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« Reply #180 on: August 07, 2013, 04:45:08 pm »

http://news.yahoo.com/qatar-urges-prisoner-release-egypt-mediation-hopes-fade-092403510.html
Egypt at 'dangerous stalemate' in political crisis
8/7/13

By Shadia Nasralla and Angus MacSwan

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's political crisis entered a tense new phase on Wednesday after international mediation efforts collapsed and the army-installed government repeated its threat to take action against supporters of deposed President Mohamed Mursi.

Both sides called their supporters on to the streets on Thursday, while Mursi supporters in two protest camps in Cairo strengthened sandbag-and-brick barricades in readiness for any action by security forces.

Acting President Adli Mansour, in a message on the eve of the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday, said Egypt was now in critical circumstances. The interim government would press on with its own plan to hold new elections in nine months time, he said.

"The train of the future has departed, and everyone must realize the moment and catch up with it, and whoever fails to realize this moment must take responsibility for their decision," he said.

U.S. envoy William Burns made his way home after days of trying to broker a compromise between the government and Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood. European Union envoy Bernardino Leon stayed on in the capital in the slim hope of reviving the effort.

But Brussels and Washington said they were very concerned that the Egyptian parties had not found a way to break what they called a dangerous stalemate.

"This remains a very fragile situation, which holds not only the risk of more bloodshed and polarization in Egypt, but also impedes the economic recovery, which is so essential for Egypt's successful transition," U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said in a joint statement.

The army ousted the Islamist Mursi, Egypt's first freely elected leader, on July 3 after huge street demonstrations against his rule.

Mursi and leaders of his Muslim Brotherhood have been rounded up and detained. But thousands of their supporters have demonstrated to demand his reinstatement.

Almost 300 people have been killed in political violence since the overthrow, including 80 Mursi supporters shot dead by security forces in a single incident on July 27.

Mansour earlier on Wednesday blamed the Muslim Brotherhood for the breakdown of the international mediation effort, and for any violence that might result.

Interim Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi said the government's decision to dismantle the protest camps was final and its patience had nearly expired.

Beblawi accused protesters of inciting violence, blocking roads and detaining citizens, and he warned that any further violence would be met "with utmost force and decisiveness."

People should leave the camps now, Beblawi said.

Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Gehad El-Haddad, asked about the threat, told Reuters: "This means they are preparing for an even bigger massacre. They should be sending us positive signals, not live bullets."

PEACE AT EID?

On Wednesday afternoon, people streamed into the camp outside Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque in northeast Cairo, where demonstrators have built barricades and armed themselves with sticks and rocks. Many were women and children.

"We will not leave until we get Mursi back," said Salma Imam, 19, student at Al-Azhar university. "It's not a government, the real government was chosen by the Egyptian people one year ago. This is not a legal government."

Any action could still be some time away, however.

Egyptians celebrate Eid, which marks the end of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan, from Thursday to Sunday, an inauspicious time for any act of violence.

And Egypt's leading Islamic authority on Wednesday announced plans to host talks on the crisis after Eid, which might also forestall an assault by the security forces.

"There are some initiatives that can be built upon to start national reconciliation," an al-Azhar official told the state news agency MENA.

Mursi's downfall was driven by fears he was trying to establish an Islamist autocracy, coupled with a failure to ease economic hardships afflicting most of Egypt's 84 million people.

The army says it was acting at the behest of the people and has lain out its own transition plan for new elections, a move rejected by the Brotherhood.

Hamdeen Sabahi, a leftist who came third in last year's presidential election, said the Islamists were in a state of denial about what had happened.

"The Muslim Brotherhood must accept the will of the people. I can't imagine any political solution," he said in a radio interview.

Pro-Mursi parties and leftists who backed his removal called rival demonstrations for Thursday, making the public holiday a potential flashpoint.

The National Alliance to Support Legitimacy, which includes the Brotherhood, urged Mursi supporters to take to the streets for an "Eid of Victory".

