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Egyptian President Morsi fires generals imposes censorship

RRD:When the “Arab Spring” began, I & several others who support freedom in the Middle-East warned that a rush to elections would prove disastrous since only the Muslim Brotherhood was prepared to win said elections (fn1).I also pointed to actual polling taken of the Egyptians by the Pew Center showing that a large majority of those polled supported the stoning of adulterers,the killing of apostates & other harsh punishments derived from Sharia law (fn2).

The response?

We were either ignored,or mocked, or attacked as ”racists”(even though there is ample precedent for failed revolutions in the West ,such as the French Revolution).
We were told that the revolution was not initiated by the Muslim Brotherhood(which was true),and that the Muslim Brotherhood would not gain power(obviously not true).
When it became apparent that the Muslim Brotherhood would win elections(and even before then, in some cases) we were told of a new phobia,invented by the Muslim Brotherhood and their apologists and useful idiots in the West:Ikhwanophobia;meaning a supposedly unreasonable fear of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Oddly these same people never speak of KKKophobia, or BNPophobia,or  FPOophobia, or Jobbikophobia, or FrontNationalophobia, or GoldenDawnophobia (fn3)., but then perhaps those hit too close to home,unlike  the Muslim Brotherhood,whom we are never supposed to “demonize” by applying the same standards to them as we do  to ourselves.
After the Muslim Brotherhood won the elecions they were not supposed to win,we were then told that we had nothing to fear since the Egyptian Military would act as a check on them.
Well now “striking another blow for freedom” Morsi has replaced the Generals in charge of the military.He was handed a justification for this, by the alleged ineptitude displayed by Military in the Sinai debacle.He is also taking over the government run newspapers and persecuting his critics:

Rubin Reports » Egypt: There Goes the Army; There Goes the Free Media; There Goes Egypt

http://pjmedia.com/barryrubin/2012/08/11/egypt-there-goes-the-free-media/?singlepage=true

…”Muslim Brotherhood President al-Mursi has just removed the two commanding generals of the Egyptian military. Does he have a right to do this? Who knows?There’s no constitution. That means all we were told about not having to worry because the generals would restrain the Brotherhood was false. Moreover, the idea that the army, and hence the government, may fear to act lest they lose U.S. aid will also be false. There is no parliament at present He is now the democratically elected dictator of Egypt. True, he picked another career officer but he has now put forward the principle: he decides who runs the army. The generals can still advise Mursi. He can choose to listen to them or not. But there is no more dual power in Egypt but only one leader. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces which has run Egypt since February 2011 is gone. Only Mursi remains and Egypt is now at his mercy.

Behind the scenes note: Would Mursi dared have done this if he thought Obama would come down on him like a ton of bricks? Would the army give up if they thought America was behind it? No on both counts.

This is a coup. Mursi is bound by no constitution. He can do as he pleases unless someone is going to stop him. And the only candidate–the military–is fading fast, far faster than even we pessimists would have predicted.

Muslim Brotherhood President al-Mursi has also just named the editors of the top Egyptian newspaper and other media outlets. They are state-owned, you know, and there are a half-dozen good little independent newspapers.

But one of them, al-Destour (ironically meaning “The Constitution”), has just had a full issue seized on charges of “fueling sedition” and “harming the president through phrases and wording punishable by law.” We know this through a report in the Middle East News Agency, the state-owned monopoly.

And what was the inflammatory report? That the Brotherhood was going to seize power and that liberals and the army should join together to stop the country from being turned into an Islamist regime.”…

….”Other columnists are charging that the Brotherhood is trying to turn their newspapers into reliable house organs rather than let them be free.”…

This is what the “Arab Spring” has wrought:
A anti-semitic,misogynistic,anti-Christian,anti-gay ,anti-Liberty band of reactionary Neo-Medievalist Islamists,has taken over
a former quasi-pan-arabist dictatorship,(which our tax dollars have armed and equipped with M1 Abrams tanks and F-16 fighter jets since the Camp David Accords.)
Women,”Apostates”,& Coptic Christians & Gays,all get tossed under the bus,along with the Camp David Accords(sooner or later).

