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  • Egypt: Police officers acquitted of 2011 killings

    02/22/2014 9:56:24 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 22, 2014 11:05 AM EST | Maggie Michael and Mariam Rizk
    An Egyptian court acquitted six police officers Saturday on charges of killing 83 protesters during the country’s 2011 revolution, the latest in a string of trials that rights group say failed to hold the country’s security forces accountable for demonstrators’ deaths. The acquittals come as ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, toppled in July by the military, faces a host of criminal charges. Morsi appeared Saturday in court and shouted from inside a soundproof defendants’ cell, urging his supporters to continue protests and vowing to try the country’s military chief and Republican Guards commander for killing his supporters. The police officers’...
  • Obama’s Statement on Egypt (still sides with Morsi)

    07/03/2013 4:57:01 PM PDT · by markomalley · 37 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 7/3/2013 6:57 PM ET
    As I have said since the Egyptian Revolution, the United States supports a set of core principles, including opposition to violence, protection of universal human rights, and reform that meets the legitimate aspirations of the people. The United States does not support particular individuals or political parties, but we are committed to the democratic process and respect for the rule of law. Since the current unrest in Egypt began, we have called on all parties to work together to address the legitimate grievances of the Egyptian people, in accordance with the democratic process, and without recourse to violence or the...
  • Morsi and Military Set to Collide in Egypt

    07/03/2013 7:19:37 AM PDT · by lbryce · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 3, 2013 | DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK, BEN HUBBARD and ALAN COWELL
    Egypt’s top generals summoned civilian political leaders to an emergency meeting Wednesday just hours before the deadline they have set for President Mohamed Morsi to leave power. President Mohammed Morsi addressed the nation in a televised speech on Tuesday. Among those called to the meeting was Mohamed ElBaradei, the former United Nations diplomat protesters demanding Mr. Morsi’s ouster have tapped as one of their negotiators over a new interim government, Reuters reported, citing unnamed official sources. Mr. ElBaradei has been an outspoken critic of Mr. Morsi and his allies in the Muslim Brotherhood, the Constitution they pushed to a referendum...
  • Live Thread: Egypt Revolution 2.0

    07/03/2013 5:56:34 AM PDT · by kristinn · 1,107 replies
    Various sources | Wednesday, July 3, 2013 | Kristinn
    The Egyptian army has set a deadline of 4 p.m. Cairo time for the Muslim Brotherhood government of President Morsi to compromise with the people of Egypt (by stepping down.) Morsi refuses. 18 people were killed and 200 were wounded in clashes at Cairo University last night.A Washington Post report from Cairo on dueling statements from Morsi and the army: Waving his hands and shaking his fists in a 45-minute speech on national television late Tuesday, Morsi swore that he was committed to the democratic process that brought him to power and said that any attempts to subvert the constitution...
  • Egypt army plan to sideline Morsi if no deal reached soon

    07/02/2013 11:57:24 AM PDT · by mojito · 9 replies
    JPost/Reuters ^ | 7/2/2013
    CAIRO - Egypt's army has plans to push President Mohamed Morsi aside and suspend the constitution if he fails to strike a power-sharing deal with his opponents within 24 hours, military sources told Reuters on Tuesday. Egypt's first freely elected leader was still clinging to power with tens of thousands of people on the streets from rival factions. There were some clashes between Morsi's Islamist supporters and those who want him forced out after only a year in office. Military sources told Reuters that once a two-day deadline set by the head of the armed forces expires at 5 p.m....
  • US Denies Urging Early Egyptian Elections

    07/02/2013 12:44:29 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/7/13 | Rina Tzvi
    The State Department is denying reports that the U.S. is calling on Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi to schedule early elections. "The reports that we have been urging early elections are inaccurate," State spokesman Jen Psake said at her briefing on Tuesday. She said the U.S. has called for Egypt to allow protests and to respect democracy, both publicly and in private, but that the U.S. had not called for early elections, The Hill reported. Psaki's statement follows a report by CNN that the U.S. had called on Morsi to hold early elections. "We are saying to him, 'Figure out a...
  • US Intervenes in Egypt Crisis

    07/02/2013 12:37:57 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 19 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/7/13
    Mercury News reports, fearing a political-military implosion that could throw its most important Arab ally into chaos, the Obama administration has abandoned its hands-off approach, delivering pointed warnings to the three main players in the crisis, according to Mercury News: Muslim Brotherhood President Mohammed Morsi, protesters demanding his ouster and the powerful Egyptian military. U.S. officials said Tuesday they are urging Morsi to take immediate steps to address opposition grievances, says Mercury News, telling the protesters to remain peaceful and reminding the army that a coup could have consequences for the massive American military aid package...
  • White House backing away from Morsi in record time

