Wednesday 17 January 2018
(Voice of America 06/21/13)
JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN — A rift continued Thursday between Egypt and Ethiopia over a plan by Addis Ababa to build a huge dam on one of the tributaries of the River Nile, while an announcement by South Sudan that it has chosen more than a dozen potential dam sites along the river evoked little concern from Nile Basin Initiative countries meeting in Juba. Egypt, which under a colonial-era law controls the biggest share of the Nile's waters, has been at loggerheads for months with Ethiopia over a plan by Addis Ababa to build a 6,000-megawatt dam with a 63 billion cubic meter reservoir on a tributary of the Nile. Cairo is worried that the dam would reduce the amount of...
(Ahram Online 06/21/13)
On World Refugee Day, Egypt has been praised for welcoming thousands of Syrians seeking refuge, but some African refugees are feeling left behind. Moataz, a 41-year-old Sudanese asylum seeker from Darfur, has called Egypt home for the last year, but it has not always been a welcoming one. He worked in north Darfur for several years, until he started to have problems with the Sudanese government, who believed he was cooperating with local rebel groups. “I had to resign and come to Khartoum. I knew I was being followed,” he says. He was then forced to flee Khartoum after delivering a speech at a women’s rights conference, in which he argued that girls should not be circumcised. “While I was...
(Voice of America 06/21/13)
The Committee to Protect Journalists says in the past year, 55 journalists in 21 countries have gone into exile because of violence, threats and imprisonment. An official of the committee says an estimated 40% of those who’ve fled are from sub-SaharanAfrica. A new report by the CPJ says most journalists who have fled violence or repression come from Iran and Somalia, followed by Ethiopia, Syria and Eritrea. They’re also found at the head of the CPJ’s annual Impunity Index. It ranks countries according to the degree to which attacks against journalists are investigated, and perpetrators punished. Tom Rhodes is the Eastern African consultant for the Committee to Project Journalists. He says the government of at least one of the top...
(NBC News 06/21/13)
CAIRO – Thousands of Egypt’s Coptic Christians are fleeing to Europe, the United States and elsewhere rather than face mounting discrimination at home. Copts, Egypt’s ancient Christian community, are the country’s largest minority, making up nearly 10 percent of its 85 million people. But clashes between Christians and Muslims have become more frequent since the ouster of longtime authoritarian ruler Hosni Mubarak in the 2011 uprising – some say due to a breakdown of government security. Many Copts feel Egypt's Islamist-led government is not doing enough to protect them from religious hate crimes and inflammatory rhetoric – so many are leaving. “My sister in California wanted a better life for her and her two daughters,” explained Marianne Aziz, a 25-year-old...
(Africa Review 06/21/13)
Sub-Saharan Africa is losing slightly above 1.5 million children under the age of five annually due to malnutrition, according to non-governmental organisation Save the Children. On June 8, thousands of people including Bill Gates gathered in Hyde Park for the Big IF London rally aimed at reversing the situation, estimated to cost two million lives of children under the age of five globally. The rally, a coalition of over 200 UK organisations, was campaigning for action by G8 leaders to eliminate hunger and save millions of lives. The campaign wanted the G8 leaders, during their June 18 meeting, to act on four issues that mean so many people do not get enough food. The issues were enough aid to stop...
(AFP (eng) 06/20/13)
CAIRO, June 20, 2013 (AFP) - Authorities in Egypt have valued the wealth of former dictator Hosni Mubarak, his wife and their two sons at nine billion Egyptian pounds ($1.2 billion, 900 million euros), the state prosecutor said Thursday. It is the first time that an official source has given a figure for the Mubaraks' wealth, the subject of speculation since a popular uprising in February 2011 toppled the regime. "Reports from the Administrative Surveillance Authority, the Illicit Gains Authority and the Central Accounts Authority (three bodies responsible for monitoring public institutions) proved" the family had nine billion Egyptian pounds, said Mahmud al-Hefnawy, a representative of the state prosecutor. The personal wealth of the wives of Alaa and Gamal Mubara,...
(Ahram Online 06/20/13)
Ethiopian officials look to soothe Egyptian fears over Nile dam project, while Egyptian expert warns that the dam will dramatically reduce Egypt's water share. Ethiopia strongly believes that Egypt's and Ethiopia's interests are highly compatible and that the Nile River can be source of cooperation between the two countries, Ethiopian State Minister for Foreign Affairs Berhane Gebre-Christos said. The Ethiopian minister stated in an interview published by the Ethiopian Herald newspaper that the Nile water, if used according to the principle of joint benefit, is more than enough for all of the Nile Basin countries. "Ethiopia completely understands Egypt's reliance on the Nile River water. We expect that Egypt will understand that Ethiopia has the right to use its resources,"...
