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Egypt: Military coup

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Morsi ArmyWell, it was / wasn’t fun while is lasted but it looks like Mursi is no longer in power and the military has (once again) taken over in Egypt.

Egypt state-run Al-Ahram quotes presidency source saying the army told Mursi at 7 p.m. (1700 gmt) that he was no longer president

In a speech on state TV defense minister Abdelfatah Al-Seesi announced the suspension of the constitution and said that a government of technocrats will be formed.

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July 3rd, 2013 at 7:12 pm

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Egypt: Reverse Arab Spring

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In a turn of events that no one could have predicted (hint: sarcasm) it looks like it took just about two years for the new regime to fail as well and Mohamed Mursi will most likely soon go the same way as his predecessor Hosni Mubarak.

According to Reuters:

CAIRO (Reuters) – President Mohamed Mursi clung to office on Tuesday after rebuffing an army ultimatum to force a resolution to Egypt’s political crisis, and the ruling Muslim Brotherhood sought to mass its supporters to defend him.

But the Islamist leader looked increasingly isolated, with ministers resigning, the liberal opposition refusing to talk to him and the armed forces, backed by millions of protesters in the street, giving him until Wednesday to agree to share power.

In a defiant 2 a.m. statement, Mursi’s office said the president had not been consulted before the armed forces chief-of-staff set a 48-hour deadline for a power-sharing deal and would pursue his own plan for national reconciliation.

Newspapers across the political spectrum saw the military ultimatum as a turning point. “Last 48 hours of Muslim Brotherhood rule,” the opposition daily El Watan declared. “Egypt awaits the army,” said the state-owned El Akhbar.

Overall the whole “Arab Spring” of 2011 seems to be one giant clusterfuck with no end in sight. At least no peaceful, orderly end establishing democratic legitimized forms of government for Egypt, Libya, Syria or any other of the affected countries in the region. Quite to the contrary, the uprisings and demonstrations are spreading to neighboring countries like Turkey and Europe’s bottomless money-pit called Greece.

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July 2nd, 2013 at 2:40 pm

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You really want to “support the troops”?

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If you really want to “support the troops”, like oh so many Americans claim to do – vote for Ron Paul in the 2012 Presidential election. But even if you aren’t and US citizen, it’s in your best interested to support Mr. Paul by education your American friends and/or promoting him on your Blog, your Twitter feed, Facebook page or whatever… Because the last thing this world needs right now, is another fear- and warmongering US president just waiting for an excuse to start another war instead of fixing all the problems, decades of playing global-police-force created… And Ron Paul is the only candidate who’s willing to finally put an end to this madness. Hell, even if you hate the US (foreign policy) like there’s no tomorrow – all the more reason to try to influence their next election, so their military finally gets a chance to stop doing the shit you hate about them.

 

Written by mo

December 22nd, 2011 at 8:17 pm

21 ton US tear gas for Egypt

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Because everyone knows the new regime is always way better than the old regime…

Suez Port Employees Reveal 21-Ton US Tear Gas Order for Interior Ministry

Port workers in Suez refuse to receive initial seven ton shipment as the interior ministry looks to restock after firing tear gas at protesters in Egypt for six days last week

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Viva la revolution! No, wait…

Then again, without all those arms exports – I guess the US wouldn’t be exporting anything at all nowadays. And we can’t have that, can we? Somebody think about the children global economy!

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December 1st, 2011 at 1:41 am

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Saudi police open fire on civilians

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According to The Independent “Pro-democracy protests which swept the Arab world earlier in the year have erupted in eastern Saudi Arabia over the past three days, with police opening fire with live rounds and many people injured, opposition activists say.”

Saudi Arabia last night confirmed there had been fighting in the region and that 11 security personnel and three civilians had been injured in al-Qatif, a large Shia city on the coast of Saudi Arabia’s oil-rich Eastern Province. The opposition say that 24 men and three women were wounded on Monday night and taken to al-Qatif hospital.

The Independent has been given exclusive details of how the protests developed by local activists. They say unrest began on Sunday in al-Awamiyah, a Shia town of about 25,000 people, when Saudi security forces arrested a 60-year-old man to force his son – an activist – to give himself up.

Mr Rayah added that “there have been protests for democracy and civil rights since February, but in the past the police fired into the air. This is the first time they have fired live rounds directly into a crowd.” He could not confirm if anybody had been killed.

Written by mo

October 5th, 2011 at 4:00 pm

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