The leftist Popular Current party called for public Eid prayers in Tahrir Square, center of the 2011 uprising that ousted long-ruling strongman Hosni Mubarak and set in train the current political drama.

Egypt is the Arab world's largest country, a bulwark in the United States' Middle East policy, and maintains an uneasy peace with Israel.

Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans, one of a host of foreign officials who have visited Cairo as the crisis unfolded, said he saw the confrontation worsening.

"More people will turn to the streets to protest and the tendency in the armed forces to repress that will mount," he told Reuters.

"So I think there's a need to be worried about the next days and weeks," he said.

(This story has been corrected to change Nicholas to William in 5th paragraph)

(Additional reporting by Tom Perry, Tom Finn, Maggie Fick, Shadia Nasralla and Michael Georgy in Cairo, Paul Taylor in Paris and Lesley Wroughton in Washington; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)
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« Reply #181 on: August 12, 2013, 09:14:22 am »


Egypt Protesters Defy Warning to Disperse


Supporters of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi are continuing their rallies to call for his reinstatement, despite warnings that the government may soon move to break up their protest camps.

more: http://www.voanews.com/content/egypt-protesters/1727855.html

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« Reply #182 on: August 14, 2013, 05:33:27 am »

BLOODBATH IN CAIRO: DOZENS DEAD AS TROOPS CRACK DOWN...
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2013/08/201381452017193693.html

Muslim Brotherhood demands Morsi return to power...
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/14/us-egypt-protests-idUSBRE97C09A20130814

Tear gas, choppers, tanks, bulldozers...
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/08/14/Egypt-police-begin-operation-to-disperse-Cairo-pro-Mursi-camps-.html
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« Reply #183 on: August 14, 2013, 05:56:29 am »

Who didn't see that coming? Mubarak all over again.

Think about it. Mubarak was tossed out this same way, right? So his alleged opposition, the Muslim Brotherhood's Morsi steps up and takes office. Now, they toss Morsi the exact same way, and do the exact same crackdown on supporters.

Are we seeing a contradiction, or is it just me? To me, it really begs the obvious question, just who is really running Egypt?
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« Reply #184 on: August 14, 2013, 07:24:55 am »

I dont think Islamic countries can run without a dictator or military oversite. wonder why that is...  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #185 on: August 14, 2013, 07:50:52 am »

Its just mayham now, thanx Obama..

Daughter of Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed el-Beltagi killed during police assault on Rabaa square in Egypt, brother and Brotherhood spokesman says - @NBCNews

Field hospital running out of medical supplies in Rabaa, children amongst those injured in clashes - @SherineT, @AJELive

Update: 5 people killed in Suez, medical official says, following attempt by Morsi supporters to storm government buildings - @Reuters

56 people killed, 526 injured in nationwide clashes, Egyptian Health Ministry says - @AP

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/egypts-president-morsi-removed-from-power
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« Reply #186 on: August 14, 2013, 08:06:04 am »

Death toll in Egypt's Fayoum rises to 17 - State news agency via @Reuters

26-year-old Xpress reporter killed in Egypt clashes - @Gulf_News

There just killing everyone, guess thats what happens when you have a military take over. Glad McCain went over and talked to them.  Roll Eyes loser
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« Reply #187 on: August 14, 2013, 09:27:20 am »

It is a full blown war now

Rabaa protest location to be completely cleared imminently, security source says - @AlArabiya_Eng

Egyptian president declares state of emergency across Egypt for 1 month starting at 4pm local time - State TV via @AymanM

Egypt presidency orders army to support interior ministry in imposing security - Statement via @Reuters

State of emergency now in effect for Egypt, granting government powers to detain, ban protests - @AJELive

Update: 95 killed across Egypt as a result of violence, 758 people wounded, ministry of health says - @NBCNews

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« Reply #188 on: August 14, 2013, 09:29:13 am »

HEY look!! A banking holiday ahead of Government declaring Martial Law!!

