Egyptians Question U.S. Policy, Call for Change | Fikra Forum http://fikraforum.org/?p=2914 ….”At this critical time in Egypt’s transition, Fikra Forum felt it important to gauge the reaction of the non -Islamist Egyptian opposition to current U.S. policy. We are happy to present the opinions of well-established democracy and human rights activists on the ground, in addition to expert analysts and observers. We offer gratitude to our contributors, Hafez Abu Saeda, Basil El-Dabh, Dina Guirguis, Hany Nasr, Bassem Samir, Josh Shahryar, and Dalia Ziada, for their valuable insight. “….. More at the link.
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How Katibat Ansar al-Sharia in #Benghazi (ASB) & Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia (AST) use charity to promote their Jihad
Maqdisi’s Disciples in Libya and Tunisia – By Aaron Y. Zelin | The Middle East Channel http://mideast.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/11/14/maqdisi_s_disciples_in_libya_and_tunisia ” Since the attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi and U.S. Embassy in Tunis in September, there has been a large spotlight on the Islamist groups viewed as the main culprits — Katibat Ansar al-Sharia in Benghazi (ASB) and Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia (AST). While much of the understandable focus has been on the violent actions of individuals in these organizations, much of the scope of their activities lies outside violence. A large-portion of the activities of these groups is local social service provision under their particular dawa (missionary) offices. This broader picture is crucial to better understanding emerging trends in societies transitioning from authoritarian to democratic rule. ASB and AST can broadly be considered jihadi organizations based on their ideological outlook. However, these jihadis are different than past incarnations. Jihadis have a good track record in fighting and less so in governing or providing social services. The only example of jihadi governance has occurred when the Somali-based Harakat al-Shabab al-Mujahidin and Yemeni-based al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) held actual territory. What sets ASB and AST apart is that they are providing aid to local communities in a non-state actor capacity, which has been unheard of previously.”….
Son of Wisconsin State Senator assaulted for supporting Romney,Woman assaulted by White Supremacists
Son of Wisconsin State Senator assaulted for supporting Romney. HT to T.R., J.S. & Scott Holleran. WisPolitics.com: Sen. Kedzie: Statement on assault of son, Sean Kedzie http://wispolitics.com/index.iml?Article=282590 Sen. Kedzie: Statement on assault of son, Sean Kedzie 10/22/2012 “Early on Friday morning, October 19th, my son Sean was awakened by noises outside his residence in Whitewater. As he went to see what the commotion was about, he noticed an individual removing a Romney/Ryan yard sign from his property. He yelled to the person that they were taking something not theirs and to return it immediately. The individual returned the sign, however, a second person confronted and attacked Sean without warning. Sean was wrestled to the ground by both persons, held down by a constricting chokehold, and struck repeatedly about the face and head. He nearly passed out from the chokehold and suffered contusions to his face and eyes. Fortunately, an alert neighbor heard the commotion, scared the individuals away, and called the police. My wife and I were awakened by a telephone call from Sean’s roommate that Sean had been taken by ambulance to Fort Atkinson Memorial Hospital. Sean was treated for his injuries and released from the hospital the same day. As this was a private family matter, we chose not to remark publicly about it and allow law enforcement to do their job. But we understand these types of incidents will eventually become public and questions will arise, particularly in my position as a state legislator. Sean is still recovering from the injuries he sustained as a result of this beating, and we are confident he will make a full recovery. But obviously, as parents, we are shaken by this event and very troubled it was apparently initiated and motivated for political reasons. **Attached is a photograph of Sean Kedzie in his hospital bed shortly after the beating incident in Whitewater, Wisconsin” http://wispolitics.com/1006/large/121019kedzieHospital.jpg RRD: As