News and Analysis (3/24/11)

As the Egyptian cabinet imposes “a law criminalizing protests and strikes” under which “anyone organizing or calling for a protest will be sentenced to jail and/or a fine of LE500,000” …

… Gates promises Egypt a continued flow of U.S. Taxpayer money …

… and Egypt’s youth, united on Mubarak’s removal rather than ending the emergency laws, flounders:

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood is faced with its own “internal splits along generational and ideological lines” …

… but managed to call “on Bahraini authorities to listen to the demands of the people” and criticize “authorities for painting demands for political and constitutional reform as sectarian issues”:

“Morlock admitted to plotting the kidnapping and murders of Afghan civilians. He described how the group of accused soldiers planted weapons at crime scenes to make the victims appear to be terrorists”:

As the French shoot down a a small trainer aircraft, Obama vows a lesser US role in Libya, and Erdogan lashes out at Sarkozy: “I wish that those who only see oil, gold mines and underground treasures when they look in [Libya’s] direction, would see the region through glasses of conscience from now on” …

… meanwhile, rebels are disappointed that their anticipation of a rapid fall of Tripoli has not taken place,

“Around 20,000 people marched Thursday in the funerals for nine of those killed, chanting freedom slogans and denying official accounts that infiltrators and “armed gangs” are behind the killings and violence in Deraa” but sectarianism appeared for the first time with chants linking the Alawi regime to Iran and Hezbollah:






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