Egypt's stock exchange, banks to close on Thursday following violence, official says - @Reuters

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« Reply #189 on: August 14, 2013, 10:49:31 am »

Egypt's President Morsi removed from power

Egypt's death toll increases to 149, health ministry says - @BBCBreaking
 3 mins ago by editor

Supporters of ousted President Morsi reportedly storm Giza, Cairo, police station killing 4 inside, including 2 officers and 2 conscripts - @AymanM
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More: 1,403 injured in Egypt, health ministry says - @AymanM
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« Reply #190 on: August 14, 2013, 11:05:47 am »

Egypt's VP Mohammed ElBaradei resigns from government over handling of sit-ins - @AymanM, @AFP, @Reuters

 Shocked

ElBaradei says in resignation letter to president that there were peaceful options for ending the political crisis - @Reuters

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« Reply #191 on: August 14, 2013, 11:18:30 am »

I am not surprised by this at all...

WH Tweets Biden with Camel as Egyptian Military Cracks Down



Guess what day it is? How about a day of sorrow as a military slaughters an unarmed populance. But then again Obama has bloody hands already
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Egypt's VP Mohammed ElBaradei resigns from government over handling of sit-ins - @AymanM, @AFP, @Reuters

 Shocked

ElBaradei says in resignation letter to president that there were peaceful options for ending the political crisis - @Reuters

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/egypts-president-morsi-removed-from-power

He's made his political move, now let's see if he is pushed into the presidency, which I suspect he will be. He's been playing coy all this time, but he is a stone-cold UN man, proved it in Iraq, and by him not refusing to take leadership roles, to me it shows he has higher political aspirations, which may be supported by UN handlers.
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« Reply #193 on: August 14, 2013, 03:17:50 pm »

235 killed, 2,001 injured in Egypt violence, health ministry reports - @AJELive

20 churches burned, 7 damaged in Egypt, according to Christian human rights group, Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights - @NBCNews
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Egypt death toll rises to 421 after violent crackdown on pro-Morsi camps

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood called on supporters to march in protest in Cairo on Thursday following the bloodiest day since the overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi by the country's military.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/08/15/egyptian-security-forces-attempt-to-clear-pro-morsi-protests/

Thanx to John McCain for lending his support to the military takeover
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« Reply #195 on: August 15, 2013, 10:45:31 am »

Egypt police to use live bullets to defend against attacks on buildings, security forces, interior ministry says - @AFP, @Reuters
 
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Egypt’s crackdown on Morsi supporters

Egyptian Health Ministry spokesman: Death toll in Wednesday's violence rises to 638 - @AP


Obama throws a WH party when it reaches a thousand
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Islamists take to Egypt streets in defiant protest
 
CAIRO (AP) - Thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters have taken to the streets in several Cairo neighborhoods and elsewhere in Egypt in defiance of the military-imposed state of emergency. The protesters poured out of the mosques after Friday prayers, responding to the group's call for a "Day of Rage" following the deaths of 638 people Wednesday when riot police backed by armored vehicles, snipers and bulldozers smashed the two sit-ins in Cairo where ousted President Mohammed Morsi's supporters had been camped out for six weeks to demand his reinstatement.

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Egyptian security officials say death toll in clashes across country rises to at least 60 - @AP


Sen. Ted Cruz on Egypt: 'As there can no longer be any reasonable doubt that what occurred in July was a military coup, the 1st step is to send an unequivocal message that the United States is a nation of laws and suspend aid to Egypt' - via @NBCNews

More: Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood calls for nationwide protests 'daily until the coup ends' - statement via @Reuters

Spokesman for Egypt's NSF, liberal coalition that led opposition against Morsi, quits group over support for 'police massacres' - @ahramonline

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Video shows Egyptian protestor, with arms raised, standing in front of a tank before being shot [Warning: Graphic] - via @AymanM




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« Reply #200 on: August 16, 2013, 04:24:32 pm »

Coptic church statement: We stand firmly with Egyptian police and armed forces - @SherineT

