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Tourists Killed in Egypt Bus Bombing Were Devout Christians Who Had Saved for Years to Make Pilgrimage to Biblical Land

“My mother was a devout Christian…I don’t know how such a thing could happen.”


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After Obama suspends aid to Egypt, Cairo opens dialogue with Moscow

Obama has made an enemy of Egypt, a once reliable ally. After he suspended hundred of millions in military and other aid to punish the people of Egypt for throwing off the yoke of Islamic tyranny by the Muslim Brotherhood, they are turning to Russia.

Who can forget Obama's campaign promise of refurbishing America's image across the world and how determined he was to establish good relationships with foreign governments? Instead, he has made an enemy of almost every good ally the US has. Media coverage on this aspect of his failed presidency remains non-existent. 

Our 30-year relationship with our most critical ally in the Middle East (outside of Israel) is DOA.  Like the Christians in Syria, Egypt is turning to Russia as the whole world remakes and realigns itself in the post-American era.

"With U.S. security ties suspended, Cairo opens dialogue with Moscow" World Tribune, October 20, 2013

CAIRO — Egypt, in wake of a suspension of U.S. military aid, has turned to Russia for enhanced defense and intelligence cooperation.

Officials said Egypt and Russia have been conducting a high-level military dialogue amid the crisis with the United States.

The officials said Egyptian Defense Minister Abdul Fatah Sisi was mulling Russian offers of defense and military cooperation.

“Russia has always tried to sell Egypt advanced systems, but this might be more realistic given current circumstances,” an official said.

On Oct. 28, Russian military intelligence chief Gen. Vacheslav Kondrasco arrived in Cairo for what officials said marked an effort to renew a strategic dialogue between the Kremlin and Egypt.

Officials said Kondrasco was discussing Egypt’s military requirements and the prospect of Russian arms sales. Russia was the leading military supplier to Egypt in the 1960s and 1970s.

The visit by Kondrasco came in wake of the U.S. suspension of major arms
sales to Egypt. Under the suspension, Egypt saw a halt to the U.S. delivery
of F-16 multi-role fighters, AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopters and
M1A1 main battle tanks.

“The visit does not mean that Egypt no longer wants U.S. or Western
cooperation,” the official said.

Officials said Egypt, which received $ 1.3 billion in annual U.S.
military aid, has expressed interest in cooperation with Moscow. They cited
joint defense production, military exercises and intelligence exchange.

Kondrasco was said to have met Sisi as well as Chief of Staff Gen. Sidqi
Sobhi. Officials said both countries regarded the visit as having strategic
implications for Egypt.

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Egypt Bans Muslim Brotherhood

An Egypt court has ordered the Muslim Brotherhood banned and all of its assets confiscated, the Associated Press is reporting, following the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

The Muslim Brotherhood was outlawed for much of its 85-year existence but was allowed to emerge from the shadows after former Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak was removed from office in 2011.

The court’s ruling can be appealed, according to the AP.

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Report: Obama Administration Secretly Suspends Military Aid to Egypt

The Obama administration has secretly cut off military aid to Egypt, according to a spokesman for Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.).

David Carle told the Daily Beast that Sen. Leahy’s “understanding is that aid to the Egyptian military has been halted, as required by law.” Leahy is the chairman of the Senate Appropriations State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee.

Report: Obama Administration Secretly Suspends Military Aid to Egypt

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., arrives as his panel questions top Obama administration officials about the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs for the first time since the House narrowly rejected a proposal last week to effectively shut down the NSA’s secret collection of hundreds of millions of Americans’ phone records, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 31, 2013. Credit: AP

“The decision was we’re going to avoid saying it was a coup, but to stay on the safe side of the law, we are going to act as if the designation has been made for now,” another official told The Daily Beast. “By not announcing the decision, it gives the administration the flexibility to reverse it.”

The Obama administration has not publicly announced any plans to place an official hold on U.S. aid to Egypt.

Obama spoke publicly just once during his vacation, against the violence in Egypt that left scores of people dead. The White House is currently reconsidering all U.S. assistance to Egypt, and “will consider additional steps as we deem necessary,” National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said Sunday.

