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The Foreign Ministry announced the discussion of the use of the Mir card in China and Egypt

MFA: Russia is negotiating the use of the Mir card with China, India and Egypt Negotiations on the use of the Russian payment card Mir with the authorities of India, Cuba, Thailand and Bahrain are at different stages payment card “Mir” with a number of countries, including Azerbaijan, China and Egypt. This was stated by Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Alexander Pankin in an interview with TASS.

“The unreasonable blocking of all Russian customers by the largest international card payment systems has increased the priority of expanding the geography of using Mir cards. We are actively working in this direction»,— Pankin said.

According to him, negotiations with Bahrain, India, Cuba, Myanmar, Nigeria, Thailand and other states are also at different stages.

Now the domestic payment system can be used in 11 countries:

  • Abkhazia;
  • Armenia;
  • Belarus;
  • Vietnam;
  • Kazakhstan;
  • Kyrgyzstan;
  • Tajikistan;
  • Turkey;
  • Uzbekistan;
  • South Korea;
  • South Ossetia.

At least six more countries, including Iran, Myanmar, Nigeria, Bahrain, Thailand and Cuba, previously allowed connection to the Mir system; .

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instructionsIn July, the Association of Tour Operators of Russia reported that in Cuba it was already possible to take pictures from Mir cards; cash at local ATMs, however, Rostourism denied this information. At the same time, the department pointed out that work is underway to organize card servicing in the country.

National system of payment cards — card operator of the Russian system “Mir” — was established in 2014, after the imposition of Western sanctions against the backdrop of the annexation of Crimea. The Bank of Russia introduced a system in case of disconnection of cards of international payment systems. By 2022, the cards “Mir” hosted by nine countries.

Also, Russia began to develop the Russian financial messaging system (SPFS) – an analogue of SWIFT, which allows you to send financial messages inside and outside Russia. This became especially relevant after large Russian banks (Sberbank, VTB, VEB.RF, etc.) were disconnected from SWIFT as part of Western sanctions.

At the end of February, 331 banks were connected to the Russian system, including including Belarusian, Kyrgyz, Armenian, Kazakh, Tajik and Cuban organizations. In April, the Central Bank hid the list of SPFS participants.

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Lavrov will meet with the leadership of Egypt

Negotiations will be held on July 24 in Cairo, Lavrov has already arrived in the city. After Egypt, as part of the tour, the minister will travel to Ethiopia, Uganda and the Republic of the Congo ” alt=”Lavrov will meet with the leadership of Egypt” />

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrived in the capital of Egypt, the city of Cairo, where he will hold talks with the country's leadership on July 24, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in Telegram .

“Sergey Lavrov in Cairo. Tomorrow he will hold talks with the leadership of Egypt, — she wrote.

At the heart of Russian-African relations— time-tested bonds of friendship and cooperation. Russia “did not stain itself with the bloody crimes of colonialism” and has always supported Africans in the “struggle for liberation from colonial oppression,” the article said.

“We appreciate the balanced position of the Africans regarding what is happening in Ukraine and around it. Despite unprecedented external pressure, our friends did not join the anti-Russian sanctions,— the minister wrote. According to him, relations between Russia and African countries “are valuable in nature and do not depend on fluctuations in the international situation.”

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In Egypt, Russia is building the country's first nuclear power plant, El-Dabaa. Work on this site began on July 20. Lavrov also said in an interview with RIA Novosti that to the east of the Egyptian city of Port Said, the creation of a Russian industrial zone on the Suez Canal is now being completed.

Last time Lavrov made a big tour of Africa in 2018. Then he visited Angola, Namibia, Mozambique, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe.

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Egypt starts construction of nuclear power plant with participation of Russia

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Construction of the first nuclear power plant in Egypt, El Dabaa, began on Wednesday, with Russia participating. This was reported at the state corporation Rosatom.

A solemn ceremony was held at the construction site with the pouring of the first concrete.

“Concrete has begun to be poured,” Rosatom said.

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The nuclear power plant is located in the Matruh region on the Mediterranean coast, 350 km from Cairo. It will consist of four power units with Russian VVER-1200 reactors.

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The interest of Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia in joining the BRICS is explained

“Many international organizations are becoming meaningless trinkets”

Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Egypt are preparing to apply to join the BRICS, whose members are currently Russia, China, India, Brazil and South Africa. Discussion and a possible decision on some of the countries can be made at the next summit of the association in 2023. This was stated by the President of the BRICS International Forum Purnima Anand. The expert explained the interest of many states in joining the organization.

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Anand noted that during the 14th BRICS Leaders' Summit, which was held from June 23 to 24 in a virtual format in Beijing, this issue was discussed by China, Russia and India. Earlier it was reported that Argentina and Iran applied to join the BRICS. Tehran should also be admitted to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. “All these countries have shown their interest in joining and are preparing to apply for membership,” she said. “I think this is a good step, since expansion is always perceived positively, it will clearly increase the influence of BRICS around the world.”

According to the head of the forum, after the Ukrainian crisis, there is a real manifestation of the strength of the BRICS.

“There is a chance that the association can work to create a new world order: increase the exchange of resources, develop aviation, trade and financial routes for the new world realities,” Anand added.

“Any organization that has India , China and Russia, it matters, – comments “MK” Alexey Obraztsov, Leading Researcher at the Center for Asian and African Studies at the Higher School of Economics.– Therefore, the desire of countries to join the BRICS is such a “throwing without time”, since many international organizations, both formal and informal, lose their significance and meaning. When they were created, it was a normal plan: there was a goal and strategies were developed to achieve it.

However, over the past 20 years, all this has become an unbearable burden. And the point is not that the goal is too far away or the means are unsuitable, but that the norms of real politics are generally losing their positions. Remember how almost indifferently the recent speech of former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger about the conditions under which Russia's special operation in Ukraine would end and how NATO's role in Europe would change in this regard was received almost indifferently. And he basically said smart things. Kissinger acted precisely within the framework of his realpolitik criteria, where there was a goal and methods for achieving it. And now it all turns into a set of symbolic gestures and almost ballet steps.

According to the expert, many international organizations are becoming meaningless trinkets. And the countries that are currently on the rise and that, by virtue of the dynamics of their development or by virtue of their political culture, prefer to work with real goals, are looking for organizations and areas where they can be realized or at least come closer to achieving them.

“It's no secret that the era of redistribution, reorganization and reformatting of most international organizations, from the UN to NATO, is now coming,” the political scientist continues. – The countries that have declared their intention to join the BRICS are major regional powers. They are looking for more realistic methods of applying their forces to achieve specific goals. They have neither the time nor the inclination to play outdated formats. Let Sweden and Finland do it.

Moreover, these states are trying to confirm their position in the world. Egypt, for example, is practically the central country of the Maghreb, Saudi Arabia is one of the world's largest oil exporters and a state that claims leadership in the Islamic world. And the Islamic world is not Western Europe for you, but a huge space with a huge population.

Turkey is a country that is quite strong both economically and militarily (after all, the second army of NATO), which in The North Atlantic Alliance is constantly kept in second, if not third, roles. And now, in search of new platforms for work and development, on the one hand, as always, it pursues its goal of becoming the main one in the Turkic world, and on the other, it wants to consolidate its position in the Mediterranean. Hence its games with NATO, and ever-increasing demands, up to the recognition of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). Ankara's focus on economic dominance in the region is obvious, with plans to build a canal parallel to the Bosphorus.

Thus, Turkey, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia want to rely on the authority and assistance of the BRICS members. And this is not enough. We still need to look for an organization whose members would more or less equally look at the prospects for solving pressing world issues.

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BRICS announces possible membership of Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia

At the end of June it became known that Iran and Argentina decided to become members of the BRICS, now the list of potential members has increased. The association expressed the hope that the extension will be soon

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Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia are preparing to join the BRICS group, the Izvestia newspaper reports. with reference to the president of the international forum of this association, Purnima Anand.

“All these countries have shown their interest in joining and are preparing to apply for membership. I think this is a good step, since the expansion is always perceived positively, it will clearly increase the influence of the BRICS around the world, — she said.

According to Anand, these countries are already “in the process” of accession, so their accession, as well as Iran and Argentina, who applied at the end of June, is possible in the near future, including at the next summit of the group in 2023 in South Africa. She stressed that “all representatives of the core of the association are interested in expanding.”

The President of the international forum noted that now there is a real manifestation of the strength of the BRICS, in connection with which “there is a chance that the association will be able to work to create a new world order”, for example, in the exchange of resources, the development of trade, financial and aviation routes.

According to a high-ranking Izvestia source familiar with the process, at the June summit in Beijing, BRICS members “seriously” Saudi Arabia's accession was discussed, while Turkey and Egypt were not raised, although these countries “have been exploring the possibility of joining for several years.”

On June 27, it became known that Iran and Argentina filed applications for joining the BRICS. Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi noted that “Iran's geopolitical and geo-economic position can make it a stable and reliable partner for the BRICS”, Argentine leader Alberto Fernandez pointed out that his country aims “to be full members of this group”.

Russia reacted positively to the potential expansion of the BRICS, but insists that it is necessary to determine the procedures and requirements for candidates for accession, said Yury Ushakov, aide to the Russian president.

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BRICS currently includes five countries: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The group arose in 2006 on the basis of cooperation between four countries, in 2011 an African state joined it. The goal of BRICS is a comprehensive partnership at the political, economic and international levels.

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Bronze statues and sarcophagi with mummies found by archaeologists in Egypt

In Egypt, archaeologists have discovered the largest cache of mummies and statues, which are more than 2500 years old. In the Egyptian necropolis of Saqqara, located 25 km south of Cairo, archaeologists have found 250 sarcophagi with well-preserved mummies inside, as well as 150 bronze statues depicting ancient Egyptian deities, including Anubis, Osiris, Amunmin, Isis, Hathorand others. The cache also contained tools used during rituals dedicated to the goddess Isis. All found treasures will be transferred to the new Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo for a permanent exhibition.

