Egypt Newslinks 3 December 2011

3 December 2011 —

Highest voter turnout in Egypt ‘since the pharaohs’
CAIRO — Anticipating a strong presence in the new Egyptian parliament, ultraconservative Islamists outlined plans Friday for a strict brand of religious law, a move that could limit personal freedoms and steer a key US ally toward an Islamic state. …

US urges Israel to end isolation in Middle East
The Guardian
US defence secretary Leon Panetta has urged Israel to “reach out and mend
fences” with Turkey, Egypt and other security partners in the Middle East,
saying he is troubled by the Jewish state’s growing isolation in the
volatile region. …

Egyptian cameraman at the heart of the Tahrir Square clashes
The Guardian
The past two weeks have proved to be a turning point in Egypt’s ongoing
revolution, with huge anti-junta street protests coming under relentless
assault from the security forces and millions of Egyptians defying the
bloodshed to turn out and vote in …

Egypt’s new PM keeps half old cabinet: report
CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s new prime minister is keeping at least half the
ministers unchanged in a new cabinet, state television reported on
Thursday, after he was appointed in a bid to assuage voters demanding army
rulers quit and that the system be …

Egyptian Activist Discusses Recent Elections
Throughout the Egyptian revolution, Dalia Zaida was out in the streets,
calling for the ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Once that
change came to Egypt, she and other young revolutionaries founded a new
moderate, secular political party. …

Egypt’s elections: A new era for the media?
After the first post-Mubaraks elections we focus on Egypt and its media in
transition; plus China’s new media campaign. Last week, we returned to
Tahrir Square, where the world watched Egyptians rise up for the second
time since Mubarak’s fall. …

After the hope of the Arab Spring, the chill of an Arab Winter
Washington Post (blog)
The peaceful demonstrations in Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, Syria and Yemen that
were supposed to bring democracy have instead given way to bloodshed and
chaos, with the forces of tyranny trying to turn back the clock. It is too
soon to say that the Arab …

National salvation government for Egypt’s January revolution
Ahram Online
There are fears that the revolution will be hijacked; Egypt and Egyptians
will continue to be ruled, the elections will be held and the constitution
written in the same fashion as during the previous regime. This would
reinforce motives for political …

Egypt election turnout 62 percent, protesters honour dead
Malaysia Star
By Dina Zayed and Alistair Lyon CAIRO (Reuters) – Turnout in the first leg
of Egypt’s first free election in six decades was an unprecedented 62
percent, the head of the election committee said on Friday, far higher than
in the rigged polls under …

Seafood export to Egypt comes to a halt
Business Recorder
KARACHI: Pakistan’s seafood export to Egypt has largely come to a halt
because political uncertainty continues in the key Middle Eastern country
following ouster of the long-enthroned President Hosni Mubarak early this
year, exporters said. …

Why prices keep on rising in Egypt
Egyptian Gazette
By Amina Abdul Salam – The Egyptian Gazette CAIRO – If prices have fallen
globally, why haven’t they fallen in Egypt? One possible answer to this
question is that wholesalers hoard commodities in warehouses and then put
up the prices. …

Egypt’s problematic election
The Hindu
The Egyptian election, the country’s first since Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year
dictatorship ended, is procedurally complex. More important, the exercise,
which started on November 28, takes place in a profoundly uncertain
political climate. …

No room for error as Egypt pursue Olympic hope
Ahram Online
There will be no room for error for Egypt’s U-23 side when they face South
Africa in a crunch African Championship clash as they seek to maintain
their pursuit of a place in the Olympic Games for the first time in 20
years. The young Pharaohs missed …

Briefing Skipper: Burma, Cuba, Pakistan, Israel, Egypt
Foreign Policy (blog)
The State Department doesn’t have a problem with the Muslim Brotherhood
winning the Egyptian elections, as long as they play by the rules. “There’s
a lot of elections that need to still be carried out, but we’re off to a
very positive start,” Toner …

Egypt’s revolution will not be militarised
Since Mubarak’s ousting, Egypt’s military has blocked the road to
democratic rule in an attempt to stay in power. Washington, DC – Just one
year ago, the burning question facing Egyptians was whether the presidency
of their country would be transformed …

Egypt Islamists tell rivals to accept vote result
Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood called on its rivals to accept the will of the
people on Saturday after a first-round vote set its party on course to take
the most seats in the country’s first freely elected parliament in six
decades. …,7340,L-4156413,00.html

Egypt’s oldest party out to salvage image after poor poll results
Monsters and
Cairo – Egypt’s oldest liberal party, Al-Wafd, Saturday pledged immediate
steps to salvage its image after its candidates performed badly in the
first round of the country’s parliamentary election. The head of the party,
al-Sayyed al-Badawi, …

