ISIS Attack in Egypt 26th May 2017: 28 people, including many children, were killed when masked gunmen opened fire on a bus carrying Coptic Christians.

  • Ten masked gunmen opened fire on buses carrying Coptic Christians  in Egypt
  • At least 28 killed and more injured when attackers sprayed bullets at the convoy  
  • Worshipers were heading to St Samuel Monastery to pray when gunmen struck
  • Egyptian bombers have hit ‘terror training camps’ in Libya in retaliation
  • President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi vowed Egypt will fight back against attacks
  • He also called for Donald Trump to take the lead in the fight against terror
  • ISIS has claimed responsibility for recent deadly attacks on churches in Egypt

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ISIS Claims 2 Deadly Explosions at Egyptian Coptic Churches on Palm Sunday
The bombings, which killed at least 40 people and injured dozens of others, happened weeks before Pope Francis was to visit Egypt
By Magdy Samaan and Declan Walsh

Two explosions at Coptic churches in Egypt on Palm Sunday left at least 40 people dead and injured dozens of others as a day of worship in the besieged Christian community turned to destruction and carnage.

The first blast ripped through St. George’s Church in northern Egypt in the Nile Delta city of Tanta, 50 miles north of Cairo, during a Mass about 9:30 a.m., according to an official from the Health Ministry. The deputy minister of health put the death toll at 27.

Hours later, a suicide bomber set off an explosion outside the main Coptic church in Alexandria, St. Mark’s Cathedral, killing at least 13 — including three police officers — and injuring 21 others, the Health Ministry said.

The explosions followed a number of attacks by Islamic State militants targeting Egypt’s minority Christians. And on Sunday, the group claimed responsibilty for both bombings.

An online statement shared by sympathizers and attributed to the militants said: “A security detachment of the Islamic State carried out the attacks against the two churches in the cities of Tanta and Alexandria.”

The bombings happened weeks before Pope Francis was to visit Egypt, and a week before Easter.

The second attack took place while worshipers at St. Mark’s were leaving at the end of Palm Sunday Mass. The service had been led by the Coptic pope, Tawadros II. The pope had already left when the explosion happened.

Photos from St. George’s circulating on social media showed scenes of blood and devastation inside. Initial reports said that the explosion occurred in the pews near the front of the church, and that many of the dead were children.

A security official told the state news agency they believed the blast had been caused by an explosive device planted inside the church.

After the first blast, President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi ordered military hospitals to treat the injured, Sky News Arabia reported.

Eyewitnesses said that an angry crowd outside the church in Tanta attacked a young man they accused of being involved in the attack.

After that explosion, the provincial governor, Ahmad Deif, told the state-run Nile News channel, “Either a bomb was planted or someone blew himself up.”

Christians, mostly Orthodox Copts, account for about 10 percent of Egypt’s population, which is predominantly Sunni Muslim.

In December, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on a chapel in the grounds of St. Mark’s Cathedral, the main Coptic Church in Cairo, killing at least 28 people.

In February, hundreds of Christians fled northern Sinai, where the Egyptian Army is fighting a local Islamic State affiliate, following a targeted campaign of violence and intimidation.

In 2011, a suicide bombing ripped through a throng of worshipers outside a Coptic Christian church in the port city of Alexandria, killing at least 21 people in one of the worst attacks against Egypt’s Christian minority.

Earlier this month, an explosion near a police training center in the Nile Delta city injured 13 officers.

Francis’ planned trip to the country is seen as an opportunity to improve ties between Christians and Muslims. The pontiff is to visit with Mr. Sisi; the leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church; and the grand imam of Al Azhar, a 1,000-year-old mosque and university that is revered by Sunni Muslims.

In a news conference to provide details about the trip on Friday, the Catholic archbishop of Egypt, Bishop Emmanuel, said that the pope’s pending journey was a signal that Egypt is safe for visitors.

On Sunday, Francis said in response to the first bombing: “We pray for the victims of the attack carried out today, this morning, in Cairo, in a Coptic church.”