Saqqara — an extensive necropolis near the ancient capital of Egypt, Memphis, where more than a dozen pyramids are located. In 1979, the necropolises of Memphis — Saqqara, Abusir, Dahshur and Giza — were included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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Embassy in Egypt denied Ukraine’s statements about Russia’s “blocking” of a ship with wheat

The Russian embassy in Egypt denied the information that the Russian forces had blocked a ship with Ukrainian wheat.

Ukrainian embassy in Egypt accused Russia of allegedly blocking a ship with wheat bound for Egypt. The Ukrainian side attached to the message with the accusations on Twitter data about the vessel from the Marine Traffic vessel tracking portal. It was stated that the ship in question was EMMAKRIS III, flying the flag of Panama.

“Reports spread by Ukraine that Russia allegedly banned the movement of a vessel loaded with Ukrainian wheat are not true,” Twitter said.

The Russian embassy reported that ships in Odessa and Chernomorsk were blocked by local Ukrainian military administrations.

The Russian fleet guarantees freedom of merchant shipping, the embassy said.

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Tourists stuck in Egypt spoke about the problems with returning to Russia

One of the tourists told RBC that people had run out of cash and essentials, but there is no data on exactly when they will be able to leave Egypt. ANEX Tour reported that tourists were accommodated in 4-5 star hotels

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More than 100 Russian tourists are stuck in Egypt and cannot return to Russia. What difficulties they have to face in everyday life and how their return to their homeland will be organized, the tourists told RBC.

“We were settled in the Charm Bright Hotel, which had not worked at all before. It was opened for tourists like us. It was already night, many people with children, crush. They started to move in. The first people who were given a number began to return, asking to change the number. Turns out there is no hot water in these rooms. Some do not have cold water, bed linen. Somewhere the bed linen is dirty»,— tourist Anton Khristev told RBC.

He added that before checking into this hotel, tourists traveled around Sharm el-Sheikh for several hours and visited several hotels, but there were no places in each of them.

“We are in the Sharm Bride hotel, only approximately 140 people, of which about 30 children and one woman in the position <…>. People have already run out of cash, transfers do not work, Visa, Mastercard are blocked. Plus, the ANEX Tour operator categorically refuses to extend visas at the expense of the company,— told RBC tourist, who asked not to indicate his name.

RBC's interlocutor clarified that all tourists were accommodated in a hotel on March 12. Since then, they have been unable to leave the country due to constant flight delays. First, the flight was postponed to March 16, then the flight was postponed for another three days. According to the latest data, tourists should fly to Russia on March 21.

According to the source, these are not all tourists who are stuck in Egypt. Other Russians remaining in the country are staying at Dreams Vacation Resort, Dreams Beach.

Tourists have already tried to contact the competent government agencies, the interlocutor told RBC. So, they left a request for assistance in returning to their homeland, but after three days the answer did not come. People also made a collective appeal to the Russian Foreign Ministry, the Russian Embassy in Cairo and the Federal Tourism Agency.

The Russian Embassy in Cairo told RBC that the problems with the transportation of tourists are associated with the threat of seizure of aircraft by foreign lessors and the closure of airspace.

“According to our information, currently there are export flights organized by tour operators and air carriers. In this regard, passengers should contact the original carrier (i.e., the airline from which the return ticket from Egypt to Russia was purchased), — the embassy said.

Tourists from organized groups were advised to seek assistance from tour operators. “Also, Russians can leave the country on their own, using the services of foreign air carriers,” — specified in the diplomatic mission.

Azur Air told RBC that they promised to return all their passengers to their homeland. “We ask passengers to stay in touch with the airline and representatives of the tour operator in order to clarify the current date and time of flight departure,” — reported by the company.

The press service of ANEX Tour told RBC that the tourists were accommodated in various 4-5 star hotels in Egypt. “Under the conditions of this particular hotel, we requested comments from the host office. Regarding the dates of the postponement of departure & mdash; Indeed, currently the export is under high load from the carrier and receiving offices, given the current and changing circumstances. The schedule is adjusted based on the possibilities of organizing export flights on specific dates and from a specific country,— told the press service.

According to Rostourism, most Russian organized tourists are in Egypt. The Russians are also stuck in Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the Dominican Republic, Vietnam and Thailand. Charter flights from the Dominican Republic, Egypt, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Thailand and Vietnam are being coordinated.

According to the agency, tour operators returned more than 80% of organized tourists, that is, about 75 thousand people. “In the last 24 hours alone, more than 1,500 organized tourists have been transported out. Tour operators return tourists home either by special charter flights or regular connecting flights through third countries, — The ministry said.

Russian airlines, whose aircraft are leased, have stopped flying abroad due to the threat of seizure of aircraft by foreign lessors. The corresponding recommendation was issued by the Federal Air Transport Agency. In turn, the Federal Tourism Agency acknowledged that the process of returning fellow citizens to their homeland will take a long time.

The public services portal has created a special section for collecting data from Russians stuck abroad. The organization of the export of Russians on behalf of the government should be carried out by the Federal Air Transport Agency, Rostourism and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Russia suspends travel packages to Turkey and Egypt

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URA.RU writes that Russia has suspended the sale of tours to Turkey and Egypt. Until March 28, there will be no flights to these countries.

This is due to the fact that now tour operators and travel agents are actively exporting tourists. However, in March, their activities have noticeably risen in price, so they are forced to take a break.

The publication notes that instead of the classic destinations in Turkey and Egypt, Russians began to prefer domestic tourism. At the same time, the Emirates and the Maldives are still actively buying up, the source said.

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Archaeologists find 30 mummies in Egypt

Archaeologists have discovered 30 mummies in the Egyptian city of Aswan, Live Science writes.

The entrance to the ancient family tomb was hidden in a building scorched by fire, inside which experts found  30 mummies of various ages, including several elderly people with arthritis, as well as children and a newborn baby.

Researchers have not yet dated the tomb, but they believe that one family buried their dead in it for several centuries.

Professor from the University of Milan, Egyptologist and head of the excavations Patricia Piacentini believes that the burials were most likely made in the Ptolemaic and Roman periods — from the 1st century BC to the 2nd or 3rd century AD.

The discovered necropolis was one of 300 graves that archaeologists found in the area of ​​the Mausoleum of the Aga Khan on the top of a small hill along the Nile. The uniqueness of this tomb lies in the fact that it is located inside a larger above-ground structure, while most other tombs are located underground or dug into rocky hills. Presumably, this necropolis was used for sacrifices. This is proved by the bones of animals found here, the remains of plants, fruits, fragments of a vase, a necklace and other objects.

Piacentini and her team also found traces of fire on the walls of the building, which could have been left by those who performed the ritual, or robbers graves.

In December, a mummy between 800 and 1200 years old was found by archaeologists in Peru.

In November, after restoration, the Sphinx Alley was opened in Luxor. The ceremony was attended by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

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“It’s also good that they survived.” How to avoid food poisoning while on holiday in Egypt?

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31 & nbsp; October this year at & nbsp; five-star hotel AMC Royal in & nbsp; Hurghada during & nbsp; lunch time on & nbsp; system “ buffet '' poisoned with snacks and & nbsp; ended up in & nbsp; hospital 29 & nbsp; Russian tourists. Fortunately, there were no severe cases & nbsp; was & nbsp; & mdash; most of our people were discharged from the hospital in a couple of days. The Egyptian authorities closed AMC & nbsp; Royal, and & nbsp; at the same time and & nbsp; 18 more resort hotels in Hurghada and & nbsp; Sharm el-Sheikh, revealing unsanitary conditions in & nbsp; kitchens. Why is this happening, and & nbsp; how not to go on & nbsp; rest in & nbsp; Egypt, so as not to thunder from the & nbsp; beach to & nbsp; resuscitation? From & nbsp; personal experience, the AIF columnist tried to find out.

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“All inclusive” for & nbsp; 550 rubles

… & mdash; You cannot stay in & nbsp; hotels where ONLY Russian tourists live! & mdash; & nbsp; explains travel agency owner in & nbsp; Hurghada Mohammed Shabir … & mdash; & nbsp; Why? Unfortunately, tour operators from & nbsp; RF are not & nbsp; very willing to check the living conditions of compatriots. In & nbsp; hotels, where citizens of the Federal Republic of Germany are accommodated, sometimes operations are carried out, as in a detective series: a special agent arrives and & nbsp; secretly tastes food all week. Your & nbsp; same tourism figures are always concerned only with the fact that the hotel “ bend '' a & nbsp; lower price, and & nbsp; better & nbsp; weld. I once saw a man measure with a “ centimeter '' in a hotel for Finnish tourists. pillow (!) & mdash; Does it fit the size you want? I lay down on the & nbsp; bed, felt the blanket. At & nbsp; you & nbsp; no one & nbsp; worries that the supposedly “ five-star '' the hotel, like AMC & nbsp; Royal, sells accommodation for & nbsp; 15 & nbsp; dollars (1 & nbsp; 100 rubles & nbsp; & mdash; Aut.) for & nbsp; night. This means that for & nbsp; food and & nbsp; alcohol under the & nbsp; all-inclusive system spent … 550 rubles per & nbsp; day. And & nbsp; what can you feed for & nbsp; that kind of money? Only rubbish. It's good that people are still alive.

