Egyptian dictators afraid of commemorations of fall of Mubarak


This video is called 1 Feb 2011 @ Tahrir Square, Cairo Egypt – #25jan Revolution.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain today:

Egyptian authorities are rounding up activists ahead of the fifth anniversary of the uprising that toppled dictator Hosni Mubarak and have detained at least five people this week.

Among them were three activists, including prominent physician Taher Mokhtar, who were arrested at their flats in central Cairo on Thursday.

A fourth person, poet Omar Hazek, was detained and quickly released but banned from leaving the country.

Five years after the eruption of mass revolutionary struggles in Egypt that led to the ouster of long-time dictator Hosni Mubarak, the counterrevolutionary military junta headed by General Abdel Fatah al-Sisi fears another social explosion: here.

Egyptian Queen Nefertiti buried in Pharaoh Tutankhamun’s tomb?


This video says about itself:

25 March 2014

Queen Nefertiti – Greatest Mystery of Ancient Egypt (History Documentary)

LOVED BY A KING. HATED BY AN EMPIRE. ERASED FROM HISTORY. SHE COULD BE THE BIGGEST FIND SINCE KING TUT. Has the famed Egyptian beauty, Queen Nefertiti, been found in a secret chamber deep in the Valley of the Kings? A Discovery Channel Quest expedition, led by Dr. Joann Fletcher and a team of internationally renown scientists from the University of York Mummy research Team, hopes to find out.

If they’re right, the finding will be one of the greatest archaeological discoveries since Nefertiti’s stepson – King Tutankhamen – was discovered in 1922. “Great Royal Wife” of the “renegade” pharaoh Akhenaten, Nefertiti was a mother of six who helped lead a religious revolution that changed Egypt and the world forever. Yet after her death, her enemies destroyed all evidence of Nefertiti’s life.

Now, drawing on 13 years of research, Fletcher and her team bring Nefertiti’s turbulent reign to life as never before using cutting-edge computer animations to recreate ancient Egypt’s great temples; x-rays to reveal the telltale signs of foul play on her mummy; and forensic graphics to recreate the mummy’s face. Have they found the ancient world’s greatest beauty?

From the Egyptian Streets site:

’90 Percent Chance’ King Tutankhamun’s Tomb Holds a Hidden Chamber: Egypt’s Antiquities Minister

November 28, 2015

There is a 90 percent chance a hidden chamber lies behind King Tutankhamun’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings, Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh Damaty announced at a Saturday press conference in Luxor.

According to Damaty, the scans, conducted by Japanese radar specialist Hirokatsu Watanabu, covered the southern, western and northern sides of the pharaoh’s burial chamber.

“The primary results of the scan gave us very positive results, very good results,” Damaty said. “We have here something behind the west and the north walls…We believe that there could be another chamber.”

The findings, which lend credence to British archaeologist Nicholas Reeves’ theory that Queen Nefertiti’s tomb is hidden behind that of King Tutankhamun, may lead to “one of the most important finds of the century,” Damaty said.

However, these findings are only preliminary and need more work to yield accurate results, the minister stressed. Damaty said the scans will be sent to Japan for further analysis, which will take around one month to complete.

Reeves had publicized his hypothesis in July, after which the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities invited him to Egypt to present his theory to antiquities officials.

In October, the panel of experts approved using radars to search inside King Tutankhamun’s tomb for a hidden chamber.

Based on the detailed scans and photographs of Tut’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings in Luxor which were published last year by Factum Arte, a Spanish specialist in art and replication, Reeves noted that beneath the layers of paint, the texture of walls revealed cracks which may suggest the presence of two doors leading to passageways.

While the first door likely leads to a storage room which has already been discovered, the other passageway situated at the north wall of the burial chamber is speculated to lead to a bigger room which may be Nefertiti’s tomb.

The archaeologist also believes Tutankhamun’s tomb and death mask were originally made for Nefertiti, who is strongly believed to be his stepmother. According to Reeves, Tutankhamun’s sudden death likely resulted in his “hurried” burial in a mausoleum that had not been intended for him.

