Middle East Observer

2020 Jul 29 - 11:33pm
Egyptian authorities have executed seven men for their alleged involvement in the killing of a police officer in the Ismailia governorate in 2013. “The prison service on Tuesday carried out the sentence of death by hanging against seven people convicted of killing Captain Ahmad Abu Douma,” the security official told AFP. Their bodies had been handed to their families, he added. Abu Douma had been on patrol in Ismailiya,...
Tags: Egypt, junktag (ignore), Egypt, execute, killing, policeman
2020 Jul 28 - 9:28pm
Oman has terminated a contract with UAE-owned Damac International amid speculation that the new Sultan is moving slowly away from a position of neutrality on regional geopolitical matters, a policy that had been maintained by his predecessor. Oman has cancelled a major project with the United Arab Emirates worth billions of dollars, Arab sources have reported, highlighting the growing tension between the two countries. Oman’s new Sultan,...
Tags: Oman junktag (ignore) News, Uae junktag (ignore) News, abolishing, contract, junktag (ignore), Oman
2020 Jul 28 - 2:42am
Taking advantage of the coronavirus epidemic, is the military regime planning to take over the medical system in Egypt? The Egyptian government has agreed to establish the Egyptian Company for Medical Investment, as an affiliate of the National General Authority for Military Production, to purchase all the nation’s needs of medicines and medical supplies and manage their distribution, in coordination with the defense and health...
Tags: Egypt, Business, junktag (ignore), Egypt, militarized, pharma
2020 Jul 27 - 4:41pm
Syria’s civil war is in its tenth year with no end in sight. UN-brokered talks in Geneva have failed to emerge with tangible results;  the Astana process, led by Russia, Iran, and Turkey, has also failed to deliver the promised political solution. By: Afro-Middle East Centre (AMEC) Meanwhile, the Syrian government and Russian forces pound rebel positions in the north of the country. At the same time, tensions in the south are...
Tags: Analysis, Syria junktag (ignore) News, civil war, junktag (ignore), Middle East, Russian intervention in Syria
2020 Jul 27 - 12:18am
Mechichi, former legal adviser to President Kais Saied, replaces Elyes Fakhfakh, who quit after a no-confidence motion in his leadership Hichem Mechichi has been appointed as Tunisia’s PM designate in order to form the country’s next government, the president’s office announced on Saturday. The 46-year-old lawyer, who had been serving as the country’s interior minister, succeeds Elyes Fakhfakh, who resigned earlier...
Tags: Tunisia, junktag (ignore), Fakhakh, Hichem Mechichi, PM designate
2020 Jul 24 - 11:31pm
Muslim prayers have been held in the iconic Hagia Sophia for the first time in 86 years after the reconversion of the Istanbul landmark into a mosque earlier this month. The Friday prayers took place two weeks after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan controversially declared the nearly 1,500-year-old monument open to Muslim worship after a top court ruled the building’s conversion to a museum by modern Turkey’s founding...
Tags: Turkey junktag (ignore) News, junktag (ignore), Erdogn, EU-Turkey tension, Hagia Sophia, Muslims
2020 Jul 24 - 10:34pm
Saudi Arabia has reportedly been putting pressure on local businesses not to trade with Turkey and its industries in a bid to boost an unofficial boycott. The detention of trucks carrying produce from Turkey has raised tension between the two countries. According to Middle East Eye, citing information from Turkish officials, the Kingdom has been preventing trucks carrying fresh fruit and vegetables from crossing the Saudi border. “The...
Tags: Saudi Arabia News, Turkey junktag (ignore) News, boycott, junktag (ignore), Saudi Arabia, trade
2020 Jul 24 - 2:00am
The Egyptian opposition “Batel” campaign sent a message to commanders and officers of the Egyptian army, calling upon them to move to face what it described as the disasters caused by the coup leader Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, the last of which was the neglect of Nile waters, as well as the waiver of the Egyptian islands of Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia, and 40 km. from the Egyptian maritime borders to Greece and Cyprus. Batel (void)...
Tags: Egypt, army, Batel, campaign, junktag (ignore), Egypt
2020 Jul 23 - 12:32am
U.S. remains on the sidelines in Libya’s conflict as Russia extends its reach in the north African country, says a WP report An absence of U.S. leadership in Libya has allowed a dangerous international confrontation to deepen, analysts say, as a spiraling proxy war stokes threats to American economic and security interests and provides Russia a platform to expand its clout in the Mediterranean, says a report prepared by Missy Ryan and...
Tags: Libya, junktag (ignore), Egypt, France, Libya, Qatar
2020 Jul 22 - 12:51am
Egypt is among the emerging markets “most vulnerable” to debt default as COVID-19 borrowing pressures state finances, a Financial Times report says. The Financial Times report says Egypt, Zambia, and Ghana are the three emerging economies with the greatest risk of defaulting on sovereign external debt in the next year, citing Absolute Strategy Research’s Adam. Wolfe also sees “elevated levels of risk” for default with South Africa, India...
Tags: Egypt, Debt, junktag (ignore), Egypt, emerging economy, In Spot
2020 Jul 21 - 3:21pm
After just five months in office, Tunisia’s Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh has called it a day. His resignation came on the heels of a political scandal that has seen critics. Most notably the Ennahdha party accuse the head of government of abusing his authority for personal gain. Fakhfakh resigned after a dispute with Ennahdha party that had withdrawn its support for government earlier in the day. Almost as soon as Fakhfakh was...
Tags: Analysis, junktag (ignore), Tunisia, elections, Ennahda, governmental corruption
2020 Jul 21 - 2:13am
A new chapter in the conflict that has been going on for more than three years between Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Al-Azhar Grand Sheikh Ahmed Al-Tayyeb, came to the fore with the announcement of Al-Azhar’s Council of Senior Scholars last Saturday, its rejection of the draft law on regulating the Egypt’s Dar Al-Iftaa (Egyptian Fatwa House), hours before it was discussed in Parliament. The Council leaked a letter containing Al-Azhar’s...
Tags: Egypt, Al-Azhar, Dar Al Iftaa, junktag (ignore), Grand Sheikh, In Spot

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