Category Archives: Egypt

Russia Eyes Libya

by Darius Shahtahmasebi

Russia has had a busy month regarding its affairs in the Middle East. On March 9, Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The next day, Putin met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and on March 14, Russian Deputy Minister Mikhail Bogdanov met with Libyan General Khalifa Haftar’s envoy in Moscow.

Egypt approves transfer of islands to Saudis

Egypt‘s Cabinet has approved the transfer of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia despite protests earlier this year and a court ruling that said the transfer was unconstitutional, The Associated Press reports.

Will Chinese currency swap help Egypt face dollar crisis?

by George Mikhail

Egypt is still struggling with its dollar shortage. It has sought to face the shortage through a series of decisions, the last of which entailed floating the exchange rate on Nov. 3. But the crisis persists, thus pushing Egypt to seek another currency that would reduce demand for the dollar. The choice has fallen on the Chinese yuan in the country’s battle against the dollar.

Egypt’s Parliament passes new NGO law, a declaration of war on civil society

by Mada Masr

Egypt’s Parliament hastily approved a new NGO law on November 29, just a day after the State Council concluded it has no indications of unconstitutionality.

Parliamentarian and member of the oppositional 25-30 Coalition Haitham al-Hariry explained to Mada Masr that the law was not passed unanimously, but said it is difficult to know how many parliamentarians voted for or against it because of the absence of an electronic voting system.

The Mummy returns: How Egypt is waging war against the smugglers

by Jo Schietti

CAIRO – In July, Egypt managed to recover, from an auction hall in Paris, the relief of King Nectanebo II of the 30th dynasty, which was stolen from the Saqqara necropolis in the 1990s.