Not only was Nefertiti famous for her beauty, which remains evident through her world-renowned 3,300-year-old painted limestone bust housed at the Egyptian Museum in Berlin, but she was also the Great Royal Wife of the Pharaoh Akhenaten and his chief consort.

Nefertiti’s burial site has long been a mystery as archaeologists have so far failed to find the queen’s tomb.

King Tutankhamun’s tomb was found in 1922 under the supervision of another British archaeologist and Egyptologist, Howard Carter.

What the discovery of Nefertiti’s tomb would mean for the Egyptian economy.

Egyptian police kill Sudanese refugees


This video says about itself:

Police forces break up a demonstration against austerity measures in Sudan

7 July 2012

Hundreds of Sudanese protesters have been forced to abandon demonstrations against the President Omar al-Bashir and the government’s tough austerity measures, as police fired volleys of teargas at them in Khartoum.

After killing refugees in Turkey … after refugee killing in Bulgaria … after Egyptian police killed terrorists … whoops-a-daisy, tourists

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Police kill 15 trying to cross border into Israel

Monday 16th November 2015

EGYPTIAN police killed 15 Sudanese refugees trying to cross the border into Israel yesterday and wounded eight more.

Police opened fire on the migrants after they ignored warning shots and sprinted toward the border fence in the north of the Sinai Peninsula.

Most of the wounded were in serious condition after they suffered wounds to the chest and stomach.

The incident took place at a crossing about 12 miles south of Rafah on the border with the Israeli-occupied Gaza Strip.

It was also the deadliest incident involving Sudanese citizens since the 2005 clearance of a Cairo refugee camp.

There are more than 45,000 African refugees in Israel, including many from Sudan.

The government claims they are economic migrants whose growing numbers threaten the country’s Jewish character.

Britain’s Cameron welcomes Egyptian dictator Sisi


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Egyptian Female Activist Shaima al-Sabbagh Killed By Police In Tahrir Square Protest

24 January 2015

Shocking Moment: female socialist activist is gunned down by police during demonstrations on 4th anniversary of Arab Spring [against] Hosni Mubarak

A woman was killed on Saturday in Cairo after the police fired shotgun pellets at a handful of socialist activists marching to Tahrir Square with flowers to commemorate the hundreds of demonstrators killed there during the revolution that began on Jan 25 2011, witnesses said.

A health ministry spokesman said Shaima al-Sabbagh died of birdshot wounds, which fellow protesters said were fired by police to disperse the march. Al Sabbagh who was said to be 34 years old with a five year old son, was shot while she peacefully marched towards the Tahrir Square to lay a commemorative wreath of roses.

Egyptian activists shared graphic images of Ms. Sabbagh’s last moments on social networks. Photographs and video recorded before the police moved in seemed to show the protesters, including Ms. Sabbagh, standing peacefully outside the Air France KLM office in Talaat Harb Square near Tahrir. As officers charged at the protesters, guns drawn, shots rang out and Ms. Sabbagh fell to the pavement. Al-Sabbagh was taken to a hospital where she was declared dead.

By Luke James in Britain:

Jeremy Corbyn slams PM for red carpet welcome for Egyptian President Sissi

Thursday 5th November 2015

JEREMY CORBYN has accused David Cameron of displaying “contempt” for democracy and human rights by “rolling out the red carpet” for Egyptian president Abdel Fatah el-Sissi.

The Prime Minister will today welcome the former head of Egypt’s army, who ousted democratically elected Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013, to No 10 to discuss “security co-operation” over Libya.

Labour’s leader will not meet Mr Sissi and has criticised Mr Cameron for hosting a “coup leader” accused of human rights abuses.

Amnesty International report that hundreds have been sentenced to death after “grossly unfair trials,” while thousands more have been arrested in a “crackdown on dissent.”

And in a statement ahead of the visit, Mr Corbyn said the invitation “makes a mockery of government claims to be promoting peace and justice in the region.”

Support for dictatorial regimes in the Middle East has been a key factor fuelling the spread of terrorism,” he added.

“Rather than rolling out the red carpet to President Sissi, the Prime Minister should suspend arms exports to Egypt until democratic and civil rights are restored.”