Further, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Monday that about $ 585 million of $ 1.23 billion in U.S. Foreign Military Financing to Egypt for the year remains “unobligated.”

 

(H/T: HuffPost)

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Middle East Expert Erick Stakelbeck Warns: ‘There Is a Bullseye on the Back of Every Christian Living in Egypt’

Erick Stakelbeck, author of “The Brotherhood: America’s Next Great Enemy,” discussed the widespread attacks on Christians in Egypt in recent days on TheBlaze TV on Friday.

“Christians, in the birthplace of Christianity, are on the run,” he said.  “What we’re seeing right now in Egypt is literally a pogrom, where Christians are systematically being targeted.”

Things were bad under Mubarakm he said, but “it has intensified to horrific new levels since the so-called Arab Spring broke out two and a half years ago.”

Erick Stakelbeck Speaks About Violence Against Christians in Egypt on TheBlaze TV

A picture taken on August 14, 2013, shows the facade of the Prince Tadros Coptic church after being torched by unknown assailants in the central Egyptian city of Minya. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Stakelbeck tied the recent attacks on Christians to what happened to the country’s Jewish community in the 1930′s.

“In 1933 there were some 80,000 Jews in Egypt,” he said.  “Today, there are less than 100.”

How did that happen?  Stakelbeck explained: “In the mid to late 1930′s, the Muslim Brotherhood started to gain power and they closely collaborated with the Nazis.  The Brotherhood worked with Hitler’s war machine to extend the final solution from Europe to the Jews of the Middle East in North Africa…Today, they want to carry that over to the Christian population.”

He suggested the United States speak firmly on the issue, instead of “urging restraint on both sides,” as the administration did after roughly a dozen Christians were “mowed down in the streets of Cairo” in October of 2011.

“Right now there is a bullseye on the back of every Christian living in Egypt,” he warned.

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‘Go home, White House, you’re drunk’: WH keeps laser-like focus on Biden and a camel as Egypt burns [pic]

Hey, guys, get it? Get it? The White House is, like, totally hip and stuff. It’s Hump Day! That Geico ad with the camel? The White House is on it. Isn’t that hi-freakin-larious?

If a still image of Uncle Joe Biden palling around with a camel wasn’t enough, the White House Tumblr has the animated version.

Meanwhile, churches in Egypt are being set ablaze and dozens have been killed in Wednesday violence.

Seriously. A camel.

Are you wearing your shocked face?

Fixed it for ya!

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Mother Stages Daring Undercover Mission to Egypt to Rescue Daughter Abducted by Husband

Two years ago, Alex Abou-El-Ella’s Egyptian-born husband Mustafa told her he was taking their baby daughter to visit friends. When he never came back to their home in England, Alex discovered that her husband had kidnapped their daughter and whisked her away on a flight to Egypt.

Now, the mom has reportedly gotten her daughter back after staging a daring rescue mission that involved flying secretly to Egypt, cloaking herself from head to toe in a traditional robe and veil, and grabbing her daughter when she was on a walk with an Egyptian relative.

Mother Stages Daring Undercover Mission to Egypt to Rescue Daughter Abducted by Husband

Alex Abou-El-Ella disguised herself in traditional Egyptian clothing to rescue her daughter Mona. (Baby photo of Mona from Facebook via the Telegraph)

Alex tells the British publication the Sunday People that she enlisted the help of author Donya Al-Nahi who has been described in the media as “Jane Bond” for her past rescue missions of children of British mothers abducted by their foreign-born fathers.

The two discovered the pre-school where Mona was enrolled and the apartment block where the now three-year-old was living.

Alex tells the Sunday People that she donned the conservative Muslim garb despite the extreme summer heat. She and her helper Al-Nahi hired a driver, arrived at the village Kafr el-Dawwar in the Nile Delta and staked out the apartment complex early one morning. Shortly before 9am, they saw Mona walking with a woman and another child.

“I got out of the car but I’m not used to wearing the long dresses so I kept pulling it up and walking funny,” Alex said. “I was walking behind them, faster and faster, and saw Mona’s hand a few meters away from me.”