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Egypt's State Information Service sends statement to international media organizations complaining of 'biased' and 'distorted' media coverage of the crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood - via @nytimes

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Egypt's State Information Service sends statement to international media organizations complaining of 'biased' and 'distorted' media coverage of the crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood - via @nytimes

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Everyone claims that(even by both political "parties" in America).
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Egypt, U.S. on Collision Course
Military-Led Government Says It is 'Reviewing' Relationship With U.S. Amid Criticism

8/18/13

Egypt's military-led government said it was "reviewing" its strategic relationships with the U.S. and other Western governments critical of its crackdown on Islamists, deepening the divide between the Obama administration and Cairo.

Amid expectations of more violence in coming days, the death toll rose on Sunday as dozens of Muslim Brotherhood supporters were killed in Cairo in what the government described as a prison-break attempt. The Islamist movement's leaders called for continued defiance against Egypt's generals, despite signs that their supporters were becoming limited in their ability to take to the streets.

The weekend developments were the latest signs of the constrained ability of the administration of President Barack Obama to influence events in Egypt. The White House, while deciding Friday to postpone joint-military exercises with Egypt, has indicated it plans to continue sending $1.5 billion in military and economic aid to Egypt as a means to try to guide events there.

But the announcement by Egypt's foreign minister of the review of its ties to the U.S., and growing opposition on Capitol Hill to the aid, might make this impossible.

"The attempts to internationalize the discussions about this event is something that Egypt rejects," Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy said Sunday. "I ask the foreign ministry to review the foreign aid of the past and to see if those aids are used in an optimal way."

The comments from Mr. Fahmy hewed to a theme that has dominated Egypt's airwaves and newspapers the past two months: disappointment and hostility toward criticism of Egypt's security forces by Western governments. Interim-government officials have also complained of "biased" coverage in Western media.

Criticism of the Egyptian military's actions grew on Capitol Hill. A widening number of U.S. senators took to the Sunday news shows to challenge Mr. Obama's Egypt policy.

"I think the actions of the last week no doubt are going to cause us to suspend aid," said Sen. Bob Corker (R., Tenn.) on ABC. He added that the U.S. should "recalibrate" its aid to Egypt while keeping open lines of communication with the Middle Eastern nation.

The prisoner deaths book ended a bloody week of clashes that have spawned political violence unprecedented in modern Egypt. Egyptians are now looking at yet another week of potential flare-ups after supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted President Mohammed Morsi announced weeklong protests.

The violence has hardened attitudes on both sides, strengthening the appetite for resistance among both Mr. Morsi's supporters and his opponents. Leaders of the movement backing Mr. Morsi issued a call for further demonstrations on Saturday night, the same day that a police raid ended an armed overnight standoff at a Cairo mosque in which at least 173 people were killed. Egypt's military spokesman said 120 soldiers died in the siege.

"We believe that Egyptians are determined to get their freedom back peacefully," said one senior Brotherhood official. "In history, all the revolutions were against very powerful regimes. They succeeded to overthrow them. And this is what we believe that the Egyptian people will do."

In speeches, political leaders in the military-backed government justified last week's crackdowns and asked the public to remain steadfast in the face of what they describe as a terrorist threat posed by Mr. Morsi's supporters.

Senior government officials have defended the crackdowns, saying military and police have shown restraint.

Cairo's crowded capital made a tentative return to normal life on Sunday, even as a monthlong, all-night curfew first imposed last Wednesday remained in place. Businesses that had been shuttered on Saturday were open for the first day of the Egypt's workweek, and the city's familiar congestion once again returned.

Egypt's Interior Ministry called for an end to the so-called "popular committees" of local residents who have set up roadblocks during the curfew hours. The committees, which the ministry had encouraged for much of the past week, had been "abused" by local thugs, the ministry announced.

Both General Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, Egypt's minister of defense and the head of its armed forces, and Mr. Fahmy, the minister of foreign affairs, said that security forces were prepared to use force against pro-Morsi protesters if the former president's supporters continued to use violence. Leaders in the Muslim Brotherhood, which backed Mr. Morsi's presidency, have argued that their demonstrations are peaceful.

