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À Mahalla al-Kubra dans le Delta égyptien, le dernier hammam en fonction hors du Caire

À Mahalla al-Kubra dans le Delta égyptien, le dernier hammam en fonction hors du Caire | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
Les villes provinciales d’Égypte passent pour être plus conservatrices que la capitale. À ce titre on pouvait s’attendre à ce qu’elles aient préservé les hammams et les traditions balnéaires davantage que le Caire. Une enquête de terrain menée entre 2008 et 2012, dans le cadre du programme Balnéorient, a révélé qu’il n’en était rien.

Aujourd’hui dans les provinces, il ne subsiste plus que onze hammams, dans des états de conservation très variables. Sept d’entre eux – pour la Haute Égypte à Qina, Girga, Assiout et pour le Delta à Mahalla al-Kubra, Rosette et Samanûd – sont relativement bien préservés et, à l’exception de celui de Suez, ont été enregistrés auprès du Service des Antiquités. Ceux de Rosette et Samanûd ont même fait l’objet de restauration. Par contre celui de Mallawi en Moyenne Égypte est en grande partie ruiné. À Alexandrie, il ne reste plus que quelques vestiges de Hammâm al-Dhabab, d’origine certainement fatimide. Celui de Shaykh Ibrâhîm Pacha, dans le quartier de Manshiyya et utilisé aujourd’hui comme entrepôt, a été profondément modifié. Un autre encore à Madinat Fayyûm vient d’être rasé il y quelques semaines. (Michel Tuchscherer, directeur du Centre Français d’Archéologie et de Sciences Sociales de Sanaa, et Hossam ed-Din Isma’il, professeur à l’université Ayns Shams du Caire, avec la collaboration de Matthieu Van Peene (architecte).

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Lawyers want investigation in Omar Suleiman's death

Lawyers want investigation in Omar Suleiman's death | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Two lawyers in Cairo and Alexandria have asked for investigations in the death of ex-spy chief Omar Suleiman.

Suleiman, who briefly served as toppled President Hosni Mubarak's vice-president during the 18 days that ousted the regime, died on Thursday in the United States.

His body arrived to Cairo on a special aircraft on Saturday and a military funeral was organized for him.

In Alexandria, a lawyer submitted a request to the general prosecutor asking for the formation of a forensic committee to conduct an autopsy on the former intelligence chief to confirm the reasons behind his death. He also asked for his clothes to be examined and for those responsible to be revealed in case of a suspected murder.

Lawyer Tarek Mahmoud asked for Suleiman's medical records, from the minute he arrived to the Cleveland hospital in Ohio until his death, to be restudied.

In Cairo, lawyer Essam Kandil also submitted a request to the general prosecutor asking for an investigation in the same death. He asked to hear the testimonies of Mubarak and writer Mohamed Hassanein Heikal. (Aswat Masriya)

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Egypt president: 1952 coup fell short on democracy

Egypt president: 1952 coup fell short on democracy | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
On the eve of the 60th anniversary of a coup that started decades of military rule, Egypt's new president said Sunday that it failed to bring about democracy. He credited last year's uprising with correcting the path.Mohammed Mursi, the country's first freely elected civilian and Islamist president, delivered the message at a time when his Muslim Brotherhood patrons are struggling to wrest authority from the country's military, which has been at the center of power since the coup 60 years ago.

The generals, who ruled Egypt for 16 months after last year's uprising, took legislative powers from the Brotherhood after parliament was dissolved. Just days before Mursi was sworn in last month, they issued a decree that also gave themselves budgetary authority and control over the process of drafting a new constitution.

Mursi said the 1952 coup's ambitions failed in the last three decades, a reference to the reign of Hosni Mubarak, who was ousted in the 2011 popular uprising.

"It stumbled in many of its goals ... especially in trying for democracy in the last 30 years due to corruption and fraud," he said.

