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Trump’s ‘Arab NATO’ idea is doomed to fail

The United States is reportedly floating plans for a new security alliance with six Gulf Arab states, alongside Jordan and Egypt, to counter Iran’s growing presence in the region. Provisionally named the Middle East Strategic Alliance (MESA), some have dubbed it an “Arab NATO” of Sunni Muslim allies.

Egypt police arrest journalist amid wave of activist arrests

Egyptian police have arrested a journalist after raiding his home amid a new crackdown against dissent, a media watchdog has reported. The Arab Observatory for Media Freedom said in a statement that security forces detained Mohamed Said Fathy, 33, on Friday.

EU condemns Egypt over wave of activist arrests

The European Union has condemned Egyptian authorities over a wave of arrests of activists since presidential elections earlier this year, prompting an angry response from Cairo. European External Action Service, the EU’s diplomatic arm, made the criticism on Wednesday in an online statement.

As Sisi Silences Critics, Hopes Fade That Egypt’s Crackdown Will Ease

Egyptians who hoped that President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s thumping victory in the March presidential election — when he won 97 percent of votes in a deeply flawed poll — would encourage the authoritarian government to soften its crackdown on dissent have been disappointed.

Al-Sisi meets Ugandan president in Cairo

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi met his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni on Tuesday, during his visit to Cairo, to discuss bilateral relations between the two countries and enhancing cooperation in various fields, according to Egypt’s presidency spokesperson Bassam Rady.