I have noted before, there are many cases of Leftists threatening people,attacking them,or placing them in danger through the practice of SWATting. My Response To Those Who Seek To Exploit The Giffords Tragedy #tcot #p2 #tlot #tpot #nomore | Glory to man in the highest https://gloryofman.wordpress.com/2011/01/09/my-response-to-those-who-seek-to-exploit-the-giffords-tragedy-tcot-p2-tlot-tpot-nomore/ Victim of Alleged SEIU Town Hall Assault in St. Louis Interviewed on Cavuto | NewsBusters.org http://newsbusters.org/blogs/matthew-balan/2009/08/07/victim-alleged-seiu-town-hall-assault-st-louis-interviewed-cavuto Michelle Malkin » Breakthrough: Fox covers Brett Kimberlin/ Patterico SWATting, bloggers continue pressing the story http://michellemalkin.com/2012/05/30/breakthrough-fox-covers-brett-kimberlin-patterico-swatting-bloggers-continue-pressing-the-story/ RRD: At roughly the same time that this assault occured,a even more vicious assault against a 20 year Winnsboro woman named Sharmeka Moffitt was carried out by apparent White Supremacists. Initial reports that the young woman was wearing a Obama T-shirt have since been rejected by the victim’s mother. But some leftists on Twitter raced to blame,not the KKK,but the Teaparty & Mitt Romney. Black woman attacked, burned in La., Twitterers blame Romney, Tea Party | Twitchy http://twitchy.com/2012/10/22/black-woman-attacked-burned-in-la-twitterers-blame-romney-tea-party/ Woman set on fire is in critical condition – KLTV.com-Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville, Texas | ETX News http://www.kltv.com/story/19877636/woman-set-on-fire-is-in-critical-condition WINNSBORO, LA (KSLA) – Authorities confirm ‘KKK’ spray painted on burn victim’s car Posted: Oct 22, 2012 4:46 AM EDT Updated: Oct 22, 2012 7:50 PM EDT By KSLA Staff “New details are emerging surrounding the critical injury of a Winnsboro woman set on fire in a city park on Sunday night. 20-year-old Sharmeka Moffitt is in critical condition at LSU Medical Center in Shreveport. Her mother, Edna Moffitt, says surgery is scheduled for tomorrow. “Both of her arms, and they are third degree burns, down her chest and legs – one. Basically her arms are real bad.” Edna Moffitt also confirms her daughter was not wearing an Obama t-shirt, as initial rumors on social media had indicated. ” “However, the sheriff’s office has also confirmed with KSLA News 12 that Moffitt was not wearing a President Obama t-shirt, despite claims on social media that the t-shirt is what provoked the attack. Family and friends are planning a candlelight vigil for Sharmeka Moffitt. It’s set for Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. at Civitan Park. ” RRD: My thoughts are with the Kedzie & Moffitt families.
Ace of Spades HQ
”I mentioned it on twitter, yesterday, but it bears repeating: Akin’s convenient misconception about pregnancy gave him an easy out when it comes to abortion. Hegets totake the tough line on abortion — make it illegal inall cases– but thensoothhisguilty conscience by believing some horseshit about women havingways to nonetheless dispose of an unwanted pregnancy. It’smoral cowardice, but I bet you anything Akin thinks he’s a martyr”
In which I Zofia “Sophie” Zawistowski deliver the Missouri Senate seat to Mackaskill #tcot #tlot #teaparty
RRD:For those who missed the allusion,it’s to Sophie’s Choice. Now that the deadline has passed and it would actually cost Akin, well…gosh, gee money,well I guess we will all have to fall in line behind this ass,now won’t we? After all if I and others won’t support Akin (fn1) Macaskill will win and WE will be to blame. We,not Akin,We not the morons who voted for Akin. We and We alone. After all,”Obama will thank us”. Isn’t that the magic spell that is supposed to shut down all debate on the relative merits of the GOP and the Dems? My response to that is to say:”Look at me,and look at Akin etal,and ask yourself if I would ever feel that my moral stature was at the mercy of something that Akin(or Floyd Ferris) did.” There may be legitimate reasons to vote for a Republican;guilt is not one of them. After Mccain self-immolated, Rush Limbaugh said that he was “through carrying other people’s water”. I made a similiar comment. I meant it. Sophie’s Choice | “The Choice” – YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZ9bht5H2p4 Footnotes: fn1. I am not a Missouri resident, but one can support a candidate(or not) in ways other than voting.
