Une explosion a visé un car de touristes près des pyramides de Gizeh en Égypte

Une explosion a retenti dimanche 19 mai près du Grand Musée égyptien situé à côté des pyramides de Gizeh, informe Reuters se référant à deux sources appartenant aux services de sécurité. Selon le média, elle a visé un car de touristes. Au moins 12 personnes auraient été blessées. Les sources de Reuters ont précisé que … Continue reading “Une explosion a visé un car de touristes près des pyramides de Gizeh en Égypte”

Foreign military bases are threat to East Africa-Report

London, May 19, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Western nations such as US, China and emerging military powers such as India and Turkey are projecting their military might throughout East Africa rather than the interest of the region, a new report says. The study carried out by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sipri) noted that some of these … Continue reading “Foreign military bases are threat to East Africa-Report”

Egypte : au moins 17 personnes blessées dans l’explosion d’un engin artisanal

Au moins 17 personnes, dont des Sud-Africains et des Egyptiens, ont été blessés le 19 mai dans une explosion visant un bus de touristes près des pyramides de Gizeh, au sud du Caire. Un engin explosif a détoné au passage du bus. Sur des images postées sur les réseaux sociaux, on peut constater que certaines fenêtres ont été brisées par le … Continue reading “Egypte : au moins 17 personnes blessées dans l’explosion d’un engin artisanal”

U.S. Complicity in Israel’s Violations of International Law

by James J. Zogby Last week, I addressed a United Nations Security Council meeting on “Israeli Settlements.” Because I knew that other speakers, experts, and diplomats would address the illegality of Israeli settlements, the economic and human rights impact on the Palestinian people, and the stated design of the entire settlement enterprise to eliminate the … Continue reading “U.S. Complicity in Israel’s Violations of International Law”

L’impact d’une météorite sur l’amulette de Toutânkhamon a été dévoilé par les chercheurs

La provenance d’une amulette pectorale de verre jaune, qui avait été enterrée avec le pharaon Toutânkhamon, a enfin été établie par des chercheurs d’une université australienne. Ils ont déclaré que le matériau dont l’amulette était fabriqué s’était formé sous l’impact d’une météorite qui avait frappé la terre il y a 29 millions d’années. Ils ont … Continue reading “L’impact d’une météorite sur l’amulette de Toutânkhamon a été dévoilé par les chercheurs”

That Time North Korea Fought Israel

A statue of the muzzle and bayonet of an AK-47, given to Egypt by North Korea, honors the military partnership between the two countries While the Yom Kippur War is a well known Cold War engagement between Soviet and Western aligned forces which took place in the midst of the Vietnam War, pitting the forces … Continue reading “That Time North Korea Fought Israel”

Ethiopia joins Zimbabwe to ration electricity for homes and industries

London, May 18, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Ethiopia has started to ration electricity for domestic and industrial customers after a drop in water levels in hydroelectric dams led to a production deficit, the minister for water and electricity. Speaking during a press conference on Friday, Minister Seleshi Bekele, said that the drop in water levels at the country’s … Continue reading “Ethiopia joins Zimbabwe to ration electricity for homes and industries”

Algerian Uprising’s Regional Repercussions

by Ghassan Michel Rubeiz On May 9, Algeria’s authorities arrested Louisa Hanoune and charged her with “conspiracy against the state” and “undermining the military.” Hanoune is not involved in the ongoing uprising, but she consistently spoke out against the harsh government liquidation of the Islamists parties in the 1990s. She is the leader of the … Continue reading “Algerian Uprising’s Regional Repercussions”

Les assassins de la mémoire

Pierre Vidal-Naquet a utilisé cette expression contre les faussaires et les négationnistes qui niaient ou minimisaient l’ampleur et la préméditation de l’extermination perpétrée par les Nazis contre les Juifs, les Roms, les communistes, les homosexuels … Je l’utilise contre ceux qui se sont approprié l’histoire, la mémoire et les identités juives pour bâtir, au nom … Continue reading “Les assassins de la mémoire”

Iran Notes

“Boys go to Baghdad, but real men go to Tehran” – Bush official, 2003 Gibbon in his The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire writes of the Romans, “They endeavored to convince mankind that their motive was not the temptation of conquest but was actuated by the love of order and justice.” West Asia, the Middle East … Continue reading “Iran Notes”

Renard sur le départ ?

