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Top Sunni authority lashes out at Daesh

 JORDAN TIMES AMMAN — Al Azhar, Sunni Islam’s most prestigious centre of learning, called on Wednesday for fighting militants from the Daesh terrorist group, citing their threat to the stability…

Prioritize realpolitik over idealism with Egypt

Summary President Barack Obama should provide Egypt with economic, political and, yes, military support. If Obama has indeed decided that a strong Egypt is essential, he shouldn’t try to play…

Arab armies can only make matters worse

Summary Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi’s suggestion that our region needs a joint Arab military force to deal with escalating threats from armed factions in lands such as Libya is one…

Moderate Sunni Islam leader blames Zionism and ‘new colonialism’ for Middle East collapse

Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar University, appears to blame Israel and by implication the US for chaos in Arab world Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb Photo: Getty Images By Richard…

Stand against the devil

The Daily Star, Lebanon The horrific mass murder of Egyptian Copts Sunday by ISIS in Libya and the weekend attacks in Denmark – presumably inspired by a similar mentality –…

Could Al-Sisi win Nobel Peace Prize?

Daily News Egypt: Nader Soliman, founder and head of the Christian Youth Movement, is calling for President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi to be awarded the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize, Soliman told…

Egypt embarks on ambitious anti-terror campaign

 AP – JORDAN TIMES CAIRO — Egypt is making an ambitious bid to place itself at the centre of the fight against extremism across the Middle East. Beyond fighting militants…

In Minya, hundreds mourn local men slaughtered in Libya

In Al-Our village, families, mourners and officials attend funeral ceremony for 21 Copts decapitated by Islamic State militants Marina Barsoum , Monday 16 Feb 2015 Hundreds of grieving mourners in…

Six Banned Middle Eastern Books You Should Read

Six Banned Middle Eastern Books You Should Read September 23, 2014, By Alexia Underwood, From the column ‘The VICE Reader’ Photo via Wikimedia Since the dawn of the written word,…

Freed Al-Jazeera journalist: Why can’t Canada get me home? 

BY ROBERT FISK, THE INDEPENDENT Mohamed Fahmy, Al-Jazeera’s Canadian-Egyptian television bureau chief freed on bail by an Egyptian judge on Thursday, last night angrily attacked Canada for mistakes which he…

A meeting of minds in Cairo: Billion-dollar arms deal on table as Putin and Abdel Fattah al-Sisi seek closer trade links and alliance against ‘terror’

BY ROBERT FISK, THE INDEPENDENT Vladimir Putin arrived in Egypt last night for talks with his Egyptian opposite number on new roubles-only trade deals, the sale of billions of dollars’…

Interview with Egyptian President Sisi: ‘Extremists Offend the Image of God’

Interview Conducted by Dieter Bednarz and Klaus Brinkbäumer President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi: “Had the army not intervened, hundreds of thousands if not millions would have died.” In a SPIEGEL interview,…

At least 30 Zamalek fans killed in clashes with Egyptian police

Victims died of suffocation and stampede as the police teargas fans atttempting to enter stadium for football match Hatem Maher , Monday 9 Feb 2015 Zamalek fans stand inside barbed…

Egyptian court bans Hamas’ armed wing, lists as terrorist organization

(Reuters) – An Egyptian court on Saturday banned the armed wing of the Palestinian group Hamas and listed it as a terrorist organization. Hamas is an offshoot of Egypt’s Muslim…

Historic FGM prosecution

Egypt court jails doctor in ‘historic’ FGM prosecution An Egyptian court sentenced a doctor to prison Monday for the female genital mutilation (FGM) of a 13-year-old girl, resulting in her…

Egypt’s Sisi urges new Muslim religious discourse to fight ‘terrorism’

AFP / THE JORDAN TIMES ABU DHABI — Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi on Monday said the fight against “terrorism” needs a new Muslim religious discourse in addition to…

Arabs against extremism

Arabs against extremism Arab intellectuals gathered at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina to discuss strategies to combat extremist thought. Ameera Fouad attended During the March 2014 Arab Summit held in Kuwait, then…

Unprecedented Christmas visit

Unprecedented Christmas visit photo: Nader Osama PRESIDENT Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi in an unparalleled precedent for an Egyptian leader attended the Christmas celebration at the Abbassiya Cathedral, Cairo, Tuesday midnight mass. Al-Sisi’s…

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