U.S. presses Cairo on political reforms

Cairo is habitually engaged in violent intimidation of political activists and members of the press, a U.S. resolution under consideration states. Washington reacted harshly to an Egyptian decision this year to extend certain provisions of an emergency law enacted in … read more

Nile water continues to create tension

Reports of Ethiopia developing infrastructure along the Nile River have led to Egypt again showing an iron fist in the face of potential loss of water from the world’s longest river. However, an Ethiopian government official has told Bikya Masr … read more

Egypt sentences Bedouins to life imprisonment

An Egyptian court sentenced seven Bedouins for life imprisonment on Monday, in a case some tribesmen said would refuel long-running tension in the Sinai Peninsula. Bedouins, among nomadic Arab tribes in the Sinai, often complain of neglect by the Cairo … read more

Clinton in Egypt for Mideast peace talks

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Egypt on Tuesday urging Israel and the Palestinians to find ways to clear the “hurdle” posed by a looming expiration of a freeze on Jewish settlements. The settlements issue could stall the … read more

Egypt pound may struggle to rebound from lows

Egypt’s currency seems unlikely to rebound substantially from 3-1/2 year lows any time soon because investor appetite for Egyptian assets may be blunted by uncertainty before a 2011 election — and the central bank may prefer a weaker pound. The … read more

More Bedouin in Egypt see freedom

More Bedouin detainees are to be released, the interior ministry was reported saying by state-run media on Saturday. It is part of the government’s efforts to reduce years of tension between the Bedouin population and the government in the Sinai … read more

Opposition split over upcoming elections

Almost a week after Egyptian Presidential candidate Mohammed ElBaradei called on Egyptians last week to boycott the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled for October, it is still unclear whether Egypt’s opposition parties will heed ElBaradei call. A statement issued on Thursday … read more

Egypt to reopen border with Gaza

Egypt will reopen its border crossing with the blockaded Gaza Strip at the end of the Islamic Eid holiday period, security sources said on Sunday. The Rafah crossing in the Sinai peninsula will be open in both directions to Palestinians … read more