U.S. bolsters Egyptian military regime as ousted president sentenced to death

first_imgOusted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi.Egypt’s military ruling class tightened its grip over the country on May 16 as three judges imposed death sentences on the former president, Mohamed Morsi, and 105 other people.Within hours, three other Egyptian judges and their driver were reportedly attacked and killed in North Sinai. Resistance has escalated in North Sinai over the last two years since the military ousted the elected government of Morsi and his Freedom and Justice Party.High-ranking officials of the current Egyptian regime have accused the Muslim Brotherhood of being involved in the attacks in North Sinai, a charge the organization has denied.Morsi and the 105 others were charged with, among other things, breaking out of prison during the waning days of the regime of former dictator Hosni Mubarak. Between Jan. 25 and Feb. 11, 2011, the Egyptian people rose up in rebellion against the Mubarak regime. The jailbreak by Morsi and his colleagues coincided with 18 straight days of mass demonstrations that ended when Mubarak was forced to resign.Morsi and his colleagues were also charged with supporting Hamas, the Palestinian resistance movement in Gaza. Tunnels located on the border of Sinai and Gaza and used to smuggle in food and construction items banned by Israel have been bombed repeatedly by the Israeli military as well as the Egyptian military, even during the tenure of President Morsi.The current Egyptian government, under former military leader Gen. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, has designated both the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas as terrorist organizations. Many of the defendants sentenced to death on May 15 were members of Hamas.According to Ahram Online, “Hamas spokesman Sami Abu-Zuhri said in a statement on [May 16] that the verdict was based on ‘false information,’ saying that some of those Hamas members who were convicted in absentia, including ‘martyrs Tayseer Abu-Senema and Hossam El-Sanea,’ were dead at the time the offenses were carried out. Abu-Zuhri said that others convicted have been in the ‘prisons of the occupation [Israel] for years, such as Hassan Salama, who has been imprisoned for 19 years.’”This decision has been condemned by many others throughout the world. Even Amnesty International said of the death sentences that they represented a “charade based on null and void procedures.”Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a rally in Istanbul: “The popularly elected president of Egypt … has unfortunately been sentenced to death” and accused the United States government of “turning a blind eye” to events in Egypt. (AFP)Although the U.S. State Department has said that it does not support the death sentences, the Obama administration is continuing its direct aid to the Egyptian government to the tune of $1.5 billion every year. The Pentagon and the Central Intelligence Agency coordinate their activities in North Africa and the Middle East with the Egyptian regime.Egyptian regime moves even closer to the WestThe regime of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi has become even more authoritarian and compliant with U.S. foreign policy objectives in the recent period. In Yemen and Libya, it has sought to bolster Washington’s foreign policy objectives. Cairo is allied with and dependent on Saudi Arabia and the oil-rich Gulf states, which are bombing Yemen.The al-Sisi regime has supported the bombing, which has killed several thousand Yemenis since March 25. The U.S. government is providing Saudi Arabia with intelligence coordination and the refueling of fighter jets, many of which were purchased from U.S. military contractors.In 2011, after the collapse of the Mubarak presidency, Egyptian special forces participated in the NATO war against Col. Moammar Gadhafi in neighboring Libya. Over the last few months, Egyptian war planes have bombed Libyan territory, adding to the chaos created over the last four years by the U.S. and European imperialists.A recent report by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy emphasized Egypt as a pivotal country in the region. It was written by a number of functionaries of the U.S. military and intelligence establishment, including Samuel Berger and Stephen Hadley, both former national security advisors; James Jeffrey, a former ambassador to Turkey and Iraq; Dennis Ross, a former White House special envoy to the Middle East; and Robert Satloff, director of the Institute.The article argues that “no strategy designed to bolster the state system in the Middle East is possible without a functioning U.S.-Egypt relationship.”While acknowledging the violations of human rights in Egypt today, the report suggests that the only way to engage the al-Sisi government on these issues is within “the context of an ongoing U.S.-Egypt relationship.” The authors urge even stronger military ties between Cairo and Washington.In a separate article related to Egypt’s involvement in the war against Yemen, Eric Tager of the Washington Institute wrote: “Entering the Yemen conflict also allows President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to fulfill his oft-stated promise to help protect Egypt’s Gulf allies, who have given Cairo approximately $23 billion since the July 2013 overthrow of Mohamed Morsi. Indeed, shortly after taking office [as president] in June 2014, Sisi declared that Gulf security was an ‘inseparable part of [Egypt’s] national security,’ and he recently called for establishing a joint Arab military force to defend the Gulf from regional threats. … Cairo has already announced preparations for further air operations against Houthi positions, and signaled that it will send ground troops and special units if necessary.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Hunters’ Chairman comes out fighting for Dominic Cummings

