Tag Archives: Egypt

NEWS FROM THE FRONT No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do. 2nd January, 1941 : British naval and air bombardment of Bardia, the Italian strongpoint … Continue reading

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do. 9th December, 1940 : Opening of first Western Desert Offensive. In Egypt the British … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 18th April, 1954 : Colonel Nasser is back in power as Egypt’s Prime Minister, after outwitting President Mohammed Neguib (sometimes written Naguib) in a seven-week battle of wits. Neguib, sacked in February, made a … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 19th October, 1951: At dawn today the British forces were in control of all the key points on the Suez Canal. It was near bloodless victory with no serious British casualties and only two … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 3rd July, 1962 : One hundred and thirty-two years of French rule in Algeria came to an end today with a brief declaration signed by Charles de Gaulle. He “solemnly recognised” the independence of … Continue reading

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november memories / 08

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 8th November, 1956 : On the stroke of midnight all military operations by British and French forces in the Canal Zone came to a halt. Under the United Nations terms accepted by the Allies, … Continue reading

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Out of sight

Paul Jacko  On 22nd August 1939, at Obersaltzberg, while giving a speech to his military commanders, Hitler allegedly said: “Who, after all, speaks to-day of the annihilation of the Armenians?” or, in a different version: “Who still talks nowadays of … Continue reading

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august memories / 26

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 26th August, 1936 : The Anglo-Egyptian treaty signed today by Anthony Eden and Nahas Pasha, the Prime Minister, end the British protectorate over Egypt and secures for Britain control over the Suez Canal for … Continue reading

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july memories / 18

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 18th July, 1930 : The battleships Queen Elizabeth and Ramillies, each with eight 15-inch guns, are sailing for Alexandria to deal with the riots now erupting in Egypt. The Egyptian Premier, Sidky Pasha, has … Continue reading

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Pharaoh’s curse

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger  The so called “Curse of the Pharaohs” refers to the belief that any person who disturbs the mummy of an ancient Egyptian person, especially a pharaoh, is placed under a curse, which does … Continue reading

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february / 25

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 25th February, 1949 : After 42 days of often acrimonious talks, Israel and Egypt signed an armistice on the island of Rhodes yesterday. Dr Ralph J Bunche, the United Nations mediator, has finally managed … Continue reading

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Dangerous borders

Ludwig von Gress  The following Strafor article makes interesting short and long term predictions about security of Israel. We will be watching the development from the safety of a China-made armchair and wonder what the implications may be for Australia’s … Continue reading

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july memories / 26

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 26th July, 1952 : King Farouk of Egypt sailed out of Alexandria this evening in his luxury yacht. He has abdicated in favour of his nine-month old son, leaving all effective power in the … Continue reading

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may memories / 16

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 16th May, 1971 : Egyptians poured into the streets of Cairo today to celebrate President Anwar Sadat’s broadcast announcement that he had defeated an attempt to overthrow him. Thousands of people demanded the death … Continue reading

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The Nile

…from the quills of dead white poets James Henry Leigh Hunt (1784 – 1859) It flows through old hushed Egypt and its sands, Like some grave mighty thought threading a dream, And times and things, as in all that vision, … Continue reading

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november memories / 5

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 5th November, 1956 : Royal Marine Commandos brought ashore by naval helicopters are battling their way into the centre of Port Said in fierce house-to-house encounters with the Egyptian defenders. The French, watched by … Continue reading

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october memories / 1

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 1st October, 1918 : Arab horsemen from distant Hejaz today galloped in triumph through the streets of Damascus. As the sun was rising over the mosques and spires, Major T E Lawrence, the young … Continue reading

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september memories / 26

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 26th September, 1965 : President Nasser of Egypt today cancelled a meeting with a British Foreign Minister, George Thomson, in Cairo in protest at Britain’s suspension of the constitution in Aden. Egypt believes the … Continue reading

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history VII

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 7th July, 1942 : After a run of defeats, the Eighth Army has beaten back the great German desert offensive. For three days both sides threw everything they had into the battle, but today … Continue reading

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