Egypt Independent: Egypt-Main news http://www.egyptindependent.com//enhome_channel/News/rss.xml en 26C forecast in Cairo, 20C in Alexandria for Friday http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2477587 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/02/26/16030/o.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 1em;">Temperatures are expected to decline in the north on Friday, while pleasant weather will prevail on western coasts with moderate weather across eastern coasts, the Delta and Cairo.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 1em;">Low- and medium-level clouds will appear in the north to be accompanied by rain on northern coasts&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 1em;">and some parts of the Delta, reaching as far as Cairo. Mild northwestern winds will blow in the north.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 1em;">Highs of 26C will be reached in Cairo and 20C in Alexandria.</span></p><p>Northwestern wind will blow across the<span style="font-size: 1em;">&nbsp;Mediterranean and Red seas. The waves in the Mediterranean will rise to 2-2.5 meters, and 1.5-2 meters in the Red Sea.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 1em;">Hot weather is predicted for Upper Egypt during the daytime, to be cold overnight.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 1em;">Highs of 32C will be felt in Qena, 33C in Luxor and 35C in Aswan.</span></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr"><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></p><p><br />&nbsp;</p> Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:32:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2477587 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/02/26/16030/o.jpg Saudi King Salman invites Sisi to visit http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2477584 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2017/02/22/507555/salman.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Saudi Arabia&#39;s King Salman has invited Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to visit his country, a public show of good relations following months of tension between the Arab world&#39;s most populous state and its richest.</p><p>Sisi welcomed the invitation and in turn invited Salman back, his office said in a statement on Wednesday.</p><p>The two leaders met at an Arab summit in Jordan and discussed improving relations, the statement said. The two countries have disagreed over Syria and the transfer of two Red Sea islands from Egypt to Saudi Arabia.</p><p>&quot;King Salman promised to visit Egypt in the very near future based on an invitation from President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi,&quot; the statement also said.</p><p>Even though officials from both sides have denied the existence of tensions or disagreements between the two countries, the two have been at odds on a number of political issues.</p><p>Egypt voted in favor of a Russian-backed but Saudi-opposed UN resolution on Syria in October, which excluded calls to stop bombing Aleppo.</p><p>In January an Egyptian court rejected a government plan to transfer two uninhabited Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.</p><p>The kingdom agreed in April last year to provide Egypt with 700,000 tonnes of refined oil products a month for five years, but the cargoes stopped arriving in early October.</p><p>Shipments resumed this month, however, and Egypt&#39;s Petroleum Ministry said they had only been stopped for commercial reasons.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>(Reporting by Mostafa Hashem; Writing by Ahmed Aboulenein; Editing by Dominic Evans)</em></p> Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:59:00 +0000 Reuters 2477584 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2017/02/22/507555/salman.jpg In photos: Anti-harassment photography campaign points finger at silent witnesses http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2477577 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2017/03/30/507557/17434552_1662294887242450_3926565952438024942_o.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>&quot;Your Silence is Harassment&quot;&nbsp;is the name of the most recent campaign fighting against sexual harassment in Egypt, specifically condemning the passive role of bystanders who don&#39;t stand up for women experiencing sexual harassment.&nbsp;</p><p>Launched by Egyptian photographer Marwa Ragheb, along with Nourhan Mohamed and Nour Sabry, two graduates of the Higher Institute of Theatrical Arts, the series of powerful photos aims to shake up societal norms and shed light on the ongoing issue through staged occurrences of harassment in markets, public transportation and workplaces.</p><p>&ldquo;The idea wasn&rsquo;t hard to build because sexual harassment is an epidemic that we all suffer from in our daily commutes, and women are always the ones blamed, even when they try to defend themselves or take legal action against a certain incident,&rdquo; Nourhan Mohammed, a model, and one of the masterminds behind&nbsp;&quot;Your Silence is Harassment&quot; campaign, told Egypt Independent.</p><p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/ei/17505141_1662295027242436_1371847445853004193_o_1.jpg" style="width: 536px; height: 357px;" /></p><p>&ldquo;We wanted to send a message that harassment does not happen because of how women dress, or how they look, as we can see, it happens to all women of all ages, even toddlers. It keeps on happening because people are silent about it,&rdquo; Mohammed said.</p><p>The descriptive scenes showed how even women wearing the Islamic headscarf, as well as others who are unveiled, are subjected to harassment on streets, and in public transportations.</p><p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/ei/17492691_1662295360575736_4210434219795993341_o.jpg" style="width: 536px; height: 357px;" /></p><p>Nourhan and her team, with the help of Mohamed El Hagrassy, a director, believed that depicting the real life scenarios through acting and still photography on social media can be the most relatable way for viewers to grasp their message. The team, which includes&nbsp;actors and actresses who are interested in projects that tackle women issues, had previously worked together on a project to shed light on domestic violence against women last year.