Footnotes:

fn1

A brief comment on my stance on the January 25th revolution:Political Islam is not the answer. | Glory to man in the highest

https://gloryofman.wordpress.com/a-brief-comment-on-my-stance-on-the-january-25th-revolutionpolitical-islam-is-not-the-answer/

fn2

Muslim Publics Divided on Hamas and Hezbollah | Pew Global Attitudes Project

http://www.pewglobal.org/2010/12/02/muslims-around-the-world-divided-on-hamas-and-hezbollah/

fn3.

The far right is on the march again: the rise of Fascism in Austria | Mail Online

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-1160972/The-far-right-march-rise-Fascism-Austria.html

Meet Europe’s New Fascists, Hungary’s Far-Right Jobbik Party – Tablet Magazine

http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/96716/meet-europes-new-fascists?all=1

Marine Le Pen’s 17.9% is not a breakthrough for the far right | World news | guardian.co.uk

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/french-election-blog-2012/2012/apr/25/marine-le-pen-french-elections-2012

Far right on rise in Europe

http://www.theage.com.au/world/far-right-on-rise-in-europe-20120803-23kw0.html

Rise of neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party leads to spate of immigrant attacks in Greece – Telegraph

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/greece/9330223/Rise-of-neo-Nazi-Golden-Dawn-party-leads-to-spate-of-immigrant-attacks-in-Greece.html

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Tunisia’s secularists under siege by Islamists.

RRD:(I will paraphrase the New York Times piece below,except for the parts in quotation marks)
Background:Tunisia,along with Turkey and the Kurdish area of Iraq,(& Indonesia to a degree) is one of the(comparatively) more secular & sane Muslim majority states.
It is known as the land of “Beer and Bikinis”.
It may be more familiar to westerners by the name “Tatooine”(fn1).
Recently there was a fire at a Synagogue believed to be arson,(though this is disputed)(fn2).
And now a TV executive is being charged with “libeling religion” and with…”broadcasting information that could ‘harm public order or good morals.’”… (As the Times reports).
And three men who came to his defense were attacked by Islamist Brownshirts.
The title of the Times’ article is unintentionally,(if bitterly) comic:

”Tunisia Navigates a Democratic Path Tinged With Religion”

(Video of the assault)

Zyed Krichen et Hamadi Redissi agressés par des salafistes – YouTube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=NBgHVA32gHY

Tunisia Navigates a Democratic Path Tinged With Religion – NYTimes.com

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/31/world/africa/tunisia-navigates-a-democratic-path-tinged-with-religion.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all

…“We’re surrendering our right to think and speak differently,” said Hamadi Redissi, one of the two men, still bearing a scab on his forehead from the attack last week.”…

….”The aftermath[RRD:Of the ”Arab Spring”] has brought elections in Egypt and Tunisia as well as more decisive Islamist influence in Morocco, Libya and, perhaps, Syria”. …..

RRD:Secular protesters alarmed by the threat the Islamists pose, turned out in one of the largest pro-secularist demonstrations in recent memory.

….“Make a common front against fanaticism,” one banner declared.”…

RRD:(What follows is my paraphrase of the New York Times piece,except for the parts in quotation marks which are quoted directly,as well as my summary of the video above.The parts from the video not mentioned in the NYT piece have ”see video” next to them.)

RRD:The movie Persepolis(fn3) was broadcast on October 7, 2011,on Neesma TV.One week later a mob of Islamist barbarians attacked the house of Neesma TV’s director;Nabil Karoui.
Shortly afterwards Mr.Karoui was charged with …”libeling religion”
and with…”broadcasting information that could ‘harm public order or good morals.’”…(As the Times reports)

He faces five years in prison for this ”crime”.

