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Al Jazeera’s Peter Greste still in custody in Egypt

Although an Al-Jazeera cameraman, Mohamed Badr, has just been acquitted of charges of ‘carrying out acts of violence and thuggery’ last July, other journalists, including Peter Greste, an Australian correspondent who has worked for the BBC and Reuters in the past, remain in prison.  Greste is just one of 20 journalists for the Qatar-based network [...]

The brighter side of Israel hate

There are a couple of encouraging things about this video of Egyptian TV host Khaled Al-Abraq proclaiming Israel as an enemy “for all eternity… This is what I teach my son and what he will teach his son.”

The first thing is that, unlike many other Israel haters, he doesn’t believe that the Jewish state [...]

Egypt bans Muslim Brotherhood again

AP reports:
An Egyptian court on Monday ordered the Muslim Brotherhood to be banned and its assets confiscated in a dramatic escalation of a crackdown by the military-backed government against supporters of the ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi.
Of course this has been tried before.
In 1954, a Brotherhood member tried to assassinate [President Gamal Abdel] Nasser during [...]

The MB on CiF

It’s par for the course, I suppose, that the CiF should be hosting Muhammad al-Baltaji, of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood. He complains:
Mosques were attacked to flush out protesters seeking refuge inside them, while evidence is emerging that some churches were torched in an attempt to implicate the Muslim Brotherhood and allied Islamists and thus justify the crackdown [...]

The Muslim Brotherhood are not absolved today in Egypt

This is a guest post by Carl Packman
Writing on the situation in Egypt recently, Phil wrote: “the wheel appears to have turned full circle. The revolution is stalled and democracy, as stilted as it was, is dead.” And we can find an odd sort of analogy for its death in the socialist campaign to administer [...]

How the Egyptian army handed the Muslim Brotherhood a victory

This is a cross post by Shiraz Maher from The Spectator

You don’t have to be a supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood’s clerical fascism to recoil at the draconian treatment of its members yesterday. Indeed, some reports now suggest that more than 500 people were killed with thousands more injured.
By conspiring against it the army has [...]

Bloody crackdown, response in Egypt

I can’t claim to have been especially prescient when I posted last month on the brink of the Egyptian military’s ousting of Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Morsi as president: “This is unlikely to end well.”
The military regime seems to have concluded that clearing protest encampments in Cairo of MB supporters required the bloodiest tactics imaginable. [...]

Egypt on the brink of the abyss

This is a cross-post by Edi’s World View
Egypt may slide into civil conflict as tribal rhetoric and violent clashes heap up

Egyptian General and Deputy Prime Minister El-Sisi has called for anti-Morsi protests in support of the military and their fight against “terrorism”.
Interestingly, it’s the very same military that has brutally beaten up anti-Mubarak protesters in [...]

Egyptian boy frightens China’s rulers

A Taliban commander in Pakistan has written a bizarre letter to Malala Yousafzai expressing “shock” at the attempt to kill her but “explaining” why it was necessary.
Just as the Taliban fear the dangerous influence of a teenage girl with a desire to learn, Chinese officials are frightened by a smart and articulate Egyptian boy with [...]

Arab media’s not-so-hidden agendas

Guest post by DaveM
It’s amazing how easy it is not to see what’s right there in front of your eyes. For an obscenely long time my primary means of learning Arabic was via satellite TV news, mainly Al Arabiya, as it’s one of the most professional, moderate and accessible of the channels. Though that’s moderate [...]