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Why fish and & nbsp; chicken are dried

… This is African specific: 'five stars' one hotel in & nbsp; Egypt may differ from & nbsp; another, like heaven and & nbsp; earth. Let's say the hotel received a rating 20 years ago & nbsp; for a bribe, and & nbsp; since & nbsp; then everything has remained in & nbsp; place & nbsp; & mdash; although the quality of the food has deteriorated and the rooms are dilapidated. I & nbsp; in & nbsp; Hurghada visited & nbsp; different levels of the “ housing stock '', and & nbsp; well noticeable & nbsp; & mdash; in & nbsp; one “ five-star '' the hotel can be fed with frozen chicken and & nbsp; dried vegetables, the & nbsp; other will already serve baked lamb, salmon, fresh fish. The price, of course, differed by & nbsp; three times. You should pay attention to & nbsp; when booking a trip: do not & nbsp; be naive and & nbsp; do not & nbsp; count & nbsp; & mdash; Egypt is a cheap and & nbsp; impoverished country, so everything here costs a penny. Once upon a time it was really so and & nbsp; was, but & nbsp; now times have changed & nbsp; & mdash; In the & nbsp; era of the coronavirus, food prices have risen considerably, and & nbsp; individual hotels are openly “ cheating '' by purchasing food of the lowest quality. In this case, problems with the & nbsp; stomach of tourists are inevitable. Naturally, hoteliers try to comply with certain security measures & nbsp; & mdash; a scandal out of the blue is not needed by anyone. You will prefer not to & nbsp; serve medium rare meat (that & nbsp; is with & nbsp; blood) & nbsp; & mdash; little & nbsp; is that. Similarly, do and & nbsp; with & nbsp; fish & nbsp; & mdash; that's why she's at the & nbsp; buffet pretty dry & nbsp; & mdash; after all, seafood in & nbsp; in case of insufficient heat treatment is a dangerous thing. A similar story and & nbsp; with & nbsp; chicken, turkey: did it strike you & nbsp; eyes that the dishes from & nbsp; poultry in & nbsp; hotels are dry, overcooked? & Nbsp; Egyptian chefs have instructions & nbsp; & mdash; don't & nbsp; leave nothing raw.

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'We recruited staff from the & nbsp; street'

… & mdash; I & nbsp; guess the difficulty in & nbsp; next, & nbsp; & mdash; considers the manager of the Fort Arabesque hotel Nabil Kama … & mdash; & nbsp; After the terrible terrorist attack in & nbsp; Sharm el-Sheikh in & nbsp; 2015 and & nbsp; the termination of flights from & nbsp; RF closed hotels that worked only with & nbsp; Russian tourists. Now flights from & nbsp; Russia have suddenly resumed, and & nbsp; personnel for the “ Russians '' hotels were recruited urgently & nbsp; & mdash; literally from the & nbsp; street. This is probably what caused chaos in the & nbsp; kitchen. Out of nowhere they got people, it is not clear who was engaged in products & nbsp; & mdash; the situation is very predictable. & Nbsp; we have fifteen hundred guests in the & nbsp; hotel, and & nbsp; we & nbsp; will never & nbsp; do & nbsp; & mdash; there is always a special approach to & nbsp; food. People eat every day, you need to feed them & nbsp; varied, good products. Caution should be observed, everything should be checked ten times, not be lazy. You can't relax. It will turn out to be & nbsp; the whole dinner a single stale chicken, and & nbsp; its & nbsp; meat will go to & nbsp; salads & nbsp; & mdash; dozens of people can get poisoned at once.

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Demand compensation

… The main Egyptian resorts & nbsp; & mdash; and & nbsp; Hurghada, and & nbsp; Sharm el-Sheikh are actually in the & nbsp; desert: from & nbsp; large settlements it takes about three hours to get there. To bring tons of food, you need large suppliers with & nbsp; large refrigerators, serious companies & nbsp; & mdash; their & nbsp; services are not cheap. It happened that the owners of inexpensive hotels buy food from dubious traders, only those & nbsp; would give the food at a bargain price. Despite & nbsp; checks from & nbsp; by western tour operators, they are poisoned at & nbsp; & quot; buffets & quot; and & nbsp; European tourists & nbsp; & mdash; in & nbsp; 2017, 17 & nbsp; British holidaymakers were in & nbsp; hospital after dinner at the & nbsp; Jaz Aquamarine hotel. Having filed with the & nbsp; court, the British received compensation: 60 & nbsp; 000 pounds sterling (almost 6 & nbsp; million rubles & nbsp; & mdash; Auth.) However, I & nbsp; have not yet & nbsp; heard that money for spoiled vacation was paid to our citizens. “ A detailed analysis of the purchased products is required, & nbsp; & mdash; sure hotel manager & bdquo; Premier le & nbsp; Roar & ldquo; in & nbsp; Hurghada Fuket Zakaria … & mdash; & nbsp; We & nbsp; personally check each item, and & nbsp; there was & nbsp; there was & nbsp; a single case of suppliers trying to deceive us. Otherwise, we & nbsp; will refuse & nbsp; cooperation, and & nbsp; competition in & nbsp; Egypt is high. Our kitchen employs 60 & nbsp; employees, with & nbsp; compliance with high security measures & nbsp; & mdash; overalls, masks and & nbsp; gloves. You need to feed 800 people & nbsp; & mdash; we bake lambs, we do themed evenings: seafood, Indian or Chinese cuisine. Poorly fried meat or fish, we & nbsp; on the & nbsp; table do not & nbsp; let & nbsp; & mdash; it might not be & nbsp; so tasty, but & nbsp; but safe. I & nbsp; advise Russian tourists not to be negligent about & nbsp; their vacations, but & nbsp; carefully read reviews about & nbsp; hotels that they & nbsp; recommend. If there are frequent complaints about & nbsp; food & nbsp; & mdash; please select another hotel '.

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Russian warships to take part in joint exercises with Egypt

A detachment of ships of the Black Sea Fleet has been sent to the Egyptian port of Alexandria to participate in joint naval exercises with Egypt, RIA Novosti reports.

The official call of Russian ships into the port of Egypt will take place on December 3 … The detachment of ships of the Russian Navy includes the frigate Admiral Grigorovich, the patrol ship Dmitry Rogachev and the rescue tug SB-742.

The maneuvers will last from 3 to 10 December in the eastern Mediterranean. The ships of the Russian Federation and Egypt will carry out the tasks of repelling attacks from naval targets, inspecting suspicious ships and organizing air defense.

Earlier it was reported that Russia deployed the Bastion missile system; on the Kuril island of Matua. This is an autonomous military town with premises for year-round service and residence.

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New restrictive regulations in Egypt will shut down access to independent information, legal director says

“MuiTypography-root-133 MuiTypography-h1-138″>New restrictive regulations in Egypt will shut down access to independent information, legal director says

Egypt's new amendments to its national terrorism law will reinstate military powers that curtail human rights and free speech. Mai El-Sadany, the legal director at the Tahrir Institute of Middle East Policy in Washington discusses the development with The World's host Marco Werman.

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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi holds a news conference at the Presidential Palace in Khartoum, Sudan, March. 6, 2021.

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The ending of Egypt's nearly four-year state of emergency last week seemed like a promising sign for building trust in civil society. But President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi is now trying to make permanent a more recent and temporary national security law that would give the military powers normally used during a state of emergency. And it would allow for new legislative proposals to further build upon that.

Related: Egypt ends its state of emergency amid intense criticism of its human rights record

The amendments to the national terrorism law, which were approved by the House of Representatives on Sunday, would give the president the authority to take “measures necessary to preserve security and public order,” including the ability to impose curfews.

Related: 10 years after the Arab uprisings, Egypt at ‘lowest point’ for human rights

Mai El-Sadany, the legal director at the Tahrir Institute of Middle East Policy in Washington, has been following this development, and discussed what it entails with The World's host Marco Werman.

Marco Werman: Mai, where did this temporary national security law come from originally?Mai El-Sadany: So, we've had this law since 2014, and it was in place for a two-year period. And what it did is that it placed public and vital facilities and infrastructure under the oversight of the police and military, which in turn meant that any attacks, violations committed toward or around these facilities could actually be prosecuted by military courts. And so, that meant that a number of civilians were, in fact, referred to military trials. Human Rights Watch recorded nearly 7,400 civilians tried by the military in the first, about, year and a half after the law's passing. This law was then extended for a five-year period. And what happened this week, is that the time limit has been removed, so this law is now here to stay.

 

So, just briefly, what do the other draft amendments do that Egypt's parliament is considering?There is one that governs the disclosure of state defense secrets. But what's new is that it would punish publishing information through statistics, studies or data related to the armed forces, so related to the military, without written consent from the defense ministry. So, the fact that we're criminalizing the work that investigative journalists might do is really, really alarming. In addition to that, there have also been new amendments that are being considered to the terrorism law. But now you're seeing an increased fine for anyone who publishes or records proceedings that are happening before a terrorism court. You're seeing increased violations for anyone who violates a curfew that might be in place. So really, this package of amendments when you step back, these three laws, if you will, are kind of a microcosm and they show us how Egypt is legislating using national security, and they're instrumentalizing counterterrorism.

 

What does all this mean for human rights activists or anyone in Egypt who wants to express themselves or their opinions freely?It's really, these laws and others like them, they create a chilling effect, if you will. And they make it near impossible for journalists, for human rights defenders, for lawyers to carry out their constitutionally protected activities, to protect others, to report freely. We're seeing a closure of, not just civic space, but a closure of the information space controlled by the regime to kind of make sure that nothing is said outside of the accepted state narrative. And unfortunately, the steps it's taking is sending us in the wrong direction.

 

Were you skeptical last week when it was announced that the state of emergency was going to be lifted?I'll say this: As someone who supports Egyptian civil society, I was extremely happy to see the state of emergency being lifted. But at the same time, I was very well aware, unfortunately, that emergency trials would continue, that there are other laws on the books that continue this parallel system of emergency. Unfortunately, the steps taken in the weeks since really undo any of the goodwill that could have been garnered by declaring an end to the state of emergency.

 

So, is the overall direction in Egypt any better today, in your opinion?Unfortunately not.

