Egypt’s Mubarak left a mixed legacy, mostly negative.

Hosny Mubarak who was fourth president of Egypt for thirty years left a mixed legacy. He opened the door for changing the personality cult of a president and improved economy; regionally he played a major role in 1990 in building Egypt lead regional coalition forces to liberate Kuwait and was one of several architects who helped the Palestinians and Israelis to reach a peace agreement in 1993.

Interviewing President Mubarak, Qubbah Palace, Cairo 1988. But he was responsible for wide corruption and ending 160 years of modernity paving the way for the islamisation of Egypt and ending secular liberalism. I met him several times and this is my personal view as a historian .

RIP Hosny Mubark (4 May 1928- 25 February 2020), former air-force bomber pilot ( and spent two years in a spitfire squadron) , leader of the Egyptian national party and fourth president of Egypt (served 1981-2011).

As a president he tried ( mostly from 2003) to reform & allowed others to stand opposing him in ( always since 1958) rigged elections. But it was too late to unlock the disastrous legacy he left.  He also paved the way for Islamisation of Egypt  by deliberately encouraging for Islāmic evangelists TV channels  in a naïve attempt to balance his bloody battle against Islāmic terrorists. He won the battle by brutal force, but Egypt’s secular and liberal society was lost for good. His ill-advised move to make the ruling regime seem more Islāmic than the Islamists hardliners undermining  most secular aspects of the states ( in 2000 he passed laws banning modern tradition like serving alcohol in public in  , and turned a blind eye on finance give to extremists Islamist groups like the Muslim Brotherhood), badly backfired and turned Egyptian society into a backward water ending 160 years of modernity that started by Muhammed Ali Dynasty rule ( 1805-1953). The Latter years of his regime were marred by corruption. His wife mostly generated his downfall by trying to get his equally corrupt son to take over. Lived in internal wars exclusive exile since his removal by the army at the end of an 18 day uprising in January/February 2011 marking the end of Egypt’s “first republic “ (1953-2011) . The First Republic was established following an illegal army coup in July 1952 by army officers led by lt Gen Mohammed Nguib (1901-1984) & lt colonel Gamal Nasser (1918-1970).

His most effective leadership moments in the region and internationally was to influence Arab league in August 1990 to vote by  majority for Egypt project leading  Arab forces to join the UK-USA led coalition forces to liberate Kuwait from Iraqi occupation ( 2ndAugust 1990 – 25 February 1991). The second important role was to influence the late Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat to sign the peace agreement with Israel in 1993 on the White House Lawn following secrete negotiations in Oslo. He , with the late  King Hussein of Jordan pressurised Mr Arafat to denounce violent struggle and recognise the Israel in 1988. I met him on the eve of his visit to London, which was part of British, Egyptian Jordanian efforts to get the Palestinians to end the state of war and recognise the Jewish State.

Interviewing the late Mubarak of Egypt at the Qubbah palace in East Cairo on the eve of his 1988 visit to UK. We exchanged jokes, and I realised he had a good sense of humour and understood British sarcasm . His wife was wife was Welsh. He said to me: “I love to get a Panama hat like yours”. I replied, “I would happily say ‘ itfadal’ (meaning you can have it), but I am afraid it won’t fit your excellency’s big head !”. He roared with laughter saying ‘”this is a good pun” . I said, “and it is copyrighted too . you can’t use it.” He laughed again adding ” have you considered selling jokes and puns at cafes as a second career”? I said good one Mr president, but I am afraid, it is still 2:1 to Fleet street side”. So, after a short laugh he said .. ” hah… 3:1, then, let us get down to business before we lose the wits match” !

 

 

 

 

 

Analysis in 2011 of Western attitude to Islamist Terroroism still valid; lessons weren’t learned.

Lessons of 9/10 Ten Years On Ten years passed since  the tragedy of 9/11, during which lesson learned have been learned and lessons missed. The same errors are repeated, especially in not understanding that trying to accommodate Muslims in western societies, various government – and leftist liberal organisations hell bent on political correctness, managed to reach the opposite effect by further alienating them.

Authorities, national and local, fail to understand that multiculturalism deepens division and help isolate Muslims – especially from the Indian subcontinent and the Horn of Africa- into cultural ghettos instead of assimilating into British society. Continue reading

The late Scribe of Cairo, remembered on his 12th Anniversary

On the 12th  anniversary of the Nobel Laureate “Scribe of Cairo” death – his obituary revisited, first penned as obituary on 30 August 2006 

The death on 29 August 2006  of Egyptian novelist Naguib Mahfouz generated a quarrel between historians, literary critics and Egyptians on one side, and Arab journalists on the other. It was a re-run of the 1988 controversy, when Mafouz won the world’s most prestigious award–the Nobel Prize for literature–to the outrage of Arab nationalists who had condemned the author for his support of the late President Anwar Sadat’s peace initiative with Israel.