On January 23 2012,outside the courthouse where Mr.Karoui was to be tried for this thoughtcrime,
Mr.Hamadi Redissi & Mr.Zied Krichen arrived to express their support for Mr.Karoui.
(The trial would be later postponed until April).
The Islamists at first seemed non-violent(see video).
But soon Redissi and Krichen were accosted with cries of “Infidel!” , “Apostate!”(source NYT ).
Redissi and Krichen,outnumbered and fearing for their safety,started to leave.
The Islamists pursued them.

Krichen:
….”All I could think was to not look behind me, walk ahead, and not open my mouth”….

RRD:As he tried to escape
Mr.Krichen was assaulted from behind and apparently knocked to the ground(see video).
A woman screamed(see video).
Mr.Redissi tried to defend Mr.Krichen & was head-butted, apparently by the same thug(see video)The police walked with them –for what seems like a eternity–as the Islamists pursue them, screaming at them,eventually,
after being stalked by the Islamists,they are able to make their escape into a building,(see video,a police station according to the Times)

Another dissident,Mr. Abdelhalim Messaoudi, a journalist at Nessma,was also assaulted.

One of the attackers was identified through the video,& was arrested.

The Times:

…”For people like Mr. Messaoudi, though,the incident reflected a months-long trend of thuggery by Salafis, from an attack on a theater airing a film they deemed objectionable,to their brief control last month over a northern Tunisian town called Sanjan.”

“Certain Islamist factions want to turn identity into their Trojan horse,” Mr. Messaoudi said. “They use the pretext of protecting their identity as a way to crush what we have achieved as a Tunisian society. They want to crush the pillars of civil society.”

“We’ve become the ahl al-dhimma,” he said, offering a term in Islamic law to denote protected minorities in a Muslim state. “It’s like the Middle Ages.”

Footnotes:

fn1.

From the original Star Wars movie,& Return of the Jedi,& The Phantom Menace,named after the location in southern Tunisia where part of the film was shot.It has become a popular tourist destination.

Tataouine – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tataouine

”The real Star Wars?”

http://asap.ap.org/stories/319404.s

fn2.

Tunisian synagogue attack disputed | JTA – Jewish & Israel News

http://www.jta.org/news/article/2011/02/02/2742802/tunisian-synagogue-attacked-by-arsonists

fn3

The movie Persepolis,based on the graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi,is a work about a young woman’s girlhood in Iran both before and after the Islamic Revolution.

The New York Times > Movies > Interactive Feature > Drawn to Life

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2007/12/22/movies/20071225_PERSEPOLIS_FEATURE.html?ref=movies

Persepolis – Movie Trailers – Preview – NYTimes.com

http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/351485/Persepolis/trailers

Persepolis – Movies – Review – NYTimes.com

http://movies.nytimes.com/2007/12/25/movies/25pers.html

Pantheon Graphic Novels

http://www.randomhouse.com/pantheon/graphicnovels/persepolis.html

Persepolis (2007) – IMDb

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0808417/

PERSEPOLIS | A SONY PICTURES CLASSICS RELEASE

http://www.sonyclassics.com/persepolis/

Amazon.com: The Complete Persepolis (9780375714832): Marjane Satrapi: Books

http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Persepolis-Marjane-Satrapi/dp/0375714839/ref=pd_vtp_b_4

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Reaction to Obama’s birth control compromise

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2012/02/10/national/a143545S34.DTL&type=health

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Iranian Judiciary Chief who delayed Pastor Youcef’s vertict criticizes the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

http://au.christiantoday.com/article/iranian-judiciary-chief-who-delayed-pastor-youcefs-vertict-criticizes-the-universal-declaration-of-human-rights/12789.htm

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The #Christian Pastor #Tehran seeks to murder for his faith.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/religious-right-now/post/clearing-up-the-facts-on-pastor-nadarkhanis-fate/2011/10/13/gIQA7drNhL_blog.html

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