He added that "the second revolution in Jan 25, 2011", when the uprising against Mubarak began, corrected the path.

Egypt's military released its own statement online Sunday, congratulating the people for the 1952 revolution, also known as the Free Officers Coup. (Aya Batrawy)

Read more: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2012/Jul-23/181608-egypt-president-1952-coup-fell-short-on-democracy.ashx#axzz21RciATX5

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Comment les Égyptiens ont-ils construit les pyamides ?

Comment les Égyptiens ont-ils construit les pyamides ? | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Un bref survol de quelques théories relatives à la construction des pyramides égyptiennes.

http://michel.mahler.free.fr/Aviation/Roswell_OVNI_Atlantide/5435_Comment_les_Egyptiens_ont-ils_construit_les_pyamides.htm

 

Pour un inventaire beaucoup plus large, on pourra consulter le blog "Pyramidales"  : http://pyramidales.blogspot.fr/

 

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Egyptian textile strikes highlight economic challenges facing Morsi

Egyptian textile strikes highlight economic challenges facing Morsi | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Four years ago, protests in this Egyptian cotton mill city sowed the seeds of the revolution that ultimately toppled President Hosni Mubarak. Today Mahalla is again seething, as a strike by tens of thousands of textile workers entered its second week Sunday, posing an early test for Egypt’s new president, Mohamed Morsi. The spreading labor unrest threatens one of Egypt’s key export industries at a time when the country teeters on the brink of a balance of payments crisis. It also signifies how expectations that were raised by last year’s revolution have remained largely unfulfilled, and how that frustration could boil over into more unrest, with further disastrous consequences for the economy.

“Mahalla created the spirit of the revolution,” said Hamdi Nasheby, 60, a white-bearded man dressed in a flowing grey gown, or jalabiya, who said he had worked at the factory in the fertile heart of the Nile Delta for 45 years. “But now that the revolution has happened and Egyptians have gained their rights, they have forgotten the suffering of Mahalla — the revolution has forgotten us.” (Simon Denyer/The Wshington Post)

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Strikes sweep Minya, Fayoum and Ismailia

Employees of the public notary in both Ismailia and Minya continued a strike that began last week, demanding that the office be a judicial body independent from the Justice Ministry.

The workers in Ismailia protested bonuses they deemed unsatisfactory given their work during the presidential elections, and demanded a bonus of 650 percent of their base salary.

Employees in Minya demanded their hours and bonuses be changed. They requested to be provided with health insurance and that legal employees be allowed to carry out their work impartially. Finally, they demanded that the head of the office be recruited, not appointed.

Dozens of banana farmers demonstrated in front of the Development Bank to protest the bank reduction of the farmers’ share of fertilizer and crop advances. They said that the bank reduced their share of fertilizer to 50% per acre, and they were left as prey for the black market.

Residents of the Abu Helal neighborhood in Minya gathered inside the drinking water station to protest the explosion of a water pipe, that led to flooding. The police coordinated with the water company to provide vehicles to remove the water.

Workers at the University of Fayoum also continued a strike that started last Wednesday. They shuttered the university gates on Sunday to demand higher wages, participating in the university election and increasing bonuses.

University President Abdel Hamid Sabry said that bonuses were increased. In addition, each worker’s health insurance plan was increased from LE10,000 to LE15,000 annually

Edited translation from MENA/Egypt independent

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/strikes-sweep-minya-fayoum-and-ismailia

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Egypt's tourism minister 'confirms' alcohol prohibition on Islamic holidays beyond Ramadan

