Sudan to Back Ethiopian Renaissance Dam
Ahead of upcoming talks between Sudan, Ethiopia, and Egypt, Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir has publicly announced his support for Ethiopia’s controversial Renaissance dam project. Al-Bashir and Ethiopian prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn also signed 14 new agreements, which include plans to build a new railway line between the two nations in the hope of increasing economic relations. The Sudanese president insisted that the new dam will “serve the interests” of all three countries.
Bassem Youssef Makes First Television Appearance Since Leaving CBC
In his first television appearance since his show El Bernameg was suddenly canceled last month, Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef appeared as a guest on journalist Yousri Fouda’s program “Akher Kalam” and addressed questions about the interim government, the chances his show will air again, and rumors surrounding the cancellation of the show. He blamed cable company CBC for his show’s cancellation, saying that he did not believe the interim government or military pressured the channel to remove him. He also dismissed rumors that he had failed contractual obligations or that he had made an agreement to work with a German cable channel.
Tamarod Approves New Constitution, Launches Support Campaign
The group which launched the June 30 uprising has started a new campaign to support the draft constitution. Tamarod announced their support on their Facebook page, calling the new campaign “Yes to the Constitution,” and said that the document guarantees the rights of every group of people in Egypt. They refer to the new constitution as the continuation of “the people’s will” and called on Egyptians to help mobilize a large turnout for the referendum, which is set for January of next year.
Premier of “The Square” Cancelled in Cairo
Acclaimed Egyptian director Jehane Noujaim’s latest documentary film The Square was pulled from the European Film Panorama festival’s line up today because of “technical difficulties.” Noujaim, who is perhaps best known for directing the 2004 documentary The Control Room, gave an interview in which she said that it was difficult to get the documentary approved by Egypt’s censorship board. The film, which was recently placed on the Academy Awards’ list of candidates for the Best Documentary prize, chronicles the 2011, January 25 revolution in Egypt. The head of the festival said that the film’s director and producer opted to cancel the premiere in reaction to the news about being shortlisted for the Oscars.
NSA Tracks Millions Around the World, Every Day
New documents leaked by whistle blower Edward Snowden show that the United States’ National Security Agency (NSA) is tracking the phone records of millions of people all over the world. Using complex computer programs, the department collects almost five billion records from cell phones around the world every day. This recent leak reveals a scale of surveillance previously thought unimaginable, and analysts say that it is likely to anger governments and people in countries outside the US.