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WAR! What Is It Good For? Halliburton

By Samuel Riehn: Lately not a day goes by without seeing smoke plumes and explosions on the news. Headlines are filled with death and destruction occurring in Iraq, Syria, Egypt, and/or Ukraine. Regional conflicts between terrorist groups and rebels have many parts of the globe looking like the worst vacation destinations ever. Show More Summary

Gaza Blogger Tweets Harrowing Tale of Dodging Israeli Warplanes as She Attempts to Cross the Rafah Border into Egypt

Ninety-minutes after the 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire commenced Israel forces started heavy shelling in Rafah. Seventy Palestinians were killed and hundreds more injured in shelling.

David Harsanyi: Seriously, What Is John Kerry Doing?

10 hours agoNews : Reason

Egypt, Israel, Fatah, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia—ostensibly all allies of ours—agree that Hamas' power should be neutralized and the influence of the Palestinian Authority expanded. This development, writes David Harsanyi, might be something the United States would be interested in heeding. Show More Summary

US suspended aid to Egypt after it slaughtered civilians — why not Israel?

The White House has said that the Israeli attack on a UN school, killing 15-20 or more was "totally unacceptable, totally indefensible." Yes but when does totally meet the road? Reporters at the State Department asked whether the US will cut off aid to Israel, as it did when Egypt slaughtered civilians. A glimmer of accountability

Before Kidnapping, Hamas Didn't Send Reps to Egypt

Col. (res.) Lior Lotan, the former leader of the Israeli Defense Forces hostage negotiating team, told a conference call Friday morning that Hamas had failed to send a negotiating team to Cario, Egypt as expected--suggesting, he said, that Hamas already knew it planned to mount a kidnapping effort that would break the ceasefire. Show More Summary

Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Friday 1 Aug 2014

72-HOUR CEASEFIRE BEGINS IN GAZA Israel and Hamas began an unconditional 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza this morning. Talks on a longer truce are to start in Egypt. Since fighting began on 8 July, more than 1,420 Palestinians have been killed, most of them civilians, according to health officials. Show More Summary

Egypt invited Israel and PLO for truce talks

Egypt has invited Israel and the Palestinian Authority to send delegates to Cairo for truce talks, after both sides agreed a 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza, the foreign ministry said Friday. The delegations, which will include representatives of Hamas in Gaza, are expected to depart at any moment, a senior Hamas official said. Show More Summary

Three-day ceasefire begins in Gaza Strip

Humanitarian truce takes hold, raising hopes that a more durable ceasefire can be negotiated in Egypt.

Barack Obama tries to save Hamas

(Paul Mirengoff) Khaled Abu Toameh argues that John Kerry’s Gaza diplomacy is intended to save Hamas. And he isn’t alone in holding this view. It is shared, not without reason, by the Palestinian Authority, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates,...Show More Summary

Amazon’s Android App Store Opens Up Shop In Egypt, Singapore And 39 Other Countries

If you’re thinking about launching your Android app on Amazon’s App Store, your potential market just got quite a bit bigger. This morning, Amazon is rolling out their App Store in 41 new places, bumping the grand total up to 236 countries and territories. At this point, it’s getting tough to think of a region where Amazon’s App Store isn’t up and… Read More

AJ journalist's jailing 'a serious injustice'

Father of Al Jazeera correspondent Peter Greste says he respects Egypt judiciary but believes it was wrong to jail son.

DIY Microscope From Egypt

An Afrimakers project in Instructables: Image courtesy of Afrimakers We used a simple cheap webcam to make a microscope. In short, a small hack to the optics of a standard webcam with an adjustable focus-lens, allows to create video data, with a magnification of around 100 to 400x (depending on the model) at a working distance of a few mm. Show More Summary

Egyptian media reveals just how isolated Hamas is

yesterdayNews : BlogPost

Back in 2011, following the ouster of longtime Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak, relations between Egypt and Israel were at a low point. Things reached a nadir on the Sept. 9, 2011, when a violent clash at Israeli Embassy in Cairo forced Israel's ambassador to leave the country. There appeared to be growing dissatisfaction in Egypt with what many perceived as […]

Egyptian media reveals just how isolated Hamas is

yesterdayNews : BlogPost

Back in 2011, following the ouster of longtime Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak, relations between Egypt and Israel were at a low point. Things reached a nadir on the Sept. 9, 2011, when a violent clash at Israeli Embassy in Cairo forced Israel's ambassador to leave the country. Show More Summary

Arab Leaders, Seeing Hamas as Worse Than Israel, Stay Silent on Gaza

Following the military ouster of the Islamist government in Cairo last year, Egypt has led an emerging coalition of Arab states — including Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — that has, through its silence, effectively lined up with Israel in its fight against Hamas, reports The New York Times. Show More Summary

Why Arab Leaders Are Silent on Gaza

As Palestinian bodies pile up in Gaza, where is the outrage from Arab leaders? Unlike during previous Israeli offensives, countries including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan have failed to condemn Israel and push for an end to the fighting, and fear of the political Islam that Hamas represents appears to...

Conservation student Kate Brugioni blows the lid off the restoration process for ancient Egyptian artifacts

2 days agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Editor’s note: This fall some changes are coming to the HMNS Hall of Ancient Egypt. Some artifacts will leave and others are coming in on new loans. As we prepare for this, NYU third-year art conservation student Kate Brugioni will … Continue reading ?

9 Amazing Places You'll Want To Hurry And Visit Because You're Dying

Whoa, you don't look so hot. Like, maybe you're on the verge of death. But wait! There are a lot of amazing places in the world you MUST see! Welcome to the Great Pyramid in Giza, Egypt, the oldest of the seven wonders of the world! Sorry is that coughing going to be a regular thing? It's really distracting. Show More Summary

Justice Department Ceases Effort to Return Ancient Mask to Egypt

2 days agoArts : ArtsBeat

The St. Louis Art Museum will get to retain an ancient Egyptian mask after federal officials on Monday decided not to pursue efforts to have the artifact returned to Egypt.

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