He called the leader of the Coptic Christians his “brother” and expressed his “deep condolences” to the church and the Egyptian nation.

The archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, also responded in a post on Twitter: “As we come to Easter, pray for victims, the justice of the cross, hope & healing of resurrection.”

In a Twitter post, a spokesman for the Egyptian Foreign Affairs Ministry, Ahmed Abu Zeid, said, “Terrorism hits Egypt again.”

President Donald Trump on Monday said the U.S. is “very much behind” Egypt’s Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the controversial military ruler accused of human rights abuses and often described as a tyrant.

In brief remarks in the Oval Office on Monday during the leader’s first visit to Washington, Trump praised Sisi and referenced their first meeting, during the 2016 presidential campaign, describing him as “somebody that’s been very close to me from the first time I met him.”

“We agree on so many things,” Trump said. “I just want to let everybody know, in case there was any doubt, that we are very much behind President el-Sisi. He’s done a fantastic job in a very difficult situation. We are very much behind Egypt and the people of Egypt, and the United States has, believe me, backing and we have strong backing.”

Egypt declares state of emergency - 9 April 2017

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi on Sunday declared a three-month state of emergency following the two deadly bombings on Coptic churches.
“A series of steps will be taken, most importantly, the announcement of a state of emergency for three months after legal and constitution steps are taken,” Sisi said in a speech aired on state television and quoted by Reuters.
Sisi also announced establishing a new council for combatting terrorism and extremism.
At least 44 people were killed in the two explosions on Sunday. The first explosion occurred in a church in Tanta, Egypt, when a terrorist blew himself up during a Palm Sunday ceremony.
Less than 12 hours later, a second explosion occurred in an Alexandria, Egypt church.
The Islamic State (ISIS) jihadist group claimed responsibility for the two explosions.
In late February, ISIS issued a video message vowing to target Christians, particularly in Egypt, saying Christians were their “favorite prey”, while showing footage of the December 2016 church bombing.

The silence in Sinai: Covering Egypt's 'war on terror'

For the past three years, Egyptian forces have been fighting ISIL offshoot Wilayat Sinai in the Sinai peninsula, but the government of Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has managed to keep a tight lid on the story.

Journalism that deviates from official accounts has been criminalised under an anti-terror law. And a narrative is being pushed out across all forms of pro-government media that the army’s operations in Sinai are successful, just, and even heroic.

The government in Cairo wants Egyptians and the international community to believe it has the insurgency in Sinai completely under control. It is a carefully crafted narrative that - without independent scrutiny - is near impossible to verify.

“Whenever you have a war going on like this you tend to have restrictions on the media,” explains Joe Stork, deputy director for the Middle East and North Africa at Human Rights Watch.

“Media access is closely controlled. But it’s not just journalists. There’s no independent or potentially critical perspective allowed into Sinai. Or in the case of people who already live there, you know, their views, their testimonies, their accounts are not allowed out of Sinai,” he says.

In April this year, a video surfaced that shattered the government-managed media narrative and renewed allegations of torture, forced disappearances and killings at the hands of the Egyptian Army.

It appeared to show a group of government-backed militiamen executing two captives.

Researchers and activists recognised at least two of the civilians in the video. Back in November 2016, images and videos of their deaths were circulated online by government and pro-government groups. The men were the same, but there was a very different narrative about how they’d been killed.

“The military spokesperson described the men as ‘terrorists that were killed during an anti-terror operation in northern Sinai’. But the leaked video clearly shows that at least two of the men are unarmed at the time and our analysis indicates that the arms were later planted next to their bodies to make it look like there was an exchange of fire,” says Sherine Tadros, head of Amnesty International’s United Nations office in New York.

The government has chosen to remain silent about the video, but many Egyptian media outlets did not.

The Egyptian government has an interest in maintaining its narrative of successfully fighting terror. Between 2011 and 2015, Cairo received $6.5bn in US military aid.

