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Russia, Egypt Transport Ministers Discuss Aviation Security at Regular Talks

Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov discussed aviation security measures with his Egyptian counterpart, Civil Aviation Minister Sherif Fathi, the Russian ministry said Friday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov discussed step-by-step aviation security measures at regular consultations with his Egyptian counterpart, Civil Aviation Minister Sherif Fathi, the Russian ministry said Friday.

“Sokolov held another round of technical consultations with his counterpart… The meeting took place in a constructive atmosphere, the parties again discussed a step-by-step action plan for measures in the field of civil aviation,” the ministry said.

Sokolov said this week safety experts planned a visit to Egypt to inspect airport security in September.

Fathi announced during a visit to Moscow earlier in July that an investigation into Russia’s A321 passenger plane crash over the Sinai Peninsula in October 2015 was entering final stages.

The plane, operated by the Russian air carrier Kogalymavia and carrying 224 people, was heading to St. Petersburg from the Egyptian resort city of Sharm El-Sheikh. Russia’s Investigative Committee has officially classified the plane crash as a terrorist attack.

Paris Peace Talks Embolden Status Quo of Incremental Genocide in Palestine

The ill-fated peace talks denounced by both parties do little but provide a veneer of legitimacy to the rightward creep of Netanyahu’s apartheid regime.

Peace talks began in Paris on Friday, led by US Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, with an espoused aim to restart negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians that have repeatedly failed since the Jewish state was established in 1948, in the heart of ancient Arab lands.

The diplomats were joined by representatives from the Arab League, the European Union and several neighboring Arab states, but notably the meeting, designed to reestablish peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians, included no representatives for either of the adversaries.

The Israeli Prime Minister publicly blasted the initiative as his country makes a hard shift toward more aggressive militarism against their Palestinian neighbors. In May, Prime Minister Netanyahu appointed controversial far-right politician Avigdor Lieberman as defense minister to replace the more moderate Moshe Ya’alon. Reacting to the appointment, UN Middle-East envoy Nikolay Maladenov said on Wednesday that Israeli ministers are “killing hope” for peace, following comments by the Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, that a Palestinian state will never be allowed.

“As long as we are in the government, there will be no Palestinian state, there will be no settlement evacuations and we will not give any land to our enemies,” Shaked said on Tuesday.

The situation for Palestinians has grown more desperate in recent years, with childhood poverty increasing at a near exponential rate, people repeatedly dispossessed of their land and under constant bombardment by Israeli defense forces. The climate of violence and fear has been repeatedly noted as closely resembling the South African regime of apartheid, including remarks by former US President Jimmy Carter.

The Palestinian people have been devastated by efforts by Israeli officials to co-opt their leadership, providing victims with few options to voice their dissent to a global audience about the daily tragedy they endure.

Mass killings of Palestinians by IDF forces have given way to a rash of stabbings in Israel by beleaguered Palestinians. More peaceful approaches, including the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) program advanced by Palestinian leadership have had limited effect on Israel, with the world refusing to cut trade ties with the country and leading to ever-higher levels of poverty in Gaza and the West Bank.

On Thursday, Loud & Clear’s Brian Becker sat down with peace activist Miko Peled and political analyst Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich to discuss whether the Paris peace talks are about peace or if they are a fig-leaf to justify the status quo of Palestinian displacement.

Do the Paris peace talks have any significance or hope of success?

“Frankly the answer is no,” said Sepahpour-Ulrich. “Israel has never been interested in a political solution and the fact that we continue to hold these peace talks, with the first one in 1949, the Lausanne Conference, and many more since 1979.”

“This whole thing reminds me of what Desmond Tutu said about the missionaries – ‘They had the bible and we had the land, they told us to close our eyes and then they had the land and we were holding the Bible,’ and the same thing is true now with these peace talks,” she said.

“Nothing ever comes out of these talks and it tends to buy Israel time to further occupy Palestinian land and engage in incremental genocide,” stated the analyst. “All of these rounds of talks are just buying more time while the Palestinian land is shrinking and so is the number of Palestinian people.”

“If somebody is serious about creating peace then we need more than talk, we need action,” she said.

Why is there no focus in these talks on holding Israel accountable for settlements?