La rumeur a de nouveau relancé le départ de Hervé Renard pressenti cette fois-ci pour débarquer dans l’un des deux grands égyptiens de football, Zamalek ou Al Ahly. A quelques semaines de l’ouverture de la coupe d’Afrique des nations prévue du 21 au 19 juillet en Égypte, ces spéculations sur son avenir risquent d’impacter le … Continue reading “Renard sur le départ ?”

Un séisme ressenti en Israël

Un séisme de magnitude 4,9 a été ressenti ce mercredi 15 mai en Israël qui accueille actuellement l’Eurovision 2019, a annoncé le Centre sismologique euro-méditerranéen (CSEM). Un séisme de magnitude 4,9 s’est produit ce mercredi 15 mai dans l’est de la Méditerranée, a annoncé le Centre sismologique euro-méditerranéen (CSEM). M4.8 #earthquake (#زلزال) strikes 159 km … Continue reading “Un séisme ressenti en Israël”

May fait ce qu’il lui plaît !

Normal, puisque La City de Londres est le cœur de l’Empire ! Donc, May fait où on lui dit de faire, Trump suit aveuglément son fidèle “Bibi”, Trudeau est le soldat de plomb de sa Majesté, Macron de Rothschild lui bouffe à tous les râteliers (pourvu qu’ils soient connectés !), Vlad lui discrètement s’est mis … Continue reading “May fait ce qu’il lui plaît !”

Contrary to Appearances Russia Doesn’t Much Like Libya’s Shifty General Haftar

Haftar is merely using the spectre of working with Russians to pressure westerners into backing him instead Russian President Vladimir Putin recently put Russia in the spotlight in Libya by first holding a meeting with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on the sidelines of the Belt and Road Summit in Beijing and later discussing Libya with Turkish President Recep … Continue reading “Contrary to Appearances Russia Doesn’t Much Like Libya’s Shifty General Haftar”

How Turkey Defied the U.S. and Became a Killer Drone Power

Finding oneself in the crosshairs of a military drone is, for most people, not the most comforting situation. Yet at an air show last fall, tens of thousands of people had a different reaction. A military drone took off from a runway, and moments later it began transmitting its view to a giant screen on … Continue reading “How Turkey Defied the U.S. and Became a Killer Drone Power”

Russia’s S-300 Pops Up on US Soil, But Is That a Big Deal?

A number of recent reports have indicated that at least one S-300PT surface to air missile system has been delivered to the United States for testing. Satellite images at an American military testing site show a 30N6 fire control system and 5P85 transporter erector launchers, though the time of delivery as of yet remains uncertain. Пусковые … Continue reading “Russia’s S-300 Pops Up on US Soil, But Is That a Big Deal?”

Pourquoi ne pas faire du Parlement britannique un mémorial de l’Holocauste ?

Cinq premiers ministres britanniques, dont certains sont des criminels de guerre notoires, se sont unis hier pour demander la construction d’un mémorial de l’Holocauste à proximité du Parlement britannique. “Une mission nationale sacrée” , c’est ainsi que Theresa May a décrit l’idée et, pour une fois, je suis tout à fait d’accord avec cette femme … Continue reading “Pourquoi ne pas faire du Parlement britannique un mémorial de l’Holocauste ?”

Is Kushner’s Plan a Peace Plan?

by Paul R. Pillar First son-in-law Jared Kushner has been tantalizing onlookers so long with a yet-to-be-announced plan for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that it is hard to remember when the tantalizing began. The process has appeared to be an exercise in buying time.  The recent Israeli election, probably as much as anything else, has … Continue reading “Is Kushner’s Plan a Peace Plan?”

The Enemy is Not Resistance

Photograph Source: International Solidarity Movement – CC BY-SA 2.0 The Islamic Resistance Movement began more than thirty years ago at an historical moment in time which it knew to be fraught with absolute peril for their people. The founders of this national liberation struggle examined the overwhelming military capabilities of Israel, fostered by its global … Continue reading “The Enemy is Not Resistance”

Trump Angered to Learn That the Gaza Strip Has Nothing to Do with Strippers

President Donald Trump’s search for “the perfect deal” in the Middle East took an early blow when he discovered that the Gaza Strip has nothing to do with strippers. In a leaked recording by an aide, the President was heard reprimanding the Israeli policy on Gaza’s “pole and lap dancers”.  Upon correction, the fury soon … Continue reading “Trump Angered to Learn That the Gaza Strip Has Nothing to Do with Strippers”

