Monthly Archives: July 2013

Some headlines from The Libya Herald.

The Libya Herald is an English language newspaper which has taken a generally pro-NATO intervention line. Indeed, until January 2013, the deputy editor was George Grant, who is – or perhaps was – ‘global security and terrorism director at The … Continue reading

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Power in Power: on Samantha’s recent comments on Israel and human rights.

Samantha Power was recently sworn in as the Obama administration’s new Ambassador to the U.N.. Power has a reputation – at least in U.S. liberal Establishment circles – of being a fierce proponent and defender of human rights. She is … Continue reading

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CNN: Former Obama administration envoy to Egypt says country now has ‘second chance’.

From an interview on Christine Amanpour’s show: ‘Will Egypt get a second chance at democracy? That’s what the world is asking, a week after Egypt’s military forced President Mohamed Morsy from office, after a year of what the opposition called … Continue reading

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US State Department: ‘democracy is not just about simply winning the vote at the ballot box’.

From Reuters. This was in reference to the Egyptian military overthrowing the elected government of Egypt, arresting its leaders, shutting down opposition media, and shooting its supporters in the street. The U.S., who bank roll Egypts military to the tune … Continue reading

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Military appointed Egyptian PM tells people: prepare for cuts.

According to The New York Times, the appointment of Hazem el-Beblawi as Prime Minister sends ‘a signal that the military-led transitional government intends to move forward with economic reforms and restructuring including reductions in the country’s vast public subsidies’. el-Beblawi … Continue reading

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Human Rights Watch’s Tom Malinowski joins the Obama administration.

According to AFP Malinowski had been ‘Washington Director for Human Rights Watch’, and the person who was ‘responsible for the organization’s overall advocacy efforts with the US government’. Before joining Human Rights Watch, he had been ‘special assistant to President … Continue reading

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Amnesty International and the BBC on the aftermath of the coup in Egypt.

According to Amnesty, the army are currently shooting pro-Morsi protesters (supporters of the democratically elected government of Egypt, in other words); shutting down opposition media and arresting their staff; and subjecting Muslim Brotherhood members to arbitrary detention. Who could’ve known … Continue reading

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