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North Korea NEW Missile is A Game Changer…A Challenging Test For Trump

 Kate Burrows-Jones,  North America Editor for World Media

North Korea predictably set off yet another warning shot of its developing nuclear missile program.  President Donald Trump gave a simple response, “I just want everybody to understand and fully know that the United States of America stands behind Japan, its great ally, 100 percent.” Mr Trump was at his club, Mar-al-Lago, where he was hosting the visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe when staff brought news to their dinner table from United States Strategic Command of  a “medium- or intermediate-range ballistic missile,”  tracked over North Korea and into the Sea of Japan. This was North Korea’s first missile test since the new President’s inauguration.
It was predicted by the Council of Foreign Relations that North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un would test the new president with a missile launch within four weeks of taking office.  Unlike North Korea previous missiles, the Pukguksong-2, a road-mobile on tractor-erector-launcher units missile, is described by military analysts as a game-changers as it is powered by a solid-fuel engine – probably using ammonium perchlorate – is that the fuel is extremely stable, can be easily stored and the weapon is ready to be fired virtually immediately,  making it harder to detect and neutralised before launching like liquid fuel  missiles which  takes much longer to move mobile fuelling wagons to fill tanks making it easier to detect by satellites before launching. 

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New American Sanctions on Iran for Testing Ballistic Missile

Kate Burrows-Jones, Worldmedia North America Editor

The United States Treasury Department today leveled  a New Set of Sanctions against Iran in response to to the Islamic Republic’s new medium-range ballistic missile testing. The American Administration says there is no impact on the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action JCPOA.

 

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NO TEA FOR TRUMP? MPS DEBATE BANNING THE PRESIDENT. AGAIN.

Kate Burrows-Jones , North America Editor

A petition signed by over one million, among whom 800,000 are British, will require MPs to discuss whether US President Donald Trump should be banned from a state visit.  Any petition presented to parliament with over 100,000 signatures is automatically debated by MPs. The anti-Trump petition will be debated on Thursday, February 20th at Westminster Hall not in  the main Commons Chamber. The MPs will also debate another petition, signed by half a million people and put up on Monday night, welcoming Mr Trump to the UK.  The outcome of the debate only carries moral weight but has no effect on Government policy. A Sky News poll said 49% of Britons believe Trump should stay home.

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THE LADY AND THE TRUMP: THE FIRST DATE

by Kate Burrows-Jones; World Media North America Editor

As first dates go, the first formal get-together between British Prime Minister Theresa May and newly elected US President Donald Trump wasn’t bad. But if Ms. May is to turn this into Thatcher-Reagan redux, and partner with Mr. Trump to produce the legacy-defining accomplishments for her premiership that she seeks, she may need a little dating advice.

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The Hysteria on US “ Muslim Ban” What are the Facts?

By Kate Burrows-Jones, World Media North America Editor

President Trump Executive order is but sharpening existing laws set by his predecessor President Obama restricting entry to nationals of seven nations. ( below also include links to the full text of the order and related subjects)

Fake news indeed. There is no Executive order banning Muslims. President Donald Trump’s, perhaps ill-founded, ill-fated 90 day ban is based on President Barack Obama’s restrictions on Seven nations. Nobody cared when he did it, so was it a Muslim ban then? The law was written to address security concerns after the Paris Attacks, passing with overwhelming agreement. Voting was bipartisan, it passed the House 407-19.  What Trump did was apply a sharp force, a halt on movement, and cruelly with no notice to let people prepare. Let the people decide if it is wrong, but to call it “Muslim” in nature, is also wrong without reading the full executive order.

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Syria Peace Talks Start in Astana Next week: Minefields Ahead?

 Adel Darwish

Talks due to start 23 January  in  the Kazan capital Astana between Syrian government and many opposition, armed and civilian groups, and their backers in a settlement process sponsored by Russia  and participation  of Turkey, Iran and possible  Gulf Arab states raising  hopes to end to a  five year blood civil war; but there are several dangerous mines on the road The talks were part of a comprehensive plan  started with a Russian Turkish imposed  ceasefire on December 30.

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PM May call to Turkish President on Cyprus Talks

Westminster, January 7, 2017. The Prime Minister Theresa May called Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan earlier today to discuss the Cyprus peace talks, according to N10 Downing Street .

The two leaders agreed on the importance of reaching a successful resolution to the Cyprus peace talks in Geneva  Continue reading