News and Analysis (12/30/13)

With thousands in jail and up to a million Muslim Brotherhood supporters targeted by the Egyptian junta, Hagel expresses concern …

… Egypt lowers the hammer on journalists who won’t toe the line …

…  while Al-Sisi vows genocide: “There’s no reason to fear or worry, the Egyptian army will sacrifice itself for Egypt and Egyptians, and those who harm you will vanish from the face of the earth” …

… as election rules are changed to pave the way for his coronation …

… and with Orwellian logic a “Fatah representative in the PLO executive committee” calls Hamas’s survival of Fatah’s failed attempt to overthrow the elected government in Gaza “a military coup”  …

“Last week, Erdogan’s top political adviser, Yalcin Akdogan, suggested those officers had been framed by groups within the judiciary who are now allegedly orchestrating a widespread corruption probe against Erdogan’s allies. Many believe the groups Akdogan was referring to are followers of Pennsylvania-based spiritual leader Fethullah Gulen”:

A NY Times investigation finds “no evidence that Al Qaeda or other international terrorist groups had any role in the assault. The attack was led, instead, by fighters who had benefited directly from NATO’s extensive air power and logistics support during the uprising against Colonel Qaddafi”:

Al-Qaeda’s obsession with meticulous accounting “suggests that far from being a fly-by-night, fragmented terror organization, al-Qaida is attempting to behave like a multinational corporation, with what amounts to a company-wide financial policy across its different chapters”:

A joke inspired by the diversity of Iranian women, the video demonstrating the same point about Muslim women in NYC triggers a conversation:

“The witnesses said eight victims died when extremists attacked a wedding reception at Tashan-Alede village in Borno state late Saturday night, and four in neighboring Kwajffa village on Sunday…. Village attacks have become common with many more Muslims than Christians killed this year”:

After reading the redacted portions two congressmen are calling for the declassification of the full Joint Congressional Report on 9/11 that “implicates one or more foreign intelligence agencies in the planning and execution of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon”:

“The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party led by former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and its allies had planned a mass gathering in Dhaka on Sunday, but police barred Zia from leaving her home while cordoning off the venue in front of the party’s headquarters. Zia’s home remained blocked Monday”:

 “It seems to me all these orders were designed to ensure that a fair trial was not prejudiced in Asha Khan and Kashif Khan’s case. Now proceedings have concluded I can’t see there’s any justification for continuing these orders” — Judge Stephen Ashurst:

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