"What we do is a reaction and not an action, and we exercise a great deal of self-restraint," said Gen. Sisi in a televised address Sunday afternoon. "I am confirming that those who attack, however, we will face them strictly."

Mr. Fahmy's announcement of a foreign-policy review was a thinly veiled swipe at U.S. criticism of Egypt's recent crackdown on Pro-Morsi protesters. Many Egyptians believe the U.S. has taken the Brotherhood's side.

Some Egyptians have also expressed outrage at Mr. Obama's announcement last week that U.S. forces wouldn't participate in the biannual "BrightStar" military exercises scheduled for this fall. Mr. Obama said he was withdrawing from the exercises after at least 600 people died when the military forcefully dispersed a pro-Morsi protest camp last Wednesday.

The U.S. has given Egypt $1.3 billion each year in military aid since the early 1980s.

Though leaders in Mr. Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood have pledged to maintain their vigils, there were signs Sunday that continuing violence had put a dent in the group's ability to organize supporters. In one sign of disorganization, the group canceled one of about a half-dozen marches originally planned for Sunday. But a separate march to the Supreme Constitutional Court in the Maadi neighborhood of Cairo didn't materialize after conflicting reports from Brotherhood spokesmen over the cancellation of all demonstrations on Sunday.

A small group, numbering some two dozen, held a rally about a mile from the courthouse. "Where are your big numbers now?" one passerby shouted mockingly at the group.
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« Reply #204 on: August 30, 2013, 10:51:05 am »

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Egypt Brotherhood protests draw tens of thousands
8/30/13

CAIRO (AP) — Tens of thousands of protesters and Muslim Brotherhood supporters rallied Friday throughout Egypt against a military coup and a bloody security crackdown, though tanks and armored police vehicles barred them from converging in major squares.

The protests appeared smaller than the mass demonstrations seen in previous weeks, despite a massive push by the Brotherhood for "decisive" rallies across the country after Friday prayers.

The largest protest in the capital, Cairo, had more than 10,000 protesters. Thousands gathered in other cities, with other smaller protests drawing hundreds, including many women and children.

Protesters marched through the streets chanting slogans against the country's army chief, Gen. Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi, who led the popularly backed July 3 coup that toppled President Mohammed Morsi, a longtime leader of the Brotherhood.

"The people want the death of the assassin!" the protesters yelled while waving the Egyptian flag and holding up yellow posters with the outline of a hand showing four fingers. Morsi supporters have used the symbol in online and street campaigns to remember the sit-in protest around the Rabaah al-Adawiya mosque, which in Arabic means fourth.

Security forces cleared out that sit-in and another one two weeks ago in violent raids that sparked several days of violence. More than 1,000 people, most of them people opposed to Morsi's ouster, have been killed since. The Interior Ministry says more than 100 policemen and soldiers have also died in the violence.

Many of the protesters Friday were not Brotherhood members. Some said they were only seeking justice for relatives killed by security forces this month or protesting the way in which Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected president, was removed from power. Many waved the Egyptian flag and carried pictures of Morsi.

"When it started, it was only about the return of Morsi to power," protester Ahmed Osama said. "Now it has gone past that. Blood has been shed."

While largely peaceful, the protests drew some sporadic violence, as residents angry with the Brotherhood confronted the group's supporters.

In the Mediterranean city of Port Said, one person was killed in clashes, security officials said. Another 22 residents were wounded by birdshot allegedly fired by the protesters, the officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to journalists.

Similar clashes took place in other parts of the country, including in the Nile Delta city of Zagazig, where the Brotherhood said a protester was shot dead. The group did not elaborate. Health officials said 33 people had wounded by birdshot in the fighting.

Security forces also fired tear gas at protesters in Cairo, the Nile Delta city of Tanta and south of Cairo in Assiut. Meanwhile, Egypt's state news agency said unidentified gunmen in two cars opened fire on a police station in the upscale Cairo neighborhood of Heliopolis, killing an officer and a civilian. The drive-by attack early Friday wounded another officer, according to the MENA agency.

