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Медийното затъмнение на кризата в Египет

По-долу в статията представям няколко снимки от изминалите протести в Египет. Те са направени от активистите на движението „6 април“-антиправителствена организация на блогъри и студенти, която иска промени в конституцията. Респективно това се насочва и срещу управлението на Хосни Мубарак, който чрез промени, внесени от него в основния закон на Египет, той дава легитимност на управлението т.е. става едноличен управляващ.

Напрежението в Страната на фараоните се увеличи, когато властите арестуваха активисти на „6 април“. Седмица след това, студенти и активисти организират протести в подкрепа на арестуваните си приятели. Както споделя авторката на блога Egyptian Chronicles, никой не е очаквал, че протестите ще прерастнат в сблъсъци. Но става именно това. Bakya Masr сравнява началото на тези протести, с тези в Иран. Блогът разказва за протестите:

In less than two weeks, Egyptian people from different backgrounds (Islamists, Liberals, Nasserists, students, women, and labors) joined demonstrations and rallies in downtown Cairo and at university campuses in different governorates to call for the change of the constitution, the end of Emergency Law, and more political freedoms.

Но някак случващото се в Египет, остава встрани от новините. Като че ли не се гледа сериозно на положението в страната. В никакъв случай не можем да говорим за просто протест пред съд. Да, започна се от арестуването на активистите, но това бе искрата, която запали младежите да излязат по улиците на страна, която не е известна с подобни граждански акции.

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Despite opposition, court affirms controversial exports of natural gas to Israel

Amro Hassan reporting for LA Times, that an Egyptian court overturned a ruling outlawing controversial sales of natural gas to Israel, but said the prices must match world markets.

Egyptians protesting against exporting gas to Israel. Credit: Agence France-Presse

While it ruled in favor of the government’s decision to export natural gas to Israel, the Egyptian Supreme Administrative Court found that prices and quantity of the gas sold to the Jewish state should not be discounted.

The decision handed down Saturday overturns a ban issued on gas exports to Israel by a lower court in November 2008 after a group of lawyers accused the government of pumping gas to Israel at rates lower than worldwide prices. The Egyptian government appealed the 2008 ban and has continued to export gas to Israel, pending a legal review. In its Saturday ruling, the supreme administrative court said, „it is not within the jurisdiction of the courts to hear appeals against the government’s decision to export gas to eastern Mediterranean markets, including Israel.“

The panel that issued the verdict added that the Ministry of Petroleum should take into consideration the minimum and maximum limits for gas prices in the international market rather than export to Israel at a fixed preferential rate.

Moreover, the sales should not conflict with Egypt’s financial and national interests, and local power and energy needs should be fulfilled before exporting in order to avoid any reductions in the country’s gas reserves, senior judge Mohamed Al Husseini said.

While some Egyptians opposed to the exports are calling the ruling a partial victory, Petroleum Ministry officials said they had started reviewing the prices of gas exported to Israel before Saturday’s decision.

Egypt has been supplying Israel with fuel since 2005, after privately owned East Mediterranean Gas signed a 20-year contract with state-owned Israel Electric Corp. to provide 5.6 billion cubic feet of natural gas a year.

It is believed that the deal is roughly worth $6 billion.

The exports have raised furious objections against the government. Many Egyptians oppose any normalization of ties with Israel regardless of the financial benefits.

However, the Supreme Court said, „oil and gas export treaties, and the Egyptian-Israeli 1979 peace treaty gave Israel the right to acquire Egyptian oil and gas like any other country.“

The ruling ends a long battle between the government and a group of concerned lawyers, as the Supreme Court’s verdicts cannot be appealed.

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