Bob Woodward, a journalist has written the book “Fear: Trump in the White House”. This book is a brave attempt to display the current president as a fool and unstable personality. There is some words about Egypt and American-Egyptian relations, as well as personal relations between the leaders – Donald Trump and Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. It should be noted that Sisi has generally and cautiously supported Trump’s nomination while Trump has done much to turn the bad page and to build constructive and friendly relations withe the biggest Middle-Eastern country.
Egypt has performing outstanding steps to balance the genders in politics and economics. The current cabinet of ministers include eight women which is absolute record through the history. Women and especially Christian women are still a rarity. It is especially important that one of them, Manal Awad Mikhail, was appointed by Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi as a new provincial governor.
As investigation on the suspicious death of eldery couple in Hurghada’s Steigenberger Aqua Magic Hotel is ongoing the British press is speculating on the idea that John and Susan Cooper was killed by the gas of unknown origin in their hotel room. Brits somewhat obsessed by the idea of poisonous gases. I will not wonder once yellow press will find the ‘Novichok’ connection.
Maasooum Marzook, former ambassador and foreign affairs minister assistant of the Mohammed Morsi era, is well-known critic of the Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s government. He is actively participating in political life of Egypt and has founded The People’s Democratic Party. He is not exactly a nationwide popular figure, however he is influential in his own circle of supporters. At August 5 he called for referendum to be held with the sole question: “Do you accept that the current regime stays in power?”.
President of the Arabian Republic of Egypt Abdel Fattah al-Sisi signed a law on the control of the Internet space, previously adopted by the Egyptian parliament in May. New law is tightening the regulations on the sited and domains, allows immediate closing of them, clarifies some issues on combating extremism and puts a criminal punishment on those who disclose the movement of governmental forces.
Maspero, one of the Cairo colorful districts was planed during the colonial times. The triangular plot has seen colonial charm, violent uprisings and violent executions, has been in full glory and full decay. As urbanization progressed Maspero has turned from prestigious landmark to the shanty town for the most impoverished citizens of the 20-million Cairo.
Contacts between Egyptian and Israeli leadership are always out of media attention as both sides try to keep them as discreet as possible. Due to unpopularity of the Israel in Egypt and vice versa all contacts between leaders are kept in secret. Channel Ten, an Israeli TV station has reported that one of such meetings between the al-Sisi and Netanyahu was held in May 2018.
Giulio Regeni disappeared on Jan. 25, 2016. His body with extensive signs of torture was found nine days later nearby the October 6 city. As Giulio was a beginner political journalist and studied the Egyptian trade unions and protest movement in general suspicions from the very first days arose that he was killed by government forces.
Five militants were killed and five more arrested during the police raid on the Hasm hideout in Obour city. Obour city is one of the Cairo suburbs, located 35 km to the north.
ISIS, more known as ‘Daesh’ in Arabic countries, has announced the death of one of their regional leaders. The message was broadcasted on one of the Telegram-channels reliably associated with the Daesh terror organization.