“Let me reframe the conversation for a second if I may. I believe that the only way to move forward is to recognize the following: Palestine was occupied in 1948 and a racist, apartheid regime known as Israel was established in Palestine. In 1967, the state of Israel completed that occupation of Palestine by taking a few small parts that it left out in the West Bank and Gaza strip that then calling it Israel, even though we know it is Palestine,” said Peled detailing the history of Palestinian displacement.

“The establishment of a single state with exclusive rights for Jewish people has been in place ever since and that is it. This idea that there is a Palestine different from Israel and Israel different from Palestine and that somehow the state of Israel will negotiate with a Palestinian entity for some sort of compromise within this framework is hallucination, it is science fiction,” he said.

“The only way to move forward is a complete condemnation of the racist, colonialist project that is called the state of Israel and to get rid of it just like apartheid was done away with in South Africa, with a democracy of equal rights, where Palestinians have all of their rights, the right of return is materialized, and this whole racist, colonialist project is done away with. That is the only way to move forward,” stated the activist.

Peled commented that hope for Palestinians will come not through talks, but through resistance, likening their situation to the South African apartheid. The activist praised Palestinian leadership for modeling their Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) effort on the successful struggle for liberation in South Africa, but considers the situation in the Middle East to be more perilous, with countries around the world refusing to join in solidarity by cutting off trade with Israel.

Sepahpour-Ulrich agreed that the commonplace notion of a two-state solution has always been a false cry for peace, and criticized Europe and the United States for allowing the oppression to continue.

“There is no question in my mind that there is no will to change the status quo, the Europeans and the Israelis and their trade has grown over the years. If you are under the belief that there needs to be a two-state solution or you think that this occupation needs to end, then you freeze your trade, you don’t allow it to grow,” she said. “The United States has been funding this occupation, so, what they are doing is giving lip service, and it is just propaganda, they are selling a false truth.”

“There is no reality to these peace talks. The world is being lied to,” said the analyst. “They are just biding their time to wipe Palestine off the map, which Google incidentally did in one instance.”

Egypt’s Foreign ministry hits back at EU statements criticising ‘crackdown’ on journalists

EU External Action spokesperson Catherine Ray

Egypt’s foreign ministry has hit back at statements made by the spokesperson of the EU External Ection Service, Catherine Ray, which criticised “restrictions” on freedom of press and the jailing of journalists in Egypt.

Spokesperson of the Egyptian foreign minister Ahmed Abu Zeid challenged the EU spokesperson to look closely at reports made by the delegation of the EU on the large number of newspapers that are published on a daily basis in Egypt.

On Tuesday, Ray issued a statement slamming the recent indictment of three Journalists’ Syndicate leaders and their referral to court.

Ray described the prosecution of the union leaders as “a worrying development that follows the unprecedented raid of Egyptian security forces on the Journalists’ Syndicate building earlier this month.”

On Tuesday, Egyptian prosecutors charged the chairman of Egypt’s Journalists’ Syndicate, along with the syndicate’s secretary general and undersecretary, with harbouring fugitives and spreading false news in the case of police storming of the union’s headquarters on 1 May to arrest two wanted journalists.

The trio were referred to misdeameanour court. The first session in their trial is set for Saturday.

Ray charged that the indictments “reflect broader limitations on freedom of expression and press freedom in Egypt.”

“We call on the Egyptian authorities to review the charges against those arrested or prosecuted for exercising their rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly, and work to bring the laws regulating assembly and counter-terrorism into line with the Egyptian Constitution,” the EU official said.

“I call on the spokesperson to follow [Egyptian] daily TV shows that criticise the performance of the authorities, as well as discussions that take place on social media between different segments of Egyptian society,” Abu Zeid said.

“The foreign ministry was surprised that the high representative did not pay similar attention to the humanitarian and living challenges facing the Egyptian citizen,” said Abu Zeid.

Abu Zeid said the EU should make efforts to support the Egyptian government in order to provide better services to Egyptian citizens.

The statement continued that this “reflects broader limitations on freedom of expression and press freedom in Egypt.”



Egypt’s Sisi to discuss first two years of presidency in TV interview Friday


Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi is scheduled to give on Friday a TV interview hosted by media figure Osama Kamel, the Egyptian presidency announced Thursday.