Egypt's tourism minister 'confirms' alcohol prohibition on Islamic holidays beyond Ramadan | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Egyptian Tourism Minister Mounir Fakhry Abdel-Nour has decided that prohibitions on the serving of alcoholic beverages to Egyptian citizens would be applied on all major Islamic holidays and not just during the fasting month of Ramadan, Egypt's state news agency MENA reported on Sunday. Serving alcohol to Egyptians during Ramadan has long been banned in Egypt out of respect for the holy month, during which Muslims tend to strictly abide by Islamic prohibitions and doctrine. According to Islamic precepts, the consumption of alcohol is strictly forbidden at all times. Abdel-Nour has reportedly decided to apply the prohibition on four other days of the year: the Islamic New Year, the holiday commemorating the Israa and Me'rag, Prophet Mohamed's birthday and the day of Arafa. (MENA, Ahram Online)

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Egypt allowing Palestinians entry without permits

Airport officials say Egypt is allowing Palestinians free entry into the country, ending part of a five-year blockade on the Gaza Strip.The decision means Palestinians can freely leave Gaza. It also applies to Palestinians in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

Gaza is ruled by Hamas, a branch of new Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood. The blockade was imposed after Hamas took control of Gaza by force in 2007. It banned most Palestinians from leaving.

The officials said the decision was applied early Monday for the first time, when seven Palestinians waiting at Cairo International Airport were allowed into Egypt without the usual security clearances and visas. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters.

No formal announcement was made.

(Sarah El Deeb/AP, via The Sacramento Bee)

http://www.sacbee.com/2012/07/22/4650133/egypt-allowing-palestinians-entry.html

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Célébration des 60 ans de la révolution du 23 juillet : L’Egypte résiste encore

Il y a 60 ans, le 23 juillet 1952, les officiers libres égyptiens chassaient le roi Farouk. Entre Nasser et les Frères musulmans s'engagea alors une lutte sans merci qui finit par l'exécution de Sayed El Qotb. A l'époque, le président Boumediene avait même dépêché au Caire, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, son ministre des Affaires étrangères, pour arracher sa grâce...sans résultat.

Le nouveau pouvoir égyptien des Frères musulmans, celui de Mohamed Morsi, acceptera-t-il demain de célébrer le 60e anniversaire de la Révolution égyptienne, celle du 23 Juillet 1952? Son geste, s'il a lieu, selon les observateurs, serait perçu, à coup sûr, comme celui d'une réelle volonté de réconciliation avec tous les Egyptiens. Le président égyptien, Mohamed Morsi sera confronté dès ce lundi à un test décisif qui nécessite du courage idéologique, de la clairvoyance politique et de la volonté pour contrer la vague de contre-révolution dont les frémissements sont perceptibles sur le bord du Nil. (l'actualité.dz)

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Suleiman’s Death Theories

In the highly contentious atmosphere generated by the unexpected death of Egypt’s intelligence chief, some observers are missing the point when analysing the circumstances surrounding how the man died. Since plenty of questions remain unanswered and no reliable source can be found to provide a clear account to satisfy people’s curiosity, speculation cannot be avoided and Cairo is abuzz with rumours. Among the most plausible is the Syrian version in which the man was one of the victims of the recent Damascus explosion that claimed the lives of top Syrian officials. That hypothesis is supported by plenty of circumstantial evidence, led by the secrecy surrounding his movements, his obvious counter-revolution agenda and the refusal by Egyptian authorities to conduct an autopsy. (...)

I believe those trying to pretend that Suleiman died of natural causes should reconsider their position. (Hassan El Sawaf)

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Tour du monde du Ramadan : l'Egypte

Tour du monde du Ramadan : l'Egypte | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
Le Caire ne cesse de cultiver les paradoxes. L’ancrage traditionnel y est tout aussi fort que l’ambition moderniste. Le mois sacré révèle en grandeur nature cette tendance ambivalente. Entre les quartiers résidentiels et le vieux Caire, il n’y a pas photo durant le mois sacré. Autant c’est le calme plat et le vide le jour et le soir à Zamalek, Al Mouhandissine et Al Maadi (quartiers huppés de nantis et d’expatriés), autant Khan Al Khalili et le vieux Caire grouillent d’une animation haute en couleur. Khan Al Khalili Khan, c’est aussi le grand souk du Caire, mondialement connu. En plein cœur du Caire islamique, il est délimité au sud par Al-Azhar, avec sa mosquée et celle de Al-Hussein, et au nord par la mosquée Al-Hakim. Incontournable pendant le mois sacré, le quartier mythique d’Al Khalili ne désemplit pratiquement pas de jour comme de nuit.