first_imgHome » News » COVID-19 news » Hunters’ Chairman comes out fighting for Dominic Cummings previous nextCOVID-19 newsHunters’ Chairman comes out fighting for Dominic CummingsMP for Thirsk and Malton says Cumming’s explanation of his rule breaking was ‘fair’ and urged those on Twitter to ‘move on’.Nigel Lewis26th May 20200834 Views Hunters Chairman and MP Kevin Hollinrake emerged last night as one of the key Tories to support Boris Johnson’s adviser Dominic Cummings following his sensational hour-long Downing Street press conference.Minutes after the event ended, Hollinrake tweeted that Cumming’s explanation of his movements and actions during the severest weeks of the lockdown were: “Detailed and fair explanation of events, in my view, time to move on”.Unfortunately for the Thirsk and Malton MP, many of his 1,997 followers and others on Twitter did not move on, and his missive, as well as being liked 2,500 times and retweeted 937 times, attracted 3,000 mostly critical comments.Away from Twitter, Hollinrake was joined by several high profile government ministers and MPs who strongly supported Cummings, including housing secretary Robert Jenrick – who in April was accused of breaking Coronavirus travel rules himself – plus Chief Whip Mark Spencer and Minister for the Cabinet Office Michael Gove, although at the time of writing housing minister Christopher Pincher had not joined in.Jenrick’s Labour shadow Thangam Debonnaire took a more critical approach, tweeting that: “In the last 48 hours I’ve had 199 emails re: PM’s advisor and his alleged actions, and the PM’s response.“Very distressing reading. People who have experienced heart-breaking struggle with their family responsibilities. All stuck to the rules. All feel betrayed.”Tim Farron, the Liberal Democrat housing spokesperson, said: “Look, I had Covid 19 and I have kids too. Thousands of others have been in the same situation. We followed the guidelines that [Cummings] helped write to keep others safe. While he stays, the government’s messages will be disdained and flouted – and people will die as a result.”Dominic cummings Kevin Hollinrake Dexters May 26, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Oil and Gas Commission opens office in D.C.

first_imgThe BC Oil and Gas Commission will be opening a new office in Dawson Creek.The office will house inspection staff and landowner assistance with extra room to grow.Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Blair Lekstrom says he was trying to get an office in the South Peace for some time.- Advertisement -He says planning for the office goes back one year and took a team effort to establish.last_img

