Egypt announces plans for new Suez Canal

Egypt announces plans for new Suez Canal

CAIRO, Aug. 5 (UPI) --Egypt announced plans Tuesday to construct a 45-mile parallel lane to the Suez Canal, a $4 billion project.
Ed Adamczyk

Egypt's military backs strongman for presidency: Back to the future?

CAIRO, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Egypt's army chief, newly promoted Field Marshal Abdel-Fatteh el-Sissi, is expected to run for president of the Arab world's most population nation, heightening concerns the military seeks to restore the security state overthrown in a pro-democracy uprising in February 2011.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014.
By United Press International
Commentary: Wall Street Caligula

Commentary: Wall Street Caligula

WASHINGTON, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- It is a brilliant movie and manna from heaven for the United States' enemies and assorted detractors round the globe.

Russia 'offers Egypt MiG-29s in $2B arms deal'

CAIRO, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Russia has reportedly offered to sell Egypt MiG-29 interceptor jets, helicopters and air-defense systems worth at least $2 billion as Moscow moves to exploit the U.S. rift with the Arab world's most populous nation and regain the regional influence it had during the Cold War.

Russian arms official: Arms sale to Egypt likely

MOSCOW, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- An executive with Russia's state arms company, Rosoboronexport, said Friday the company is preparing for talks with Egypt about a weapons sale.

Amid crisis, Egyptians fear return to security state

CAIRO, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Amid widening political upheaval in Egypt, the military-led regime has given its security services wide-ranging powers that has raised fears the country's reverting to the police state it was before the 2011 pro-democracy revolution that toppled dictator Hosni Mubarak.

In Egypt, growing fears military faces armed insurgency

CAIRO, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- An apparent attempt to assassinate Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim, an attack on a ship in the Suez Canal and worsening clashes with jihadist militants in the Sinai Peninsula, all in the last week, have raised concerns the military regime is facing a possible Islamist insurgency over the July 3 ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.
Commentary: Geopolitical amnesia

Commentary: Geopolitical amnesia

WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- The “Big Cairo Fire” destroyed 30 banks and major companies, 13 hotels, 310 stores, 92 bars, 40 movie theaters, eight automobile showrooms. Not last week but 61 years ago. And the arsonist was the same -- the Muslim Brotherhood.

Egypt's military risks trouble by reviving hated secret police

CAIRO, July 31 (UPI) -- The military-led interim government, grappling with widening protests over the army's ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi and a swelling al-Qaida-linked insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula, says it's reviving the hated secret police in a bid to restore order.

Egypt: U.S. treads softly as crisis deepens

CAIRO, July 25 (UPI) -- Egypt's Old Guard, many linked to former President Hosni Mubarak, is reappearing in Cairo's corridors of power following the July 3 military coup that toppled his democratically elected successor, Mohamed Morsi.

Algerian bloodbath haunts Egypt's revolution

CAIRO, July 10 (UPI) -- The specter of Algeria's ferocious 10-year civil war in the 1990s between its military and Islamists robbed of a landmark electoral victory hangs over Egypt in turbulent aftermath of the July 3 ouster of democratically elected Islamist President Mohamed Morsi by the army.

Yemen: Trapped between Iran, Saudi Arabia

SANAA, Yemen, April 15 (UPI) -- Yemen has been a battleground between the West and al-Qaida for years. It's also torn by what amounts to a three-way civil war.
The Issue: Baby steps to achieve a Middle East peace

The Issue: Baby steps to achieve a Middle East peace

Baby steps. As U.S. President Barack Obama has conceded, the chance for a grand plan when it comes to the federal budget appears to be dead. And last week, he indicated a comprehensive plan for peace in the Middle East appears to be a distant hope as well.
MARCELLA S. KREITER, United Press International

Ahmadinejad's 'embraceable you' faux pas

HERNDON, Va., March 19 (UPI) -- It was surprising to observe Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a diehard Islamist, conduct himself as a man of compassion.
JAMES ZUMWALT, UPI Outside View Commentator
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Gamal Abdel Nasser
Arab heads of state meet on Sept. 27, 1970, at the Nile Hilton in Cairo to put an end to the civil war in Jordan between Palestinians and the government of King Hussein. From left to right: Libyan leader Moammer Gadhafi, PLO chief Yasser Arafat, Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser, and King Hussein of Jordan. Palestinian and Israeli officials steeled themselves on November 4, 2004 for the possible death of the veteran Palestinian leader as Arafat lay critically ill in a Paris hospital. While Palestinian prime minister Ahmed Qorei tried to play down in public the seriousness of Arafat's condition, French doctors and Palestinian officials privately acknowledged that the man who has led the nationalist struggle for some 40 years was critically ill. (UPI photo/HO )

Gamal Abdel Nasser Hussein (Arabic: جمال عبد الناصر حسين‎, IPA: ; 15 January 1918 – 28 September 1970) was the second President of Egypt from 1956 until his death. Along with Muhammad Naguib, the first president, he led the Egyptian Revolution of 1952 which overthrew the monarchy of Egypt and Sudan, and heralded a new period of modernization, and socialist reform in Egypt together with a profound advancement of pan-Arab nationalism, including a short-lived union with Syria.

Nasser is seen as one of the most important political figures in both modern Arab history and politics in the 20th-century. Under his leadership, Egypt nationalized the Suez Canal and came to play a central role in anti-imperialist efforts in the Arab World and Africa. The imposed ending to the Suez Crisis made him a hero throughout the Arab world. He was also instrumental in the establishment of the international Non-Aligned Movement. He is well-known for his nationalist policies and version of pan-Arabism, also referred to as Nasserism, which won a great following in the Arab World during the 1950s and 1960s. Although his status as "leader of the Arabs" was badly damaged by the Israeli victory over the Arab armies in the Six-Day War and Egypt's failure to win the subsequent War of Attrition against Israel, many in the general Arab population still view Nasser as a symbol of Arab dignity and freedom.

Gamal's father, Abdel Nasser Hussein, was born on 11 July 1888 in Beni Mur, a village near the city of Asyut in southern Egypt, to Hussein Khalil Sultan. Abdel Nasser Hussein had six brothers and one sister. Hussein Sultan's in-laws emigrated to Alexandria and in March 1904 Abdel Nasser was sent with them to attend al-Najah al-Ahlya elementary school in Alexandria. At the time, it was only required to have a Primary Education Certificate to work in the civil service. Abdel Nasser received his certificate in 1909 and joined the postal service soon after. In 1917 he married Fahima, the daughter of Mohammad Hamad, a coal merchant and contractor originally from Mallawi, Minya.

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