Egypt is best in African hotel development, Nigeria, Morocco, Ethiopia follow – Hospitality survey

London, May 10, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The stars of hotel development in Africa are Egypt, Nigeria, Morocco and Ethiopia, according to the 11thannual survey by W Hospitality Group. The four countries head the top ten by numbers of rooms in the internationally-branded hotel development pipeline, with Egypt showing 15,158 rooms in 51 new hotels. A total of … Continue reading “Egypt is best in African hotel development, Nigeria, Morocco, Ethiopia follow – Hospitality survey”

Russia’s Nuclear Power Exports Are Booming, Now Bring In as Much as Weapons Sales

Lower prices, state-of-the-art technology, de-politicized maintenence and supply, and the financing to build it is the package only the most ideological can decline Russia’s state-owned agency Rosatom is on a tear. The company operates 35 nuclear power stations in Russia that produce 28GW of power, and it is actively exporting its nuclear technology to countries … Continue reading “Russia’s Nuclear Power Exports Are Booming, Now Bring In as Much as Weapons Sales”

Boondoggle, Inc.: Making Sense of the $1.25 Trillion National Security State Budget

In its latest budget request, the Trump administration is asking for a near-record $750 billion for the Pentagon and related defense activities, an astonishing figure by any measure. If passed by Congress, it will, in fact, be one of the largest military budgets in American history, topping peak levels reached during the Korean and Vietnam … Continue reading “Boondoggle, Inc.: Making Sense of the $1.25 Trillion National Security State Budget”

Will the Military Council Cede Power to Civilians in Sudan?

by Abdelkhalig Shaib  After 30 years of Omar al-Bashir’s dictatorship and tyranny, the burden of regime change is heavy for the Sudanese people to bear. The political scene is a lot more complicated than observers might think. Bashir was ousted by a military coup; however, his regime continues in a different form as a result … Continue reading “Will the Military Council Cede Power to Civilians in Sudan?”

Gaza Through a Distorted Lens

by Mitchell Plitnick Palestinian officials say at least 58 people have been killed in the latest round of protests. More than 2,700 Palestinian demonstrators were injured on Monday—at least 1,350 by gunfire—along the border fence with Gaza, the Health Ministry reported. The mass protests began on March 30 and had already left dozens dead. Those … Continue reading “Gaza Through a Distorted Lens”

The JCPOA One Year after U.S. Withdrawal

by Coalition to Prevent an Iranian Nuclear Weapon The agreement to prevent an Iranian nuclear weapon (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) is an essential building block for restoring vital U.S. national security interests and commitments to allies. An American president should put in place this building block expeditiously. The U.S. unilateral withdrawal from the JCPOA … Continue reading “The JCPOA One Year after U.S. Withdrawal”

Fired UK Boy Minister ‘Wanted to Invade Africa’, Risked War With China

Editor’s note: Williamson is is denying the Africa part as “anonymous smears” but it fits perfectly with what we know about him, and is absolutely in character of his as the energizer-bunny Atlanticist servant of the Empire that he is. It seems he put his service to the Empire (and not the British one) beyond even loyalty … Continue reading “Fired UK Boy Minister ‘Wanted to Invade Africa’, Risked War With China”

Les assassins de la mémoire. Par Pierre Stambul. Sans commentaire

Pierre Stambul, Les assassins de la mémoire – [UJFP], D. 05 mai 2019 Pierre Vidal-Naquet a utilisé cette expression contre les faussaires et les négationnistes qui niaient ou minimisaient l’ampleur et la préméditation de l’extermination perpétrée par les Nazis contre les Juifs, les Roms, les communistes, les homosexuels… Je l’utilise contre ceux qui se sont … Continue reading “Les assassins de la mémoire. Par Pierre Stambul. Sans commentaire”

La résurrection de Jésus est-elle une fake news ?

Fresque, 166 × 125 cm, Couvent San Marco, Florence (détail). Noli me tangere (Ne me touche pas) : paroles prononcées par Jésus-Christ ressuscité, le dimanche de Pâques, à l’adresse de Marie-Madeleine. Wikipédia Au moment où plus de 2 milliards de chrétiens dans le monde viennent de célébrer Pâques, la résurrection de Jésus qui est au … Continue reading “La résurrection de Jésus est-elle une fake news ?”

Les Frères musulmans, organisation terroriste pour Trump : un jeu d’alliances régionales ?