SCAF: Egypt has refused foreign aid with political strings attached
Al-Masry Al-Youm
Egypt has refused financial aid offers from the Gulf and other foreign
countries because political conditions have been attached, member of the
Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) Major General Mahmoud Nasr said
during a SCAF seminar Thursday. …

Ultraconservative party to push for Islamic Egypt
Click here Ultraconservative party to push for Islamic Egypt Originally
published: December 2, 2011 9:04 AM Updated: December 2, 2011 11:42 PM By
The Associated Press BEN HUBBARD (Associated Press), MAGGIE MICHAEL
(Associated Press) (AP) …

Akmal in Egypt – no laughing matter
ABC Online (blog)
His trip back to his birth place Egypt earlier this year wasn’t funny. It
was deadly serious. Akmal documented the reactions of ordinary people as
well as activists while he travelled the country in the midst of a
revolution. …

Report: Egypt’s Military Council vexed by Islamists’ election lead
Egyptian sources said Saturday that Cairo’s ruling Supreme Council of the
Armed Forces was “vexed and concerned” by the apparent victory of the
Muslim Brotherhood and Salafi al-Nour parties in the first round of
elections for the Egyptian Parliament. …,7340,L-4156372,00.html

Will Egypt Work As One?
Lew Rockwell (blog)
The news is that two groups identified as Islamist won 60% of the vote.
These two groups are 40% or so the Islamic Brotherhood party and 20% a
Salafist party. Then there is the remaining 40% not identified by the term
“Islamist”. …

Opinion: A new start for Egypt
Egyptian Gazette
By Idris Tawfiq – The Egyptian Gazette In London’s Trafalgar Square,
revelers throw themselves each year into the icy cold waters of the
fountains to celebrate New Year. In Paris and in Sydney, the Eiffel Tower
and Sydney Harbour Bridge are lit up by …

Spy agency branding of Egyptian as security risk to Canada not ‘reasonable’
Winnipeg Free Press
TORONTO – An assessment by Canada’s spy agency that an Egyptian man might
pose a threat to national security is insufficient to keep him detained
under stringent house arrest, his lawyers plan to argue Monday. They want
Federal Court to lift all …

Egypt Patient Monitoring Market Discussed in New Topical Report Published at …
PR Web (press release)
New research report “Egypt Patient Monitoring Market Outlook to 2017 –
Fetal Monitors, Multiparameter Patient Monitoring, Neonatal Monitors,
Non-Invasive Blood Pressure Monitors, Remote Patient Monitoring and
Others” provided by Global Markets Direct …

RealClearPolitics – Egypt’s Islamist Era
By Benny Morris, The National Interest
The world will probably have to wait for another six months before the dust
of Egypt’s revolution begins to settle. Meanwhile, after the completion of
the first installment of the first stage of the country’s first free
elections, it is clear that Islamists …

Protesters rally as Egypt awaits poll results – News – Mail & Guardian …
Egypt will hear the results of elections on Friday as protesters gather at
a rally to remember 42 people killed in clashes with police.

Egypt’s vote: A mandate for Islamists? – The Week
By The Week
Religious parties trounce the secular groups that helped spearhead the
country’s revolution. A triumph for democracy — or the beginning of a
‘grand jihad’?

Ancient Christian city discovered in Egypt |
By Sean McLachlan
An ancient Christian city dating to the fourth century AD has been
discovered in Egypt. Archaeologists digging at the Ain al-Sabil area of the
New Va.

Bridge for sale: Egypt’s Salafists attempt charm offensive after strong …
By Marisol
Bridge for sale: Egypt’s Salafists attempt charm offensive after strong
showing in elections. Speaking of reassurances that are lacking in
substance, the spokesman for the Salafist al-Nur party says Egypt’s Copts
have nothing to worry about. …

Egypt Elections 2011: Voter Turnout ‘Highest Since The Time Of …
By The Huffington Post News Editors
CAIRO — Anticipating a strong presence in the new Egyptian parliament,
ultraconservative Islamists outlined plans Friday for a strict brand of
religious law, a move that could limit personal freedoms and steer a key
U.S. ally toward an Islamic …

Egypt’s Election, Take One – Egypt’s Transition
By agallagher
Early returns from the Egyptian elections leave no doubt that Islamist
parties are winning by a landslide. The Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and
Justice Party (FJP) has apparently received 40-45 percent of the vote, with
another 20-25 percent …

Pictures of the Day: Egypt and Elsewhere – Lens – New York Times
Photographs from Egypt, Israel, Myanmar and India.

Egypt: Coptic Patriarch Hopeful Amid Islamist Gains
By Benjamin Mann and David Kerr Coptic Catholic Patriarch Antonios Naguib
remains hopeful for his country’s future, even as Egypt’s Islamic political

Egypt’s historic election sees 62 percent turnout | Firstpost
Over 13 million voters voted in two days of polling held on Monday and
Tuesday in crucial cities of Cairo, Alexandria and others, in a turnout
described as the highest since pharaonic times by election authorities.

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