The Interior Ministry, in charge of police, said its forces had orders to use deadly force in defense of public and private property if protests turned violent. Two Fridays ago more than 10 police stations were attacked and government buildings assaulted by protesters. Residents and police officers in civilian clothing also fought pro-Morsi protesters in fierce street clashes.

Residents of Cairo mostly stayed off the streets Friday in anticipation of the Brotherhood rallies. A military-imposed nighttime curfew in Cairo and 13 other provinces will start two hours earlier Friday.

Once Egypt's most powerful group, the Brotherhood appears weakened and unable to draw massive crowds for protests after the fierce security crackdown. Hundreds of the group's members have been detained, including top leaders, as well as members' relatives.

It also has forced the group to plan and operate underground, the way it has for much of its more than 80 year existence. Protester Ahmed Khaled, among those leading the largest Cairo protest from Nasr City to Heliopolis, said organizers weren't telling protesters where the march was heading for security reasons.

Khaled and others said they are receiving instructions by phone on where to direct their march. He declined to elaborate further, nor did he say who was leading the march.

"We stopped communicating the itinerary and destination of the marches so nobody can follow us or wait for us with snipers at the arrival point," he said.

Authorities took television channels sympathetic to the Brotherhood off-air after Morsi's ouster. Qatar-based Al-Jazeera's local affiliate in Egypt, which has aired comments from wanted Brotherhood leaders and extensively covered their protests, has faced raids on its offices. The network also has had employees across its channels arrested.

On Friday, security officials quoted in the state-owned Ahram Online said they confiscated cameras and microphones for the channel in private cars near protests. The government is moving closer to banning its broadcasts.

As protesters marched, many in the crowd expressed anger at the military-backed government. Demonstrator Sherif Osama said his cousin was killed during the Rabaa sit-in raid and that he was out "to take revenge."

"He was killed by a bullet in his back that went out from the front," Osama said. "At the morgue, they wrote on the death certificate that he committed suicide."
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« Reply #205 on: August 30, 2013, 01:17:21 pm »

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Yes folks, I think we have a...misdirection...taking place. I wasn't aware that the Muslim Brotherhood made a name change.
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« Reply #206 on: September 03, 2013, 03:03:08 pm »

Thousands of Islamists take to Egypt's streets
Tue Sep 3, 2013 3:53pm EDT
 
(Reuters) - Thousands of supporters of overthrown Islamist president Mohamed Mursi took to the streets in towns and cities across Egypt on Tuesday evening to denounce Egypt's new military-backed rulers - their second show of mass support in four days.
 
Marking exactly two months since Egypt's first democratically elected leader was ousted by the army after big protests, marchers turned out in cities in the Nile Delta, in Upper Egypt and on the Suez Canal, as well as the capital, Cairo.

The army-led government has launched a furious crackdown on Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood since toppling him on July 3, arresting its top leaders and killing hundreds of his supporters.

But after a brief lull, and despite a heavy security presence, Islamist groups brought thousands onto the streets again after last Friday's prayers. There were sporadic clashes with security forces, notably in Cairo, and at least seven people died.

There were no immediate reports of violence at Tuesday's marches, held under the slogan "The Coup is Terrorism" - a reference to the government's portrayal of its campaign to crush the Brotherhood as a fight against Islamist terrorism.

In Cairo's Nasr City, near the presidential palace, hundreds of Brotherhood supporters waving Brotherhood flags chanted "Revolution, revolution, the revolution will continue!" and "Down, down with military rule!".

Some carried pictures of "martyrs" killed in the government's crackdown, while others stood chanting next to an armored vehicle, one of many deployed in the capital.

Many of the Brotherhood's leaders including Mursi have already been sent to trial accused of inciting violence, but the movement says it is committed to peaceful protest, and that the accusations are a pretext for the crackdown by a "putschist regime".