(AFP (eng) 06/20/13)
An Egyptian court on Thursday ordered the release of former prime minister Ahmed Nazif who has been detained for more than two years on fraud charges, media reported. The Giza Criminal Court ordered Nazif's release "so long as he is not being detained on other charges," it said in a statement quoted by the official MENA news agency. In September 2012, the former premier was sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to pay a fine of nearly nine million Egyptian pounds (around $1.28 million). He appealed the sentence and a court granted him a retrial, for which a date has yet to be set. Nazif's release comes because the limit on his preventative detention has run out. Judicial...
(Ahram Online 06/20/13)
Further clashes between supporters and opponents of Muslim Brotherhood in a number of Egyptian cities overnight; 25 injured in Kafr El-Sheikh. Clashes erupted on Wednesday night outside a Muslim Brotherhood conference in Desouk city in Kafr El-Sheikh governorate. It is unclear who started the violence but tension was already high following the appointment of a new Islamist governor. Hundreds fought and threw stones outside the Ibrahim El-Desouky Mosque and in nearby side streets. Twenty-five people were injured in the violence, including one by birdshot pellet, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported. Unrest has taken place in several cities over President Mohamed Morsi's appointment on Sunday of seven Brotherhood members as regional governors. The move sparked anger over the Islamist group's perceived...
(ABC News 06/20/13)
CAIRO (AP) — Clashes erupted between supporters and opponents of Egypt's president and his Muslim Brotherhood Tuesday over his appointment of new Islamist governors, some in areas where opponents are strong. The protests signaled increasing tension in the deeply polarized nation ahead of mass protests demanding the ouster of the president, Mohammed Morsi, who marks his first year in power June 30. On Sunday, Morsi appointed 17 new governors, including seven members of the Brotherhood and one from an ex-militant group to rule the ancient city of Luxor. That appointment outraged Luxor residents, as the governor's group claimed responsibility for a 1997 massacre of dozens of tourists there. Egypt's Minister of Tourism was considering resignation over the Luxor appointment, according...
(The Independent 06/20/13)
Adel Mohammed Al-Khayat is linked to Islamic militant's Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya - the group behind the Luxor massacre. Egypt’s tourism minister has resigned over the government appointment of an Islamic fundamentalist associated with the group behind the Luxor massacre as governor of Luxor province. Six British tourists, including a five-year-old boy, were among the 62 people killed in the 1997 attack on the east bank of the Nile. Six terrorists belonging to the Islamic militant group Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya slaughtered tourists at the Temple of Hatshepsut before killing themselves. The group of which they were part has since renounced violence and established the Construction and Development Party as its political wing. The new Luxor governor, Adel Mohammed Al-Khayat, is a member of...
(Ventures-Africa 06/20/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – Dr. Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), and Prof. David Malone, Rector of United Nations University (UNU), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to foster research and knowledge exchange on sustainable development in Africa. According to an official statement, the MOU was signed on June 5 after the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V), which held in Yokohama, Japan, from June 1-3. The AfDB-UNU partnership aims to strengthen collaboration between Japan and African countries to strengthen Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) in Africa. The AfDB and UNU will contribute to the establishment of a joint Africa–Asia strategic plan for sustainable development and a joint program of activities for capacity building in...
(Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency 06/20/13)
The South Sudanese Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mr. Paul Mayom Akec has urged Sudan and Egypt to reconsider their position in the affairs of the Nile Waters and membership to the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI). “I want to appeal specifically to Sudan and Egypt to reconsider their positions and become effective members of the NBI that they participated in founding. They will have more influence in the NBI than in isolation,” said Mayom. The minister made the appeal while briefing the press on NBI’s 21st Nile Council Of Ministers meeting scheduled for 20 June 2013 at Juba Grand Hotel. NBI is a regional bloc within the River Nile basin comprising of Burundi, DR Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda,...
