Feb 6:

  • Caliph Sisi?

    This banner appeared in Egypt. It says because of his great achievements and accomplishments, Sisi deserves to be called the 6th Righteous Caliph!

  • Sami Anan’s arrest has been extended indefinitely.
  • Egypt announced that it is looking into prosecuting the opposition for boycotting Sisi’s elections in which only Sisi is running!!

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the assassination/kidnap attempt of justice geneina

In a new low for the Sisi regime, Justice Hisham Geneina, who had exposed the corruption of the regime last year when he was the Auditor General, and was removed by Sisi, has been attacked in what was most likely a failed assassination attempt or kidnap attempt. Geneina was in his car on his way to court in the case he filed against the regime for removing him from his position.  Geneina’s car was stopped by two cars near his home and three people attacked him with sticks and knives, injured his head and broke his leg. It should be noted that Geneina was chosen – and agreed to be – one of General Anan’s VPs in his halted campaign for president. The Ministry of Interior stated that Geneina’s driver hit another driver’s car and that this resulted in a fight between the two which led to Geneina’s injuries. “His knee is broken and he is bleeding from several parts of his body … they were trying to kill him,” his wife, Wafaa Kedieh, told Reuters.

Update: According to Lawyer Tarek El Awadi, Geneina is at the New Cairo General Hospital, bleeding since the morning and that the hostpial is refusing to transfer him to another hospital for treatment because they have not received instructions to do so. Continue reading

the anan charade

Previously I had written about the Shafiq charade. While I also wrote about General Anan, the following is a timeline of what happened since my blog post:

Feb 13:

  • Justice Hisham Geneina was arrested on Tuesday, and is currently being held by the military prosecution following claims that Sami Anan has documents implicating the state in post-2011 violence, according to Geneina’s lawyer.

Feb 11:

Freezing assets

  • Military prosecution has ordered the freezing of Sami Anan’s assets as well as those of his familiy’s

Feb 7:

  • Samir Anan, General Anan’s son has been arrested today and was being interrogated all day about tweets attributed to him from several accounts that had sprung up on Twitter since his father’s candidacy, and he had reported those accounts repeatedly.

Feb 5:

  • The Academy of Maritime Transport has referred Sami Anan’s son to investigation for opinions expressed on social media networks.
  • Sources close to the military revealed that “there is a state of deep anger within the military establishment, because of the arrest of former chief of staff of the Egyptian army, Sami Anan.”

Feb 4:

  • Dr. Hazem Hosni responds with a statement re the accusations against General Anan. He also spoke on non-Egyptian TV explaining his statement. He basically compared between Sisi’s initial announcement of his candidacy and Anan’s announcement.

Jan 29:

  • Military sources tell El Arabi El Jadeed news that Anan is refusing to apologize for running for presidency and that he has some ‘pressure cards’ that he plans to use. They also say that he is currently in solitary confinement and has been interrogated 4 times at the military prison he is confined in, which is close to the military court.

Jan 27

  • Foiled kidnap attempt against the former auditor general Justice Hisham Geneina who was appointed together with Dr. Hazem Hosni as General Anan’s VPs. [Read more about kidnap attempt on my blog post here]
  • Dr. Hazem Hosni, spokesperson for General Anan says that the general was threatened with sex and financial tapes, but that he still did not withdraw from elections which is why he was arrested. He also stated that to-date they have no idea regarding Anan’s whereabouts.

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