Category Archives: Egypt

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.

Egyptian trade unionists call on global labour movement to support Alexandria Shipyard workers

Leading Egyptian trade unionists have launched an open letter calling on the global labour movement to mobilise solidarity for the Alexandria Shipyard workers, as the military court postponed the verdict in their trial for a second time until 18 September. The workers will face another month in horrific detention conditions without knowing whether they will face a jail term for organising to improve their pay and conditions at work. The 26 workers were sent to trial after the military police surrounded the Shipyard in May this year, and arrested workers on charges of “incitement to strike”.