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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.
ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI Editor at Large

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.
ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI Editor at Large

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

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013.
By United Press International

Commentary: Geopolitical malignancy

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Since World War II, the Middle East in particular and the Arab world in general is a kaleidoscope of wars, revolutions, coups, counter-coups and assassinations.
ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI Editor at Large
Egypt's election: A leap into the unknown

Egypt's election: A leap into the unknown

CAIRO, May 21 (UPI) -- Egypt, the heart of the Arab world and its most populous country, goes to the polls Wednesday and Thursday to elect a new president, a leap into the unknown after 60 years of military coups and stage-managed elections.

Amid oil threat, Syria might be a way out

BEIRUT, Lebanon, March 29 (UPI) -- Some see Syria as an alternative gateway for oil pipelines to the Mediterranean.

Israeli defense sector told to 'clean up'

TEL AVIV, Israel, March 20 (UPI) -- Israeli defense contractors have been ordered to observe a "compliance program" intended to eradicate corruption on defense deals.
Concerns grow over Assad's chemical arms

Concerns grow over Assad's chemical arms

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Western powers are becoming nervous about Syria's arsenal of chemical weapons, primarily the possibility that they could fall into the hands of militant groups.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012.
By United Press International
Commentary: Political chutzpah

Commentary: Political chutzpah

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Groups in Egypt funded by the U.S. Congress and other human rights and pro-democracy organizations were closed by the Egyptian military, accused of interference in domestic politics. They didn’t have much to brag about anyway.
ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI Editor at Large
Commentary: Egypt's Tower of Babel

Commentary: Egypt's Tower of Babel

WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Egypt’s latest bloody riots that killed 26 and injured several hundred show that the path to elections at the end of November is strewn with booby traps.
ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI Editor at Large
Commentary: The Mubarak legend

Commentary: The Mubarak legend

WASHINGTON, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Between World War I and World War II, Egypt hovered between faux colonialism and faux democracy, going from bad to worse. The land of the pharaohs has known only six years of real democracy in its 5,000-year history.
ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI Editor at Large
Mubarak succession dominates Egypt polling

Mubarak succession dominates Egypt polling

CAIRO, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Parliamentary elections scheduled for Nov. 29 will undoubtedly leave the ruling National Democratic Party in power, as it has been for decades.
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