This interview has been lightly edited and condensed for clarity.

Egypt ends its state of emergency amid intense criticism of its human rights record

Egypt ends its state of emergency amid intense criticism of its human rights record

Egypt has ended its state of emergency after four years. Samer Shehata, professor of Middle East studies at the University of Oklahoma, tells The World's Marco Werman that the move is geared more toward the international community than Egyptian citizens.

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For the first time in four years, Egypt is no longer under a state of emergency. The government of President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi made the decision following years of criticism from human rights advocates.

President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi announced his decision in a Facebook post. He said the move came because “Egypt has become an oasis of security and stability in the region.”

Related: Activists look to Congress after Biden requests military aid for Egypt without human rights conditions

Egypt has been under a continuous state of emergency since the assassination of President Anwar Sadat in 1981, with the exception of a few years following the 2011 revolution that ousted Hosni Mubarak. The state of emergency was reinstated in 2017 after two Coptic churches in the country were bombed by an ISIS affiliate.

Related: Powerful countries break their silence on Egypt’s human rights abuses

The state of emergency allowed for arrests without warrants, the swift prosecution of suspects and the establishment of special courts.

Whether this move will help imprisoned writers, lawyers and activists is still unclear.

Professor Samer Shehata, an associate professor in Middle East studies at the University of Oklahoma, joined The World’s host Marco Werman from Washington to break down what this decision may mean for people inside Egypt. 

Marco Werman: Samer, can you tell us why the state of emergency was put in place to begin with?Samer Shehata: Well, the most recent state of emergency was put in place in 2017 after a series of bombings by an ISIS affiliate against churches in Egypt that left a number of people dead. But in reality, Egyptians have been living under a state of emergency for about 50 years really, since 1967.For the state of emergency imposed by President Sisi, who did it impact primarily?Well, it probably impacts the majority of people who are in prison for protesting. But it’s also been used against, of course, Muslim Brotherhood leaders and supporters, liberals and people who supported the 2011 revolution, youth activists, journalists, you name it, anyone who’s been willing to criticize the government.

 

So, practically, what does it mean for the thousands of political detainees, that the state of emergency has been lifted?Well, it’s not perfectly clear yet what it will mean for those who are already in jail, right? Because many of the high-profile people, we believe, who’ve gotten the most attention are still going to be subject to their detention, and so on, and the court system that they have been subject to. It will, hopefully, end the special emergency state security courts that the emergency law allows. And it will, hopefully, if it is to mean anything other than just this declaration, will allow a little bit of greater political space in Egypt, but that’s certainly yet to be determined.

 

What do you think the lifting of the state of emergency now signals more generally about the Egyptian government? I mean, is this them rolling out a welcome mat for free expression or simply confidence that they’re firmly in control of the country?Well, they’re firmly in control of the country, but I think what it is in response to is increasing criticism and some action by the international community about the human rights record and the abysmal state of political freedom in Egypt. There’s been intense criticism of the human rights record. And then, of course, very recently, the Biden administration withheld some $130 million of aid to the government. And the government has been, in response, trying to change its image, trying to kind of produce a makeover and to say that it’s more interested in civil society groups, human rights and so on.

 

And, Samer, those critics have been pretty relentless. Earlier this year, five leading human rights organizations in Egypt laid out some basic steps that should be taken to stop the erosion of human rights there. The lifting of the state of emergency — that was the first step. What are the next steps, and do you think the Egyptian government will continue the process?Sure, they asked for a number of very concrete things, I mean, freeing political prisoners, for example. There are thousands of political prisoners. Stopping the detentions that kind of go on forever, staying all executions, political and criminal cases and so on, all kinds of other things. So, those would really be much more…concrete actions. And therefore, I think, and many others, are a little bit skeptical about what this really means in practice.

 

So, if I’m a protester or a journalist right now in Egypt and I see this policy change, put us in the mind of that person, what am I thinking? Can I go out and kind of express myself freely now?Not necessarily. I think it’s certainly understood as a signal to the international community, more so than a signal to Egyptians. But it also could mean that there is only slightly more room for political maneuver in Egypt. Not a great amount, but a little bit more.

This interview has been lightly edited and condensed for clarity. AP contributed to this report. 

Iran faces widespread gas station outage, believed to be a cyberattack.

Iran faces widespread gas station outage, believed to be a cyberattack.

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Iran
A widespread network outage, believed to be caused by a cyberattack, has affected gas stations across Iran, shutting down a government system that manages fuel subsidies, and leaving angry motorists stranded in long lines at shuttered stations. No group has claimed responsibility for the outage. The semiofficial ISNA news agency reported that  those trying to buy fuel with a government-issued card through machines received a message reading “cyberattack 64411.” Most Iranians rely on the subsidies to fuel their vehicles, particularly amid the country’s economic problems, and an economy that’s been buckling under US sanctions. The use of the number “64411” mirrors an cyberattack in July targeting Iran’s railroad system that also saw the number displayed. Israeli cybersecurity firm Check Point later attributed the train attack to a group of hackers that called themselves Indra, after the Hindu god of war.

Sudan
A day after a military coup in Sudan, protesters burned tires and blocked roads with makeshift barricades in the capital Khartoum. The takeover came after weeks of mounting tensions between military and civilian leaders over the course and pace of Sudan’s transition to a democratic system, which has made slow progress since the ousting of former President Omar al-Bashir in 2019. Sudan’s top general Abdel Fattah al-Burhan maintains that the military ousted the government to avoid civil war. The US had removed Khartoum from a list of state sponsors of terrorism last year, and recently voiced support for civilian rule sending in the top regional envoy, Jeffrey Feltman, to dissuade the military leadership from seizing power, but the generals made their move three hours after Feltman’s departure.

Egypt
Egypt has ended its state of emergency for the first time since 2017, saying that it’s no longer needed. Since the assassination of President Anwar Sadat in 1981, Egypt has been under a continuous state of emergency with the exception of a few years following the 2011 revolution that ousted Hosni Mubarak. It was reinstated after the bombings of two Coptic churches by an ISIS affiliate that killed more than 40 people and wounded dozens more in April 2017. The state of emergency had granted the government sweeping authority to quash protests, detain dissidents and control everyday life in the most populous Arab country. Prominent Egyptian activist Hossam Bahgat said the decision would stop the use of emergency state security courts, though it would not apply to some high-profile cases already referred to such courts.

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Israel’s defense minister has designated six Palestinian rights groups — al-Haq, Addameer, the Bisan Center for Research and Development, the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees, Defense for Children International-Palestine and the Union of Agricultural Work Committees — as terrorist organizations. Israel says the groups are connected to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), which has been behind attacks in the past.

The announcement brought swift condemnation. The US State Department said it was never notified of the decision, and human rights campaigners say the terror designations are baseless. Activists called on the international community on Saturday to help reverse Israel’s unprecedented decision.

Nour Odeh, a media consultant based in Ramallah, who is a former spokesperson for the Palestinian Prime Minister’s Office, discussed the move with The World’s Carol Hills.

In China, jump roping is a popular competitive sport. Skill level also affects kids’ grades.

A man and woman twirl a jump rope for a girl at a park in Beijing, Oct. 31, 2015.

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In China, where classrooms can have upwards of 40 students, jump rope is a relatively inexpensive sport. It doesn’t take up much space so it’s become a popular measure of student fitness. And it’s not just a requirement — it impacts your final grade.

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A “long-awaited victory.” That’s what Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called a decision by a Dutch court which ruled that a collection of archeological objects from the disputed Crimean Peninsula should be returned to Ukraine, as they are “part of the cultural heritage of the Ukrainian state.” Crimea loaned the artifacts to the Allard Pierson museum in Amsterdam before Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014. Russian officials and lawmakers have vowed to appeal.

🇳🇱🇺🇦 In what Kyiv hailed as a “victory”, a Dutch court ruled a trove of cultural treasures from Crimea should be handed to the Ukrainian government. https://t.co/IkrKLmeJm2

— euronews (@euronews) October 26, 2021In case you missed itListen: Sudan’s military takes power in coup

In this frame taken from video, the head of the military, Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, announced in a televised address that he was dissolving the country’s ruling Sovereign Council, as well as the government led by Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, in Khartoum, Sudan, Oct. 25, 2021. 

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The armed forces in Sudan have detained the country’s prime minister along with other top officials and dissolved the joint civilian-military government that was steering the country toward democratic reform in an apparent military coup. And Afghanistan will restart nationwide polio vaccinations after more than three years. The new Taliban government agreed to assist the campaign and will allow women to participate as front-line workers. Also, jump-rope contests are popular entertainment on Chinese TV. Now, parents are sending their kids to jump-rope cramming schools for another reason — gaining an edge on their test scores.

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Activists look to Congress after Biden requests military aid for Egypt without human rights conditions

Activists look to Congress after Biden requests military aid for Egypt without human rights conditions

Egypt has been the second-largest recipient of US military aid since the Camp David Accords in 1978.

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During his campaign for president, then-candidate Joe Biden promised “no more blank checks for Trump’s favorite dictator”: Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi.

But some human rights activists say that’s just what Biden has done by recommending $1.3 billion in military aid for Egypt without imposing any human rights conditions.

Groups, including Amnesty International, had urged the administration to use the aid to encourage Cairo to address abuses. But instead, the proposed defense budget released late last month makes the same request for Egypt that’s been made since 1987.

“To me, this is policy on autopilot, on cruise control.”

Seth Binder, director of advocacy at the Project on Middle East Democracy

“To me, this is policy on autopilot, on cruise control,” said Seth Binder, director of advocacy at the Project on Middle East Democracy.

Egypt has an estimated 60,000 political prisoners — including activists, lawyers and academics. Among them are five Egyptian Americans. Last month, the Washington, DC-based advocacy group, The Freedom Initiative, released a report showing that Egypt had also jailed the family members of five people in the US after they spoke out about human rights.

