Monthly Archives: February 2013

U.S. lawmakers call for review of financial aid to Egypt

By | 2013-02-28T13:06:26+00:00 February 28th, 2013|News|

As President Mohamad Mursi opens national dialogue on the trajectory of Egypt, members of the United States House of Representatives do the same.    On Tuesday, the U.S. Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa held a hearing discussing the changes in Egypt over the last two years, and the future of

Head of Israel’s nuclear program has second laptop stolen

By | 2013-02-28T12:48:20+00:00 February 28th, 2013|News|

The head of Israel’s nuclear program, who has top secret information, the highest security clearance and free access to the country’s most guarded sensitive sites, recently had his second laptop stolen, Israeli media reported Thursday.   The laptop was taken from Shaul Horev’s family home, a military censor kept the news of the theft from

Al-Qaeda members detained in Istanbul, planned to attack synagogues and churches

By | 2013-02-28T12:37:27+00:00 February 28th, 2013|Reports|

11 al-Qaeda members have been detained in Istanbul following a raid by Turkey’s special forces, reported Sabah newspaper on Thursday.   The terrorists reportedly planned to launch attacks on the U.S. embassy in Turkey in addition to a number of synagogues and churches in the country.   Some 22 kilograms of explosives, five guns and

Ahmadinejad calls for closer Iranian-Egyptian ties in tourism sector

By | 2013-02-28T12:27:26+00:00 February 28th, 2013|News|

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called for the enhancement of bilateral relations between the Islamic Republic and Egypt in all areas, especially in the tourism sector.    Ahmadinejad met with visiting Egyptian Tourism Minister Hisham Zazou on Wednesday and said the expansion of Tehran-Cairo ties would ensure “peace, security and brotherhood,” reported local media site

Can Long-Struggling Detroit no Longer Govern Itself?

By | 2013-02-28T12:15:09+00:00 February 28th, 2013|News|

Residents of Detroit, a US city which has long been a poster child for urban decay, may lose the ability to govern themselves if their city council is replaced by a state-appointed technocrat.   Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is expected to name an emergency manager in the coming days in an effort to stave off

U.S. Senate confirms Chuck Hagel as new secretary of defense

By | 2013-02-27T16:59:10+00:00 February 27th, 2013|News|

The U.S. Senate voted to confirm Chuck Hagel on Tuesday as President Barack Obama’s new secretary of defense, ending the unprecedented Republican delaying maneuver on Hagel, a twice-wounded Vietnam combat veteran.   Senators backed the nomination by a 57-41 vote, as voting continued, with only about four Republicans joining Democrats in support of Hagel, a

Luxor balloon crash a new blow to battered Egypt tourism

By | 2013-02-27T16:06:13+00:00 February 27th, 2013|News|

Egypt’s ancient temple city of Luxor faces a crippling blow to its tourism industry, already reeling from unrest following the country’s uprising, after a horrific hot-air balloon crash that killed 19 tourists.   “The accident will have a devastating effect on tourism,” said Yasser al-Zambali, who owns the Dream Balloon company in Luxor, one of

‘Spontaneous’ Arab Riots a Message from PA to Obama

By | 2013-02-27T13:13:33+00:00 February 27th, 2013|News|

The “spontaneous” riots in Judea and Samaria in recent days are actually a message from the Palestinian Authority to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and United States President Barack Obama, IDF Major-General (ret.) Oren Shachor told Arutz Sheva.   “There’s something organized here, maybe for Obama’s visit. They’re interested in a breakthrough, and they want a

Egyptian Court Throws Out Case Calling to End Peace with Israel

By | 2013-02-27T13:03:47+00:00 February 27th, 2013|News|

The Cairo Administrative Court ruled on Tuesday that it has no jurisdiction over a lawsuit demanding the cancellation of the 1979 peace treaty between Egypt and Israel.   According to a report in the Egyptian daily Al-Masry Al-Youm, the court said the issue involves state sovereignty, which is under the president’s purview.   The plaintiffs

Iran Has ‘Plan B’ for Nuclear Bomb

By | 2013-02-27T12:48:23+00:00 February 27th, 2013|Reports|

Satellite images show that Iran's Arak heavy-water plan is operational, raising fears that it is trying to produce plutonium for a nuclear bomb, Britain's Daily Telegraph reported on Tuesday.   The newspaper published images on its website which appear to show steam rising from forced air coolers, suggesting heavy-water production at the plant, which has