 

L’animation monte d’un cran après la rupture du jeûne. C’est une nouvelle journée qui s’annonce, tant il y a d’éclairage et d’animation le soir. Les terrasses de ses cafés sont bondées de 21 heures jusqu’au… s’hour. Le célébressime Café Al Fishaoui reste l’un des lieux les plus réputés et les plus prisés de la capitale égyptienne pendant le mois sacré. Et pour cause: il tient lieu de cénacle pour artistes et autres intellectuels égyptiens. Feu Naguib Mahfouz, Prix Nobel, était l’un des habitués de l’établissement. (La Tunisienne)

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Nationak Bank of Egypt to finance tourist projects

By Walid Abdelazim

An official at the National Bank of Egypt (NBE) stated that the bank is currently conducting studies into providing an additional EGP 300million for tourist projects in Marsa Alam and Taba.

The official said that the NBE recently provided EGP 1million to the two cities, mostly for hotels to upgrade their insurance and strengthen security.
He added that NBE is currently waiting the final verdict in a case involving transferring ownership of a hospital in Mohandeseen to a group of banks that includes NBE, the Egyptian Arab Land Bank (EALB), and the Arab Banking Corporation (ABC). The hospital’s loans reached EGP 115 million, with 20% owed to NBE, 60% to EALB, and the remaining 20% to ABC.
The official said that the economic court had ruled in favour of the three banks to acquire ownership of the hospital but that they are waiting for the decision to execute the transfer.
NBE postponed EGP 2 billion in payments from tourist companies during the last year and a half because of the difficult circumstances facing the sector since the revolution.
The bank succeeded in arriving at 1800 settlements during the last year and a half, recovering EGP 6.5 billion. (Daily news Egypt)

http://thedailynewsegypt.com/2012/07/22/nationak-bank-of-egypt-to-finance-tourist-projects/

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The Revolution in Permanence

The Revolution in Permanence | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The Egyptian revolution of 25 January 25 2011 may not have gone according to plan – if indeed there ever was a coherent plan. Commentators from across the political spectrum, both inside and outside Egypt, have noted that the aftermath of June’s presidential election may simply confirm a soft military coup rather than a major achievement in democratic liberalization. Egypt’s military, with its powerful corporate hold up to perhaps as much as one third of the economy, was not to be deleted so easily. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) seems to have pulled the strings behind the election, shaping an outcome where the Egyptian armed forces rule without electoral support, and where a rhetoric of democratic electoral politics masks the persistence of a “deep state” of entrenched military economic interests and likely continued crony capitalism. But before jumping to the conclusion that the revolution has been halted let us look briefly at just what has unfolded in Egypt and what outcomes may emerge. Put bluntly, is the cup of achievement for political liberalization and democratic deepening half full or half empty? (Ray Bush/Jadaliyya)

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60 years after 1952, citizens demand the same (Abdel Ghafar Shukr)

60 years after 1952, citizens demand the same (Abdel Ghafar Shukr) | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
On the 60th anniversary of the July 23 Revolution, Ahram Online conducted a short interview with Abdel Ghafr Shukr, leader of the Socialist Popular Alliance and deputy chairman of the Arab and African Research Centre who was assistant secretary for educational affairs in the Socialist Youth Organisation, 1963-1976, one of the most important organisations originating from the Socialist Union of 1962-1974, the ruling party founded by President Gamal Abdel Nasser.As someone who lived and interacted with the 23 July 1952 Free Officers Movement coup that turned into a revolution, and also lived and participated in the January 25 Revolution in 2011, Ahram Online asked Mr Shukr about whether the January 25 Revolution contradicts or cancels the 23 July movement.