SEA Games: Cray settles for silver in 100m dash

first_imgView comments NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Khairul Jantan of Malaysia wins 100m dash. Eric Cray of the Philippines (right) comes in second. Photo from @KL2017 Twitter/MASOCKUALA LUMPUR — Nineeteen-year-old Khairul Jantan of Malaysia stunned Filipino defending champion Eric Cray to capture the men’s 100-meter dash Tuesday night in the 29th Southeast Asian Games.Cray, who ran in the 400m hurdles just one hour before the century dash final, stumbled across the finish line in an attempt to catch up with hometown bet who clearly got there first.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo READ: SEA Games: Cray strikes gold in 400m hurdlesJantan clocked 10.38 seconds, while Cray wound up with a time of 10.43 to settle for silver in the event that he won two years ago in Singapore.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingJantan and Cray figured in a head-to-head battle but the Malaysian soon established a half-stride lead going into the last 10 meters.READ: Cray wins 400m hurdles by a nose with focus on century dash MOST READ Cray wins 400m hurdles by a nose with focus on century dash Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Obviously, Cray was too tired to put in his 100 percent as he was still recovering the 400m hurdles that he won.Zion Corrales Nelson didn’t place in the women’s century, an event the Philippines won in 2015 through Kayla Richardson who opted to concentrate on 200m and relays.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimlast_img read more

Pakistans participation in Asian Athletics in doubt

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 21 (PTI) Pakistans participation in the Asian Athletics Championships, to be held in Bhubaneswar from July 6-9, remained uncertain as the government was yet to clear the visas of its contingent. With the deadline of making final entry of athletes having ended yesterday, athletes from neighbouring countries are set to start arriving here in the next few days, but the Indian government is yet to grant visas to the Pakistani athletes. Athletics Federation of India (AFI) president Adille Sumariwalla said that the organisers are awaiting a response from the government on the matter. “We have invited Pakistan for the championships. Under International Olympic Committee Protocol, you have to send invitation to all countries. Pakistan has sent their entries and we have forwarded the name of their athletes and their passports to government. We are awaiting a response from the government,” Sumariwalla said at a press conference here today. “India played with Pakistani teams in cricket and hockey (outside India). So, the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of External Affairs will take a call on the participation of Pakistan in Asian Athletics Championships,” he added. Reports emanating from Pakistan said that they have sent entries of at least half a dozen athletes for the championships and have applied for visas early this month. Due to the worsening relation between the two neighbouring countries, Pakistan could not take part in the Asian Wrestling Championships here and Asian Snooker Championships in Chennai last month as their players could not get visas.advertisementLast December, the Pakistan hockey team was not granted visas for the FIH Junior World Cup in Lucknow. India has also refused to play bilateral cricket with Pakistan and the countrys sports minister has even gone on record that “terrorism and sports cant go along and Pakistan should understand that”. Pakistani athletes took part in the 2013 Asian Championships held in Pune. More than 800 athletes from 45 countries will take part in the event to be held at the renovated Kalinga Stadium, making it the biggest ever Asian Championships. This is the third time India is hosting the Asian Championships after New Delhi (1989) and Pune (2013). At least 10 athletes, who are either medallists of Rio Olympics or World Championships, will take part in the Asian flagship event. Rio hammer throw gold winner Dilshod Nazarov of Tajikistan, Olympics 3000m steeplechase winner Ruth Jebet of Bahrain and top Qatari high jumper Mutaz Essa Barshim are among those who are set to take part. The gold medal winners in the 42 events of the championships will get a direct entry into the World Championships to be held in London in August. The Odisha government, which is organising the championships, has spent Rs 59 crore. India will field 168 athletes, the biggest among the participating countries, while China and Japan will send 96 and 78. India will announce its final entries next week. “With nearly 1100 athletes and officials coming for the event, it is going to be the biggest ever Asian Championships and I hope this will also be the most successful one,” said Sumariwalla, an 100m Olympian and national champion himself. Asked about Indias chances in the championships, he said, “We won 13 medals (4 gold, 4 silver, 4 bronze) in 2015 Asian Championships in Wuhan, China. We will get more gold, more medals, but I feel we will still finish at third.” Sumariwalla praised the Odisha government and its officials for renovating the Kalinga Stadium in a record time of three months, after the original venue, Ranchi, pulled out due to financial reasons. “Ranchi got the hosting rights in 2015 but in March they pulled out. We were thinking where will we hold the event. It was a matter of pride for the country. “Sports Secretary Injeti Srinivas suggested we should look at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar. We went there but I found there nothing except for a ground without any running track. But on March 30, Odisha government said they will host the championships,” the AFI president said. “Once they decided to host the event, I was amazed at the commitment, honesty and transparency of the team of officials who worked day and night to prepare a world class stadium in record time of three months. A brand new synthetic track and another practice track was laid. From the incredible work they had done, I told myself that this country can do amazing things if we want to.” The executive council of the Asian Athletics Association will meet in Bhubaneswar on July 4 and the AAA Congress will be held the next day. The opening ceremony of the championships will be held on July 5. International Athletics Federation president Sebastian Coe will attend the AAA council meeting and also the Congress. PTI PDS AH PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

