Egypt’s cultural heritage is in danger. Grave robbers, sometimes heavily armed, are taking advantage of political chaos to plunder its poorly guarded archaeological sites. Authorities feel powerless to stop them and fear that ancient treasures might be lost forever….
In January 2011, the world-famous Egyptian Museum in Cairo was looted. Rioters destroyed priceless treasures. But valuable ancient relics went missing far from the capital, as well, due to a lack of supervision at historical sites. After the uprising, the repressive security apparatus withdrew everywhere, and the guarding of historical sites was neglected.
Two-and-a-half years later, the police are slowly venturing into the streets. But they are mainly concerned with ongoing protests. Elsewhere, some Egyptians are behaving as if the state and its laws have ceased to exist.
The army has placed two armored vehicles at the pyramids in Dahshur to deter grave robbers. But, so far, the thieves are undaunted. “We wanted to catch them,” says a guard in Dahshur who asked to remain anonymous. “But then they opened fire on us with automatic weapons.” He and his fellow guards were only armed with pistols. They jumped for cover, and the grave robbers carried on with their plundering….
The Senate roundly rejected a proposal Wednesday to redirect aid for Egypt into bridge-building projects in the U.S. after a potential Republican presidential candidate and tea party favorite challenged the Obama administration’s refusal to label the ouster of Egypt’s president a military coup. …read more
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European Union researchers using the GEANT network will, from Wednesday, be able to access capacity of up to 2 terabits per second.
GEANT is the superfast pan-European research network that helped discover the Higgs Boson particle at the CERN Large Hadron Collider near Geneva. It was also the only Internet connection to Egypt during the so-called Arab Spring revolution in 2011, according to the European Commission.
The upgrade to the network began in September 2012 and was coordinated by DANTE (Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to Europe), which leads the project consortium of 41 partners.
Using the Infinera DTN-X optical transmission platform deployed on the GEANT backbone — comprising 8,592 kilometers of fiber — and 35 Juniper MX series universal routers, testers were able to activate 2T bps of long-haul superchannel optical capacity in June. The test route was between Amsterdam and Frankfurt, as this was deemed to be one of the busiest in Europe.
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By Ruth Brown
Under circumstances that sound straight out of a Le Carre novel, Mohamed Morsi has met with an outsider for the first time since being dumped by Egypt’s military, holding a midnight meeting with the European Union’s top diplomat at an “undisclosed location” last night, the Wall Street Journal . Though many… …read more
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Former Director General of Al Jazeera Wadah Khanfar joined me Monday for a wide-ranging conversation on the ongoing violence in Egypt, slamming the military’s “horrific” crackdown on civilians and accusing the United States of hypocrisy, predicting both civil war in Egypt and the “collapse of the entire region” if there is no real U.S. intervention against military violence there.
Khanfar, whose HuffPost blog post last week focused on the Egyptian military’s role in dragging the country closer to a civil war, said the unprecedented amount of violence the military has carried out against the people in recent days marks “a beginning of a new history where people will give up on democracy and will turn to defend themselves through violence.”
Throughout the interview, Khanfar repeatedly used the word “coup,” calling the recent images of civilians harmed by military “horrific” and saying that “the Arab world did not sleep [two nights ago] watching live the shooting and killing by the military of people who were not armed.”
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After more than 80 supporters of Egypt’s deposed Islamist president were killed and hundreds were injured in clashes with the country’s security forces over the weekend, a European Union delegation was in Cairo on Monday to meet with all sides and help ensure a “fully inclusive transition.” …read more
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Egyptian police have arrested two leaders of an Islamist party, the latest to be swept up in a crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood and its allies, while the European Union’s foreign policy chief was to meet with officials in Cairo on Monday in an attempt to mediate an end to the political deadlock.
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