“The 23 July movement aimed for national independence, justice and democracy while the January 25 Revolution aims for bread, dignity and social justice. The social justice that will be implemented through democracy and dignity includes national independence from foreign intervention. They want the same goals after 60 years,” Shukr told Ahram Online, adding that the January 25 Revolution did not cancel the the July 23 Revolution because the latter was already ended by what he described as the counterrevolution led by presidents Sadat and Mubarak. (Ahram Online)

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Tahrir celebrates 60th anniversary of 1952 Revolution

Tahrir celebrates 60th anniversary of 1952 Revolution | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Nasserist and leftist forces celebrate on Monday the 60th anniversary of the 1952 Revolution (also known as the Free Officers Coup d’état) in Tahrir.

The celebration will begin with participants breaking their fast and performing prayer led by Imam Mazhar Shahin, said Mohamed Abdelghany, member of the organizing committee.

An organized visit to the tomb of late Egyptian leader Gamal Abdel Nasser, where the president and military council were invited, took place in the morning, Abdelghany added.

Joining the celebration are Abdel Hakeem Abdel Nasser, former presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahi, prominent poets Sayed Hegab and Gamal Bekheet and many artists including Iman al-Bahr Darweesh, Aziz al-Shafei and Ahmed Ismail.

Symbols of the January 25 revolution, who recognize the connection between the two turning points, will attend the celebration. The independent farmers union and the independent labor union have also announced their intention to participate in the celebration.

The celebration will start off with a documentary displaying the achievements of the 1952 Revolution created by Hoda Abdel Nasser, titled "Only God knows about the sixties", to respond to a remark made by President Mohamed Mursi during his first speech as president in reference to the oppression that the Muslim Brotherhood faced during the period. (Aswat Masriya)

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allAfrica.com: Egypt: Salafi Politician - Article Two Cannot Be Changed

The Salafi current will call on voters to completely reject the constitution when it is put to referendum" if al-Azhar is not set as the reference for interpreting Shari'a principles in the constitution's second article, Mohamed Omara, Salafi member of the constituent assembly, has said."We were not behind the idea of making al-Azhar the reference for interpreting Shari'a. We agreed when the proposal was made especially since representatives of Egyptian churches also agreed to the idea," Omara told Aswat Masriya.

It was agreed to keep the second article of the constitution, which states the Islamic Shari'a is the main source of legislation, as it is and only add that al-Azhar is the ultimate reference while interpreting "Shari'a principles".

"Now after we have agreed on this proposal as a compromise to end this crisis and to avoid being accused of obstructing the constituent assembly, we found some people calling for keeping the second article as it was written in the 1971 constitution. We will not agree to this under any circumstance and we will call on voters to fully reject the constitution so that it does not contradict Allah's Shari'a," Omara added. (Aswat Masriya)

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Class Divisions in Egypt Make a Comeback

Class Divisions in Egypt Make a Comeback | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
Class has risen to the surface again as many in Egypt see Mohamed Morsi as an ally for lower-income citizens, writes Vivian Salama from Cairo. With Egypt’s first free-and-fair presidential election now one for the history books, its impact on the social dynamic of the country may have a more lasting effect on society than the political transition itself.

Author: Vivian Salama/Al Monitor

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What future for human rights in Egypt? Round Table Debate Cairo 1st July 2012

The prospects for human rights in Egypt were hotly debated in a special session of the New Arab Debates. A panel of political advisers, intellectuals and campaigners clashed repeatedly over the issue, including the extent to which the new president Mohammed Morsi might protect individual freedoms.Taking part were Heba Morayef, Human Rights Watch researcher, Nader Omran, spokesman for the Freedom and Justice party, Ahmed Serhan, political activist and blogger, Hisham Qassem, independent publisher and editor, Eric Trager, Fellow of the Washington Institute for Near East policy and Sally Zohney, Initiatives' Associate at UN Women in Cairo.The discussion departed from the normal NAD format. Please tell us what you thought of the change and give us your views on human rights in Egypt.