The Egyptian military has reported more than 6,000 deaths in northern Sinai since mid-2013. That figure greatly exceeds the number of militants in the area: estimated at no more than 1,000, according to the DC-based think-tank, the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy.

The inability to verify what is really happening has created a void for the ISIS-affiliated Wilayat Sinai to fill with its own propaganda. Its latest release portrays its fighters as disciplined and methodical, patiently aiming and then firing at Egyptian soldiers, who are made to look panicked and vulnerable.

“When you are prohibiting and stopping access for journalists, reporters and researchers to investigate and report on what’s happening there, you are creating a knowledge gap. And when you are doing that this gap is also being filled with the terror groups’ propaganda,” explains Nancy Okail, executive director, Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy.

The Egyptian government did eventually allow Egyptian journalists in April to survey the Sinai. However, it silenced critical voices like that of Ismail al-Iskandarani, a prominent Sinai researcher and journalist who was arrested in December 2015 on charges of spreading false news and being a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. He has been in jail without trial for a year and a half now.

“Ismail al-Iskandarani is the perfect example of how the regime is not tolerating any independent views. The reason that he caught the government’s attention is that he was critical of the military’s way of handling the insurgency,” says Egyptian writer and researcher Maged Mandour.

Woman imprisoned and beaten for waving rainbow flag as Egypt cracks down on gay rights
Sarah Hegazy has been jailed and could face a life sentence in an Egyptian prison for waving a rainbow flag at a concert.
By Ahmed Aboulenein, Reuters

 “CAIRO (Reuters) - Sarah Hegazy has been jailed, beaten by  inmates, and could face a life sentence in an Egyptian prison if  found guilty of “promoting sexual deviancy” and other charges  tied to her alleged crime: waving a rainbow flag at a concert.

 The 28-year-old denies waving the flag but is one of 57 people  arrested so far in Egypt’s widest anti-gay crackdown yet, a swift  zero-tolerance response to a rare show of public support for  lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in the  conservative Muslim country.

 The crackdown comes as Egypt, a key Western ally in the Middle  East, is under fire for its human rights record and the United  States has withheld some of its $1.3 billion in annual military  aid.

 Hegazy, the only woman rounded up in the three-week-old campaign,  says police goaded her cellmates to abuse her during her first  night in prison, where she is being detained for 15 days and  interrogated by special prosecutors who usually focus on Islamist  militants.

 "This is the game they (police) always play, especially since she  is a girl. They incite the other detainees and say ‘this girl  wants men and women to be gay’ so they harass her. I saw  scratches on her shoulder, she looked very disheveled and  exhausted. She was beaten,“ said Hegazy’s lawyer Hoda Nasralla.

A security official would not comment on Hegazy’s case but denied  that police incite prisoners against each other or otherwise  mistreat them.

 Lawyers for other detainees said their clients faced similar  treatment. Suspected gay male detainees are subject to forced  anal exams to determine if they have had homosexual sex, a  procedure human rights groups say amounts to torture.

 At least five such examinations have taken place, Amnesty  International says. Judicial sources do not deny the examinations  take place but say they are legally carried out and are not a  form of abuse.

 Egyptian authorities do not deny going after gays and an  investigation report provided to Reuters by the Egyptian  Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) openly refers to the  police’s campaign on homosexuals.

 Police, state-aligned media, and the religious establishment all  see it as a public duty to combat the spread of homosexuality.

 Ten men have already gone on trial during the recent sweep and  received jail sentences from one to six years.

 Media backlash

 On Sept. 22, at a concert packed with 30,000 people headlined by  Mashrou’ Leila, a Lebanese alternative rock band whose lead  singer is openly gay, a small group of concert goers raised a  rainbow flag and, within hours, the image went viral.

 Almost immediately local media, dominated by state-aligned  television personalities, began a campaign against homosexuals,  saying they were receiving foreign funding, and hosting callers  who compared their threat to Islamic State.

