Monthly Archives: August 2013

The Persecution of Egypt’s Christians

LAW AND RELIGION FORUM

The Hudson Institute’s Nina Shea has an excellent post on the campaign of violence currently underway in Egypt against the country’s Christians, especially Copts. Frustrated at the overthrow of the Morsi government and enraged by the military’s campaign to eliminate them, the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists are taking out their anger on Christian targets. Here’s Shea:

“The Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party has been inciting the anti-Christian pogroms on its web and Facebook pages. One such page, posted on August 14, lists a bill of particulars against the Christian Coptic minority, blaming it, and only it, for the military’s crackdown against the Brotherhood, alleging that the Church has declared a “war against Islam and Muslims.” It concludes with the threat, “For every action there is a reaction.” This builds on statements in the article “The Military Republic of [Coptic Pope] Tawadros,” carried on the MB website in July…

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Monsters, Inc.

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Saudis Warn the West: We Won’t Forget Your Stance on Egypt

What Did You Say?

By Patrick Goodenough
Saudi>>> Secretary of State John Kerry is greeted by Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal l in Jeddah on Tuesday, June 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)

(CNSNews.com) – In a blunt warning to countries critical of the Egyptian military crackdown and considering suspending aid, longstanding U.S. ally Saudi Arabia suggested that the decisions they make now will have long-term consequences for their relationships in the Arab and Muslim world.

Saudi Arabia has led the way in supporting the Egyptian military’s actions, first in removing the Muslim Brotherhood administration early last month and in its subsequent steps against supporters of the ousted Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi.

Its warning came as policymakers in the U.S. and Europe mull the question of continuing financial assistance to Cairo following the violence in recent days, in which more than 1,000 people have been killed in clashes between security forces and…

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Saudi Arabia Sponsoring Terrorists Who Kill Muslims by Finian Cunningham

Dandelion Salad

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from PressTV
August 17, 2013

As the Muslim holy month of Ramadan came to an end this year, Saudi King Abdullah marked the occasion of Eid al-Fitr with a “generous” donation.

The Saudi monarch revealed that the oil-rich kingdom was donating $100 million to the United Nations’ Center for Counter-Terrorism, based in New York.

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Meditations on the Bloodbath in Egypt

After US Hegemony

Intermingled with images of bodies covered in funeral shrouds and kept on blocks of melting ice in Cairo’s mosques and of grieving families surrounding their dead on television screens and front pages of newspapers are other images of Egyptians thanking the military for one of the bloodiest massacres in recent history. This grotesque juxtaposition of images marks the violent denouement of the promising democratic sprouts of the Arab Spring.

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The triumph of the counter-revolution also illustrates how the very narrative is tinged with elements that preclude a peaceful, democratic, and equitable resolution to the crisis. By pitching the conflict as between the Muslim Brotherhood and the military that ousted the first democratically elected president with the support of millions of Egyptians, the narrative erases crucial nuances. Opponents of the coup not only include the Muslim Brotherhood but also the secular sections who opposed the overthrow of a democratically elected government…

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News You Really Need To See: “CIA Documents Acknowledge Its Role in Iran’s 1953 Coup”

Not What You Might Think

“CIA Documents Acknowledge Its Role in Iran’s 1953 Coup”

BBC News, Aug. 20, 2013

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-23762970

The CIA has released documents which for the first time formally acknowledge its key role in the 1953 coup which ousted Iran’s democratically elected Prime Minister, Mohammad Mossadeq.  The documents were published on the independent National Security Archive on the 60th anniversary of the coup.  They come from the CIA’s internal history of Iran from the mid-1970s.  ‘The military coup… was carried out under CIA direction as an act of US foreign policy,’ says one excerpt.  The US role in the coup was openly referred to by then US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in 2000, and by President Barack Obama in a 2009 speech in Cairo.  But until now the intelligence agencies have issued ‘blanket denials’ of their role, says the editor of the trove of documents, Malcolm…

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Book Review: Collins & Skover’s “On Dissent” + Memories of Occupy Wall Street: Seattle

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