Downing Street has insisted “no issues are off the table” when asked whether Mr Cameron would raise human rights abuses.

Campaign Against the Arms Trade (Caat) last night staged a protest over the visit outside Downing Street.

The Con-Dem government presided over a total of £156 million worth of arms sales to Egypt, according to Caat.

Spokesman Andrew Smith said: “If the government cares about human rights and democracy then it must end arms sales to Egypt and put a stop to the political support that bolsters the regime.”

Top Tory slams David Cameron’s decision to invite Egyptian president al-Sisi to the UK. Crispin Blunt, chairman of the influential Foreign Affairs Select Committee, says no one should be in any doubt the price Egypt has paid for President al-Sisi’s crackdown on dissent in his bid to bring stability to the country: here.

DAVID CAMERON came under attack yesterday from a senior member of his own party for his decision to invite Egyptian President Abdel Fatah el-Sissi to Britain. Commons foreign affairs committee chairman Crispin Blunt told MPs that Mr Sissi must be held accountable for the deaths and imprisonment of opposition activists since 2013, when the army overthrew then president Mohammed Morsi following mass protests: here.

Egyptian dictator al-Sisi feted by UK government: here.

In echoes of Britain’s support of Saddam Hussein in the 1980s along with the US, and Margaret Thatcher’s thanks to August Pinochet for “bringing democracy to Chile”, Britain will host Egyptian junta leader Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi on a state visit in November: here.

Egypt’s military intelligence summoned investigative journalist Hossam Baghat this AM: here.

“In my opinion you have an impressive president,” said the German economics minister, vice chancellor and Social Democratic Party (SPD) chairman, Sigmar Gabriel, in reference to the Egyptian despot Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Gabriel made the remark during a press conference last Sunday in the Egyptian capital of Cairo: here.

Cameron, don’t invite Egyptian dictator Sisi, British Labourites say


This video says about itself:

Egyptian Female Activist Shaima al-Sabbagh Killed By Police In Tahrir Square Protest

24 January 2015

Shocking Moment: female socialist activist is gunned down by police during demonstrations on 4th anniversary of Arab Spring [against] Hosni Mubarak

A woman was killed on Saturday in Cairo after the police fired shotgun pellets at a handful of socialist activists marching to Tahrir Square with flowers to commemorate the hundreds of demonstrators killed there during the revolution that began on Jan 25 2011, witnesses said.

A health ministry spokesman said Shaima al-Sabbagh died of birdshot wounds, which fellow protesters said were fired by police to disperse the march. Al Sabbagh who was said to be 34 years old with a five year old son, was shot while she peacefully marched towards the Tahrir Square to lay a commemorative wreath of roses.

Egyptian activists shared graphic images of Ms. Sabbagh’s last moments on social networks. Photographs and video recorded before the police moved in seemed to show the protesters, including Ms. Sabbagh, standing peacefully outside the Air France KLM office in Talaat Harb Square near Tahrir. As officers charged at the protesters, guns drawn, shots rang out and Ms. Sabbagh fell to the pavement. Al-Sabbagh was taken to a hospital where she was declared dead.

From daily The Independent in Britain today:

Jeremy Corbyn‘s Labour wants the government to cancel its invitation to Egypt’s Abdel Fatteh al-Sisi

by Evan Bartlett

Two senior figures in Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour shadow cabinet have added their names to a letter calling on the government to withdraw its invitation to Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, and Diane Abbott, the shadow secretary of state for international development, are among 55 signatories to an open letter in Tuesday’s Guardian newspaper.

The letter states that the signatories – which include politicians, journalists, activists and academics – are “concerned to hear that the government has invited the Egyptian dictator, Field Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, to visit the UK” which could happen as early as next week.

“We believe it violates the British values which the government claims to champion to welcome a ruler who has overthrown an elected government and instituted a regime of terror which has thrown back the cause of democracy in Egypt and the wider Middle East many years.”

Corbyn is also believed to be opposed to the invitation of Sisi. Speaking to Middle East Eye in August, the Labour leader said:

I would not have invited [Sisi] to the UK because of my concerns over the use of the death penalty in Egypt and the treatment of people who were part of the former government of Morsi, which was elected, and the continued imprisonment of President Morsi.