Le président des Etats-Unis Donald Trump envisage de placer l’organisation des Frères musulmans sur la liste noire américaine des «organisations terroristes», a annoncé la Maison Blanche le 30 avril. Ce placement permettrait aux Etats-Unis d’imposer des sanctions à toute personne ou organisme ayant des liens avec les Frères musulmans. Mais pour la classer sur une telle liste, … Continue reading “Les Frères musulmans, organisation terroriste pour Trump : un jeu d’alliances régionales ?”

Trump’s Disastrous Plan for the Muslim Brotherhood

by Emile Nakhleh The Trump administration’s on-going discussions to designate the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) a terrorist organization would harm America’s national security and destabilize Sunni Muslim countries, many of whom are presumed allies of the United States. Despite objections to such designation from within the administration, President Trump seems to have been persuaded by Egypt’s … Continue reading “Trump’s Disastrous Plan for the Muslim Brotherhood”

Did CIA Run the Attack on the North Korean Embassy in Spain?

On Monday night, the Department of Justice issued a “wanted” poster for the leader of Free Joseon, a shadowy group of Korean exiles suspected of leading a violent assault on the North Korean embassy in Madrid on February 22. A suspect, Adrian Hong Chang, “is considered to be armed and dangerous,” says the poster, which … Continue reading “Did CIA Run the Attack on the North Korean Embassy in Spain?”

Les mégapoles africaines attirent les investisseurs mais la croissance démographique pose problème aux autorités

Par Finbarr Toesland Les mégapoles, villes d’au moins 10 millions d’habitants, poussent partout en Afrique. Le Caire en Égypte, Kinshasa en République démocratique du Congo et Lagos au Nigéria sont déjà des mégapoles, tandis que Luanda en Angola, Dar es Salaam en Tanzanie et Johannesburg en Afrique du Sud atteindront ce statut d’ici 2030, selon … Continue reading “Les mégapoles africaines attirent les investisseurs mais la croissance démographique pose problème aux autorités”

Roaming Charges: Biden in Plain Sight

Abandoned passenger car, Astoria, Oregon. Photo: Jeffrey St. Clair. + Joe Biden will never again be more popular than he was the day before he entered the presidential race. Still his residual appeal, a misbegotten nostalgia for the Obama years, vaulted Biden 20 points ahead of his nearest Democratic Party rivals in a Quinnipiac poll … Continue reading “Roaming Charges: Biden in Plain Sight”

Dare to Know: the Paradox of Greek History

Growing up in the 1940s in a Greek village was neither a baptism in Greek culture nor an indoctrination to nationalism. This was because “modern” Greece has been going through the suffering of centuries of foreign occupation and official neglect and often ignorance about the country’s unrivalled ancient civilization. Greek history was interrupted by barbarian … Continue reading “Dare to Know: the Paradox of Greek History”

Gaddafi, Existentialist

Former Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi was known predominantly in the West as a strange and eccentric dictator. An often-comical man who fit the West’s stereotype of the “foreign” villain. In 2009, Gaddafi insisted on staying in a Bedouin tent during a trip to New York, and set it up on an estate owned by … Continue reading “Gaddafi, Existentialist”

Mali, le président IBK navigue à vue

Le gouvernement malien s’est effondré le 18 avril, lorsque le Premier ministre Soumeylou Boubèye Maïga a remis la démission de son gouvernement au Président Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta (IBK) après l’horrible massacre ethnique de 170 Peuls dans le village d’Ogossagou, le 23 mars Une chronique de Stéphane Hugues et Alex Lantier Le régime du Mali, l’un … Continue reading “Mali, le président IBK navigue à vue”

Trump Is Pushing to Hamstring the Empire, Designate Muslim Brotherhood a Terrorist Group

Editor’s note: Trump’s amateurism keeps disrupting and destabilizing the Empire. He is the gift that keeps on giving. You can think whatever you want about the Muslim Brotherhood. I think the act of the Egyptian branch in presenting itself as the cuddly, Copts-friendly Islamists was suspect, and I think the Syrian branch are bigoted sectarian killers. But that … Continue reading “Trump Is Pushing to Hamstring the Empire, Designate Muslim Brotherhood a Terrorist Group”

The Best Proof of Russia’s Hostility Is Its Attempt to Establish Peaceful and Friendly Relations

The mainstream media never ceases to remind us that Russia is an adversary of the United States … or an opponent … an enemy … a rival … an adversary … or, my favorite, a “regional hegemon.” The best proof of this phenomenon, of course, is Russia’s attempt to establish peaceful and friendly relations with … Continue reading “The Best Proof of Russia’s Hostility Is Its Attempt to Establish Peaceful and Friendly Relations”

