News and Analysis (7/15/12)

The Cassation Court dealt a legal blow to President Mohamed Morsy’s reinstatement of the People’s Assembly on “Saturday, after the court [unanimously] ruled it did not have the jurisdiction to rule on the case, plunging the embattled body of parliament into murkier political waters”:

Clinton calls for respect for democracy but gets no respect from either side as the masses hurl tomatoes and the military declares it will continue to suppress the winners of its elections:

As “[n]ew details emerging Saturday about what local Syrian activists called a massacre of civilians near the central city of Hama indicated that it was more likely an uneven clash between the heavily armed Syrian military and local fighters bearing light weapons” …

.. an analysis in the Guardian noting that a  ‘number of key figures in the Syrian opposition movement are long-term exiles who were receiving US government funding to undermine the Assad government long before the Arab spring broke out, … vocal advocates of foreign military intervention in Syria and thus natural allies of well-known US neoconservatives” …

… is attacked by the Guardian’s own diplomatic editor and defended by the author …

… and Russia accuses the West of “blackmailing” it by threatening to remove the UN observers whose eyewitness accounts challenge the narrative for military  intervention:

Libyan Human Rights “Observatory president Nasser Hawari said that the decision was a return to the Qaddafi era when demonstrating was a crime.  He called the order unconstitutional and demanded the NTC reverse it, stating that it went against the principles and values of the 17 February Revolution”:

“[P]art of deal to end a mass hunger strike by Palestinian detainees,”it is the first time Israel has allowed Gazans to visit their imprisoned family members since “2007 after the militant Islamist group Hamas” …

… but for now Morsi won’t end the Egyotian blockade:

“In view of problems faced by Muslim couples in getting passports, the executive committee of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board on Sunday passed a resolution demanding that the Nikahnama – the testimony of marriage in Islam – should be accepted as a marriage registration certificate by the government agencies”:

The Bedouin said his hostages will not be released until won’t be released until his uncle, who is in an Egyptian prison … for refusing to pay 100 dollars in a bribe to police officers at a check point” is released as well:

“Morality police argued with the driver of a car listening to children’s songs with his family in a park in Baha province, reports say. The driver, Abdulrahman al Ghamdi, drove off and was pursued by the police at speed before losing control of the car and dying in the crash.” The regional emir is horrified by the police behavior:

 

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