Demented #GOP Rep.says something called “legitimate rape” rarely produces pregnancy #womensrights #tcot #tlot
RRD:The Republican candidate for one of Missouri’s Senate seats, Rep.Akin believes that something that he calls “legitimate rape” rarely produces pregnancies.Presumably by ” legitimate” he meant ” actual” or ”real” but even if we grant that, that merely moves him from being a advocate of Raping women to ”just” being a buffoon. Akin on “Legitimate Rape” – YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKa5CY-KOHc&feature=youtu.be “It seems to me, first of all, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” he said.” RRD: The genius did not specify what ”ways” he was referring to:Magic?Telepathic signals from the uterus to The Stork telling it not to bring the baby,perhaps? ”Let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something. You know, I think there should be some punishment. But the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child,” he said.” Controversial Akin comment on rape sparks firestorm – The Hill’s Video http://thehill.com/video/campaign/244295-controversial-akin-comments-on-rape-concern-gop RRD:Translation:women who are raped must be forced to give birth. The results of this buffoon’s statement were predictable: “Moderate” Republicans and the Romney campaign denounce him(fn1),while some Republicans(Erick Erickson fn2),try to explain away and downplay his statement,while Debbie Wasserman-Schultz tries to tie this creature to Romney.(fn3) This last is particularly ironic given the fact that there is someone much closer to herself (than Akin is to Romney) that has made outlandish & inexcusable comments:one of her aides(fn4)yet Wasserman-Schultz believes that that person should be forgiven & would look askance at anyone who suggested that she(DWS) was to blame for her aide’s comment.(fn5) In any event Akin must step down. National GOP pulls funding from Todd Akin’s Missouri race – The Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/with-todd-akins-rape-comments-abortion-is-back-in-the-campaign-spotlight/2012/08/20/c497bae4-eac7-11e1-a80b-9f898562d010_story.html?wpisrc=nl_pmpolitics The Todd Akin Fiasco « Commentary Magazine http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2012/08/20/the-todd-akin-fiasco/ Footnotes: fn1. Fellow Republican Rehberg calls Akin ‘legitimate rape’ comments ‘reprehensible’ – The Hill’s Ballot Box http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/senate-races/244305-fellow-republican-rehberg-unloads-on-akin-following-legitimate-rape-comments Sen. Brown calls for Akin to step down as GOP Senate nominee – The Hill’s Ballot Box http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/senate-races/244353-brown-calls-for-akins-resignation-from-gop-nomination fn2. Todd Akin’s Dumb Comment vs. Obama’s Support of Infanticide | RedState http://www.redstate.com/erick/2012/08/20/todd-akins-dumb-comment-vs-obamas-support-of-infanticide/ fn3. Dem Party chief: Akin and Republicans want women in ‘the Dark Ages’ – The Hill’s Healthwatch http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/politics-elections/244343-dnc-chair-akin-gop-want-women-in-the-dark-ages- fn4 Democratic staffer puts on Jewish version of a minstrel show. – fightingstatism http://fightingstatism.posterous.com/democratic-staffer-puts-on-jewish-version-of fn5. Wasserman Schultz says “jewbag” aide should be forgiven,while DNC communications director says she is being “smeared” #jcot #2012 – fightingstatism http://fightingstatism.posterous.com/wasserman-schultz-says-jewbag-aide-should-be
Dead Girl’s chemotherapy was delayed due to Doctor’s fear of prosecution under abortion law in Dominican Republic #womensrights
Dead Girl’s chemotherapy was
delayed due to Doctor’s fear of prosecution under abortion law in Dominican Republic RRD: A 16 yr old girl is dead from leukemia.Her chemotherapy, which may or may not have saved her life, was delayed due to her Doctors’ fears that they would be criminally prosecuted under the Dominican Republic’s anti-abortion law A Co-sponsor of the bill has argued that the bill applies only to abortion & not to medical treatment. Save a life, or break abortion laws? http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/25/world/americas/dominican-republic-abortion-teen/index.html?c=&page=0 ”Bautista Rojas Gomez, the Dominican minister of health, has publicly indicated he favors chemotherapy over protecting the pregnancy, but doctors are still reluctant to act for fear of prosecution. Pelegrin Castillo, one of the architects of Article 37, says the constitutional ban does not prevent doctors from administering the treatment. It does, however, prevent them from practicing an abortion in order to treat the patient with chemotherapy. “It’s an artificial debate,” Castillo said. “What we have clearly said is that in this case doctors are authorized by the constitution to treat the patient. They don’t have to worry about anything. They have the mandate of protecting both lives.” Groups rail the Dominican Catholic Church for abortion ban – DominicanToday.com http://www.dominicantoday.com/dr/local/2009/4/23/31774/Groups-rail-the-Dominican-Catholic-Church-for-abortion-ban In that regard, the Dominican Gynecology and Obstetrics Society Wednesday warned that the number of maternal deaths will increase considerably, with the approval of the article that bans the interruption of pregnancies. The entity’s president, Aldrian Almonte, said the current figure of 160 deaths for each 100,000 live births per year will increase, because doctors would be reluctant to proceed from fear of being charged in cases where they must decide on the interruption of a pregnancy to preserve the mother’s life. “Those deaths are product of the unsafe abortions. I would like of the honorable legislators to tell me what are we going to do before the presence of a woman with severe preeclampsia or eclampsia, convulsing in any emergency room around the country, what must we do, see her die to protect ourselves from the repercussions that article 30 stipulates?,” he said.” Chemotherapy starts for pregnant teen http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/26/world/americas/dominican-republic-abortion/index.html?c=&page=0 Teen at center of abortion debate dies http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/18/world/americas/dominican-republic-abortion/index.html?c=&page=0 ”The teen died from complications of the disease, said Dr. Antonio Cabrera, the legal representative for the hospital. “They have killed me, I’m dead, dead. I’m nothing,” her mother said. ” She was the reason for my existence. I no longer live. Rosa has died. Let the world know that Rosa is dead.” The patient was 13 weeks pregnant. Her body rejected a blood transfusion and did not respond to the chemotherapy, and her condition worsened overnight, Cabrera said. She then suffered a miscarriage early Friday, followed by cardiac arrest, and doctors were unable to revive her”
PolitiFact Wisconsin | Obama says Ryan supports banning all abortions
”From his first campaigns, in 1998 and in 2000, Ryan has said he supports an exception to any abortion ban for when the life of the mother is at risk. Abortions in such cases are rare, but they do occur.