The interview, which is scheduled for 7:30pm, will be aired on the Egyptian State TV.

According to state-owned MENA news agency, the interview will last an hour and 40 minutes.

MENA added that the interview would cover a number of topics, including El-Sisi’s achievements over the past two years and the challenges Egypt currently faces.

د نانيس الفروچي فى مؤتمر شركه شلاتين للثروه المعدنيه : المؤتمر اول مرحله في المشروع القومى العملاق مدينه الذهب المصريه

د نانيس الفروچي فى اول مؤتمر لشركه شلاتين للثروه المعدنيه

د نانيس الفروچي فى اول مؤتمر لشركه شلاتين للثروه المعدنيه

مصر – مرسى علم

عقد مساء امس وسط لفيف من القيادات التنفيذيه والشعبيه المؤتمر الاول لشركة شلاتين للثروه المعدنيه تحت عنوان الاثر البيئي للمشروع التعديني وقالت الدكتوره نانيس الفروجى فى كلمتها ان هذا المؤتمر يعد اول مرحله في المشروع القومى العملاق .. مدينه الذهب والتعدين  .. اول مدينه تعدينيه فى العالم والتى ستمثل البوابه الشرعيه العالميه لمصر افريقيا والتى سيكون مقرها فى المدينه الاقتصاديه بمحور التنميه

وقالت سيدة الاعمال نانيس الفروجى ان شركه مدينه الذهب بالمنطقه الاقتصاديه تخضع للقانون 88 وهى مدينه ذكيه متكامله ،، تقع على امتداد القاهره حيث تبعد ٤٥ دقيقه عن مطار القاهره الدولى وتضم ٥٠٠ مصنع كمرحله اولي كاملة الخدمات من المعامل والمصافي والادارات اللازمه للمشروع وقد جهزت التصميمات علي ان تشمل المدينه على منطقه اوروبيه ومنطقه الشرق الاقصي ومنطقه افروعربيه 
ومنطقه للتجميع خاصه بالشركات العالميه وايضا اكاديميه حديثه

واضافت نانيس الفروجى ان الاكاديميه ستضم كل مجالات فنون تشكيل المعادن والاحجارو سيتم عمل عروض ومسابقات لافضل التصميمات الحديثه ومن التراث وستحتوى على اكبر قاعه للمؤتمرات علي مساحه ٥٠٠٠ مريع كامل طاقتها تتسع ٢٠٠٠شخص خلاف السكني بمستوياته والفنادق العالميه والاسواق التجاريه والترفيهيه والخدميه واللوجستيك بما تشملها من مخازن وشركات الشحن والبنوك والتامين والمستشفيات والاسعاف والمطافي

د نانيس الفروچي مع القيادات الشعبيه لمرسى علم

د نانيس الفروچي مع القيادات الشعبيه لمرسى علم

وتعذ مدينه الذهب والتعدين قلعه البيانات الخاصه بالاستثمار التعديني والاستكشافي والبحثي و الصناعي و التجاري و الطبي وبورصه التعدين و الرياده في بناء الاقتصاديات المشتركه بقياده مصر صرح القوه والسلام

انهت د نانيس حديثها بتذكرة الحاضرين بأن هذا المشوار الطويل بدء من ٢٠٠٧ بأمل و حلم كبير لهذا الوطن مصر طيبه ،،مصر مهد الذهب .. بسواعدنا مصر افريقيا متكاملين وبتصميم وابتكارات وتكنولوجيا عالميه قادره على المنافسه العالميه في مركز عالمي يضم كل جوانب تشكيل المعادن وصقل الاحجار الكريمه وشبهه الكريمه في اول مدينه تعدينيه فى العالم … مدينه الذهب والتعدين المصريه

جدير بالذكر ان شركة شلاتين هى شركة تعمل فى مجال التعدين ويعتبر المؤسسون لها بنك الاستثمنار القومى بنسبة 24% بالاضافة الى هيئه الثروة المعدنيةبنسبة 35% وجهاز الخدمة الوطنية بنسبة 34% والشركة المصرية للثروات التعدينية 7 % بالمئة

وتقع منطقة امتياز شركة شلاتين للثروة المعدنية جنوب الصحراء الشرقية بمصر بما بين خطى عرض 24 الى 22 ومن ساحل البحر الاحمر الى خط طول 33 بالقرب من شرق محافظة أسوان


Libya’s Presidential Council calls for transfer of power to unity government

Libya’s U.N.-backed Presidential Council called on Saturday on the country’s institutions to begin a transfer of authority to a unity government, and appealed to the international community to stop dealing with any rival powers.