Related: Powerful countries break their silence on Egypt’s human rights abuses

“These are clear efforts on the part of the Egyptian government to curtail rights and freedoms in the United States.”

Allison McManus, research director, The Freedom Initiative

“These are clear efforts on the part of the Egyptian government to curtail rights and freedoms in the United States,” said Allison McManus, the initiative’s research director. 

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken cited The Freedom Initiative report when he was in Cairo last month meeting with Sisi.

“I certainly raised this in my meeting today and will continue to do so until Americans are reunited with their families,” he said during a press conference. “More broadly … President Biden takes the issue of human rights, and our commitment to human rights, very seriously. Indeed, he’s asked us to put it at the heart of our foreign policy. And that’s exactly what we’re doing. And that was reflected in the conversations that we had today.”

McManus said many in the US hoped that the meeting between Blinken and Sisi would lead to the release of their imprisoned family members.

Related: Public art honoring Egyptian American Moustafa Kassem sends universal human rights message

“We celebrated the attention that was given to the issue, but we can’t really celebrate until we see more releases,” she said.

Meanwhile, Egypt earned the Biden administration’s gratitude for its help during the recent violence between Israel and the Palestinians something Blinken mentioned at the same press conference.

“Egypt played a crucial role in brokering the ceasefire,” he said. “It’s already committed $500 million to the reconstruction effort in Gaza.”

Related: Israeli police arrest dozens in night of chaos in Jerusalem

Egypt has been a key ally of the US, and the second-largest recipient of military aid from Washington — after Israel — since the Camp David Accords of 1978.

The Biden administration has already indicated it will take a nuanced approach to its relationship. But in February, it approved a $197 million sale of missiles to the country, to the disappointment of human rights activists. 

“That was an opportunity for the US government to say, ‘No, no, no, we are making a change. We’re not just going to continue business as usual and move forward on an arms sale. We’re going to need to see legitimate progress on human rights reforms,’” Binder said. “And they didn’t do that.”

Advocates pushing for a harsher stance toward Egypt now have their hopes centered on the US Congress, where the budget will go next for review. And Congress has already shown a willingness to act. Last year, it made a portion of aid to Egypt conditional to the release of political prisoners. But Blinken has the power to waive that requirement in the interest of national security, and he has until the end of September to do so.

Binder hopes Congress takes that power away: “I’d like to see them remove the national security waiver entirely to send the strong message that Congress does care about human rights in Egypt, and is unwilling to sit back and wait anymore.”

Related: UN Human Rights Council starts work to address a ‘pandemic of human rights abuses’

Some experts believe that making military aid contingent on human rights improvements will have the wrong effect — for instance, pushing Egypt into the arms of countries like Russia. And earlier this year, Egypt did defy the US by buying Russian jets.

McManus of The Freedom Initiative acknowledged the argument but said she doesn’t see any leverage being used by the US toward Egypt.

“When push comes to shove, we don’t actually see firm policy changes.”

Allison McManus, research director, The Freedom Initiative

“I think what we’re seeing is a desire to return to business as usual, where the administration will insist on human rights behind closed doors, where they’ll continue to really insist that they are prioritizing issues like political detentions, like freedom of expression and freedom of association,” she said. “But when push comes to shove, we don’t actually see firm policy changes.” 

Whatever the Biden administration’s approach, thousands of families are hoping it will somehow result in the release of wrongly imprisoned Egyptians and Egyptian Americans in Egypt.

Powerful countries break their silence on Egypt’s human rights abuses 

Powerful countries break their silence on Egypt's human rights abuses 

It’s the first time the UN council has weighed in on the situation in Egypt in seven years. And, it represents a policy shift by the US, which was among 31 countries that brought a resolution forward.

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Gulf Arab leaders sign declaration with Qatar to ease rift

Gulf Arab leaders sign declaration with Qatar to ease rift

Saudi journalists watch a large display screen in a media center, showing Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, center, at the 41st Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) meeting, in Al Ula, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021.

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Saudi Arabia marked a new page in relations with Qatar following the kingdom’s decision to end a 3 1/2-year embargo of small Gulf state, easing a rift that deeply divided regional US security allies and frayed social ties across the interconnected Arabian Peninsula.

The Saudi decision to open its airspace and borders to Qatar was the first major step toward ending the diplomatic crisis that began in 2017, just as the Trump administration was raising pressure on Iran. The Saudi move was announced Monday night, on the eve of the gathering of Gulf Arab leaders in Saudi Arabia’s ancient desert city of Al-Ula.

It was unclear what, if any, significant concessions Qatar had made before the summit. Still, an immediate shift in tone was palpable as one of Qatar’s Al Jazeera Arabic news Twitter accounts shared photos of the Riyadh and Abu Dhabi skylines on Tuesday following years of critical coverage.

The diplomatic breakthrough followed a final push by the outgoing Trump administration and Kuwait to mediate the dispute. It also came as Saudi Arabia seeks to unify Arab ranks ahead of the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden, which is expected to take a firmer stand toward the kingdom and re-engage with Iran.

Dania Thafer, executive director of Gulf International Forum, said Saudi Arabia is concerned about whether Biden will draw down the US military presence in the Persian Gulf that had expanded under President Donald Trump and enter back into nuclear negotiations with Iran.

“If that is the case, then the (Arab) states need to respond with a regional solution to security. And I think resolving the Gulf crisis is one step forward towards that direction,” she said.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who embraced Qatar’s emir upon his arrival at the summit, said the region needed to unite and face challenges posed by Iran’s proxies and its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

He said the declaration signed by Gulf leaders and Egypt “emphasizes Arab and Gulf solidarity and stability, and reinforces the continuity of friendship and brotherhood between our countries.”

The four countries that jointly boycotted Qatar — Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain — were hoping their embargo and media blitz would pressure it to end its close relations with Turkey and Iran. Egypt and the UAE view the support by Qatar and Turkey of Islamist groups like the Muslim Brotherhood as a security threat. Saudi Arabia and Bahrain are primarily concerned about Qatar’s ties with Iran.

The boycott failed to change Doha’s stance, however, instead buoying its young ruler domestically as patriotic fervor swept through Qatar in support of his resolve. It also pushed Qatar closer to Turkey and Iran, which rushed to support the ultra-wealthy Gulf state as it faced medical and food supply shortages in the first days of the embargo.

While the Saudi decision to end its embargo marks a milestone toward resolving the dispute, the path toward reconciliation is far from guaranteed. The rift between Abu Dhabi and Doha has been deepest, with the UAE and Qatar at sharp ideological odds.

The UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar Gargash, tweeted late Monday that his country was keen to restore Gulf unity but cautioned: “We have more work to do.”

The conflict in Libya remains a contentious issue, with Egypt and the UAE supporting military commander Khalifa Hifter, who launched a 2019 assault on a Tripoli-based bloc backed by Turkey and Qatar.

Thafer said the issues that sparked the row haven’t been eliminated.

“The core tensions are still lingering, and that leaves a major question mark on how will they move forward,” she said. The summit and the declaration signed in Al-Ula to support Gulf unity “were confidence-building mechanisms more than they were a full reconciliation.”

The presence of Qatar’s Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani at the summit marked the first time he’s attended the Gulf Cooperation Council meeting in Saudi Arabia since the boycott began. He sent an envoy to the past two summits there.

This year, Egypt’s foreign minister also attended the meeting of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, which comprises Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar. The meeting was chaired by the Saudi crown prince rather than his father, King Salman.

Meanwhile, Qatar’s finance minister arrived to Cairo Tuesday for the opening of a luxury hotel on the Nile, developed by Qatar’s Diar. It is the first visit to Egypt by a senior Qatari official since the crisis began. Officials at Cairo’s airport said the Qatari minister flew directly from Doha through Saudi airspace.

This year’s GCC summit is the first since Washington brokered normalization deals between Israel and the UAE, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco in rapid succession, marking a major shift in regional alliances.

Trump adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, who spearheaded those deals, was at the summit for the signing of the Gulf declaration.

The dispute had pitted regional US allies against one another at a time when the Trump administration was working to pressure Iran. It also separated families who had intermarried with Qataris and ended years of visa-free travel for Qataris in parts of the Gulf.

Thafer said the dispute was seen as “low-hanging fruit” that the Trump administration felt it had the leverage to try to resolve quickly.

Saudi Arabia’s decision to end the embargo not only underscored the kingdom’s assertion of its heavyweight position among Arab states, but also its regional leadership, which has been challenged at times by the UAE’s unilateral and politically shrewd moves.

Qatar’s only land border with Saudi Arabia, which it relied on for the import of dairy products, construction materials and other goods, has been mostly closed since June 2017.

The boycotting countries made a list of demands on Qatar that year, including that it shutter its flagship Al-Jazeera news network and terminate Turkish military presence in Qatar, which is also home to a major US military base.  Qatar rejected the demands and has denied support of extremists.

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As more journalists stand trial in Turkey, the truth becomes more elusive

As more journalists stand trial in Turkey, the truth becomes more elusive

Turkey is often cited by the Committee to Protect Journalists as the world’s largest jailer of media personnel in the world, alongside China and Egypt. 

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Durrie Bouscaren

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For nine hours on Wednesday, Özge Terkoğlu sat in the gallery of a Turkish courtroom hearing testimony against her husband, Barış Terkoğlu, the news director of OdaTV, an online TV channel. 

Watching her husband take the stand, she fretted about his weight loss over the past three months he spent in prison. 

Barış Terkoğlu is one of seven journalists from various media outlets facing charges over their coverage of the deaths of Turkish intelligence officers in Libya. An eighth defendant, a municipal worker in the western Turkish town of Akhisar, is accused of supplying pictures to the journalists of the funeral of one of the dead intelligence officers.