The Obama campaign argues Ryan has been inconsistent on that point, saying Ryan does not back that exemption in cases involving a procedure known as “partial birth” abortion. Indeed, Journal Sentinel stories from 1998 quoted Ryan as clearly opposing a “life of the mother” exception in “partial-birth” abortion cases.
There is another, more recent, piece of information to consider.
Ryan is among 64 House Republicans who co-sponsored the Sanctity of Human Life Act, an anti-abortion bill that declares that human life shall be deemed to begin at fertilization, and should be protected from that point.
The legislation, which has stalled, reflects the budding movement — endorsed by Ryan — to enact “personhood” rights for the unborn.
It would weaken the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision by “giving back the right to individual states to outlaw abortion,” according to Gualberto Garcia Jones, legal analyst for Personhood USA.
Some legal observers, such as Harvard University’s I. Glenn Cohen say, that the measure’s declarations — the right to life “is the paramount and most fundamental right of a person” and “every human being shall have all the legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood” — can be read as hostile to the life of the mother exception” ….
RRD:Politifact is not always accurate, so this should be taken with a grain of salt.
One other point: ”life of the mother” is a higher hurdle than ”health of the mother”.
It is also vague: how much of a danger does Ryan believe there must be? 2% risk of death? 60%?
Paul Ryan on the Issues
”Voted YES on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion. (May 2011) Voted NO on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Jan 2007) Voted NO on allowing human embryonic stem cell research. (May 2005) Voted YES on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions. (Apr 2005) Voted YES on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime. (Feb 2004) Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortion except to save mother�s life. (Oct 2003) Voted YES on forbidding human cloning for reproduction & medical research. (Feb 2003) Voted YES on funding for health providers who don’t provide abortion info. (Sep 2002) Voted YES on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad. (May 2001) Voted YES on federal crime to harm fetus while committing other crimes. (Apr 2001) Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortions. (Apr 2000) Voted YES on barring transporting minors to get an abortion. (Jun 1999) Rated 0% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record. (Dec 2003) Rated 100% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-life stance. (Dec 2006) Prohibit transporting minors across state lines for abortion. (Jan 2008) Bar funding for abortion under federal Obamacare plans. (Jul 2010) Prohibit federal funding for abortion. (May 2011) Congress shall protect life beginning with fertilization. (Jan 2011) Prohibit federal funding to groups like Planned Parenthood. (Jan 2011) Grant the pre-born equal protection under 14th Amendment. (Jan 2007)”
http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/egypts-new-president-moves-against-democracy ….”The incident gave Mr. Morsi an excuse to sack the security officials who posed the greatest threat to his domestic authority — particularly the leaders of Egypt’s now-defunct military junta, which in June had issued its own constitutional declaration limiting the newly elected president’s powers. More important, Mr. Morsi used the Sinai crisis to assume the powers that the junta had undemocratically asserted for itself in a March 2011 constitutional declaration. He thus claimed unprecedented executive power, including complete authority over legislation, public budgets, foreign affairs, pardons, and political and military appointments. Mr. Morsi’s declaration also gives him the power to select a new assembly for writing Egypt’s constitution. And since the new constitution must be approved by popular referendum before new parliamentary elections can be held, Mr. Morsi can intervene in the constitution-writing process to delay legislative elections — and thereby remain Egypt’s sole legislator — indefinitely.”.. ….”Consider the editors he appointed to lead Egypt’s two largest state-run newspapers. The new editor of Al-Ahram is an old Mubarak regime hack who called last year’s uprising “foreign funded” and lost his column in 2010 for writing anti-Christian articles. The new editor of Gomhoriya shut down a conference on religious freedoms in 2008 and called for the murder of a well-known Bahai activist in 2009. The new editor of Al-Akhbar recently censored an article that criticized the Brotherhood. …”In its first major move against dissenters, the Morsi regime this month began prosecuting the editor of Al-Dustour, a private daily, for “harming the president through phrases and wording punishable by law.”