Egypt

Report: Tunisian Prime Minister Punched in Face Until He Resigned in Palace Coup

According to a report at Middle East Eye on Wednesday, Tunisian Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi was persuaded to resign over the weekend by getting repeatedly punched in the face, allegedly with the involvement of visiting Egyptian security officials who were advising President Kais Saied on his bid to assert total control by invoking emergency powers.

Tunisia's Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi takes the oath of office during the new government swearing-in ceremony at Carthage Palace on the eastern outskirts of the capital Tunis on September 2, 2020, following a confidence vote by parliament. - Tunisia's parliament has approved a new technocratic government tasked with tackling deep …

Egypt Loses $1 Billion from Suez Canal Blockage

Lt. Gen. Oussama Rabie, head of the Suez Canal Authority, said at a press conference on Thursday that the blockage of the Suez Canal by the container ship MV Ever Given imposed a billion dollars in damages on Egypt.

The container ship, the Ever Given, is seen moving at the Suez Canal on March 29, 2021 in Suez, Egypt. Early Monday, the Suez Canal Authority said the angle of the Ever Given, a huge container ship stuck in the canal, had been corrected by 80 percent. The ship ran aground …

Saudi Arabia Ends Embargo Against Qatar

Prince Faisal bin Farhan, the foreign minister of Saudi Arabia, told reporters at a summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on Tuesday that his country and its allies will “fully set our differences aside” with Qatar, ending a virtual blockade that has endured for over three years.

Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan al-Saud holds a press conferece at the end of the 41st Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit, in the city of al-Ula in northwestern Saudi Arabia on January 5, 2021. - Gulf leaders signed a "solidarity and stability" deal after the leaders of Saudi Arabia …

Erdogan’s Endless Wars: How Turkey Is Spreading Too Thin

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has never made a secret of his ambition to become a historic regional leader. His nostalgia for the Ottoman Empire long ago became a source of concern for observers who think he might seriously attempt to bring it back. His detractors mock him as “Sultan Erdogan,” but he might not find that name insulting. Erdogan flexed his military muscle in several recent conflicts. He might be warming up for something bigger, or he may have already overtaxed Turkey’s military strength.

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) prays next to a Turkish soldier wearing a ottoman uniform during a third anniversary commemoration rally at the Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul on July 15, 2019. - Turkey commemorates, on July 15, 2019 the third anniversary of a coup attempt which was followed …