Jeremy Corbyn

The Labour leader was criticised by the Saudi ambassador to London on Monday, in an article for the Telegraph that human rights campaigners called “disingenuous, evasive and intimidatory”, for apparently “breaching respect” after calling on the Conservative government to cancel a prison training contract with the Saudi regime – which it did last week.

The invitation to Sisi was extended in July, the day after the Egyptian regime upheld a death sentence on former democratically-elected president Mohamed Morsi.

Fire Brigades Union throws weight behind Corbyn with historic vote to reaffiliate to Labour. JEREMY CORBYN welcomed firefighters back to Labour last night, saying their vote to reaffiliate marked a “milestone in the building of our new politics and our labour movement”: here.

Sisi regime kills Egyptian, Mexican terrorists … oops, tourists


This 14 September 2015 video says about itself:

Egypt Police Kill Tourists: At least five Mexicans taken to Cairo hospital.

From the BBC today:

Mexican tourists killed by Egyptian security forces

10 minutes ago

Security forces in Egypt have mistakenly killed 12 people, including Mexican tourists, during an anti-terror operation, the interior ministry says.

Maybe Tony Blair, extremely well-paid adviser to the Sisi dictatorship in Egypt, has advised the Egyptian regime to have a very broad definition of who is a ‘terrorist’? After all, the words ‘terrorist’ and ‘tourist’ both have the letters t, r and i. [sarcasm off]

The tourists were travelling in four vehicles that entered a restricted zone in the Wahat area of the Western Desert, a ministry statement said.

Ten Mexicans and Egyptians were also injured and are being treated in a local hospital.

The ministry said it had formed a team to investigate the incident.

Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto condemned the incident and said he had “demanded an exhaustive investigation by the Egyptian government”.

The Mexican foreign ministry confirmed that at least two of its nationals had been killed and said it was working to confirm the identities of the other victims.

In a statement, it said Mexico’s ambassador in Egypt, Jorge Alvarez Fuentes, had visited the local hospital and spoken to five Mexicans who were in a stable condition.

‘Mistakenly dealt with’

The statement (in Arabic) from Egypt’s interior ministry said the four vehicles the tourists were travelling in were “mistakenly dealt with” during a joint military police and armed forces operation.

It said the incident happened on Sunday in an area that “was off limits to foreign tourists”, but it did not give an exact location.

The group of tourists was preparing to camp out in the vast Western Desert when they came under fire.

According to the interior ministry’s statement, the security forces were pursuing Islamic militants in the desert, and targeted the four vehicles which were away from the main road with an Apache helicopter, which shot and hit the four vehicles.

The tour company transporting the tourists “did not have permits and did not inform authorities”, tourism ministry spokesman Rasha Azaz told the Associated Press news agency.

But a local source – who claims to have spoken to one of the drivers for the tour group – told the BBC that they had liaised with the authorities and even had a police escort.

The vast Western Desert area is popular with foreign sightseers, but is also attractive to militants, reports the BBC’s Orla Guerin in Cairo.

Last month, a Croatian engineer was beheaded there by the so-called Islamic State (IS).

The area – which borders Libya – is a gateway to the long border and weapons are available on the other side, our correspondent adds.

ISIS terrorists are now in Libya (and Egypt) because of NATO’s ‘humanitarian’ war on Libya, as the Tunisian government has remarked. And they are able to get some undeserved support from some people in Egypt because the Sisi dictatorship is not an attractive alternative.

UPDATE: surviving tourists say that the Egyptian air force attacked them with aircraft and helicopters.

An Egyptian government Apache helicopter gunship targeted a convoy of vehicles carrying foreign tourists in Egypt’s Western Desert on Sunday, destroying four vehicles and killing 12 people, including at least eight Mexican nationals. At least one American citizen may also have been among those killed in the incident, according to the US State Department: here.

Sharm el-Sheikh flight from Stansted dodged missile last August. Thomson Airways plane heading to Egyptian resort forced to take evasive action after projectile [probably fired by Egyptian army] spotted by pilot, British government confirms: here.