The Presidential Council is tasked with guiding through a transition to end the political chaos and armed conflict that has plagued Libya since the fall of leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

Its statement suggests it will seek to take power despite continuing opposition from hardliners in both of Libya’s competing parliaments – the eastern House of Representatives (HOR) and the rival General National Congress (GNC) in Tripoli.

Western nations hope a unity government can help tackle a growing threat from Islamic State, which has used a security vacuum and political divisions in Libya to establish a foothold in the north African country.

The Tunis-based Presidential Council nominated a unity government last month, but recognition of the proposed cabinet has been held up by the failure of the HOR to vote to approve it.

It is also unclear when a unity government could move to Tripoli, where the security situation is still volatile and some armed factions may try to prevent it from operating.

However, the council said in a statement on Saturday that a document signed by a majority of HOR members backing the new government, as well as the endorsement by other political figures, represented a “green light to start work”.

The council’s statement called on “all Libyan sovereign and public institutions and the heads of financial bodies to start communicating immediately with the Government of National Accord so as to hand over power in a peaceful and orderly manner”.

“The Presidential Council also calls on the international community and international and regional organisations … to stop dealing with any executive power that does not follow the Government of National Accord,” it said.

The deal to create the unity government was signed with limited Libyan support in Morocco in December.

Efforts to move the transition forward have been hampered by arguments over the structure of the new government, the balance of power between Libya’s different regions, and the future leadership of the armed forces.

The Presidential Council has itself been divided, with two of its nine members suspending their participation and twice refusing to put their names to proposed lists of ministers.

Under the plan, the Presidential Council would form the highest state body. The HOR would be the main legislature, with a second chamber formed from the GNC.

After the latest failure of the HOR to vote on the unity government last week, U.N. Libya envoy Martin Kobler reconvened the group that signed the December deal.

On Thursday, they urged the Presidential Council “to take all necessary measures to rapidly start working from the capital, Tripoli”, though they also appeared to call on the HOR to take further steps to endorse the unity government.



رسميا.. مصر ترشح أبو الغيط لمنصب امين عام جامعة الدول العربيه

وقال نائب الأمين العام للجامعة، أحمد بن حلي، إن “الأمانة العامة للجامعة قامت بتعميم المذكرة المصرية على الدول الأعضاء بالجامعة بشأن المرشح المصري”

وحتى الآن فإن أبو الغيط (74 عاما)هو المرشح الوحيد لتولي المنصب، وسينتخب الأمين العام الجديد يوم 15 مايو المقبل، وفقا لوكالة أنباء الشرق الأوسط المصرية

وشغل أبو الغيط منصب وزير خارجية مصر منذ عام 2004 وحتى عام 2011 حين أقيل بعد أسابيع من ما سمى ثورة 25 يناير 2011

وقبل توليه الخارجية شغل عدة مناصب دبلوماسية مهمة من بينها منصب مندوب مصر لدى الأمم المتحدة

ومنذ تأسيس جامعة الدول العربية عام 1945 شغل مصريون منصب الأمين العام باستثناء التونسي الشاذلي القليبي، الذي شغل المنصب عام 1979 بعد نقل مقر الجامعة إلى تونس احتجاجا على اتفاقات كامب ديفيد بين مصر وإسرائيل، وعادت الجامعة العربية إلى القاهرة عام 1990

وتولى العربي (81 عاما) وهو أيضا وزير خارجية مصري سابق منصبه الحالي يوم 15 مايو 2011 وستنتهي ولايته يوم 30 يونيو القادم


Full Speed Ahead! Russian Warship Sets Sail for Mediterranean Mission

The Russian guided missile destroyer Smetlivy has left the country’s southwestern port of Sevastopol for the Mediterranean Sea, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.

The Russian Defense Ministry stated that the Smetlivy destroyer of the Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet has departed from the country’s southwestern port city of Sevastopol and is headed for the Mediterranean, where the warship will be on a mission.