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The deaths weren’t a secret — it was discussed in Turkey’s parliament and on social media. But these writers were accused of breaking state secrecy laws; the charges were deemed so serious that even during the pandemic, the journalists could not be released. Instead, they languished alone in their cells. 

It’s just the most recent example of how freedom of the press continues to shrink in Turkey — and the intense political pressure facing journalists to toe the line.

“He’s very courageous in terms of writing on topics that are very hard to touch, that disturb people that have power. All those things that we have to go through as a family, we can handle it. But we don’t deserve it.”

Özge Terkoğlu, wife of jailed journalist

“He’s very courageous in terms of writing on topics that are very hard to touch, that disturb people that have power,” Özge Terkoğlu said of her husband. “All those things that we have to go through as a family, we can handle it. But we don’t deserve it.” 

Turkey is often cited by the Committee to Protect Journalists as the world’s largest jailer of media personnel in the world, alongside China and Egypt. 

Just this week, 19 Turkish journalists and media workers were scheduled for hearings for various offenses (including those on trial for breaking state secrecy laws), according to Expression Interrupted, a free speech tracking project. If things go as usual, some reporters will be released, others will pay fines and some cases will drag on for years. 

Related: How Turkey’s Erdoğan went from populist hero to strongman

In Terkoğlu’s case, the judges returned on Wednesday with a decision around 10 p.m. Three of the journalists, including Terkoğlu, were released while their trial continues. The others will likely remain in prison until the next hearing, which is scheduled for September. 

Özge Terkoğlu and her husband, Barış Terkoğlu, are pictured with their young son.

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Courtesy of Özge Terkoğlu

The ambiguity of the law and irregularity of how it is imposed is enough to make anyone rethink the work they do. Some reporters leave the industry or move abroad. Others establish alternative outlets online, like OdaTV. 

Little by little, political influence is reshaping how Turkish readers understand news about Turkey and its relationship with the world.  

“Maybe 95% of national media, especially newspapers and TV stations, are owned by media companies that are close to the government,” said Eylem Yanardağoğlu, an associate professor of New Media at Kadir Has University in Istanbul. “What we call ‘mainstream media’ has almost disappeared.” 

On any given newsstand in Turkey, a casual reader will find several national newspapers with various political bents. On TV, viewers can flip through multiple news channels, including CNN’s Turkish affiliate. It’s easy to get the impression that Turkey has a healthy, diverse media environment, but this does not reflect reality, Yanardağoğlu said. 

This media consolidation ramped up as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan began to crack down on political rivals after the Gezi Park protests in 2013. At the time, network TV stations famously showed nature documentaries to avoid covering the events. Journalists who did venture out to cover the protests suffered injuries by police and threats from government officials, according to Reporters Without Borders

Three years later, following a bloody coup attempt on July 15, 2016, media arrests reached a nadir. At least 81 journalists were jailed in retaliation for their work the highest number in any one country counted at any time, according to CPJ.

“Using your pen to serve international smear campaigns is not journalism,” Erdoğan claimed in 2017, after coming under fire for the number of reporters languishing in Turkish jails. 

Traditional media used to protect the public’s right to reliable information in Turkey, said Yanardağoğlu. Today, journalists who don’t toe the political line get pushed to alternative websites and social media, where the pay is lower, but there’s more freedom. 

“This is creating new debates: Whose job is it to tell the truth? And is it the truth?” 

Eylem Yanardağoğlu, Kadir Has University

“This is creating new debates: Whose job is it to tell the truth? And is it the truth?” Yanardağoğlu said. 

As Turkey’s digital news organizations jockey for flashy news that gets clicks, the reliability of online content suffers. Dedicated fact-checking organizations try to create some semblance of order, but it has become more challenging for everyday readers to discern truth from propaganda. Even a Turkish-language news service funded by the Russian government has attained a level of popularity, due to its ability to freely criticize Erdoğan. 

Outside the courthouse, a group of colleagues and supporters of journalists on trial stood in the sun under a banner that depicts portraits of the six arrested writers with a cartoon of pencils turned into cell bars. 

“Every single morning, believe me, you wake up at 4 in the morning listening to the door and wondering if [the police] are about to come to get you.” 

  Zafer Arapkirli, journalist

“Every single morning, believe me, you wake up at 4 in the morning listening to the door and wondering if [the police] are about to come to get you, said Zafer Arapkirli, a former BBC presenter who now hosts his own online news program. 

He wears a face mask with the phrase “susmayacağız” written over his mouth, which means “we will not be silent.” 

“I’ve been working as a journalist in this country for 43 years now. And we’ve gone through these sorts of stages … where journalists were … silenced, where all sorts of democratic institutions were … crushed. But in the end, democracy will win,” he said. “We believe in democracy.”

Reuters contributed to this report. 

Meliah Rage – Dreamer Lyrics

Dreamer, dreamer tell me my dreams
Dreamer, dreamer bring it unto me
Maybe, maybe riches bestowed
Maybe, maybe eternity I’ll know
Stars cry they dim before him
True lies you never can disguise
Bow down fall to your knees
Nightmares are all that you can see

Tell me of your sleepless nights
And bring them into light
A dreamer with the gift
The vivid robe, destiny told
Envious kin, deceitful men, you’re sold

Visions, visions, I’m close to the edge
Visions, visions, fill my crowded head
Tell men, tell them, I serve You alone
Tell them, tell men, my faith is strong as stone
Servant Potiphar’s to be
Entrusted everything to Him
Betrayed accused and locked away

Hopeless with faith He claims the day

Tell me of your sleepless nights
And bring them into light
A dreamer with the gift
The vivid robe, destiny told
Envious kin, deceitful men, you’re sold

Dreamer, dreamer, Pharaoh’s number two
Dreamer, dreamer, Egypt bows to you
Brother, brother, kneel before my throne
Brothers, brothers, my brothers I’m your own
Righteous power not his own
Sufficient grace redeems alone
Restored a father’s son again
Forgiveness now is cast today

Tell me of your sleepless nights
And bring them into light
A dreamer with the gift
The vivid robe, destiny told
Envious kin, deceitful men, you’re sold

Roy Woods – Something New lyrics

[Intro]
Ooh
Woah, yeah, ooh

[Verse 1]
You’re a queen and I’m a king, just me and you
Tonight is the night to act a fool, yeah
Talk to me and love me
Diss me and I’ll act like something new
I need more weed
Hennessy, a little codeine, baby
Just keep it clean
PG, baby
‘Til you and me be rated R and you’re a star, baby

[Chorus]
Miss, miss, miss
I miss, miss, miss everything
I miss, I miss, I miss
All I wanna do
Something new
Something new
All I wanna do
Something new

[Verse 2]
Talk, talk to me, don’t stop
Talk back to me, don’t stop
Dancin’ on this beat
I got memories for you
I love those walks and talks on beaches
Like we out in Egypt
You give me, mm-mm, cold fever
I am not too tired to go home
Can I take you back up to my room, girl?
I wanna do something brand new
Teach you things that you ain’t know was possible
But tonight, girl, you are in my care

[Chorus]
Miss, miss, miss
I miss, miss, miss everything
I miss, I miss, I miss
All I wanna do
Something new
Something new
All I wanna do
Something new

[Verse 3]
I wanna know what’s goin’ on
So tell me why we talkin’ on this phone
Girl, I wanna know right now, right now, right now
No mistakes, no mistakes, nah nah
I cannot have complaints, no complaints, na na
I feel like Offset, no complaints, na na na
Oh na na, oh na na
Talk to me mama
You say “Talk to me papa”
Oh, yah yah yah

[Chorus]
Miss, miss, miss
I miss, miss, miss everything
I miss, I miss, I miss
All I wanna do
Something new
Something new
All I wanna do
Something new

Oddisee – Like Really (The Iceberg Album)

[Verse One]
Why you want to catch my eye, when you already know that I’m taken (nah like really)
How you past due on payments, and I’m seeing you on vacation (nah like really)
How you gonna make us great, when we were never really that amazing (nah like really)
Take it back to what, I don’t find hanging black lives entertaining (nah like really)
How do you police the streets of a neighborhood you do not engage in (nah like really)
Why a brother get three for a sack while your brother go free for a raping (nah like really)
How you make a film about Egypt with all leading roles caucasian (nah like really)
How you saying all lives matter when the stats say we are not adjacent (nah like really)
Tell me if I got it all wrong, like I signed on the line but I didn’t read the form
And the fine print is all about the times we mourn, and the color of my skin means I gotta be strong
And your hand me down faith said if I was reborn, when I take my last breath that you’ll let me breathe on
And as of right now we could never be pals, so how are we supposed to get along (nah like really)
This now more than ever though, all about force and measure though (nah like really)
Why am I forced to let it go, and clean your messes though (nah like really)
You take jobs to Mexico, pay us less and lesser though (nah like really)
Promised to bring them back, and that problem gets the vote (nah like really)

[Hook]
Really (repeated)

[Verse Two]
I be on the grind all day, I don’t pay mind to the date (nah like really)
Missed call vibrate, I find most times it could wait (nah like really)
I don’t talk blue in the face, just to make movement in place (nah like really)
Out of breath watching other man steps and you wonder why you’re losing the race (nah like really)
I was sleeping on floors, making bread instead of bed on tour man (nah like really)
If you ain’t never cry about a loss, don’t speak about the situation you’re in (nah like really)
I ain’t got a big deal but I’m still a big deal and I feel important (nah like really)
Yeah you got a big deal running on a big wheel I ain’t with extorting (nah like)
Yeah I’m independent and I’m making hella noise, and I’ll never let a woman make a Helen out of Troy
Got no suckers in the circle that pretend to be boys, I don’t lend them an extension I just send them decoys
Chilling in the cut is when I’m really feeling voids, ’cause the movements getting muted and it really needs a voice
We’re just picking between the evils of the lethals and the liars
People tired and they really need a voice (nah like really)
This now more than ever though, all about force and measure though (nah like really)
This that calm collected flow, done right, wrong correctional (nah like really)
Enough about peace and blessings bro I want that deeper message though (nah like really)
If you on top that surface, drop that lesson though, preach (nah like really)

[Hook]
Really (repeated)

Mobile Hotspots – End Of The World Update lyrics

Dumb people, smart phones
Civil wars and no-fly zone
Hidden spies, flying drones
Experiments with mutant clones
Additives that break hormones
Two sit on the papal throne

Next – What’s Next?
What’s your – Best Bet?

