Egypt, One Big Sewer

Our taxpayers money:

The World Bank has agreed to give Egypt a loan of US$200 million to fund the upgrade of sanitation and sewage infrastructure in four governorates in the Nile Delta and Upper Egypt, an official said on Wednesday.—Salafi MPs criticized it, saying the interest rate was against Sharia.

Who needs money when you got Islam already?

The harsh reality of Egypt’s economy: the country is nearly dead broke, and close to the point where it no longer can finance its $36 billion annual trade deficit. Egypt imports half its food, and is the world’s largest wheat importer. Wheat and other food prices went through the roof due to the American drought and poor harvests elsewhere. Egypt is almost out of money.

The only friend the Muslim Brotherhood has left is the Obama administration, which cannot–in an election year–give the Morsi government what it needs the most–enough money to get through the next few months.

Call it jiziya:

Gramsci to the rescue:

Antonio Gramsci, the well-known thinker, argued that changing the people’s minds required efforts on the part of the media, educational institutes and religious establishments. Egyptians, both Christians and Muslims, should change the stereotypes about each other.

Hatemonger receives general pardon:

Wagdi Ghoneim, the Islamic cleric whose many terrorist-connections and activities got him exiled from Egypt where, under Mubarak’s rule he was sentenced to do five years in prison, has, according to several Arabicnews sites, just received a general pardon from Egypt’s new president, Muhammad Morsi. 

Ghoneim is especially renowned for his hate-mongering and constant incitements to kill Christians, Jews, and secular Muslims. Most recently, he praised Allah for the death of Coptic Pope Shenouda, cursing him to hell and damnation—even as many Egyptians were mourning him during his state funeral.

Cross-posted from Jihad Watch by Raymond Ibrahim

Chaos in Sinai:

Islamists and police battle. Tourism minister says “come over!”

Egyptian military troops and jets killed 20 terrorists in the Sinai region bordering Israel on Wednesday, striking back after armed men attacked several security checkpoints, an army commander in Sinai told Reuters. From YNet

In Egypt, Anti-Semitism Is Back in Fashion

What? No boycott?

From the Elder:

The sister of Hamas Prime Minister in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh recently entered Israel along with her husband, who received urgent treatment at the Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva, Ynet has learned.

Four months ago the husband of Suhila Abd el-Salam Ahmed Haniyeh suffered a serious cardiac episode which could not be treated at any hospital in Gaza. After the couple filed an urgent entry request with Israeli authorities, a Palestinian ambulance transported the husband to the Erez Crossing, where he was moved to a Magen David Adom vehicle and taken to the hospital in Petah Tikva along with his wife.

The husband was hospitalized in Israel for about a week, during which his condition was stabilized. Following the treatment, the couple returned to Gaza.

I know, I know. I’m engaging in “terrorist-washing,” publicizing how Israel treats the families of terrorists in a vain attempt to distract the world from their daily attacks against, uh, terrorists.

No water for Christians:

Egypt: Muslims Thrash Christian for Drinking Water on Ramadan

According to Coptic websites, on July 27, a diabetic man in Egypt was driving his car in Maadi, a suburb of southern Cairo, when he was struck with great thirst, “which he could not bear” (a side-effect of diabetes, further exacerbated by Egypt’s July weather). He pulled over by a public water source and started to drink water. Soon three passer-bys approached him, inquiring why he was drinking water (among the many things forbidden to Muslims during daylight in Ramadan). The diabetic man replied, “Because I am a Christian, and sick,” to which they exclaimed “you’re a Christian, too!” and begun beating and striking him on the face mercilessly. Other passer-bys began to congregate to see what was happening, but no one intervened on behalf of the diabetic Christian, until he managed to dash to his parked car and flee the scene.