Three reasons for the Egypt-Russia rapprochement

Nervana

Initially published in  AL-Monitor

CAIRO — In May 1958, Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser started an 18-day state visit to Russia, a visit that officially marked a recalibration of Egyptian foreign policy away from the Western sphere, and toward the Soviet camp. Fifty-five years later, an Egyptian popular diplomatic delegation headed to Moscow in a visit that was described as fruitful and positive. The past is a prologue that can safely be applied to the current Egyptian-Russian relationship. In fact, many members of the delegation are known for their affection toward Russia. Actor Ezzat Al-Alayli spoke in a TV interview about the visit and how it rekindled past memories of his time in Russia in the sixties. Indeed, the sixties were the peak of this partnership, and Nasser’s tenure was marked by strong ties with the Russians —from military dependency to infrastructure projects, such as the Aswan high dam, educational missions…

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Weekend Gun Report: November 1-3, 2013 – NYTimes.com

A 5-year-old boy was wounded when a 22-caliber gun accidentally discharged in New Paris, Ohio, Sunday afternoon. Ryan Matson, 38, was cleaning his .45 caliber handgun when it accidentally went off in his kitchen, injuring himself and his 4-year-old daughter in Stonington, Me., Sunday afternoon. A man was shot three times and began knocking on doors in Dayton, Ohio, until someone drove him to the hospital late Sunday. Andrea Jinneth Corredor-Riveria, 25, a Colombian college student visiting relatives, died after accidentally shooting herself at the Salt River Gun Range in New London, Mo., Sunday morning.

via Weekend Gun Report: November 1-3, 2013 – NYTimes.com.

Weekend Gun Report: November 1-3, 2013 – NYTimes.com

14-year-old Trevaughn Everett was found dead of gunshot wounds in the Avondale area of Cincinnati, Ohio, Saturday night. A 16-year-old boy was accidentally shot in the neck and killed at a home where people were cleaning their guns in Burley, Idaho, Saturday night. Three people, including a 17-year-old girl, were shot and wounded outside a market in north St. Louis County, Mo., Saturday night. A man was shot in the back in the parking lot of a Walmart in Russellville, Ark., Saturday morning, when his young son tried to pull himself into his pickup truck by grabbing hold of an unsecured shotgun when it discharged.

via Weekend Gun Report: November 1-3, 2013 – NYTimes.com.