Health care, doctor’s office
Super bugs like staphylococcus
Legal thugs in congress caucus
Arguments that somehow lost us
Opposing sides yet both will cost us
Late night votes for laws that cross us

Arab Spring, Somali pirates
Terror bombs and Noro virus
Secret Wars become desirous
Egypt torn just like papyrus
Donald Trump is going to fire us
No leaders left to inspire us

Oddisee – Like Really

[Verse 1]
Why you want to catch my eye, when you already know that I’m taken (nah like really)
How you past due on payments, and I’m seeing you on vacation (nah like really)
How you gonna make us great when we were never really that amazing (nah like really)
Take it back to what, I don’t find hanging black lives entertaining (nah like really)
How do you police the streets of a neighborhood you do not engage in (nah like really)
Why a brother get three for a sack while your brother go free for a raping (nah like really)
How you make a film about Egypt with all leading roles caucasian (nah like really)
How you saying all lives matter when the stats say we are not adjacent (nah like really)
Tell me if I got it all wrong, like I signed on the line but I didn’t read the form
And the fine print is all about the times we mourn, and the color of my skin means I gotta be strong
And your hand me down faith said if I was reborn, when I take my last breath that you’ll let me breathe on
And as of right now we could never be pals, so how are we supposed to get along (nah like really)
This now more than ever though, all about force and measure though (nah like really)
Why am I forced to let it go, and clean your messes though (nah like really)
You take jobs to Mexico pay us less and lesser though (nah like really)
Promised to bring them back, and that’s how the problem gets the vote (nah like really)

[Hook]
Really (repeated)

[Verse 2]
I be on the grind all day, I don’t pay mind to the date (nah like really)
Missed call vibrate, I find most times it could wait (nah like really)
I don’t talk blue in the face, just to make movement in place (nah like really)
Out of breath watching other man steps and you wonder why you’re losing the race (nah like really)
I was sleeping on floors, making bread instead of bed on tour man (nah like really)
If you ain’t never cry about a loss, don’t speak about the situation you’re in (nah like really)
I ain’t got a big deal but I’m still a big deal & I feel important (nah like really)
Yeah you got a big deal running on a big wheel I ain’t with extorting (nah like)
Yeah I’m independent and I’m making hell of noise, and I’ll never let women make a Helen out of Troy
Got no suckers in the circle that pretend to be boys, I don’t lend them an extension I just sell them decoys
Chilling in the cut is when I’m really feeling voids, ’cause the movements getting muted and it really needs a voice
We’re just picking between the evils of the lethals and the liars
People tired and they really need a voice (nah like really)
This now more than ever though, all about force and measure though (nah like really)
This that calm collected flow, done right, wrong correctional (nah like really)
Enough about peace & blessings bro I want that deeper message though (nah like really)
If you on top that surface, drop that lesson though, preach (nah like really)

[Hook]
Really (repeated)

Crowder – Prove It (feat. KB) (Lyric Video)

[Intro: Crowder]
Kick ‘er off Wichita
Haha

[Verse 1: Crowder]
There is calm then there is storm
There is peace then there is war
There is love then we are torn, oh Lord
There’s a void then there’s a song
There’s a death then we are born
There is blood then we are home, oh Lord

[Chorus: Crowder]
If you’re free, prove it
If you’re free, prove it
If you’re not, lose the chains on your soul
Come, freedom

[Verse 2: Crowder]
There are slaves and there are kings
All are bound ’til they are free
All misplaced then they believe, oh Lord

[Chorus: Crowder]
If you’re free, prove it
If you’re not, lose the chains on your soul
Come, freedom

[Verse 3: KB]
K to the…
If freedom is free as they say it is
Where we go where they displayin’ it?
We wanna start where the chains end
Is the promised land up for the taken?
No one is free on them slave ships
Only a slave would enslave men
Egypt is still in our nature
It changes faces, face it, who liberates them?
I’mma need more then they payin’ me
I don’t need money, I need a key
I’mma need eagle wing liberty
Free indeed, hidden deep is a plea
I rather die than be steeped beneath tyranny
Just like I got it, I give it like oh
Grace to the nations, no hatin’, you know
We integrated, we be interracial
You lovin’ your neighbors then go let ’em know

[Chorus: Crowder]
If you’re free, prove it
If you’re free, prove it
If you’re not, loose the chains on your soul
Come, freedom

Horrible Histories – I’m A Greek (Parts I And II) lyrics

[Verse 1]
You know the caveman gave us woad
Roman soldiers built the road
Egypt’s pyramids were buildings at their peak

[Verse 2]
But when we talk of great invention
It’s important that we mention
A special race who really were unique

[Verse 3]
Plato and Pythagoras
Both of them did stagger us
Socrates, he showed such great technique

[Verse 4]
Was there ever, ever, ever
Such a bunch of chaps so clever?
If you want to know the answer, ask a Greek!

[Chorus]
I’m a Greek, I’m a Greek
We are all so magnifique
We invented sundials, catapaults and bricks
Chic and sleek, so to speak
Our success was not a freak
But working hard was how we got our kicks

[Verse 5]
We created the first siren
And the first soldering iron
The Olympics, well… That was quite a busy week

[Verse 6]
So the next time that you go-go
To the toyshop for a yo-yo
Let them know-know it was thought of by a Greek!

[Chorus]
We are Greek, we are Greek
Nowadays you’d call us geek
But in ancient times, people thought of us as tough
Our physique was not weak
‘Cause when people gave us cheek
We invented boxing, and other violent stuff!

[Verse 7]
Fiery flamethrowers for battles
Pinhole cameras, baby rattles
‘Is there nothing they can’t do? ‘ I hear you shriek

[Verse 8]
So next time you take a shower
Or you see a lighthouse tower
Just remember they were thought of by a Greek!

[Verse 9]
Stage acoustics, ancient harps
Music sounds of flats and sharps
Central heating at your doorsteps
Splints, syringes, lamps and forceps
Fire extinguishers, thermometers
Coin dispensers and odometers
Pontoon bridges, pistons, pulleys
Parchment, prisms, puppets, dollies

[Verse 10]
Shock absorbers, charts and maps
We were oh, such brainy chaps!
Anchors, chewing gum, the list does never cease
Spinning tops, the dice, the crane
Do we have to ask again?
Did they come from Spain?
No, they came from Greece!

Horrible Histories – Cleopatra lyrics

[Intro]
Ra, ra, Cleopatra!
Famous beauty coming at ya!
Ra ra, patra Cleo!
Guys all go gaga for me-o!

[Verse 1]
I am a leader
And a lady and a queen
I’m Cleopatra
Such a queen, never been seen
I am a pharoah
Yet they’re-o meant to be guys
But I don’t care-o
I just wear-o beard disguise

[Verse 2]
My mum and dad were pharoahs
I thought my rule’s due
But both my older sisters
Thought that they should rule too

[Verse 3]
Oh dear, they both died!
I wonder who that would leave
Little me-o, pharoah Cleo?
Okay, no time to grieve!

[Verse 4]
Think that’s alarming, you’d be right
But it gets worse
Married my half brother
And we ruled the universe

[Verse 6]
That bad romance
Led to an overcrowded throne
But then he died, boo-hoo
So now I rule alone

[Chorus]
Wah, wah, wah, wah, wah
All hail lady Cleo!
Wah, wah, wah, la, la
Coolest pharoah by far!

[Verse 7]
Fashion topped my list of vices
Bathed in asses’ milk and spices
Then I dressed like goddess Isis
Long, black hair in ringlets nicest
Viper’s tooth for men entices
Finest linen robe, top prices!

[Verse 8]
Married another brother
He’s an okay geezer
But never told
Of my love for Julius Caesar

[Verse 9]
Had Caesar’s child and hoped
That he’d be crowned king
My bro said no, I said ‘Oh! ‘
And I murdered him

[Chorus]
‘Cause I am Cleopatra
Egypt’s royalty
The ruling pharoah, don’t you dare-o
Mess with me!

[Verse 10]
My pokerface smiles
Only when I see
A man who takes my fancy like
Oh! Mark Antony!

[Chorus]
Wah, wah, wah, wah, wah
Another Roman leader
Wah, wah, wah, la, la
No Egyptian crowd pleaser

[Chorus]
Ra, ra, Cleopatra!
Finally, I’d met my matcher!
Ra, ra, patra Cleo!
Ends in death for him and me-o!

[Outro]
My life was a drama
I was one kooky mama!
Wah, wah, wah, you know
Today I’d be a favourite of the
Paparazzo!

