CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s official news agency says the interim government has deemed Al-Jazeera’s local affiliate a national threat, moving closer to banning its broadcasts.
The MENA news agency says three government ministers met Thursday and issued a statement saying that Al-Jazeera Mubashir Misr is operating “illegally” and using satellite transmitters without license. read more
Until Monday night, Farid Ismail was one of the few Muslim Brotherhood leaders who still answered his phone, even when many of his associates had been arrested or gone underground.
By Tuesday morning Ismail was nowhere to be found after the authorities seized the group’s chief, Mohamed Badie, overnight.
The army seems determined to decapitate the Middle East’s oldest and arguably most resilient Islamist movement, to prevent it from preparing a political comeback after President Mohamed Mursi, one of its senior leaders, was ousted on July 3.
Badie’s arrest means the Brotherhood’s most experienced and respected leaders are now behind bars. Others such as Ismail, if he remains free, must now be focused on staying out of jail.
The military’s strategy appears clear: remove the top of a pyramid-shaped organisation in hopes that the rest will crumble.
Brotherhood members take their orders from the 120-member consultative Shura Council and 18-member Guidance Office, which send directives down via several layers of deputies.
The army’s disruption tactics have already paid dividends. read more
We’re wondering if the Muslim Brotherhood are friends with the Alyinsky loving Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn like the Obamas are?
Supporters of Egypt’s ousted president stormed and torched two buildings housing the local government in Giza, the city next to Cairo that is home to the famed pyramids.
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BBC Journalists are live now on the ground outside of Rabaa al-Adawiya camp outside of Cairo, Egypt and are reporting minute by minute via Twitter on the ProMorsi supporters clashing with Egyptian Military Police.
A square near Cairo’s Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque has become a protest camp for supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, who was removed from office by the military on 3 July.
A gas station was just lit on fire and gun shot echoes read more
The Muslim Brotherhood’s murderous intent towards Egypt’s Coptic Christians and non-Muslims was incendiary when President Muhammad Morsi was the leader of Egypt. Since the military took control of Egypt’s government on July 3rd. 2013 things haven’t gotten much better for Egypt’s (or Syria’s for that matter) Coptic Christians. Added unrest has been increasing since the Muslim Brotherhood Islamists have been protesting to have Morsi released from jail after he was placed in detention July 26th, 2013 for his involvement with Hamas in his jailbreak of 2011 and other alleged participation with the Palestinian Islamist group which rules Gaza. As of August 12, 2013, Morsi has had his detention extended for another 15 days pending a judicial investigation.
Egypt’s Islamic Sharia Law Constitution is still in place even with the military temporarily in power to keep the country semi-stable and to allow for new elections which would theoretically include all citizens of Egypt including the “secularists” as well as non-Muslims. Of particular interest is allowing a fair election to be inclusive of the Coptic Christians which have been literally massacred under the Muslim Brotherhood Morsi’s rule and even after his ousting in protests. The military has not changed the Islamist Sharia Constitution in the midst of the turmoil and read more
Hopefully the loser chooser Barack “taqiyya speaker” Obama will keep his mouth shut and we can gain an ally like Hosni Mubarak again. God help us! -PBN
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s army chief has called on Egyptians to hold mass demonstrations to voice their support for the military to put an end to “violence” and “terrorism.”
Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who ousted elected Islamist President Mohammed Morsi on July 3, said Wednesday he wants Egyptians to take to the streets on Friday in support of a campaign by the army and police against “violence” and “terrorism.”
It was a thinly veiled reference to stepped up attacks blamed on suspected Islamic militants against security forces in the Sinai Peninsula and the deadly clashes between opponents and supporters of Morsi that have killed dozens. read more
The brainwashing of young children continues per the propaganda of Pro-Palestine, Anti-Israel residents throughout divided pockets of territory within the Promised Land of Israel. ~PBN
Palestinian Authority TV last week broadcast a morning show featuring two young girls no older than seven or eight who recited what appeared to be an anti-Semitic poem that one source noted would put even former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to shame!