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Mursi: July 23 revolution defining moment in Egypt's history

Mursi: July 23 revolution defining moment in Egypt's history | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The revolution of July 23, 1952 was a defining moment in Egypt’s contemporary history since it established the first republic which the people supported, President Mohamed Mursi said on Sunday.

The revolution’s six principles with its national goals was the beginning of letting people be in charge of their destiny, support their liberation and turn it into a source of power, Mursi said in a televised statement that was broadcast on the eve of the 60th anniversary of July 23rd revolution.

The revolution underwent the battle of independence. It tried to present a model for liberation movements in the world and to establish an example for development and mobilizing resources, Mursi stated.

The revolution succeeded in achieving some of its goals yet staggered while trying to attain others especially democracy and freedoms as these have declined throughout the different regimes in Egypt, he added.

The past 30 years have witnessed the failure of the democratic experience. Rigging contributed to spreading corruption and the people had to correct their course so they rose again in January 25, 2011 to set things right, Mursi said.

The great Egyptian army sided with the will of the people and supported the second republic on the basis of freedom for all, democracy, sovereignty of the law and the constitutional state we aim at building, Mursi said.

The January revolution is an extension for the Egyptian nation’s history of struggle and popular uprising since the end of the eighteenth century, he stated.

We should learn from this lesson and “be completely aware of its failures and successes to establish a national renaissance project and develop the country,” Mursi added. (Aswat Masriya)

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Egypt's workers, newly emboldened, seek reforms

Egypt's workers, newly emboldened, seek reforms | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
The name of his brand is Cleopatra and he calls himself one of the "noblest businessmen in the world." But Mohamed Abul-Enein is at the center of a strike that epitomizes worker unrest seething across Egypt and threatening its new president and an economy already in turmoil.

The revolution that last year overthrew Hosni Mubarak has stirred the Egyptian labor movement. Unions representing textile, ceramics, gold mining and other workers are demanding higher pay and better conditions after decades of corruption by public and private corporations and fear of retaliation by police if strikers lingered too long on picket lines.

"We had a strike in 2006, but state security arrested a lot of us and we backed off," said Mohammed Anwar, a forklift driver who works six days a week, earning 1,400 pounds, or $233, a month at Abul-Enein's Cleopatra Ceramics plant south of Suez. "But the revolution allowed me to express my opinions. I am not afraid anymore." (Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times)

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Entrée libre en Égypte pour les Palestiniens

Des responsables aéroportuaires ont indiqué que l’Égypte permettait aux Palestiniens d’entrer librement au pays, mettant fin, en partie, à un blocus de la Bande de Gaza en place depuis cinq ans.La décision signifie que les Palestiniens peuvent librement quitter Gaza. Cela s’applique également aux Palestiniens de Cisjordanie et de Jérusalem.

Gaza est dirigée par le Hamas, une branche du mouvement des Frères musulmans, le parti du nouveau président égyptien Mohammed Morsi. Le blocus a été imposé après que le Hamas ait pris contrôle de Gaza par la force en 2007. Cela empêchait la majorité des Palestiniens de quitter la région.

Les responsables ont déclaré que la décision avait été appliquée tôt lundi pour la première fois, lorsque sept Palestiniens attendant à l’Aéroport international du Caire ont pu entrer sans les autorisations de sécurité et les visas habituels.

Aucune annonce officielle n’a été effectuée. (metro)

http://journalmetro.com/monde/126722/entree-libre-en-egypte-pour-les-palestiniens/

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From Nasser to Sabbahi, the dream of social justice lives on

In Al-Muezz Street, one of Cairo's oldest thoroughfares, where it is common to find pictures of late President Gamal Abdel Nasser, hung either for sale or out of continuing adoration, a man owning an antique shop caught me staring at the former leader's visage.