 Egypt’s media regulator then banned homosexuals from appearing in  the media unless they were "repenting”, calling homosexuality a  "shame and a disease that should be kept under wraps, not  promoted" in order to protect public morality.

 Al-Azhar, Egypt’s 1,000-year-old center of Islamic learning, said  it would stand against gays in the way it stands against Islamist  extremists. One church organized an anti-gay conference.

 Public Prosecutor Nabil Sadek ordered the State Security  Prosecution, which normally investigates terrorism and other  national security threats, to investigate the flag incident.

 At least four people, including Hegazy and 21-year-old Ahmed  Alaa, were arrested for allegedly raising the flag although one  man has since been released.

 The overwhelming majority of those arrested are not involved in  the flag case, however, and have simply been arrested over their  perceived sexual orientation in the following days.

 Police have raided homes, parties, and used online dating apps to  lure gay men - a common tactic in Egypt - to arrest most of them,  their lawyers say.

 At a Cairo courthouse defendants stood in a cage, holding up  newspapers and books to hide their faces to shield themselves  from the stigma of homosexuality in Egyptian  society.”

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Egypt's Sisi against idea of strikes on Iran, Hezbollah - 9 November 2017

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Wednesday he was against the idea of military strikes against Iran or the Tehran-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah as there was enough turmoil already in the Middle East.
He was asked what he thought of the prospect of such strikes in a question and answer session with journalists - two days after Saudi Arabia had accused Lebanon of declaring war through Hezbollah’s aggressive actions.
Sisi said he was against war, without spelling out who might be involved in military action.
When asked about recent arrests in Saudi Arabia during an anti-corruption crackdown, Sisi said the situation in the kingdom was reassuring and stable.

[2017年11月9日 下午4:23] Saudi Ally El-Sisi Says Opposed to War With Iran, Hezbollah
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said he was opposed to any war with Iran and its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah, and that Gulf tensions should be handled cautiously to avoid adding to regional turmoil.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said he was opposed to any war with Iran and its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah, and that Gulf tensions should be handled cautiously to avoid adding to regional turmoil.  

El-Sisi’s comments come as Saudi Arabia’s anti-corruption purge and a deepening feud with Iran prompt speculation that the region could be on the cusp of a new war. Rising tensions have spurred a selloff across Gulf stock markets to the tune of almost $7 billion.

A year later a monument honouring police and military stands in the same place where hundreds of civilians were massacred.

One year ago today, the world watched in horror as one the single bloodiest days in modern protest history took place in Cairo, Egypt.

On August 14, 2013 Egyptian security forces opened fire at a sit-in protest in Rabaa Al Adawiya Square, killing more than 800 people opposed to the ousting of Egypt’s first democratically-elected president Mohamed Morsi. 

A few weeks earlier, the reign of Morsi, a senior Muslim Brotherhood member, was cut short after only one year in power. Morsi’s ouster was announced on July 3 2013 by the head of the Egyptian Armed Forces Abdel Fattah El Sisi, who later became the president of Egypt.

The Day More Than 800 Egyptian Protesters Died: One Year on Remembering the Horrific Raba'a Massacre

First Arab Nobel science winner Ahmed Zewail dies
Egyptian-born Nobel-winning scientist Ahmed Zewail, who studied chemical reactions in ultra-short time scales, dies in the US aged 70.

The Egyptian-born Nobel-winning scientist Ahmed Zewail has died in the US, aged 70.

Mr Zewail won the Nobel chemistry prize in 1999 for his pioneering work in femtochemistry, the study of chemical reactions in ultra-short time scales.

A professor at the California Institute of Technology, he was a science advisor to President Obama and the first Arab scientist to win the Nobel Prize.

Mr Zewail became a naturalised American in 1982 after studying there.

No immediate cause of death was given.

In 40 years working at the the California Institute of Technology , he experimented with lasers to monitor chemical reactions at a scale of a femtosecond, which is a millionth of a billionth of a second.

