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Egypt gas pipeline attacked

In Egypt, Ekonomi / Economy, Environment, Gas / Oil, Israel, Jordan, Politik / Politic, Revolution, World on February 5, 2011 at 10:57 am

Unknown attackers blow up North Sinai pipeline that supplies gas to Jordan.



  1. Unknown attackers have blown up a pipeline that runs through El-Arish area of Egypt’s north Sinai area and supplies gas to Jordan and Israel
  2. The Jordanian route that runs from El- Arish to Aqaba and then up to Amman has been damaged by Saturday’s explosion.
  3. Governor of Sinai has confirmed to Al Jazeera that the fire that resulted from the explosion of the gas supply line has been controlled and that the infrastructiure at the gas terminal has not been severely damaged.
  4. Bedouin tribesmen of the Sinai Peninsula attempted to blow up the pipeline last July as tensions intensified between them and the Egyptian government, which they accuse of discrimination and of ignoring their plight.
  5. “They do not enjoy the wealth that the state generates from the Sinai peninsula, the money has not benefitted the communities there,” our correspondent added.
  6. The gas supplies from Egypt account for 40 per cent of Israel’s gas imports.
  7. “Gas prices will now go up, after Jordanian government announced its commitment to bear the brunt of any increases in fuel derivatives till March to reduce economic hardships following massive protests here,” the former official said.

Source: Al-Jazeera

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Yemen & Syiria

In Egypt, Ekonomi / Economy, Politik / Politic, Revolution, Syiria, World, Yemen on February 3, 2011 at 7:56 am

From Tunisia to Egypt then to Syiria and now effecting Yemen. Al-Assad also told the Wall Street Journal that a domino effect with unrest spreading from Egypt and Tunisia to Syria was unlikely because his country is different.

A few fact from Al-Jazera

YEMEN

  1. In an announcement on Wednesday, Saleh said he plans for elections in April had been scrapped along with constitutional amendments that would have seen him become president for life.
  2. “No extension, no inheritance, no resetting the clock,” Saleh said during an emergency session of parliament and the consultative council ahead of a “day of rage” organised by civil society groups and opposition leaders for Thursday in all provinces.
  3. Poverty is widespread in Yemen, with 45 per cent of its 21.1 million people living on less than $2 a day, according the UN Development Programme.

SYIRIA

  1. Organisers say protests will be staged in front of the parliament in the capital, Damascus, on Friday and Saturday, and at Syrian embassies across the world.
  2. Several pages have been set up on Facebook, with the most popular one, named “The Syrian Revolution”, “liked” by about 13,000 people by Thursday.
  3. However, many of those writing comments on Facebook appeared to be Syrians living abroad calling on their “brothers” at home to protest.
  4. Facebook is officially blocked in Syria since November 2007. However, many young Syrians bypass the hurdle by using proxy servers and, in August last year, there were about 30,000 Facebook users registered in the country.
  5. As in Egypt, government critics in Syria complain of corruption and limitations to political freedom and human rights.
  6. The official unemployment rate is around 10 per cent, but some analysts say as many as every fourth Syrian is actually without a job.
  7. Calls for protests in a numer of Middle East countries are circulating on Twitter, including Yemen, February 3, Algeria, February 12, Bahrain, February 14 and Libya, February 30.

Source: Al-Jazeera

Turmoil in Egypt

In Egypt, Politik / Politic, Sosial Politik on February 1, 2011 at 2:19 pm
  1. At least a million gather in Cairo’s Tahrir Square as mass protests against President Mubarak are staged across country.
  2. About 1,000,000 people have gathered for the planned “march of a million” in the Egyptian capital, calling for Hosni Mubarak, the embattled Egyptian president, to step down.
  3. Eighth day of an uprising that has so far claimed more than 125 lives.
  4. Having lived under emergency rule since 1981, the people of Egypt finally rallied for liberty, and in the process braved the worst excesses of a police state.
  5. On that day alone, around 860 protesters were hounded by the much-feared secret police, arrested and beaten. Another three were killed. A number of foreign journalists also felt the full force of Egyptian “law”.
  6. As for the need to keep open all communications channels for protesters, reports quickly surfaced that the Egyptian authorities were blocking access to Facebook and Twitter
  7. US policy in the Middle East is naturally driven by ideology and self-interest.
  8. Egypt is the second largest recipient of US military and economic aid (after Israel) in the world, to the tune of some $1.5bn annually
  9. The people of Iran will most likely be following events as they unfold in Egypt with keen interest, whether on their satellite receivers or through Facebook and Twitter.
  10. As for the Egyptian people, time will tell whether they will break the shackles of despotism. One thing that is becoming clear to them, however, is this: The US government is proving to be no friend of theirs.

Source: Al Jazeera