Isa Muhammad – Chemtrails & Muslim Wars Remix (feat. Rick Ross & Talib Kweli) (Priorities 5 Album) letras

[Intro: Isa Muhammad]
I come from a time where it is about like bars nigga, where it’s about like lyrics nigga, where it’s about like saying some shit nigga, some deep shit nigga, some shit about black people my nigga. You shit about, you know, some some some esoteric spiritual type shit, some shit that goes into the essence of what it just means to just be black and just popping in America, you feel me? Like. Isa Muhammad nigga

[Verse 1: Isa Muhammad]
Incarceration, genocide, they kill you if you criticize
They got your name and number nigga, intelligence centralized
The homie Paper just got shot, I pray he make it through the night
I know some niggas did some time, had to fly a couple kites
I roll around my fucking city feeling like I’m Michael Knight
And Jesus Christ, you need a fight, Norris Cole is colder than the snow
I always get the shot to go, I got the baddest bitch for sho’
Bout to get out 10 or fo’, and he come from coldest coast
Lyrics caught the Holy Ghost, I travel ’round on golden spokes
Naenae done hit them folkes, it’s a [?] if you did not know
Palestine and the occupation, evidently, but you can’t taste it
I’m in the booth on vacation, I feel like Wayne, it’s a dedication
Outer space on the reservation, [?] it’s an assassination
The shit I spit come from dark spaces like dark matter meets Darth Vader
And elevated and meditated till you levitated
Dronestrikes at your frontdoor, Inglewood forever more
Chemtrails and Muslim wars

[Chorus: Isa Muhammad]
And I ain’t trippin ’bout no bitches
Nah, said I’d rather put the city on, nigga
It’s Inglewood forever, look
Like chemtrails and Muslim wars
And I ain’t trippin ’bout no bitches bro
Nah, uhuh, said I’d rather put the city on
Word, it’s Inglewood forevermore
Uh, like chemtrails and Muslim wars

[Verse 2: Rick Ross]
I’m the Charles Dickens for these young niggas
Pray these scriptures pay my daughter tuition, it’s my vision
Ask me what I wanna be, and I said I’m a poet
Survive a drive-by got me feeling heroic
AK47’s for the shock and awe
Made a fortune, and no more smoking in those parking lots
Your men see you through a different lens
Ain’t no love cause they killing even wives and friends
Scholarships to school, they wanna know my race
Took a trip to Egypt, then I chose my faith
Field niggas would never suffer from sunburns
One word, you still a nigga, take this whole verse
Innercity niggas living by the Gotti rules
To be on house arrest he made a lotta moves
I’m prepaid for my next rhymes
I’ll let these niggas shine maybe next time

[Chorus: Isa Muhammad]
Your men see you through a different lens
Ain’t no love cause they killing even wives and friends
Scholarships to school, they wanna know my race
Took a trip to Egypt, then I chose my faith
Field niggas would never suffer from sunburn
One word, you still a nigga, take this whole verse
Innercity niggas living by the Gotti rules
To be on house arrest, he made a lot of moves
I’m prepaid for my next rhymes
I’ll let these niggas shine maybe next time

[Verse 3: Talib Kweli]
You received my gift, like a present, so my presence is a charity
The difference is it’s clear, but I focus on similarities
We in the trenches for our lives, these my soldiers in solidarity
Your intelligence artificial, that’s why you’re filled with singularity
Got that advice from my pops, it’s a staple
Like a plate of rice never, not religion, but a way of life
Pick your battle, save your fights
A wise man can play the fool, behave or pay the price
Respectability is cool, but that don’t keep me safe at night
This is why I’m still evolve ’cause these policies’ll kill us all
Nah they can’t kill us all, that’s why they wanna build a wall
But they don’t steal and they don’t rape and still get all
Like they don’t deal in raw, like they don’t kill at all
I’m a New Yorker, I saw the builings fall, they came because we built it first
The bricks are falling I say, and [?], that’s like the illest verse
So for me to trust, you gotta get the fuck up out your feelings first
Now watch you go from “Feel the Bern” to built up with the Bildergbergs
What the fuck is feelings worth

[Chorus: Isa Muhammad]
And I ain’t trippin ’bout no bitches
Nah, said I’d rather put the city on, nigga
It’s Inglewood forever, look
Like chemtrails and Muslim wars
And I ain’t trippin ’bout no bitches bro
Nah, uhuh, said I’d rather put the city on
Word, it’s Inglewood forevermore
Uh, like chemtrails and Muslim wars

Isa Muhammad – Chemtrails & Muslim Wars (Priorities 5 Album) letras

[Intro: Isa Muhammad]
I come from a time where it is about like bars nigga, where it’s about like lyrics nigga, where it’s about like saying some shit nigga, some deep shit nigga, some shit about black people my nigga. You shit about, you know, some some some esoteric spiritual type shit, some shit that goes into the essence of what it just means to just be black and just popping in America, you feel me? Like. Isa Muhammad nigga

[Verse 1: Isa Muhammad]
Incarceration, genocide, they kill you if you criticize
They got your name and number nigga, intelligence centralized
The homie Paper just got shot, I pray he make it through the night
I know some niggas did some time, had to fly a couple kites
I roll around my fucking city feeling like I’m Michael Knight
And Jesus Christ, you need a fight, Norris Cole is colder than the snow
I always get the shot to go, I got the baddest bitch for sho’
Bout to get out 10 or fo’, and he come from coldest coast
Lyrics caught the Holy Ghost, I travel ’round on golden spokes
Naenae done hit them folkes, it’s a [?] if you did not know
Palestine and the occupation, evidently, but you can’t taste it
I’m in the booth on vacation, I feel like Wayne, it’s a dedication
Outer space on the reservation, [?] it’s an assassination
The shit I spit come from dark spaces like dark matter meets Darth Vader
And elevated and meditated till you levitated
Dronestrikes at your frontdoor, Inglewood forever more
Chemtrails and Muslim wars
[Chorus: Isa Muhammad]
And I ain’t trippin ’bout no bitches
Nah, said I’d rather put the city on, nigga
It’s Inglewood forever, look
Like chemtrails and Muslim wars
And I ain’t trippin ’bout no bitches bro
Nah, uhuh, said I’d rather put the city on
Word, it’s Inglewood forevermore
Uh, like chemtrails and Muslim wars

[Verse 2: Rick Ross]
I’m the Charles Dickens for these young niggas
Pray these scriptures pay my daughter tuition, it’s my vision
Ask me what I wanna be, and I said I’m a poet
Survive a drive-by got me feeling heroic
AK47’s for the shock and awe
Made a fortune, and no more smoking in those parking lots
Your men see you through a different lens
Ain’t no love cause they killing even wives and friends
Scholarships to school, they wanna know my race
Took a trip to Egypt, then I chose my faith
Field niggas would never suffer from sunburns
One word, you still a nigga, take this whole verse
Innercity niggas living by the Gotti rules
To be on house arrest he made a lotta moves
I’m prepaid for my next rhymes
I’ll let these niggas shine maybe next time

[Chorus: Isa Muhammad]
Your men see you through a different lens
Ain’t no love cause they killing even wives and friends
Scholarships to school, they wanna know my race
Took a trip to Egypt, then I chose my faith
Field niggas would never suffer from sunburn
One word, you still a nigga, take this whole verse
Innercity niggas living by the Gotti rules
To be on house arrest, he made a lot of moves
I’m prepaid for my next rhymes
I’ll let these niggas shine maybe next time

[Verse 3: Talib Kweli]
You received my gift, like a present, so my presence is a charity
The difference is it’s clear, but I focus on similarities
We in the trenches for our lives, these my soldiers in solidarity
Your intelligence artificial, that’s why you’re filled with singularity
Got that advice from my pops, it’s a staple
Like a plate of rice never, not religion, but a way of life
Pick your battle, save your fights
A wise man can play the fool, behave or pay the price
Respectability is cool, but that don’t keep me safe at night
This is why I’m still evolve ’cause these policies’ll kill us all
Nah they can’t kill us all, that’s why they wanna build a wall
But they don’t steal and they don’t rape and still get all
Like they don’t deal in raw, like they don’t kill at all
I’m a New Yorker, I saw the builings fall, they came because we built it first
The bricks are falling I say, and [?], that’s like the illest verse
So for me to trust, you gotta get the fuck up out your feelings first
Now watch you go from “Feel the Bern” to built up with the Bildergbergs
What the fuck is feelings worth

[Chorus: Isa Muhammad]
And I ain’t trippin ’bout no bitches
Nah, said I’d rather put the city on, nigga
It’s Inglewood forever, look
Like chemtrails and Muslim wars
And I ain’t trippin ’bout no bitches bro
Nah, uhuh, said I’d rather put the city on
Word, it’s Inglewood forevermore
Uh, like chemtrails and Muslim wars

Tim Rice – Poor Poor Joseph (Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat) lyrics

Narrator
Next day, far from home
The brothers planned the repulsive crime
Brothers
Let us grab him now
Do him in, while we’ve got the time
Narrator
This they did and made the most of it
Tore his coat and flung him in a pit
Brothers
Let us leave him here
All alone and he’s bound to die
Narrator
Then some Ishmaelites
A hairy crew came riding by
In a flash the brothers changed their plan
Brothers
We need cash. Let’s sell him if we can
Narrator, Female Ensemble & Children
Poor, poor Joseph, what’cha gonna do?
Things look bad for you, hey, what’cha gonna do?
Poor, poor Joseph, what’cha gonna do?
Things look bad for you, hey, what’cha gonna do?
Brothers
Could you use a slave
You hairy bunch of Ishmaelites
Young, strong, well-behaved
Going cheap, and he reads and writes
Narrator
In a trice the dirty deal was done
Silver coins for Jacob’s favorite son
Then the Ishmaelites
Galloped off with the slave in tow
Off to Egypt where
Joseph was not keen to go
It wouldn’t be a picnic he could tell
Joseph
And I don’t speak Egyptian very well
Narrator
Joseph’s brothers tore
His precious multi-colored coat
Having ripped it up
They next attacked a passing goat
Soon the wretched creature was no more
They dipped his coat in blood and guts and gore
Narrator, Ensemble & Children
Oh now brothers, how low can you stoop?
You make a sordid group, hey, how low can you stoop?
Poor, poor Joseph, sold to be a slave
Situation’s grave, hey, sold to be a slave
Sold to be a slave