He noticed my fascination with the picture, and immediately asked if I was "a Nasserist." I nodded and he smiled and stated: "Then you must have voted for Hamdeen Sabbahi."

The antique shop owner was not the only Egyptian to tie his voting decision to the erstwhile national hero. While many voted for Sabbahi in search of a revolutionary or secular president, many were hopeful of bringing back to life their nostalgia for a time they remember as a golden era for Egypt.

Sabbahi's life-long inspiration and leader of the 23 July Revolution, Nasser, was his lucky charm in the elections, some argued. "He's a modern Nasser," said Ramadan Abu-Setta, a 67-year-old grocery owner in Alexandria's Mahatet El-Raml district.

"He wanted to liberate the people and give them their freedom back; and he knew how to reach out and speak to us, just like Nasser did," said Abu-Setta. "We've been broken for years and Sabbahi was going to bring us back our rights," he added.

"Mubarak sold everything. Many of the factories that Nasser built for the Egyptians are now gone," Abu-Setta said.

The pro-Sabbahi vote in the first round of the presidential elections was a surprise to everyone. The Nasserist candidate came third, closely following Mubarak's last prime minister and the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi. (Ahram Online)

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Alcohol banned for Egyptians on religious occasions other than Ramadan

Alcohol banned for Egyptians on religious occasions other than Ramadan | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
Tourism Minister Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour Tourism has modified the rules for tourist facilities, such as restaurants, nightclubs and hotels, by banning the sale of alcohol beverages to Egyptians on all religious occasions and not just during Ramadan, in respect for Muslims.

Those occasions include the month of Ramadan, Islamic New Year's Eve, the night of the prophet’s Night Journey, the prophet's birthday and the day of Arafat during the pilgrimage.

Facilities violating that decision would be suspended. Previously, alcohol was only banned in Ramadan, but the minister immediately agreed to a proposal by Sherif Ismail, his legal adviser, to extend the ban to other occasions.

Edited translation from MENA. (Egypt independent)

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/alcohol-banned-egyptians-religious-occasions-other-ramadan

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Brotherhood denies interfering in cabinet appointments

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Mahmoud Ezzat, the Muslim Brotherhood's deputy supreme guide, on Sunday denied the group was interfering in the formation of President Mohamed Morsi's new cabinet.He insisted the Brotherhood was only offering general advice to the president, who was a long-term member of the group.

He also denied the group's guidance bureau had discussed potential ministers during its weekly meeting on Saturday.

However, the Brotherhood's political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), had the right to present a list of preferred ministers for the new cabinet just like any other party, Ezzat added. (Ahram Online)

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Mental distress behind Suleiman's death

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The death of ex-spy chief Omar Suleiman was primarily caused by psychological distress not ill physical conditions, said Suleiman’s head manager Hussein Kamal.

Kamal suggested in a television appearance that Suleiman suffered from ill psychological conditions due to Egypt's deteriorating state, where he was unable to eat and lost 10 kilos.

Suleiman's aide insisted that the former intelligence chief was a fighter who could not tolerate anything short of success, pointing that he was aware of people's appreciation for him as shown in gaining citizen endorsements during the presidential elections, the Middle East News Agency.

He confirmed that there was a failed attempt to assassinate Suleiman during the January 25 uprising that toppled Mubarak’s 30-year rule, adding that whoever is responsible remains anonymous.

Kamal revealed that the Egyptian intelligence was aware, prior January 25, 2011, that an uprising was approaching, where Suleiman offered solutions to avoid its breaking out in a ministerial meeting. He added that the intelligence's role is to provide information, not take action.

Suleiman, who died on Thursday, served as Mubarak's vice-president during the 18 days of rage that toppled the regime. (Aswat Masriya)

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