2017 Masters Trans Tasman Nominations

first_imgFollowing the decision last year to postpone the April 2017 Masters Trans Tasman, we would like to advise the rescheduled dates for the 2017 Masters Trans Tasman Series and further nomination information.The Masters Trans Tasman Series has now been scheduled for September 14th to 18th 2017 in Kawana, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, in conjunction with the National Youth Championships at Sunshine Coast Stadium.Due to the 2017 World Masters Games, we have resolved with Touch New Zealand that the divisions for this event will be: Women 27s, Men’s 30’s, the 40s and 50s.The date change has necessitated some changes to the selection and training camp timelines previously communicated in 2016. This attached document outlines the new nomination and selection process for the Australian Master’s Teams for the period – March 2017 to September 2017.TFA will again implement a Master’s Selection/Training Program, whereby players are required to nominate for selection. Training Squads will be selected after the 2017 NTL and players will then participate in selection and training camps in the lead up to the international event.Please note: ALL interested players must submit a nomination for this event, regardless of previous nominations in 2016.More detailed information on the actual tour will become available in the next few months. However, indicative costs for a player levy based on previous international events held in Australia would be in the area of $1500.For further information please click on the link below. Download more 2017 Masters Trans Tasman information here. Related Links2017 Masters Trans Tasmanlast_img read more

10 months agoArsenal watching Keylor Navas situation at Real Madrid

first_imgArsenal watching Keylor Navas situation at Real Madridby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal are watching Keylor Navas’ situation at Real Madrid.Arsenal are considering a move for want-away Navas.Fichajes says the Gunners want long-term competition for Bernd Leno.Petr Cech is reaching the twilight of his career, and Navas is keen to leave the Spanish capital after struggling for game time.An end of season move is the most likely option being discussed. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img


first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Steven Galloway, the author and former chair of the University of British Columbia’s creative writing program, has been awarded $167,000 in damages for statements that violated his privacy rights. The damages are in connection with two grievances filed after he was terminated in 2016 amid allegations of misconduct.“UBC accepts the decision of the arbitrator appointed to look into two grievances filed by the Faculty Association on behalf of Steven Galloway,” the university said Friday in a short statement to the Star.Galloway is the author of the books The Cellist of Sarajevo, which was nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, among others, and The Confabulist, which was shortlisted for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize.center_img The grievances were heard by arbitrator John B. Hall. The first, dated Dec. 9, 2015, was filed after UBC announced in a memo sent out to students that Galloway was being suspended. It referred to “serious allegations” against him but did not give specifics, fuelling speculation. It noted there would be an investigation. Login/Register With: Author Steven Galloway was awarded damages as a result of two grievances filed by the UBC faculty association on his behalf. (KIM STALLKNECHT) Twitterlast_img read more