According to the statement, the Smetlivy is due to join Russia’s naval force in the region on March 7.

Currently, more than 15 Russian warships and other vessels are carrying out security-related missions in the Mediterranean, including those pertaining to providing logistical support to a Russian Aerospace Forces unit in Syria as well as to the Syrian Army.

Earlier this week, it was reported that the Russian Navy’s Mediterranean task force, which includes warships from the Black Sea, the Baltic Sea, and the Northern and the Pacific Fleets, may be joined by the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov in the summer of 2016.

Tripoli Endorses Possible Italy-Led Anti-Terrorist Operation in Libya – FM

Tripoli endorses the fact that Italy might take a leading role in the international fight against Daesh terrorist organization in Libya, Foreign Minister of the Tripoli-based General National Congress, Ali Ramadan Abuzaakouk, said Thursday.

ROME (Sputnik) — There are currently two rival governments in Libya: the internationally-recognized Council of Deputies (House of Representatives) based in Tobruk and the Tripoli-based General National Congress (GNC).

“We endorse the fact that Italy might assume the role of international intervention leader in the war against the growing IS forces in Libya,” Abuzaakouk told the Italian Corriere della Sera newspaper.

The foreign minister underscored that it was necessary for Italy to carefully coordinate with the Tripoli government and military forces, to avoid any potential operation changing from a legitimate fight against terrorism into an open violation of Tripoli sovereignty.

In 2011, as civil war broke out in Libya, a multi-state coalition, consisting mostly of NATO members, began a military intervention in the country with the declared aim of establishing an immediate ceasefire.The operation ended with a decisive NATO victory, which led to the escalation of the conflict in the country and the subsequent killing of the country’s long-standing leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Earlier, in December 2015, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said that the issue of an international military operation in Libya was not on the agenda.

According to the newspaper, on February 10, the Italian Council of Ministers allegedly decided to send 50 soldiers to Libya.


Al-Sisi arrives in South Korea, last stop on his Asia tour

Egyptian president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi arrived in South Korea in the last stop of his Asia tour that included Kazakhstan and Japan.

The visit will generate great momentum to augment ties of friendship and cooperation to a new level, according to the South Korean embassy in Egypt. Al-Sisi’s Asia tour focused on boosting the economic ties and improving the Egyptian education sector.

Japan confirmed its willingness to cooperate with Egypt in several fields including economics, health, and education. Tokyo praised Egypt’s efforts to boost its economy by taking several constructive steps, according to a joint statement released by both countries at the end of Al-Sisi’s time in Japan.

Japan will boost its collaboration with Egypt, especially in energy projects and the new developments in Suez Canal’s area. Both sides agreed on security and political cooperation to achieve peace and stability in the region, according to the joint statement.

Several valuable agreements came out of the visit, such as an education initiative, in which Japan will train 2,500 Egyptian students over the next five years. Japan also will cooperate with Egypt in developing the health sector in addition to loan Egypt $362m to improve its electricity system.

Al-Sisi visited a Japanese primary school Wednesday near the end of his visit to Japan. According to a statement released by the presidency, Al-Sisi gained knowledge of the Japanese education system and its extracurricular activities.

Japan is willing to enforce economic ties with Egypt through development aid and the contribution of Export-Import Bank of Japan; it will sign agreements worth $110bn with Egypt, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe said.

Al-Sisi and Abe discussed current affairs in the Middle East especially the Syrian case and fighting terrorism. Al-Sisi said Egypt looks forward to boosting relations with Japan. In his speech to the Japanese Parliament, he said economic cooperation with Japan is ongoing since it is executing several projects in the Suez Canal area and a reclamation project of 1.5m acres.

Egypt welcomes Japanese investment and has taken several measures to facilitate foreign investment by introducing new laws and solving energy problems, Al-Sisi said.

Minister of International Cooperation Sahar Nasr signed several loan agreements with representatives of the Japanese government and President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Shinichi Kitaoka to facilitate initiatives in the fields of education and energy.

The agreements will provide a total of $500m in loans, according to an official statement issued by the Ministry of International Cooperation. Al-Sisi and Abe witnessed the signing of the agreements.

AL-Sisi’s visit to Japan comes as part of an Asia tour which included Kazakhstan and will conclude following his visit to South Korea.