(Ahram Online 06/20/13)
Following protests and on-stage strikes by the Cairo Opera House artists, many of opera companies returned back to work. Ahram Online looks into the complex situation of the Opera, its artists and their worries. No other minister of culture has ever created such a commotion in such a short time. No other minister was welcomed to his post with protests and an open-ended sit-in organised by writers, artists and intellectuals. No other minister failed to show any readiness to make concessions. No one but Alaa Abdel-Aziz, what is more, could ever show such bias for the Muslim Brotherhood, employing members of the Freedom and Justice Party inside the ministry, and appointing a leading MB figure as head of the National...
(Ventures Africa 06/19/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – Egypt’s Central Bank late on Tuesday called on banks that have operations in the country to increase their cash reserves. It said will be in anticipation of cash shortages in the country as renewed anti-government protests on June 30 got ever closer. It is understood that Egyptians, from many of the country’s opposing parties, will be demonstrating in Tahrir Square and Presidential Palace on the last day of this month. The reason for the demonstrations will be to put pressure on President Mohamed Morsi to resign as head of the government. The central bank said its call is aimed at avoiding a situation where cash was only made available in the banks that have branches in Cairo...
(AFP (eng) 06/19/13)
Egypt's tourism minister resigned in protest on Wednesday after President Mohamed Morsi appointed a new governor for Luxor from an Islamist party linked to a massacre of holidaymakers in the temple city. Hesham Zazou said he "cannot continue in the role of tourism minister" a day after the appointment of Adel al-Khayat, a member of the political arm of ex-Islamic militant group Gamaa Islamiya, and other Islamist governors triggered unrest in several provinces. Gamaa Islamiya claimed responsibility for an attack on a major tourist attraction in the southern city of Luxor that killed 58 foreign tourists in 1997. Prime Minister Hesham Qandil refused to accept Zazou's resignation and asked him to remain in his post until the situation is reviewed,...
(Global post 06/19/13)
CAIRO, Egypt — Egypt’s foreign minister is in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa today to diffuse a diplomatic standoff over access to the Nile River that had led President Mohamed Morsi to threaten his Ethiopian counterparts with the prospect of “war." Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr’s visit comes a week after Ethiopia's parliament voted to strip Egypt of its right to the lion’s share of Nile waters, and as Ethiopia vows to plough ahead with the construction of a controversial $4.7 billion dam that many in Cairo believe will limit the flow of Nile water to Egypt. Ethiopia hopes that its Grand Renaissance Dam will become Africa’s largest hydropower plant, generating 6,000 megawatts of electricity and creating a reservoir with...
(The Associated Press 06/19/13)
CAIRO (AP) — Massive nationwide protests that Egypt's opposition plans for June 30 are taking on a dangerous edge. Opponents of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi are convinced that this is the best and perhaps the last opportunity to drive him from power. They say they have tapped into widespread public discontent over shortages, broken infrastructure, high prices and lack of security, and can bring that anger into the streets. Morsi's Islamist backers have vowed to defend the president with counter-demonstrations. Police have signaled they want to stay out of the conflict. The powerful military, widely suspected to be at odds with the president, is keeping its cards close to its chest. As a result, fears are high of potential violence...
(Ahram Online 06/19/13)
Economic growth rate remains unchanged at 2.2 percent in 2012/13, Egypt's newly-appointed investment minister announces on Tuesday. Egypt’s growth rate stands at 2.2 percent for the current 2012/13 fiscal year ending 30 June, the same rate seen in the last fiscal year, Al-Ahram's Arabic-language news website reported Tuesday, citing Egypt's investment minister. At a Tuesday press conference, Investment Minister Yehia Hamed announced that the Egyptian economy remained constant, despite the poor growth rate. He attributed the latter to the country's large budget deficit, which currently stands at LE220 billion (roughly $31.4 billion), representing 11.5 percent of national GDP. Hamed's figures were below the government’s expectations in March, when it predicted that economic growth would rise by 3 percent in the...
(Washington Post 06/19/13)
It was only 16 years ago, in 1997, that members of an Egyptian militant group called Gamaa Islamiya stormed the ancient Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor, a tourism magnet, and massacred 62 tourists before killing themselves, part of their insurgent campaign against the government. This week, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi swore in Adel Mohamed al-Khayat, a former leader of Gamaa Islamiya and now a member of its political arm, as the new governor of Luxor governorate. Gamaa Islamiya swore off violence and denounced al-Qaeda a decade ago. But they are still listed by the U.S. State Department as a terrorist group, which cites a number of other terrorist attacks before the group’s 1999 about-face and says that part of the...

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