Giancarlo Stanton Will Need To Slug Like Barry Bonds To Beat Roger

2007Prince FielderMIL351550 2006Ryan HowardPHI411758 2001Barry BondsSF492473✓ 2007Alex RodriguezNYY391554✓ 2010Jose BautistaTOR361854 Want a late-season home run barrage? Juice up.MLB players who hit the most home runs before the end of the season after hitting 35 or more home runs through 116 games 1998Sammy SosaCHC432366✓ 1999Sammy SosaCHC461763✓ HOME RUNS That means Stanton will need the kind of performance not seen since the steroid era to beat Maris’s old record — a tall order, even for one of history’s greatest power hitters. Of course, maybe juiced balls are the equivalent of steroids for today’s batters, which would certainly boost Stanton’s odds. Either way, to get there, he’ll have to stay nearly as hot as he’s been in this recent streak over the entire rest of the year.Check out our latest MLB predictions. 1990Cecil FielderDET351651 Based on 72 hitters. For 162-game seasons only. Implication of PED use based on the Mitchell Report, failed drug tests and player admissions.Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, Lahman database 2001Sammy SosaCHC412364✓ 1998Ken Griffey Jr.SEA411556 1961Roger MarisNYY441761 1998Mark McGwireSTL462470✓ 1997Ken Griffey Jr.SEA362056 Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton is on some kind of hot streak. With yet another home run on Sunday (he’s homered in four straight games and nine times this month), Stanton now has 42 on the 2017 season — and 21 in his last 33 games. Just when it looked like Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees was going to usurp Stanton’s crown as the game’s top power hitter, Stanton has reclaimed it with a vengeance.Stanton’s season is already historic; only 11 times in the 162-game-schedule era1Since 1961. has a batter hit 42 or more home runs in his team’s first 116 ballgames. But Stanton can set his sights on another historic mark: the pre-steroids single-season home run record of 61, set by Roger Maris in 1961.Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Barry Bonds later surpassed Maris’s mark.2Bonds holds the current record with 73 home runs, set in 2001. But McGwire and Sosa either admitted to or tested positive for using performance-enhancing drugs, and Bonds was mentioned prominently in the Mitchell Report (which investigated the use of steroids in baseball), thus tainting their accomplishments in the eyes of many fans. So for Stanton, breaking Maris’s “record” would bring cachet even if it isn’t technically the record anymore.And by the numbers alone, Stanton — who needs 20 more home runs by the end of the season to best Maris — has an outside shot at the feat. For every batter who hit at least 35 homers in the first 116 games of a 162-game season,3This sample included 72 players. I recorded how many homers each managed over the rest of the season. About 11 percent managed to hit at least 20 more home runs. 2002Alex RodriguezTEX372057✓ 1999Mark McGwireSTL442165✓ So there’s a chance. But if you look at who did the homering over the rest of the season, Stanton’s odds might need to be adjusted downward more than a little. Of the eight hitter-seasons in our sample with 20 or more home runs between Game 116 and season’s end, all came in the steroid era, and only one — the great Ken Griffey Jr. — belonged to a player never associated with performance-enhancing drug use. The most by a recent player was the 18 late-season homers that Jose Bautista hit in 2010. YEARPLAYERTEAMTHROUGH 116 GAMESREST OF SEASONTOTALPEDS? 1997Mark McGwireOAK/STL352358✓ read more

Messi would have won the World Cup with Brazil – Roberto

first_imgBrazil legend Roberto Carlos believes that Lionel Messi’s desire to win the World Cup is something that not even he can achieve by himself and feels that the Argentine has just been unlucky with the team he hasThe Barcelona superstar played an integral role in guiding Argentina to the final of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, but fell at the final hurdle with Germany grabbing an extra-time winner to lift football’s most prestigious trophy.Since then, Messi has lost a further two Copa America finals with Argentina and came very close to finishing his international career in 2016.But Carlos, who won the 2002 World Cup with Brazil, feels that Messi has largely just been unlucky not to have the kind of team that would be able to win the tournament alongside him.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).The former Real Madrid left-back suggested that if Messi was Brazilian he would have already have won it.“If Messi were Brazilian then he’d already have a World Cup,” Carlos told TyC Sports, via Marca.The 45-year-old was then asked which current stars he would like to play and he named the following three players:Cristiano RonaldoNeymarMessilast_img read more