The 29-year-old mother explains that she struggled to avoid tripping on the long garb.

“I grabbed her, pulled her into my arms and the lady looked at my face – but all she could see were my eyes. She started screaming and fell over on the floor. She even left her son to one side and screamed,” Alex recounts.

“I had Mona in my arms and ran to the car. But the door was locked. It’s automatic so when the car stops it’s locked and I couldn’t open it. I was panicking but Donya managed to open it and pull Mona in. She then pulled me in but we couldn’t close the door and I felt the woman breathing on my back. I just screamed, ‘Drive,’” she added.

Mona called out for her “Mummy” but was referring to the other woman.

“I cried for days because the moment I took her I heard Mona scream out to the woman in Arabic, ‘Mum, help me, Mum,’” Alex says. “I felt shocked and upset to hear those words coming out of her mouth about another woman. “But after half an hour she looked up at me and said, ‘Are you my mum?’”

From there, they made the three-hour drive to Cairo International Airport, but the drama wasn’t yet over.

Polish-born Alex was worried they would be barred from leaving by Egyptian immigration authorities. She came prepared with the Polish passport of her older child who has a different last name and then bribed an airport official to allow them to board a flight to London without going through the usual checks.

They arrived safely in London almost two weeks ago, and unlike the treatment she received, Alex has informed Mustafa that she now has their daughter.

The Sunday People reports that the couple met when the Egyptian immigrant was running a fast food stall in Slough. She told the paper that he “treated her like a princess.”

They moved in together and in 2009 married at the local registry three months before their daughter was born.

Alex says she converted to Islam, but never practiced the religion.

Of the night Mustafa absconded with their child, Alex said she had not suspected anything was amiss.

She said, “The police said he went straight to the airport, bought a ticket and boarded the plane. Mona was named on his Egyptian passport but by law each individual has to have their own travel documents and hers were at home.”

“I want to know how he managed to get through border control at Heathrow without proper ones,” she says. “If a child buys cigarettes they ask for ID – but when a child is taken through border control they don’t seem to care.”

Alex explains that before devising the rescue plan, she had little hope of ever retrieving her daughter. British authorities had told her that they were powerless to get Mona back, while estranged husband Mustafa at times threatened her over the phone that he would never allow her to see Mona again.

Donya Al-Nahi reportedly did not take money for her services and was motivated only by the principle, saying “You only have one mother and no one has a right to take you away from your mum. But Alex was the real hero here. She took the girl.”

In a 2003 profile of her, the New York Times wrote, “To her surprise, she discovered there was a demand for her services, in part because of the growing number of British women marrying men from Muslim countries, which, in a some cases, has led to irreparable culture clashes.”

In April, TheBlaze reported on a similar rescue operation this time carried out by a Pennsylvania woman, Kalliope “Kalli” Atteya, who tracked down her son Niko after her ex-husband Mohammed wouldn’t let him leave Egypt during a family visit.

This spring, like Alex, Atteya put on a burqa that revealed only her eyes and then grabbed Niko as he was getting off the Egyptian school bus.

(H/T: The Telegraph)

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Egypt Severs Diplomatic Relations with Syria

CAIRO (TheBlaze/AP) — Egypt’s Islamist president says he is cutting off diplomatic relations with Syria and has ordered that the Damascus Embassy in Cairo be closed.

Mohammed Morsi told thousands of supporters in a rally held on Saturday that his government is also withdrawing the Egyptian charge d’affaires from Damascus.

Egypt Severs Diplomatic Relations with Syria

Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi speaks on Ethiopia’s Nile dam project at a conference in Cairo. (Credit: AP)

Morsi also called on Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant group to leave Syria, where the Iranian-backed Shiite group has been fighting alongside troops loyal to embattled President Bashar Assad against the mostly Sunni rebels.