    07/02/2013 1:16:44 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 18 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | July 2, 2013 | Dan Murphy
    The withdrawal of support for Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi by President Obama is the latest bit of bad news for Egypt's leader and the Muslim Brotherhood movement that catapulted him to power as the country's first freely elected head of state. The US hasn't publicly abandoned Mr. Morsi, whom the State Department has repeatedly hailed as a democratically elected leader. But via anonymous spokesmen it's done everything but, and the distancing has come in record time – just three days since mass protests broke out. When protests against President Hosni Mubarak broke out in January 2011, the US struggled mightily...
  • Top News Exclusive: Egypt army plan would scrap constitution, parliament - sources

    07/02/2013 9:45:08 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 25 replies
    reuters ^ | 7/2/13 | Yasmine Saleh and Asma Alsharif
    CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's armed forces would suspend the constitution and dissolve an Islamist-dominated parliament under a draft political roadmap to be pursued if Islamist President Mohamed Mursi and his opponents fail to reach a power-sharing agreement by Wednesday, military sources said. The sources told Reuters the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) was still discussing details of the plan, intended to resolve a political crisis that has brought millions of protesters into the streets. The roadmap could be changed based on political developments and consultations. Chief-of-staff General Abdel Fattah El-Sisi called in a statement on Monday for Mursi...
  • Egypt rivals take to streets ahead of Morsi deadline

    07/02/2013 9:36:09 AM PDT · by don-o · 16 replies
    BBC ^ | July 2, 2013
    Opponents and supporters of Egypt's president have gathered in the capital, Cairo, as the deadline set by a protest group for him to leave power passed. Tamarod (Rebel) had given Mohammed Morsi until 17:00 (15:00 GMT) to resign or face a civil disobedience campaign. The ultimatum was issued on Monday, hours before the military itself warned it would intervene unless he reached an agreement with the opposition. Mr Morsi criticised the statement, saying it "might cause confusion". The president met the head of the armed forces, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, for the second day in a row on Tuesday. They...
  • Egypt forces arrest Brotherhood leader's guards

    07/01/2013 1:54:59 PM PDT · by mojito · 17 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 7/1/2013
    CAIRO - Egyptian security forces arrested 15 armed bodyguards of the number two in the ruling Muslim Brotherhood, Khairat El-Shater, on Monday after an exchange of fire in which no one was injured, security sources said. The Brotherhood's political party, the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), denied the report, and quoted Shater as saying his private driver had been kidnapped after shooting in the area. The sources said the shootout occurred when security forces went to arrest the guards for alleged unlawful possession of firearms they are suspected of having used to shoot at protesters attacking the Brotherhood's headquarters on...
  • Foreign reporter raped in Tahrir Square

    07/01/2013 7:34:43 PM PDT · by NotYourAverageDhimmi · 14 replies
    YNet News ^ | July 1, 2013 | Roi Kais
    Egyptian media reported Sunday that a Dutch journalist was raped by several men in Cairo's Tahrir Square a few days ago.   Dina Zakaria, a journalist reporting for the "Egypt 25" news channel affiliated with the January 25 revolution, shared the incident on her Facebook page Sunday: "A Dutch journalist in Tahrir was raped by men who dub themselves revolutionists. Her condition is severe and she is hospitalized." Meanwhile, a state hospital issued a statement that the journalist was admitted after being raped by five men several days ago. She underwent surgery and has been released. It was also reported that...
  • US Embassy to Remain Closed Tuesday; Obama Says Protecting US Missions Top Priority

    07/01/2013 8:17:58 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 9 replies
    CNS NEWS ^ | 7-1-2013 | Patrick Goodenough
    July 1, 2013 US Embassy to Remain Closed Tuesday; Obama Says Protecting US Missions Top Priority by Patrick Goodenough (CNSNews.com) – As Egypt’s turmoil continued overnight the U.S. Embassy in Cairo said it will remain closed for a third consecutive day on Tuesday, and President Obama said that ensuring U.S. diplomatic facilities there are protected is his “number-one priority.”Demonstrators who are calling for President Mohammed Morsi to step down by Tuesday celebrated after the military leadership threatened to intervene if Egyptian politicians did not “meet the people's demands” in 48 hours. The statement was viewed by many as an ultimatum...
  • Huge Crowds Turn Out in Egypt in Largely Peaceful Protests Against Morsi

    06/30/2013 1:11:46 PM PDT · by kristinn · 73 replies
    McClatchy ^ | Sunday, June 30, 2013 | Nancy A. Youssef
    In highly anticipated protests to mark the first anniversary of President Mohammed Morsi’s inauguration, millions of Egyptians took to the streets across the country in unprecedented numbers Sunday to demand his removal from office, three years before his term expires. The protests were largely peaceful after days of worries that they would unleash violence between pro- and anti-Morsi camps. But in those places where they came together, the two sides kept their distance, with Morsi’s supporters vastly outnumbered by the president’s opponents. This normally bustling city set aside its usual business what in Egypt is the first day of the...
  • Egypt protesters gather to call for Morsi's ouster

