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Archive for December 1st, 2012

Morsi: “We’re Learning How to Be Free”

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 1st, 2012 12:09 am by HL

Morsi: “We’re Learning How to Be Free”
Stengel, Ghosh & Vick, Time
On Nov. 28, 2012, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi sat down for an exclusive interview with TIME managing editor Rick Stengel, editor-at-large Bobby Ghosh and Jerusalem bureau chief Karl Vick. Protocol required President Morsi to answer questions from TIME editors and reporters in his native Arabic, the official language of Egypt.  Instead, as a courtesy to his guests, he spoke for most of the hour in English, which he last spoke regularly three decades ago.He discussed his beginnings with the Muslim Brotherhood, how he sees the world, his dealings with President Obama and Secretary…

Is Egypt Turning Into the Next Iran?
Con Coughlin, The Telegraph
It all began with crowds of anti-government demonstrators occupying the main city square to demand the overthrow of the regime’s long-serving dictator. For weeks the country was paralysed, as student groups intensified their campaign for democracy and the rule of law, and an end to the institutional brutality that was routinely meted out to anyone who defied the government’s diktat.But when the tyrant was finally removed from power, the campaigners saw their pro-democracy aspirations brutally crushed. Instead of living under military rule, they found themselves being…

What the President Said About Benghazi
Tom Bevan, RealClearPolitics
U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice is under fire for going on several Sunday talk shows five days after the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and providing apparently erroneous information to the public. But President Obama’s own public statements about Benghazi, made in three separate nationally televised interviews in the days after Rice’s appearances, were equally misleading and have received scarcely any attention.In defending Rice from criticism from an array of Republicans, including Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham, Obama said at a November 15 press conference,…

Obama to GOP: I’m Done Negotiating With Myself
Ezra Klein, Wash Post
Republican aides are circulating their summary of the White House’s opening bid on the fiscal cliff. They’re circulating it because they believe it fleshes out Speaker John Boehner’s complaint that “the White House has to get serious.” Above all, they’re circulating it because the president isn’t offering them anything in his opening bid. Suzy posted the full summary here. It calls for $1.6 trillion in taxes and only $400 billion in new entitlement spending cuts (though note that it assumes the roughly trillion dollars in…

Public Should See Rules for Targeted Killings