News and Analysis (8/16/13)

“[T]he coup leaders have undertaken repressive and extra-legal measures against liberties and human rights, including the detention of hundreds of opponents, closing down satellite channels, freezing bank accounts, imposing travel bans, and staging politically motivated trials”  …

… and killing journalists …

… after rejecting an EU-US proposal that had been accepted by the Muslim Brotherhood” …

… and ignoring the hundreds of civilian deaths to dwell on the deaths of handful of storm troopers …

… the Egyptian military, which has cultivated a mythological self-image inspired by the late Korean dictator Kim Il-Sung …

… have embarrassed not only themselves, but the U.S., which still refuses to call a coup a coup even after the regime has unambiguously shown its colors to the rest of the world …

… as well as that “coterie of writers and artists who insisted on regarding the coup as just another stage in the revolution of 2011 [and who] will – after the blood and el-Baradei’s resignation – have to use some pretty anguished linguistics to escape moral blame for these events” — Robert Fisk:

An Egyptian polls shows that over two-fifths of the 69% who reject the military coup over 2/5ths identify with no Islamists,  while of the 25% who support it, 55% “consider themselves former Mubarak regime loyalists, while 17 percent identify themselves as Coptic Christians” …

… and the violence begets more violence …

… as the “Egyptian Christian who was one of the key figures behind an anti-Islam film that sparked violence in the Middle East and elsewhere was released from a Los Angeles prison”:

“Instead of releasing Nabil and the other prisoners who have been classified as no threat to the US, the administration decided to prevent suicides by force-feeding the strikers” — author John Grisham:

“Iran’s conservative-dominated parliament rejected three of the new president’s 18 nominees for his Cabinet on Thursday but approved 15 others, including those heading ministries key to implementing his agenda to reduce the Islamic Republic’s international isolation and improve its economy”

“I don’t care whether it’s a black man in office, but we have to have a true-blooded American. I think he is Muslim and trying to destroy the country, catering to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt” — Virgil Henke, a 65-year-old Missouri livestock farmer explaining why his hatred of Obama is not racist:

“The day after the deadliest bombing since Lebanon’s civil war …Hassan Nasrallah warned that …the takfiri groups … would kill Sunnis, Shiites, and Christians. They send suicide attackers to Sunni mosques and to churches. If these attacks continue, Lebanon will be on the edge of the abyss”:

“The US National Security Agency (NSA) broke privacy rules and overstepped its legal authority thousands of times in the past two years… according to documents published by the Washington Post”:

Livni admits her motive in participating in the doomed Middle East negotiations is the hope of driving a wedge between “moderate” Muslim (read: those who are willing to close their eyes to Israeli human rights abuses) and “extremists” (read: those who consistently condemn Israeli apartheid and contempt for international law):

… while a senior Israeli “government official responsible for promoting positive images of Israel on social media networks” executes his charge by publishing offensive (even to the point point of obscenity) comments targeting Muslims, the Church of Scotland, and the victims at Hiroshima and Nagasaki:

“It was not clear if Kakar was targeted because she was a high-profile woman, or because of her position as a senior politician. She is one of 69 female representatives in the 249-seat lower house of parliament”:

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