He is also credited with developing a new research field dubbed four-dimensional electron microscopy, which helps capture fleeting processes and turn them into a kind of digital film.

Mr Zewail was appointed US science envoy to the Middle East, and became outspoken on political issues in his native country.

In 2014, he wrote an opinion piece for the Los Angeles Times that urged the US to avoid cutting aid to Egypt after a military coup that ousted the elected president Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood.

He argued that constructive engagement was important in keeping Egypt as a partner in the war on terrorism.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi expressed his condolences over the death, saying the country had lost a son and role model.

Liberal America is right now flabbergasted, incredulous, violent, recriminatory. It now openly fears that it might be ruled as Chile was ruled by Augusto Pinochet, Iran by the Shah and the Ayatollahs, Egypt by Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Russia by Vladimir Putin, Turkey by Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Palestine by Benjamin Netanyahu. How dare history even think about doing to liberal America what liberal America has done to the world?


Palestinians work to reconstruct the supply tunnels that were flooded by the Egyptian authorities. 

The tunnels have played a vital role in getting food, medical supplies and other goods into Gaza after the Israeli government began blockading it in 2006. At one point these tunnels provided Gaza with an estimated 30%-50% of Gaza’s imports and that made Gaza witness an economic boom. 

But when the current Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, came to power, he declared a war on these tunnels and started destroying them in claims that the Palestinians are exporting weaponry and terrorism into the Sinai peninsula. 

anonymous asked:

What's happening in Egypt?

Oh that’s a good question

3 years ago, on Jan 25, 2011, the people rose against Mubarak’s regime. People were killed during the revolution. Mubarak stepped down. SCAF (Supreme Council of the Armed Forces) became in power. People started protesting against them as well as they were also part of the old regime. People were killed again in several massacres. Presidential elections were held. One of the candidates represented the old regime. And another represented the Muslim Brotherhood. And many others of course. The old regime guy (Ahmed Shafik) and the MB guy (Mohamed Morsi) got the highest votes. Morsi wins and becomes the first ever democratic president of Egypt. SCAF, media, police, and all govt organizations still work for the old regime. Media attacks Morsi. Media calls for protests and ‘revolution’ against Morsi on June 30, 2013. Millions of ppl protest against Morsi calling for early presidential elections. At the same time, thousands if not millions protest in Rabaa square supporting Morsi. 

Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, minister of defence, removes Morsi. 

People still protesting in Rabaa. People protest in Nahda square too.

Massacres start.

Massacres: National Guard 50+ dead, Menasa: 100+, Rabaa & Nahda Massacres (where they dispersed the squares) 2000+ dead (number reaches 3000+) 15000+ injured Ramsis, Abu Zaabal (where they killed 35 protesters in a police van while taking them to the abu zaabal jail. They shot tear gas and suffocated them to death inside the van) (note: the guy responsible for this massacre got one year in jail)  6 October 50+, 25 January 30+, etc etc….  (every Friday more ppl join the lists of martyrs)

So yeah

Basically people are still protesting against the coup.

And more people are dying. More people are getting arrested. (23,000+ arrested now. Many reports on them getting tortured inside jails. Many on hunger strikes) 

And just a few days ago, 529 protesters got sentenced to death.

And Sisi is going to be president soon


Firings and Discord Put Trump Transition Team in a State of Disarray

President-elect Donald J. Trump’s transition was in disarray on Tuesday, marked by firings, infighting and revelations that American allies were blindly dialing in to Trump Tower to try to reach the soon-to-be-leader of the free world.

One week after Mr. Trump scored an upset victory that took him by surprise, his team was improvising the most basic traditions of assuming power.  That included working without official State Department briefing materials in his first conversations with foreign leaders.

Two officials who had been handling national security for the transition, former Representative Mike Rogers of Michigan and Matthew Freedman, a lobbyist who consults with corporations and foreign governments, were fired.  Both were part of what officials described as a purge orchestrated by Jared Kushner, Mr. Trump’s son-in-law and close adviser.