Keep your powder dry America, Obama want’s open borders for his Islamic fiends to enter the USA! Step 1. Defund IRS, EPA. Step 2. Dump every RINO. Step 3. Prepare for war and pray we don’t have one in America. It’s not looking good. -PBN
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“I tell the Christians one word: You live by our side. We will set you on fire! We will set you on fire!”
Our government was designed to be of The People, by The People and for The People. But the Obama administration has made nothing but mortal mistakes (intentional?) and a sickening mockery of Our Nation, Her Constitution and our Liberties. These impostors in congress and the White House have won favor with the sycophantic left wing media are using Islam and our own against us. This administration supports those who hate our people, loathe our liberty and are hell bent on destroying us physically and financially. -PBN read more
(Reuters) – Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi declared a month-long state of emergency in three cities along the Suez Canal where dozens of people have been killed over the past four days in protests that his allies say are designed to overthrow him.
Seven people were shot dead and hundreds were injured in Port Said on Sunday during the funerals of 33 people killed there when locals angered by a court decision went on the rampage as anti-government protests spread around the country.
A total of 49 people have been killed since Thursday and Mursi’s opponents, who accuse his Islamist Muslim Brotherhood of betraying the revolution that ousted long-time ruler Hosni Mubarak, have called for more demonstrations on Monday.
“Down, down Mursi, down down the regime that killed and tortured us!” people in Port Said chanted as the coffins of those killed on Saturday were carried through the streets.
Mursi, who was elected in June, is trying to fix a beleaguered economy and cool tempers before a parliamentary poll in the next few months which is supposed to cement Egypt’s transition to democracy. Repeated eruptions of violence have weighed heavily on the Egyptian pound.
In a televised address, he said a nightly curfew would be introduced in Port Said, Ismailia and Suez, starting Monday.
Several hundred people protested in Ismailia, Suez and Port Said after the announcement, in which Mursi also called for a dialogue with top politicians. Activists in the three cities vowed to defy the curfew in protest at the decision.
“The protection of the nation is the responsibility of everyone. We will confront any threat to its security with force and firmness within the remit of the law,” he said, offering condolences to families of the victims.
In Cairo the newly appointed Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim was ejected from the funeral of one of the police officers who died during Saturday’s clashes in Port Said, according to witnesses and police sources.
A police officer at the funeral said many of his colleagues blame the interior minister for the deaths of at least two policemen during Saturday’s clashes as he did not allow the police there to carry weapons and were only given teargas bombs.
The violence has exposed a deep rift in the nation. Liberals and other opponents accuse Mursi of failing to deliver on economic promises and say he has not lived up to pledges to represent all Egyptians. His backers say the opposition is seeking to topple Egypt’s first freely elected leader.
Distancing itself from the latest flare-ups, the opposition National Salvation Front said Mursi should have acted far sooner to impose extra security measures that would end the violence.
“Of course we feel the president is missing the real problem on the ground which is his own polices,” spokesman Khaled Dawoud told Reuters. “His call to implement emergency law was an expected move given what is going on, namely thuggery and criminal actions.”
The Front, formed late last year when Mursi provoked protests and violence by expanding his powers and driving through an Islamist-tinged constitution, has threatened to boycott the parliamentary poll and call for more protests if its demands are not met, including for an early presidential vote
Mursi had invited 11 political parties, including Islamist, liberal and leftist groups, along with four top politicians to a meeting on Monday at 6 p.m. local time (1600 GMT)to work out a basis for a fruitful dialogue that would resolve the political crisis, according to a statement from his office.
The Front said it will meet earlier on Monday to discuss the invitation.
But some of the Front’s top leaders had already announced their position. Hamdeen Sabahy, a leftist politician and former presidential candidate who was one of the four invited by Mursi, said he would not attend Monday’s meeting “unless the bloodshed stops and the people’s demands are met.”
