When the world gets closer.

We help you see farther.

Sign up to our expressly international daily newsletter.

Egypt

ARABICA - A Daily Shot Of What the Arab World is Saying/Hearing/Sharing

ARABICA - A Daily Shot Of What the Arab World is Saying/Hearing/Sharing
Kristen Gillespie

A R A B I C A ارابيكا

TERMS OF SANCTUARY
CNN Arabic is reporting that fleeing Gaddafi family members agreed to certain conditions by the Algerian government before being given sanctuary in that country. A Libyan convoy of seven cars carrying 31 people, including Gaddafi family members, arrived at the Algerian border at 8:45 Monday morning.

The family is "allowed no phone calls from outside" Algeria, CNN Arabic reports. Algerian paper A-Nahar reported that the family agreed to make no public statements and take no calls because "any phone call would put Algeria in a position of political embarrassment," and could be interpreted as "managing the war from a distance."

Muammar Gaddafi's daughter Aisha, a UN Goodwill Ambassador believed to be in her 30s, gave birth on the Algerian side in the early hours on Tuesday morning.

A LEAGUE OF ITS OWN
Ibrahim Almojel, a Saudi citizen, tweets: "The Arab League must intervene in Syria. What is happening in Syria far exceeds the craziness of Libya."

OVER THE MOON
Sheikh Gamal Qutb, chairman of the Fatwa Committee of Egypt's Islamic Al-Azhar University, spoke to the press to dispel persistent rumors that Israel was to blame for "discord and confusion" regarding the sighting of the moon that signals the end of Ramadan. Qutb stressed that "what is being said is not true at all," and that in fact, Saudi Arabia and Egypt did agree on the sighting of the new moon and that the three-day holiday of Eid al-Fitr marking the end of Ramadan began on the correct day. The sheikh did not elaborate on how Israel might have sabotaged the appearance of the new moon.

ROAD RAGE
Egyptian local news website Al Youm Al Sabaa reports that thousands of Egyptian residents of the town of Wadi Natroun blocked the nearby desert highway for hours on Wednesday to protest the many fatalities and accidents on the perilous road. Residents attribute the high casualty rate to a lack of bridge or tunnel for pedestrians to safely cross the highway. Families have been calling for a pedestrian crossing for decades to no avail. The final straw for residents was the death of a small child this week after being hit by a speeding car on the highway.

A local official arrived on the scene and promised to install temporary speed bumps. The protesters opened the road after the bumps were placed on the highway. The website confirmed the official's promise that the General Authority for Roads and Bridges will begin building a bridge over the highway next week.

August 31, 2011

photo credit: illustir

You've reached your limit of free articles.

To read the full story, start your free trial today.

Get unlimited access. Cancel anytime.

Exclusive coverage from the world's top sources, in English for the first time.

Insights from the widest range of perspectives, languages and countries.

Geopolitics

How A Drone Strike Inside Iran Exposes The Regime's Vulnerability — On All Fronts

It is still not clear what was the exact target of an attack by three armed drones Saturday night on an arms factory in central Iran. But it comes as Tehran authorities appear increasingly vulnerable to both its foreign and domestic enemies, with more attacks increasingly likely.

Screenshot of one of the Saturday drone attacks arms factory in Isfahan, central Iran

One of the Saturday drone attacks arms factory in Isfahan, central Iran

Screenshot
Pierre Haski

-Analysis-

PARIS — It's the kind of incident that momentarily reveals the shadow wars that are part of the Middle East. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack by three armed drones Saturday night on an arms factory complex north of Isfahan in central Iran.

But the explosion was so strong that it set off a small earthquake. Iranian authorities have played down the damage, as we might expect, and claim to have shot down the drones.

Nevertheless, three armed drones reaching the center of Iran, buzzing right up to weapons factories, is anything but ordinary in light of recent events. Iran is at the crossroads of several crises: from the war in Ukraine where it's been supplying drones to Russia to its nuclear development arriving at the moment of truth; from regional wars of influence to the anti-government uprising of Iranian youth.

Stay up-to-date with the latest on the Russia-Ukraine war, with our exclusive international coverage.

Sign up to our free daily newsletter.

That leaves us spoiled for choice when it comes to possible interpretations of this act of war against Iran, which likely is a precursor to plenty of others to follow.

Iranian authorities, in their comments, blame the United States and Israel for the aggression. These are the two usual suspects for Tehran, and it is not surprising that they are at the top of the list.

Keep reading...Show less

You've reached your limit of free articles.

To read the full story, start your free trial today.

Get unlimited access. Cancel anytime.

Exclusive coverage from the world's top sources, in English for the first time.

Insights from the widest range of perspectives, languages and countries.

The latest