ISIS Feeds Off the Chaos of War

Photograph Source: Voice of America News – Public Domain Western governments have been swift to pledge action to strike at Isis, as it becomes clear that the organisation was behind the suicide bombings that killed 253 people in Sri Lanka. A video released by Isis after the attacks shows Zahran Hashim, an Islamic preacher and … Continue reading “ISIS Feeds Off the Chaos of War”

Egypt to construct over one million residential housing units

London, April 30, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The Arab Republic of Egypt through the states Ministry of Housing, has begun working on a programme that will lead to the construction of more than 1.1 million residential units over the next five years This is to cater for the simultaneously growing population and demand for affordable housing in the … Continue reading “Egypt to construct over one million residential housing units”

New Bernie Sanders App Democratizes Organizing — and Panics People Unfamiliar With Organizing

The Bernie Sanders campaign kicked off its massive volunteer program this weekend by holding nearly 5,000 house parties across the country and unveiling a new organizing app that gives campaign supporters a way to share political information on friends, family, and neighbors.  Sanders’s strategy to emerge from the crowded primary field revolves around energizing and empowering … Continue reading “New Bernie Sanders App Democratizes Organizing — and Panics People Unfamiliar With Organizing”

Egypt Approves Constitutional Amendments Amid Widespread Vote Buying

The amendments include an extension of the presidential term to six years, which means al-Sisi, whose current term was due to end in 2022, can now stay in power until 2024 plus another six years if he is reelected. A 180-member Shura Council (senate) will be reinstated, of which a third of the members will … Continue reading “Egypt Approves Constitutional Amendments Amid Widespread Vote Buying”

Is the Trump Administration Helping the Saudis Build a Bomb?

“Obviously, Trump has not endorsed a Saudi nuclear weapon. However, his administration’s ongoing attempt to provide the Kingdom with nuclear technology raises serious questions about US policy” President Donald Trump went dancing with the Saudi royals in Riyadh, where he tried to sell America’s principles in exchange for a mess of weapons contracts. Since then, … Continue reading “Is the Trump Administration Helping the Saudis Build a Bomb?”

Time Machine: Re-Visiting the Golden Age of Greek Science

Reconstruction of the Antikythera computer by Dionysis Kriaris. Courtesy Kriaris. I gave a lecture recently at the Hellenic Library at Bellflower, California. I spoke about the Antikythera Mechanism: a 2,200 years-old computer that predicted the eclipses of the Sun and the Moon and tracked the positions of the planets. This machine worked with gears, that … Continue reading “Time Machine: Re-Visiting the Golden Age of Greek Science”

Welcome to the New Algerian Revolution: an Interview with Hamza Hamouchene

In 2011, a wave of revolutionary struggle swept the Middle East and North Africa, often bringing down dictatorships that had governed for decades. Millions protested on the streets, occupied public spaces and demanded “bread, freedom and social justice”. Having broken through the fear produced by years of repression, the Arab Spring became an inspiration for … Continue reading “Welcome to the New Algerian Revolution: an Interview with Hamza Hamouchene”

Who is Cassandra?

A wonderful interpretation of the ancient Trojan prophetess in a performance by the theoretical physicist Sabine Hossenfelder on her always interesting blog “Backreaction” But who was Cassandra? I can tell you that from personal experience. She appeared to me in person — well, as a ghost, actually. Let me reproduce the relation of that encounter as … Continue reading “Who is Cassandra?”

Haftar’s Attempted Coup and Trump’s Collusion over Libya

by Imad K. Harb Khalifa Haftar, Libya’s renegade general and leader of the self-anointed Libyan National Army (LNA), appears adamant that only he can lead the country out of the darkness of the last few years. On April 4, he launched a campaign against the United Nations-supported Government of National Accord (GNA) in the capital … Continue reading “Haftar’s Attempted Coup and Trump’s Collusion over Libya”

African leaders removed by army amid popular revolts

London, April 28, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The ranks of Africa’s “big men” thinned further as popular uprisings in Algeria culminated in the ouster of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s regime and that of his counterpart in Sudan, Omar al-Bashir, this month. These dictators rode roughshod over their people for decades, caused serious economic hardships and ran utterly corrupt governments. … Continue reading “African leaders removed by army amid popular revolts”