Egypt’s political crisis entered a tense phase on Wednesday after international mediation efforts collapsed and the army-installed government repeated its threat to take action against supporters of deposed President Mohamed Mursi.

Both sides called their supporters on to the streets on Thursday, while Mursi supporters in two protest camps in Cairo strengthened sandbag-and-brick barricades in readiness for any action by security forces.

Acting President Adli Mansour, in a message on the eve of the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday, said Egypt was in critical circumstances. The interim government would press on with its own plan to hold new elections in nine months, he said.

“The train of the future has departed, and everyone must realize the moment and catch up with it, and whoever fails to ….. Continue Reading

Obama Orders Review of U.S. Aid to Egypt

Hours after United States officials confirmed that plans to deliver F-16 fighter jets to Egypt will go ahead despite the overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, President Barack Obama took a step back and ordered a review of U.S. assistance to Egypt’s government.

“Given the events of last week, the President has directed relevant departments and agencies to review our assistance to the government of Egypt,” said a Pentagon statement quoted by Al Jazeera.

Earlier Wednesday, officials told the Reuters news agency that the United States plans to go through with the delivery of ….. Continue Reading

Egypt’s new revolution puts democracy in danger

Egyptian youths with their faces painted in the colours of the national flag pictured in Tahrir Square last week. Photograph: Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images

‘Down with military rule” was once the most popular chant in Tahrir Square, during the time when the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) was ruling. Not any more. A few days ago, the place that symbolised Arab struggle for democracy and freedom celebrated a military coup. One part of Egypt was celebrating the repression of the other part. So what happened? And why do large segments of the society support a coup against Egypt’s ….. Continue Reading

Coup D’Etat In Egypt: Military Removes President Morsi And Suspends The Constitution

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has been effectively overthrown by the military on Wednesday. In a statement by Army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the armed forces explained that President Morsi had ignored calls of the people, and the armed forces for reconciliation, and that it was suspending the constitution and calling for early elections. Massive crowds gathered in Tahrir Square reveled in jubilation, while doubts remain over what the Muslim Brotherhood’s supporters, who back deposed President Morsi, will do.

The move was preceded by the mass mobilization of armed vehicles around Cairo, particularly to areas of ….. Continue Reading