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Links 05 July 2013

Links and excerpts from my internet reading of 05 July 2013.

Congratulations Egypt, and Shame on You

I can’t help but wonder how it all came to this. Was it really so impossible for either side to reach out to the other, and make compromises that would permit the different factions to work together, until the people could once again be consulted in elections, on schedule and in due time?

Links 04 July 2013

Links and excerpts from my internet reading of 04 July 2013.

Standoff in Egypt

Can this story possibly have a happy ending? If your goal is simply to get the Islamists out of power in Egypt, perhaps it will. But if your idea of democracy is broad, inclusive government representing all sectors of society, validated at the ballot box, this isn’t looking so good.

“Beware the False Fury”

“This is a different season—this is the season of the Green Movement and the Arab Spring—do not be fooled by these zealotries of the fanatics who are trying to steal the revolution.”

Manipulation: A Case Study

Obama now faces a battle on two fronts: first, to calm things down in the Arab world before the protests spiral out of control; and second, to figure out how to deal with a virulent Islamophobic network at home that is doing all it can to stir up trouble.

Egypt, Too Big to Fail

If Obama sees his job as preserving the legitimacy of failed institutions above all else, I wish he would spare us the high-flown rhetoric and betrayals of hope.

Western “Reforms” in Egypt

“We are working closely with the military… to ensure a continuation of a dominant role of the military in the society, the polity and the economy.”


“Lurking in Egypt’s police and intelligence files are mountains of materials on significant human rights abuses…. In some of these cases, the United States government knew what was going on or had agents in the room.”

Darkest Before Dawn

Today, foreign journalists are being attacked by pro-Mubarak thugs in Cairo, because Egyptian state TV has spread rumors that they are Israeli agents.