Stolen Egyptian Antiquities Found in Israel
Israeli authorities discovered over 100 ancient Egyptian artifacts at an illicit auction house in Jerusalem, and returned 90 of them to Egypt this weekend, state media reported. The auction house attempted to sell the items in late September, but authorities discovered that the owner was unable to verify where the objects came from. 20 items of the original 110 were sold and shipped before the Israeli government intervened to stop the auction house, and the investigation is still ongoing. The objects include ancient clay vessels, vases, and Ushabti (funerary) figurines that were smuggled out of Egypt.
Ahly Wins Eighth Champion League Title
Last night, Egypt’s Ahly football team won a second round playoff match against South Africa’s Orlando Pirates to secure their eighth Championship League Title. Before the match, fans clashed with police, who fired tear gas to disperse the crowd. The tension gave way to elation, however, after two second-half goals secured the victory for Ahly. The second goal was scored by Ahmed Abdel-Zaher, who flashed the Rabaa sign (four fingers) to show solidarity with the hundreds of pro Morsi protesters killed by Egyptian security forces in Rabaa al-Adawiya square in mid-August. Abdel-Zaher was immediately taken out of the game. Last month, a Kung Fu fighter was banned from participating in Egypt’s Kung Fu league for making the same gesture during a Russian competition.
Philippines Typhoon Leaves at least 10,000 Dead
Rescue workers and aid groups are scrambling to assist people after a typhoon in the central Philippines killed an estimated 10,000 people and displaced 600,000. Relief workers are struggling to deal with both the magnitude of the suffering and the logistics of delivering aid in places where infrastructure was destroyed. Philippines president Benigno Aquino has deployed soldiers to stop looters, and is considering declaring martial law. Officials have still not made contact with the town first hit by the storm, Guian, which is home to 40,000 people. According to the UN, some cities are still 80 percent underwater.
Progressive Taxation Article Rejected
The 50-member committee in charge of drafting Egypt’s new constitution voted down a proposal to implement progressive taxation (taxation based on income) after a three-hour session yesterday. The proposal was drafted by Mohamed Ghoneim, who hoped it could be a “tool for achieving social justice.” The committee, however, cited concern for the economy and foreign investment as reasons for striking it down. Progressive taxation is an idea that has been raised by liberals many times since the January 25 2011 revolution that overthrew Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. One of the factors behind the continuing political unrest in Egypt is the high level of income inequality.