REORGANISING EGYPT’S REPUBLICAN GUARD AND
Sinai Peninsula is located in northeastern ‘Egypt, bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the north
Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s new leader, ordered the country’s powerful army ch[E,f Mohamed Hussein Tantawi to retire.
Sinai Peninsula is located in northeastern ‘Egypt, bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, the Negev Desert in Israel to the northeast, the Gulf of Aqaba to the southeast, the Red Sea to the south, and the Gulf of Suez and the Suez Canal to the West. Sinai has long served as the land bridge between Africa and Asia.
Sinai has been a recurring battlefield for conflicts between Egypt and Israel. Since 1982, when Israeli troops withdrew, Sinai has remained under a special security regime mandated by the peace treaty the two countries signed in 1979, which restricts Egypt’s freedom of military action. Demilitarization, of the region’ has been under process since
MORS! REORGANISING EGYPT’S REPUBLICAN GUARD
Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s new leader, ordered the country’s powerful army ch[E,f Mohamed Hussein Tantawi to retire. He also ordered the retirement of military council Chief of Staff- Semi Annan. Morsi, who has had tense relations with the military sincc, took power on June 30th, also struck down amendments to the constitution made by the military that gave top generals widespread power and curbed presidential jurisdiction, it is still unclear whether President Morsi, of the Muslim Brotherhood, is allowed to dismizs the head of the armed forces, or if Tantawi will accept the order. Earlier Morsi told Egypt’s intelligence chief, Murad Muwafi, to retire in the wake of Sinai attack that killed 16 Egyptian border guards. He also fired the governor of Northern Sinai, and is trying to reorganise Egypt’s Republican Guard.
EGYPT REOPENS RAFAH CROSSING
Egypt reopened the Rafah border crossing with Gaza, a lifeline for Gazane,which had been closed since 5th August attack on Egyptian guards. The move signals an acivar:ee in relations between Egypt’s new government lead by President Mohammed Mom; are Gaza’s Islamist rulers-Hamas.
then, monitored by the UN Disengage militants in the region. Egypt launchedment Observer Force (UNDOF). counter airstrikes against Sinai mili‑However, recently the peace in the tants killing 11 militants. Egypt hasn’t area was shattered, when on 5th Au launched a military offensive of this gust, 16 border guards were killed by scale since the 1973 Sinai war with Israel
Provokes Oniline Uproar
Recently Gu Kailai, wife of Bo Xilai, who was until recently one of China‘s most powerful Communist leaders, was sentenced to death – suspended for two years – for the murder of UK business consultant Neil Heywood. At the same time, Zhang Xiaojun, a former bodyguard and household servant to Gu’s family, was jailed for nine years for helping her poison Heywood in a hotel room in Chongqing in south-west China last November.
The verdict and sentence is China’s most sensational trial in 30 years. It has provoked uproar in the country’s unruly, outspoken social media.
While China’s criminal conviction rate is than 98 per cent, but the fact that Gu evaded the death penalty despite being found guilty of premeditated murder was criticized over the Chinese internet with outrage that a member of the political elite was seemingly receiving special treatment. The public reaction to the verdict illustrates how much harder it is for the Communist party to rule in an authoritative manner. Chinese netizens are now openly commenting and criticizing government decisions over social media platforms such as twitter and facebook.
The case also highlighted the working of the chengguan or “city management” departments which are quasi-police units notorious for their corruption and brutality in dealing with unlicensed street vendors in big cities.
The lurid revelations of corruption, murder and intrigue at the highest levels of the Communist party have been hugely damaging to the ruling party’s image in a year when it hopes to orchestrate its second peaceful and orderly transition of power since it came to power in 1949
russia n syriya
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Layrov has warned the west against unilateral action on Syria, a day after President Barack Obama said US forces could intervene if his Syrian counterpart deployed chemical weapons against rebels trying to topple him. Russia and China have opposed military intervention. in Syria throughout 17 months of bloodshed and have vetoed three UN Security Council resolutions that would have raised pressure on Damascus to stop the bloodshed.
Russia and China base their diplomatic cooperation on the need to strictly adhere to the norms of international law and the principles contained in the UN Charter and not to allow their violation.
The sectarian violence has been continuing in Lebanon between Sunnis and Alawite community. Hence, direct military intervention in Syria may complex the matter for the .U.S as it may head towards a confrontation wider than Syria’s borders.
ri SYRIAN PREMIER DEFECTS CITING ‘GENOCIDE’
Syria’s Prime Minister Riad 1-itijz.ib joined the anti-regime revolt and ficad abroad which was a major blow to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. It is tho highest-ranking. defection of the nearly 17-month uprising, .Hijab, a leading Sunni Muslim in Assad’s minority Alawi-dominated regime, slipped across the border into Jordan. Some believe that it is the beginning of the end. The defection shows that the regime is disintegrating.