A military court sentenced pro-Mursi protesters to long jail terms on Tuesday on charges of attacking soldiers in the city of Suez, a military statement said.

The violence in Suez broke out after security forces on August 14 crushed Cairo protest camps demanding Mursi's reinstatement. More than 600 Brotherhood supporters were killed, along with dozens of policemen, in the dawn operation, which triggered clashes across the country.

The statement said one person had been sentenced to life in prison for the Suez clashes, three people to 15 years in jail, and 45 others to five years.

TELEVISION CLOSURES

TV channels run by the Muslim Brotherhood or sympathetic to it have already fallen victim to the government crackdown.

On Tuesday a Cairo court ordered the closure of the Egyptian news channel belonging to Al Jazeera, the pan-Arab broadcaster financed by Qatar, a supporter of the Brotherhood, along with three other stations run by or sympathetic to the Brotherhood.

Al Jazeera's offices in Cairo have been closed since July 3, when they were raided by security forces hours after Mursi was toppled, although its channels, broadcast from Qatar, can still be seen in Egypt.

Last week, Al Jazeera aired statements from two Brotherhood leaders that included a call to join protests.

On Sunday, three journalists working for Al Jazeera's main, pan-Arab channel were deported from Egypt.

Separately, state-run Nile TV said 15 people had been killed in the Sinai Peninsula by rocket fire, after witnesses said army helicopters had attacked militant strongholds near Sheikh Zuweid, close to the border with Israel and the Gaza Strip.

Security sources said government helicopter strikes had killed at least eight armed men and wounded 15, and had been aimed at stores of arms and explosives.

Militant attacks on security forces in the lawless North Sinai region have grown since Mursi was ousted.

The army has accused Palestinians in Gaza, which is run by Hamas, a Brotherhood offshoot, of supporting the militants.

Mursi's government had made it easier for people and goods to travel between Egypt and Gaza.

But Cairo's new rulers have tightened controls once more, and have been closing smuggling tunnels that the army believes have been used to move weapons and gunmen across the border.

Local residents said on Tuesday that Egyptian security forces had destroyed some 20 houses along the border, apparently suspecting them of being used to hide tunnel entrances or provide cover for other militant activity.

Hamas said it feared Egypt was installing a buffer zone to isolate Gaza. An Egyptian army source confirmed the military had intensified its campaign to close tunnels but said he knew of no instructions to put a buffer zone in place.

Growing insecurity in Sinai worries the United States and others because the region is bounded not only by Israel and Gaza but also by the Suez Canal, a major global shipping artery. Last Saturday, attackers fired at a ship passing through the Canal.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/03/us-egypt-protests-idUSBRE98210520130903
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« Reply #207 on: September 03, 2013, 03:07:17 pm »

Egypt jamming Al Jazeera signals
Network forced to change frequencies so viewers can tune it, as authorities deliberately jam signals.


After an extensive investigation by independent experts, Al Jazeera can categorically say that Egyptian authorities are deliberately jamming our satellite signals, forcing the network to change frequencies so viewers can tune in.
 
Al Jazeera’s team of experts have determined where the jamming is coming from.
 
Sami Zeidan reports.

http://www.aljazeera.com/video/middleeast/2013/09/201393183256834226.html


Cairo court orders closure of 4 TV channels, including Al-Jazeera Egypt and a Muslim Brotherhood station - @BBCBreaking
http://t.co/NY2omVFspS


Egypt military court sentences 11 Muslim Brotherhood members to life, 45 others get 5-year jail terms for violence in Suez - @AJELive

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2013/09/201393124436963523.html

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« Reply #208 on: September 03, 2013, 05:17:18 pm »

I wouldn't mind more jamming of Al Jazeera broadcasts.   Roll Eyes
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Egyptian Newspaper’s Explosive Allegation: President Obama Is a Secret Muslim Brotherhood Member

Al Jazeera’s blog posted a story Monday featuring tweets from the Director of Research at the Brookings Center in Doha, Qatar, who reported that an Egyptian newspaper’s front page story claimed President Barack Obama is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.