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Kerry Quietly Skirts Law Put in Place by Congress, Sends Muslim Brotherhood-Controlled Egypt $1.3 Billion Gift

Secretary of State John Kerry last month secretly sent $ 1.3 billion in U.S. military aid to Muslim Brotherhood-controlled Egypt, waiving the restrictions put in place by Congress to withhold such aid unless the country could meet certain democracy standards.

“Under U.S. law, for the $ 1.3 billion to flow the secretary of state must certify that the Egyptian government ‘is supporting the transition to civilian government, including holding free and fair elections, implementing policies to protect freedom of expression, association and religion, and due process of law’,” Reuters reports.

Kerry’s quiet decision came before an Egyptian court this week sentenced 43 democracy workers, including 16 Americans, to up to five years in jail for working in NGOs not registered with the government. Critics of the restrictive government see the action as a crackdown on pro-democracy, non-governmental organizations.

In a May 9 memo, Kerry said that “we are not satisfied with the extent of Egypt’s progress and are pressing for a more inclusive democratic process and strengthening of key democratic institutions.” Yet the new secretary of state still decided to push the aid through.

U.S., John Kerry Allows Military Aid to Egypt Despite Rights Concerns

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, meets with Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Saturday, May 25, 2013. Credit: AP

Reuters was able to obtain a copy of the State Department’s notification of Kerry’s sneaky move, which was never released to the public.

“A strong U.S. security partnership with Egypt, underpinned by FMF (Foreign Military Financing), maintains a channel to Egyptian military leadership, who are key opinion makers in the country,” Kerry wrote in the memo.

“A decision to waive restrictions on FMF to Egypt is necessary to uphold these interests as we encourage Egypt to continue its transition to democracy,” he continued.

The unpopular memo was reportedly sent to congressional appropriations committees while some aides didn’t even know about its existence.

Under Hillary Clinton, the State Department last year also waived the restriction, however, it announced the decision and publicly defended its position to the media.

The Daily Beast’s Josh Rogin has more details:

The law that allows the State Department to give Egypt $ 1.3 billion each year in Foreign Military Financing (FMF) specifies that to get the money, the secretary of State must certify that Egypt is honoring its peace treaty with Israel as well as “supporting the transition to civilian government including holding free and fair elections; implementing policies to protect freedom of expression, association, and religion, and due process of law.”

Several members of Congress said this week that Egypt’s sentencing of American NGO workers, who were there to help Egypt build up its civil society and to promote democracy, flew in the face of that very law, meaning that Egypt should not get the money.

Stephen McInerney, executive director of the Project on Middle East Democracy, told The Daily Beast that it was “very alarming that no public statement was made by the secretary or the Department of State more broadly in conjunction with the waiving of these conditions.”

Do you think the U.S. should be providing more than $ 1 billion in aid to Muslim Brotherhood-controlled Egypt?

 

Featured image via Getty. This story has been updated.

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John Kerry Defends Obama Admin’s F-16 Gifts to Muslim Brotherhood-Ruled Egypt

John Kerry Defends Obama Admins F 16 Gifts to Muslim Brotherhood Ruled Egypt

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Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) on Thursday defended the Obama administration’s gift of four F-16 fighter jets to Egypt despite Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi’s newly-surfaced comments referring to Israelis as “descendents of apes and pigs.”

Kerry, during his confirmation hearing to be the next secretary of state, told Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) the foreign aid package was worked out in 2010 when Hosni Mubarak still ruled Egypt.

“The fact that sometimes other countries elect someone you don’t agree with doesn’t give us permission to walk away,” Kerry said.

He called Morsi’s comments “reprehensible” and “unacceptable by anyone’s standard.”

“Those comments set back possibilities of working towards mutual issues of mutual interest,” he said. “They are degrading comments, they’re unacceptable by anyone’s standard and I think they have to be apologized for.”

But he said despite Morsi’s words, Kerry said the U.S. has a “critical interest” in Egypt — hence following through on the aid package.

“Not everything lends itself to a simple classification, black or white,” Kerry said. “We have critical interests with Egypt, critical interests. Egypt has thus far supported, lived by peace agreements with Israel and has taken steps to deal with the problem of security in the Sinai. Those are vital to us, our security interests and the security interests of Israel.”

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