1. CAIRO, EGYPT — On Sunday, a bomb ripped through a tourist bus in the resort town of Taba, killing at least three foreign tourists and the Egyptian bus driver. Taba is located in Egypt’s restive Sinai Peninsula on the border with Israel, a region as well known for its beautiful beaches and amazing coral as it is for its smuggling routes, rebellious residents, and homegrown terrorist groups.

    Egypt’s violent spiral is only getting worse


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  4. Can anyone bring Egyptians back together?

    Morsi was only elected a year ago, and the military’s decision to give him the boot was bound to trigger an angry backlash from the Islamists who helped him win a narrow majority in the country’s first free elections. Reconciliation was never going to be easy between the opposition and Morsi loyalists.



  6. Jacob Lippincott is on the ground in Cairo. Here’s his latest update:

    Violent street fights are tearing apart the downtown area, the capital’s economic and cultural nerve center. Secular activists, football hooligans, and grubby street children fight police on the Nile Corniche, an open promenade that runs along the famous river. Meanwhile, gangs of thugs prey on peaceful activists, local businesses, and passers-by in the city’s shadowed side streets.

    Women are being viciously targeted. Over the last week, there have been more than a dozen brazen gang rapes and sexual assaults in and around Tahrir Square. In one particularly harrowing case, a gang of youths took turns raping a 19-year-old woman, mutilated her vagina with a knife, and left her naked on the street. She is reportedly still in critical condition in a Cairo hospital, suffering from internal injuries.

    I personally witnessed one of these assaults in Tahrir. Some tried to help the woman, while others joined in the assault. There were masses of people pushing past each other to get away, and I, along with everyone around me, was pressed against a wall, unable to help, flee, or move.

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  7. Just as they did in 2011, angry Egyptians are taking to the streets. And the whole scene is looking eerily similar

    (Source: theweek.com)


  8. Cartoon of the day: Solving Egypt’s future 
    TOM TOLES © 2012 Universal Press Syndicate

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  9. PHOTO: REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustaf

    September 14th marks day four of anti-U.S. protests sweeping across the Arab world. The escalating violence, stoked by an online movie trailer mocking Islam’s Prophet Mohammad, has left four dead in Libya, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens. More deaths have been reported in Yemen. Indonesian and Afghani officials are working to keep a lid on protests in their countries by blocking the YouTube video fueling demonstrators’ anger.

    How far will the protests go, and where will they lead?

    (Source: theweek.com)


  10. "The Egyptians who vented their rage during Mrs. Clinton’s visit, appear to have been inspired by fears that the Obama administration harbors a secret, pro-Islamist agenda," says Robert Mackey at The New York Times.

    A day after Clinton met with the country’s new president, Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, angry crowds chanted “Monica, Monica” as Clinton’s motorcade passed. In an attempt to downplay the hostile reception, one State Department official cautioned that it’s “easy to over-read a small group of pretty energetic protesters” in a country of 90 million people. 

    Hillary Clinton’s rough reception in Egypt: What it means

    (Source: theweek.com)


  11. Spoke too soon.

    More bad opinions through the ages here.


  12. Fair elections for Egypt? Egypt wrapped up two days of voting Thursday in what’s being hailed as the country’s first legitimate presidential election ever. 

    The counting continued on Friday, but partial results suggest that Mohammed Mursi, the candidate of the once-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, has earned a spot in a June run-off. The battle for the second slot remains tight, with a darkhorse leftist candidate, Hamdeen Sabahi, neck-and-neck with Ahmed Shafiq, a former air force commander and holdover from the Hosni Mubarak era. 

    Was the balloting as fair as Egyptian leaders promised it would be?

    (Source: theweek.com)


  13. More than a year into their revolution, Egyptian voters are going to the polls, and for the first time in recent memory, they don’t know the winner ahead of time. The election, which will continue on Thursday, pits secularists against Islamists, and revolutionaries against old regime figures. Here, some critical questions about the election, and what the result will mean:

    Will Egypt going Islamist? The Associated Press writes:

    A victory by the fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate Mohammed Morsi will likely mean a greater emphasis on religion in government. The group, which already dominates parliament, says it won’t mimic Saudi Arabia and force women to wear veils or implement harsh punishments like amputations. But it says it does want to implement a more moderate version of Islamic law, which liberals fear will mean limitations on many rights.

    More key questions on Egypt’s historic presidential election