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Newspaper also claims that son of MB leader threatened Obama w- release of ‘papers’ revealing his MB membership,” writes Shadi Hamid of Brookings.
 
One could hardly come up with a more explosive allegation about a U.S. president than secret membership in an Islamist group. And if that weren’t enough, the newspaper also claims that President Obama’s half-brother Malik is allegedly an Al Qaeda activist.



Jonathan Spyer, senior research fellow at the Global Research in International Affairs Center and an Arabic speaker, tells TheBlaze that the newspaper — Al-Wafd — specifically accuses Obama of being a member of the international organization of the Muslim Brotherhood.
 
The article goes on to say that Obama originally embraced the thought of the Brotherhood while living in Indonesia, per Spyer, and  further alleges that the son of Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leader Khairat al-Shater had threatened to expose a document revealing the secret membership.
 
But Syper says such allegations are the result of an angry Egyptian populace expressing frustration.
 
According to him, the publication of this kind of conspiracy is rooted in the ongoing dissatisfaction on the Egyptian street with the Obama administration’s policy which some have viewed as pro-Muslim Brotherhood.

This was seen clearly during the summer demonstrations calling for then-President Mohammed Morsi to step down. Among the crowds, signs were held deriding President Obama and then U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson. They expressed frustration at what those Egyptians perceived to be Obama’s failure to articulate clear criticism of Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood.
 
“The forces that overthrew Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood – namely the Egyptian army and the large civilian demonstrations that supported it — regard the current U.S. administration as a supporter of the deposed Morsi. They offer U.S. delays in arms deliveries and pressure to release Morsi as evidence of this,” Spyer tells TheBlaze.
 
“There is some degree of justification in their accusations. There is also a large degree of paranoid anti-American and anti-western sentiment in Egypt. As a result, the anger against the Administration has rapidly and predictably turned into conspiracy theories according to which Obama’s admittedly astonishingly naive and misguided attitude toward the Muslim Brotherhood can in fact be explained by the claim that he is a secret member of it,” Spyer explains.
 
Eric Trager, an Egypt scholar at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy tells TheBlaze, “This sort of conspiracy theorizing is sadly common within the Egyptian media. It reflects Egyptians’ inability to take responsibility for the choices that they’ve made in the past few years – specifically, their choice to elect the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate in the June 2012 presidential election.”
 
“Many Egyptians blame the United States for allegedly supporting the Brotherhood, when in fact we simply worked with the government that they elected, and some in the Egyptian media have repeated ugly conspiracy theories about President Obama to depict American policy as subversive,” he says.
 
“It is also a sign that fascistic tendencies are hardening in Egyptian politics, since fascists always need an external enemy to justify their support for, or execution of, repressive policies,” Trager adds.
 
“Newspapers have run more and more bizarre and farcical stories over the last few months, but this one indeed seems to be the oddest story to have yet been printed,” writes Middle East Monitor. “The American president could indeed be accused of many things, but being a secret member of the Muslim Brotherhood would be the least probable accusation one could level at him.”
 
It adds that the media have “planted rounds of false stories in the press to tarnish the image of, not only the Brotherhood, but also their supporters or even those who may not be supporters, but are simply calling for a return to democratic legitimacy. And it seems that the media will go to any lengths to smear those who do not fall in line with them.”
 
The Al-Wafd newspaper is in fact affiliated with the liberal party bearing the same name.
 
Brookings’ Hamid quipped, “The sheer, unbridled creativity of Egyptian media knows no bounds. This sort of outside-the-box thinking bodes well for #Egypt’s transition.”
 
Despite dissatisfaction with American policy voiced in secularist corners, the Muslim Brotherhood could also complain about some of the Obama administration’s actions, including the White House’s refusal to label the ousting of President Morsi a coup.

more: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/09/03/egyptian-newspapers-explosive-allegation-president-obama-is-a-secret-muslim-brotherhood-member/
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