The dismissals followed the abrupt firing on Friday of Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, who was replaced as chief of the transition by Vice President-elect Mike Pence.  Mr. Kushner, a transition official said, was systematically dismissing people like Mr. Rogers who had ties with Mr. Christie.  As a federal prosecutor, Mr. Christie had sent Mr. Kushner’s father to jail.

Prominent American allies were in the meantime scrambling to figure out how and when to contact Mr. Trump.  At times, they have been patched through to him in his luxury office tower with little warning, according to a Western diplomat who spoke on the condition of anonymity to detail private conversations.

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt was the first to reach Mr. Trump for such a call last Wednesday, followed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel not long afterward.  But that was about 24 hours before Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain got through — a striking break from diplomatic practice given the close alliance between the United States and Britain.

Despite the haphazard nature of Mr. Trump’s early calls with world leaders, his advisers said the transition team was not suffering unusual setbacks.   They argued that they were hard at work behind the scenes dealing with the same troubles that incoming presidents have faced for decades.

And Mr. Trump himself fired back at critics with a Twitter message he sent about 10 p.m.  “Very organized process taking place as I decide on Cabinet and many other positions,” he wrote.  “I am the only one who knows who the finalists are!”

The process is “completely normal,” said Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former New York mayor, who emerged on Tuesday as the leading contender to be Mr. Trump’s secretary of state.  “It happened in the Reagan transition.  Clinton had delays in hiring people.”

Mr. Giuliani, who made his comments in a telephone interview, added: “This is a hard thing to do.  Transitions always have glitches.  This is an enormously complex process.”

There were some reports within the transition of score-settling.

One member of the transition team said that at least one reason Mr. Rogers had fallen out of favor among Mr. Trump’s advisers was that, as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, he had overseen a report about the 2012 attacks on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, which concluded that the Obama administration had not intentionally misled the public about the events there.  That report echoed the findings of numerous other government investigations into the episode.

The report’s conclusions were at odds with the campaign position of Mr. Trump, who repeatedly blamed Hillary Clinton, his Democratic opponent and the secretary of state during the attacks, for the resulting deaths of four Americans.

Eliot A. Cohen, a former State Department official who had criticized Mr. Trump during the campaign but said after his election that he would keep an open mind about advising him, said Tuesday on Twitter that he had changed his opinion.  After speaking to the transition team, he wrote, he had “changed my recommendation: stay away.”

He added: “They’re angry, arrogant, screaming ‘you LOST!’ Will be ugly.”

Mr. Cohen, a conservative Republican who served under President George W. Bush, said Trump transition officials had excoriated him after he offered some names of people who might serve in the new administration, but only if they felt departments were led by credible people.

“They think of these jobs as lollipops,” Mr. Cohen said in an interview.

Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona and the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, weighed in as well.  On Tuesday, he issued a blunt warning to Mr. Trump and his emerging foreign policy team not to be taken in by President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, whom Mr. Trump praised during the campaign.

“The Obama administration’s last attempt at resetting relations with Russia culminated in Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and military intervention in the Middle East,” Mr. McCain said.

Some of the early transition difficulties may reflect the fact that Mr. Trump, who has no governing experience or Washington network and campaigned as an agent of change, does not have a long list of establishment figures from the Bush era to tap.  His allies suggested that might ultimately prove positive for Mr. Trump if he was able to assemble a functioning team that would bring new perspectives to his administration.

For advice on building Mr. Trump’s national security team, his inner circle has been relying on three hawkish current and former American officials: Representative Devin Nunes, Republican of California, who is chairman of the House Intelligence Committee; Peter Hoekstra, a former Republican congressman and former chairman of the Intelligence Committee; and Frank Gaffney, a Pentagon official during the Reagan administration and a founder of the Center for Security Policy.

Mr. Gaffney has long advanced baseless conspiracy theories, including that President Obama might be a closet Muslim.  The Southern Poverty Law Center described him as “one of America’s most notorious Islamophobes.”