&nbsp;</p><p>The campaign depicted the silent bystanders with theirs mouths taped closed, labeling them as partners-in-crime with the harassers.</p><p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/ei/17436129_1662295377242401_3491240999880738111_o.jpg" style="width: 536px; height: 357px;" /></p><p>&ldquo;All of the scenarios are real, we faced them, our friends did too, yet people are always mute, deaf and blind about it as it happens. The campaign is condemning this very act of silence. If you see someone harassing a girl, stop him. We can defend ourselves, but you should take a stance too,&rdquo; Mohamed added.</p><p>Here are more photos from the &quot;Your Silence is Harassment&quot; campaign:</p><p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/ei/17436123_1662294893909116_4541905399030251563_o.jpg" style="width: 536px; height: 357px;" /></p><p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/ei/17505262_1662295347242404_3774480621311328452_o.jpg" style="width: 536px; height: 357px;" /></p><p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/ei/17504637_1662294883909117_1446431408039367817_o.jpg" style="width: 536px; height: 804px;" /></p><p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/ei/17493193_1662295010575771_312281519511954951_o.jpg" style="width: 536px; height: 357px;" /></p><p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/ei/17493034_1662295303909075_7208193581233244345_o.jpg" style="width: 536px; height: 357px;" /></p><p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/ei/17505049_1662294993909106_6736326637508558917_o.jpg" style="width: 536px; height: 804px;" /></p> Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:53:00 +0000 Ola Noureldin 2477577 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2017/03/30/507557/17434552_1662294887242450_3926565952438024942_o.jpg Judicial authority refers to president to solve new bill crisis http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2477573 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2013/02/22/115366/img_3323.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>The crisis surrounding the newly-announched amendments to the judicial authority bill escalated on Wednesday as the advisory council of judges&#39; clubs held an emergency meeting to announce measures against the new bill.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In a Wednesday meeting, judges agreed to file a complaint directly to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi about the bill, said Abdel Aziz Abu Ayana, head of the Alexandria Judges Club and chairman of the Judges Clubs Advisory Council. They also&nbsp;called for the withdrawal of the bill which was passed by the Parliament and awaits Sisi&#39;s approval to be put into effect.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Abu Ayana added that the judges preferred to not call for an emergency general assembly of judges, but rather to try and contain the crisis first with the president.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Samir al-Bahi, chairman of the State Council Judges Club, said the amendments were an attempt to place the judicial authority under another authority&#39;s control. Bahi added that upon the new bill, reports from security authorities will play a bigger role in the selection of chairpersons for judicial bodies.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>On the other hand, Bahaa Abu Shaqqa, chairman of the Parliamentary Constitutional and Legislative Committee, said the Parliament has exercised its powers in accordance to the Constitution by passing the bill.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div><p>The Parliament&#39;s decision&nbsp;on Sunday&nbsp;to approve the draft amendments to the Judicial Authority Law, regarding how heads of judicial bodies are appointed, ignited a state of anger and resentment among masses of judges across all official bodies.</p></div><div>The feud was initially sparked when the Parliament approved &nbsp;on Monday a new draft law on the Judicial Authority, which includes amendments to some articles of the laws regulating the State Council, the State Lawsuits Authority (SLA) and the Administrative Prosecution Authority (SIS). This came despite some MPs&#39; objection to discussing the law without handing out of copies prior, which would have given them a chance to study it.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The Parliamentary Legislative Committee approved the amendments earlier the same day, referring them for discussion at the evening general session. These were then approved and sent them to State Council to revise them and draft a report for the Parliament.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><p dir="LTR">Some MPs objected on the speed at which the bill was dicussed and passed, without informing the judicial authorities of the details of the amendments introduced by the parliamentary committee.</p><p dir="LTR">The new draft law reportedly stipulates that the president will appoint the heads of the judiciary authorities by a decision, choosing from among the three vice-chairmen of each judicial body, nominated by the supreme council of that body from among the oldest seven deputies.</p></div><div><div><p dir="LTR">Judges&nbsp;called the law a violation of the independence of the judiciary and a waste of stable norms and traditions in choosing the head of each body according to the rule of seniority and not the choice as stipulated in the new amendments introduced to the law.</p></div><div>The new method comes contrary to the old system, by appointing the head of an authority who has the absolute seniority -- a concept considered by Egypt&#39;s Judges Club as &quot;one of the principles and legal constants established, and one of the guarantees of the independence of the judiciary&quot; to ensure that no official interferes in the selection of the president of the Court of Cassation.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:02:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2477573 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2013/02/22/115366/img_3323.jpg