… ….”His amendments to last year’s interim constitution give him the authority to sign — and presumably abrogate –treaties. Although many expected that de facto foreign-policy power would remain with the generals, Mr. Morsi’s quick reshuffling of the military leadership has brought the armed forces under his command. Then there are his overtures to adversaries of the West. In a mere six weeks as president, Mr. Morsi has hosted top-level Hamas delegations twice and, despite the flow of militants from Gaza into Sinai, promised to keep open the Rafah border crossing. Last week he welcomed Iran’s vice president and was invited to attend the Non-Aligned Movement’s upcoming meeting in Tehran. If he does, he’d be the first Egyptian head of state to visit Iran since the 1979 revolution. Accompanying him could be his new chief of staff, Mohamed Rifaat al-Tahtawi, a former ambassador to Libya and Iran who has declared Israel to be Egypt’s “main threat,” praised Syria as “a fundamental pillar of the resistance camp [against] Israel,” and called for closer relations with Iran and Hamas.” Many Washington analysts believe that Mr. Morsi won’t make any major foreign-policy moves, such as revoking Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel. They take his verbal assurances at face value and reason that he won’t rock the boat at the very moment that he needs international investment to boost Egypt’s ailing economy. But this same logic once dictated that he wouldn’t rush to challenge Egypt’s generals.”….
RRD: I am posting this both because it needs posting to document the bi-partisan idiocy on Egypt and because it is my answer to those who say:”Surely you don’t think that a Mccain presidency could have been as bad as a Obama one” and also to those who say ”at least the Republicans are strong on Foreign Policy”.
Some may be but that is not a given anymore.
McCain & Graham [Heart] the Muslim Brotherhood – By Andrew C. McCarthy – The Corner – National Review Online
Senator John McCain: An unlikely Brotherhood ally | GlobalPost
“First of all, Islamic extremists are not in power. The power is still being wielded by the military junta [RRD:Not anymore see Rubin below] that took over,by the way who are, they and the last vestiges of the Mubarak regime, keeping Americans in a situation where they have to go to the US embassy. So, it’s not the Muslim Brotherhood who’s doing this, it’s the remains of the Mubarak regime.”
”In the case of Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood is split. They have not obtained power yet. There are groups of them that want to have good relations with us. They may be an Islamic country, Israel is a Jewish state. So let’s wait and see”
Sen John McCain schools Sean Hannity on Egypt and Arab Spring Feb 13 2012 – YouTube
RRD: You see Egypt is a ” Islamic Country”, just as Israel is a ” Jewish State”;so what’s the difference?Other than the Muslim Brotherhood’s rabid anti-semitism,rabid misogyny,hostility to freedom and Christians,and commitment to a global Islamic theocracy which murders apostates and stones adulterers,well,not much.
And besides didn’t Israel once forbid public buses from running on Saturday?
This is a speech by Mohammed Morsi,now president of Egypt.
Morsi during Elections Campaign: Jihad Is Our Path, Death for the Sake of Allah Is Our Aspiration – YouTube
RRD:Now Robert you’re scaremongering,after all,don’t our own Presidential candidates say that death for God is their goal…Oh wait!They don’t.Indeed to find the closest Western equivalent you have to look to fascist and totalitarian movements.
More on both Morsi & the Brotherhood in general:
Rubin Reports » Egypt: There Goes the Army; There Goes the Free Media; There Goes Egypt
Top Egyptian presidential candidate doubts al Qaeda role in 9/11 – Washington Times
The Makeover of Mohammed Morsi | FrontPage Magazine
Morsi Promises to Free ‘Blind Sheik’ from U.S. Prison – WSJ.com
Jerusalem to become Egypt’s capital under Mursi’s rule, says Muslim cleric[at Mursi campaign event]
‘Every aspect of life is to be Islamicized [under Morsi]JPost – Middle East
Meet your presidential candidate: Mohamed Morsy,the substitute | Egypt Independent
Meet your president: Mohamed Morsy | Egypt Independent
Muslim Brotherhood leader:We must raise “a jihadi generation that pursues death just as the enemies pursue life .” #egypt #Jan25 | Glory to man in the highest
Polls of Egyptians showing that 82% of them support stoning adulterers
& 84% support killing apostates.
Muslim Publics Divided on Hamas and Hezbollah | Pew Global Attitudes Project
Muslim Brotherhood plan to “eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within” t – Americans for Freedom in Iran