Prominent donors to Mr. Trump were also having little success in recruiting people for rank-and-file posts in his administration.

Rebekah Mercer, the scion of a powerful family of conservative donors and a member of Mr. Trump’s executive transition committee, has said in conversations with Republican operatives and previous administration officials that she was having trouble finding takers for posts at the under secretary level and below, according to a person familiar with her outreach efforts.  She told them that the transition team was more than a month behind schedule and on a tight timeline.

In another delay, Mr. Pence did not sign legally required paperwork to allow his team to begin collaborating with Mr. Obama’s aides until Tuesday evening, a transition spokesman said.  Mr. Christie on Election Day signed a memorandum of understanding to put the process into motion as soon as the outcome was determined, but once he was ousted from the job, Mr. Pence had to sign a new agreement.

The paperwork serves as a nondisclosure agreement for both sides, ensuring that members of the president-elect’s team do not divulge information about the inner workings of the government.

Teams throughout the federal government that have prepared briefing materials and reports for the incoming president’s team are on standby, waiting to begin passing the information to counterparts on Mr. Trump’s staff.

As of Tuesday afternoon, officials at key agencies including the Justice and Defense Departments said they had received no contact from the president-elect’s team.


Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi won with faked 90 % of votes!

An egyptian presidential elections that took place 26th-28th may 2014 were won by dictator Al-Sisi. Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi is a person that brought terror into lifes of egyptian people. Because of him and his army thousands of people lost their lifes. Do you know why? Because they wanted ex - president, Muhammas Mursi to rule again.
Al-Sisi is a person that supports israeli apartheid and hates Palestinians. He told his people to close and flood tunnels that used to connect Gaza Strip with Egypt. Now this dictator and terrorist is going to rule Egypt. But the question is: are we going to speak up or stay silent?

Islamist extremists behead Western journalists in Syria, massacre thousands of Iraqis, murder 132 Pakistani schoolchildren, kill a Canadian soldier and take hostage cafe patrons in Australia. Now, two gunmen have massacred a dozen people in the office of a Paris newspaper.

The rash of horrific attacks in the name of Islam is spurring an anguished debate among Muslims here in the heart of the Islamic world about why their religion appears cited so often as a cause for violence and bloodshed.

The majority of scholars and the faithful say Islam is no more inherently violent than other religions. But some Muslims — most notably the president of Egypt — argue that the contemporary understanding of their religion is infected with justifications for violence, requiring the government and its official clerics to correct the teaching of Islam.

“It is unbelievable that the thought we hold holy pushes the Muslim community to be a source of worry, fear, danger, murder and destruction to all the world,” President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt lamented last week in a speech to the clerics of the official religious establishment. “You need to stand sternly,” he told them, calling for no less than “a religious revolution.”

Others, though, insist that the sources of the violence are alienation and resentment, not theology. They argue that the authoritarian rulers of Arab states — who have tried for decades to control Muslim teaching and the application of Islamic law — have set off a violent backlash expressed in religious ideas and language. Promoted by groups like the Islamic State or Al Qaeda, that discourse echoes through Muslim communities as far away as New York or Paris, whose influence and culture still loom over much of the Muslim world.

“Some people who feel crushed or ignored will go toward extremism, and they use religion because that is what they have at hand,” said Said Ferjani, an official of Tunisia’s mainstream Islamist party, Ennahda, speaking about the broader phenomenon of violence in the name of Islam. “If you are attacked and you have a fork in your hand, you will fight back with a fork.”

Egypt’s Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has consolidated power quickly since removing his predecessor from the Presidency. Take a look at photos of Cairo under his rule: http://nyr.kr/MR64Ia

Above: Gamal, sixty-four, a couscous vendor in downtown Cairo, displays images of Nasser, Answer Sadat, and Sisi on his cart. He supports Sisi because the Army deposed the Muslim Brotherhood. Photograph by Rena Effendi/Institute.