Sabahy’s Popular Current movement said in a statement the protests are due to economic and political problems that need to be addressed by policies and not through “security solutions”.
Front leader Mohamed ElBaradie described the dialogue “a waste of time” on his Twitter account.
State television said seven people died from gunshot wounds in Port Said on Sunday. Port Said’s head of hospitals, Abdel Rahman Farag, told Reuters more than 400 people had suffered from teargas inhalation, while 38 were wounded by gunshots.
Gunshots had killed many of the 33 who died on Saturday when residents rioted after a court sentenced 21 people, mostly from the Mediterranean port, to death for their role in deadly soccer violence at a stadium there last year.
A military source said many people in Port Said, which lies next to the increasingly lawless Sinai Peninsula, possess guns because they do not trust the authorities to protect them. However it was not clear who was behind the deaths and injuries.
In Cairo, police fired teargas at dozens at protesters throwing stones and petrol bombs in a fourth day of clashes over what demonstrators there and in other cities say is a power grab by Islamists two years after Mubarak was overthrown.
In Ismailia city, which lies on the Suez Canal between the cities of Suez and Port Said, police also fired teargas at protesters attacking a police station with petrol bombs and stones, according to witnesses and a security source there.
Most of the deaths since Thursday were in Port Said and Suez, both cities where the army has now been deployed.
Heba Morayef of Human Rights Watch in Cairo said a state of emergency reintroduced laws that gave police sweeping powers of arrest “purely because (people) look suspicious”.
“It is a classic knee-jerk reaction to think the emergency law will help bring security,” she said. “It gives so much discretion to the Ministry of Interior that it ends up causing more abuse which in turn causes more anger.”
The opposition Popular Current and other groups have called for more protests on Monday to mark what was one of the bloodiest days of the 2011 uprising.
Anti-Mursi protesters who have been camped out in Tahrir Square for weeks also demonstrated against Mursi’s move to impose a state of emergency, reviving memories of Mubarak’s era when emergency codes were in place for three decades and used to crush dissent and detain people without charge.
Protesters say Mursi has betrayed the revolution’s aims.
“None of the revolution’s goals have been realised,” said Mohamed Sami, a protester in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the cauldron of the uprising that erupted on January 25, 2011 and toppled Mubarak 18 days later.
“Prices are going up. The blood of Egyptians is being spilt in the streets because of neglect and corruption and because the Muslim Brotherhood is ruling Egypt for their own interests.”
Clashes also erupted in other streets near the square. The U.S. and British embassies, both close to Tahrir, said they were closed for public business on Sunday, normally a working day.
The army, Egypt’s interim ruler until Mursi’s election, was sent back onto the streets to restore order in Port Said and Suez, which both lie on the Suez canal. In Suez, at least eight people were killed in clashes with police.
Many ordinary Egyptians are frustrated by the violence that have hurt the economy and their livelihoods.
“They are not revolutionaries protesting,” said taxi driver Kamal Hassan, 30, referring to those gathered in Tahrir. “They are thugs destroying the country.”
(Additional reporting by Shaimaa Fayed in Cairo and Yusri Mohamed in Ismailia; editing by Philippa Fletcher and Christopher Wilson)
I studied the story’s journey and trajectory through America over the past week with Sue Radlauer, the Director of Research Services here atForbes. We gave it seven days to see if any of the so-called “mainstream media” — a pejorative phrase that too-often obscures more than it reveals — bestowed the hate speech even a few sentences of back-page ink. Nothing.
But major, seasoned reporters still need to hold Morsi’s feet to fire over such comments – if not by asking him directly about them, then at least by reporting that he uttered them. Surely, if the president of virtually any other country in the world had defamed an entire people in such a way — only a couple years before they got the top job, to boot — it would have at least gotten a few column-inches. Yet Morsi gets a free pass.
Behar’s referring to this video which Memri posted online and transcribed.