AFRICA/EGYPT – Tension for today’s demonstrations. A Coptic monastery attacked – Fides News Agency

Cairo (Agenzia Fides) – “The situation has been calm so far but one lives in tension due to the demonstrations announced today by supporters of ousted President Morsi. I hope that nothing serious happens”, says to Fides Agency Fr. Rafic Greiche, spokesman of the Catholic Bishops of Egypt

“In much of Egypt, security conditions are improving but not in Giza and Al Minya” says the priest.

In this regard, Fr. Greiche reported the assault against a Coptic Orthodox monastery in a small village near Al Minya. “A group of people attacked the monastery and beat the monks. The police intervened but it was too late for the monks who were taken to hospital. One is still in hospital, the other was discharged”. “It must be said that it is not always easy for the police to move in areas such as Minya, where Christians are always on the alert for the presence of various jihadist groups”, said Fr. Greiche

“Minya is one of the governorates where in the past (in the 90s) there was a large number of terrorist attacks. It is one of the focal points of the presence of jihadist groups”, recalls the priest.

“This is because the geography of the area favors the movements of these groups, often formed by Bedouin families who move easily, and can hide in the nearby mountains”.

The authorities in Cairo have imposed strict security measures all over the country in view of the announced protests after Friday prayers. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 23/08/2013)

via AFRICA/EGYPT – Tension for today’s demonstrations. A Coptic monastery attacked – Fides News Agency.


Here are my thought that was published today in Fikra Forum about the forced end of the sit-in and the crisis in Egypt:

I wrote on Sunday, August 11 that the sit-ins should be left alone and not dispersed by force; it seems that the government lost patience, and viewed the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and its supporters as an increasingly provocative group looking to defy the state. Sadly, the government’s tactics were brutal and deplorable, and there were other non-lethal measures that they could have tried before using force.

After the sit-ins were forcibly dispersed, emergency law became inevitable. Pro-Morsi protestors had been indoctrinated for 7 weeks during the sit-ins that Copts and regime thugs were behind the coup, so the military’s action against the protestors unleashed their raw, pent up anger.

I doubt both sides will reconcile their differences, and it appears that there are dark days ahead for Egypt. The leadership…

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Government vows to crack down on protesting toddlers after hundreds refuse to go to bed

Cameron chief refusnik!

Pride's Purge


The government has vowed not to give in to pressure from thousands of protesters across the country aged between 3 and 12 who are refusing to go to bed when told to by their parents.

And in signs that authorities are losing patience with the unruly protesters, pressure is mounting on police after complaints that officers have been resorting to using excessive force to remove the most obstinate tots.

A video sent to Pride’s Purge appears to show police officers forcing one protester to go to bed by brutally tickling pressure points under his chin and ruthlessly bending his teddy bear.

Sussex Police were asked on Monday morning to clarify their techniques and tactics against protesters since the mass countrywide protests against bedtime by toddlers were revealed – but as Pride’s Purge went to press last night, police authorities had still failed to respond to our urgent enquiries.


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Top 10 Must-read Caribbean Feminist Blog Posts

Feminist Conversations on Caribbean Life

In no particular order here are 10 boss posts from Caribbean feminist bloggers writing out loud.  Read, share and tell me what other articles should be on this list. Enjoy this gift from the Caribbean femisphere!

a. I swear if I hear “independent ladies” one more time…  by  Mar the Mongoose (Barbados)

Why?Quick wit. Pulse firmly on Caribbean popular culture! You will never scream on cue again!

stop singling out women as “independent ladies” based on some bullshit basket of goods that you determine of value to women: weave and clothes and underwear. All the women in that particular show or fête are independent by virtue of the fact that they are adults with rights. And they don’t need to scream at your command to make that so.

b. No Women Died, This is Not a Women’s Issue by Sherlina Nageer (Guyana)

Why? Because when innocent men are…

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Lebanon, Screw This

Silence allows the extremists to claim they are speaking and acting for you. Thanks for speaking up!

A Separate State of Mind | A Blog by Elie Fares

It’s been one week since our news broadcasts last cut out regular useless programming to let us know that a part of our country was burning to the ground following an explosion, that people were dying, that terrorism had struck yet again.

It’s been one week since innocent people lost their lives just for being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Last week, those people were shopping. This week, those same people were praying. How many more wrong places and wrong times are we supposed to accept as a justification to the absolute hell we are living through?

What is the current situation in Lebanon? I don’t really know. There’s no diagnostic criteria to follow to really ascertain how deep this goes. There’s simply a sense of “if no one I knew died then it’s sad but forgettable” that’s roaming around. Till when are we supposed to be…

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BBC News – Ducks were bird flu ‘melting pot’

(BBC passing on load of you know what from Chinese who want to blame wild birds and not gazillions of caged birds that provide the most perfect breeding ground for new viruses that get passed on to wild birds afterwards. It is not accident that the problem is bigger since the poultry market went global about 20 years ago and you have billions more birds being raised and sold in live markets than ever before and chicks and eggs being shipped all over the globe 24/7.)


Ducks were the melting pot of viruses that led to the new bird flu emerging in China early this year, according to Chinese scientists tracking the evolution of the virus.

Ducks picked up viruses from migrating birds and passed them onto chickens.

The study, published in the journal Nature, showed humans were probably then infected with H7N9 due to contact with chickens at live poultry markets.

There have been 133 human cases of the bird flu and 43 deaths.

The team, including researchers at the Shantou University Medical College, were trying to trace the root of the outbreak.

They took samples from 1,341 chickens, ducks, geese, pigeons, partridges and quail as well as faecal and water samples from live poultry markets.

By comparing the similarities and differences between the genetic codes of influenza viruses in each of the animals, scientists can work out how the virus evolved and spread.

Their report said: “Domestic ducks seem to act as key intermediate hosts by acquiring and maintaining diverse influenza viruses from migratory birds.

via BBC News – Ducks were bird flu ‘melting pot’.

No more European arms to Egypt- now what?

Egyptian Streets

As the EU stops sending arms to Egypt, a fear of loosing a key partner in the Middle East is rising.

By Alice Tegle, correspondent, 

The European Union has suspended all arms exports to Egypt that can be used for ‘internal repression.’

“Member States agreed to suspend export licenses to Egypt of any equipment which might be used for internal repression and to reassess export licences of equipment and review their security assistance with Egypt,” stated EU’s head of Foreign Affairs, Ms. Catherine Ashton in a news conference Wednesday.

The conclusion came after the extraordinary meeting with EU’s foreign ministers, followed by weeks of bloodshed and sectarian clashes in Egypt. The council also strongly condemned the violence from both sides of the conflict, and the army’s “disproportionate use” in particular.

In reaction to the authorities’ violent crackdown last Wednesday, a number of EU countries like Denmark and Germany have…

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