    06/30/2013 9:10:21 AM PDT · by don-o · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 30, 2013
    CAIRO – Tens of thousands of opponents of Egypt's Islamist president massed in Cairo's Tahrir Square and in cities around the country Sunday, launching an all-out push to force Mohammed Morsi from office on the one-year anniversary of his inauguration. Fears of violence were high, with Morsi's Islamist supporters vowing to defend him. Waving Egyptian flags, crowds packed Tahrir, the birthplace of the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak, and chants of "erhal!", or "leave!" rang out. On the other side of Cairo, thousands of Islamists gathered in a show of support for Morsi outside the Rabia al-Adawiya Mosque...
  • Egyptian Liberals, Moderates Angry Over American Support for Muslim Brotherhood

    06/29/2013 8:47:03 PM PDT · by kristinn · 22 replies
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | Saturday, June 29, 2013 | Betsy Hiel
    As tension mounted here in anticipation of Sunday protests against President Mohamed Morsy, another foe emerged for many Egyptians: the United States. SNIP For months, Egyptian liberals and moderates have grown angrier over what they say is inexplicable U.S. support for Islamists. In Tahrir Square, Cairo's epicenter of protest since 2011, graffiti near the Egyptian Museum declares: “Down with the Brotherhood, Down with America!” On a downtown building, a poster shows a distorted portrait of U.S. Ambassador Anne Patterson over the words, “Crone, Go Home.” On a nearby corner, another poster says, “Obama supports terrorism.” SNIP In a recent speech,...
  • American Dies in Egypt Protests as Country Begins Days of Unrest Over Morsi’s Rule

    06/28/2013 8:19:08 PM PDT · by kristinn · 14 replies
    McClatchy ^ | Friday, June 28, 2013 | Nancy A. Youssef, Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and Amina Ismail
    A photograph of U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson is burned outside the Ministry of Defense in Cairo, Egypt | Keith Lane/MCT An American citizen and at least three other people died Friday in demonstrations in Egypt that ushered in what was expected to be days of civil conflict over the rule of President Mohammed Morsi. At least another 65 people were injured, most of them by birdshot in Alexandria, in turmoil that included crowds burning photographs of the U.S. ambassador and calling for the return of military rule. In perhaps the biggest irony of all, protesters brandished images of...
  • (Live Thread) Egypt: American Killed During Violent Clashes (Egypt about to blow up)

    06/28/2013 3:58:06 PM PDT · by kristinn · 1,089 replies
    CBS News ^ | Friday, June 28, 2013
    Egyptian security and medical officials say an American has been killed in the Mediterranean coastal city of Alexandria during clashes between supporters and opponents of Egypt's embattled President Mohammed Morsi. Alexandria security chief Gen. Amin Ezz Eddin told Al-Jazeera TV that an American was killed Friday in Sidi Gabr Square while photographing the battles between opposition youth and members of the Muslim Brotherhood, from which Morsi hails. A medical official told The Associated Press the American was wounded by gunshots and died at the hospital. SNIP Six Egyptians have been killed in days of clashes ahead of nationwide protests Sunday...
  • Out of Precaution, Marines on Ready to Go to Egypt to Protect U.S. Embassy, Citizens

    06/28/2013 4:10:35 PM PDT · by kristinn · 72 replies
    CNN ^ | Friday, June 28, 2013 | Barbara Starr
    U.S. Marines stationed in southern Europe have been put on alert as a precaution in advance of expected large demonstrations and potential unrest in Egypt this weekend, CNN has learned. About 200 combat capable Marines in Sigonella, Italy, and Moron, Spain, have been told to be ready to be airborne within 60 minutes of getting orders to deploy, according to two administration officials. The units have several V-22 tilt-rotor aircraft that would carry troops and infantry weapons to Egypt to protect the U.S. Embassy and American government personnel and citizens if violence broke out against Americans. The planned demonstrations are...
  • Middle-class rage sparks protest movements in Turkey, Brazil, Bulgaria and beyond

    06/28/2013 2:58:57 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 28, 2013 | By Anthony Faiola and Paula Moura
    Around the globe, this is the summer of middle-class discontent, particularly in the developing world. From Istanbul to Rio de Janeiro, from Bulgaria to Bosnia, the pent-up frustrations of an engaged citizenry are being triggered by a series of seemingly disparate events. Thousands of protestors, including an outpouring of middle-class citizens, are expected in Cairo’s Tarhrir Square this Sunday. They return to the touchstone plaza of the Arab Spring in a nation that exchanged a dictator for what many Egyptians now see as a new government unwilling or unable to fix a corrupt bureaucracy and inefficient economy.