Egyptian Aak. Week 42


Main Headlines



  • Egypt’s Muslims mark Eid, but stay away from key squares
  • Thousands perform Eid prayer at Al-Azhar
  • Egypt frees Briton arrested over police-like clothes
  • Amnesty International condemns violence on October 6 anniversary
  • Tamarod backs Sisi’s decision not to run for presidency


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General Sissi is no savior for Egypt’s non-Islamists


Quick glances at the events that lead to the June 30 protests and the subsequent army take-over on July 3rd are enough for any observer to understand that Sissi’s success came mainly in his ability to garner a wide coalition against the Muslim Brotherhood. This support included a wide section of the political elite, the police, media, judiciary, artists, and the general public.

The police and army are now coordinating their moves for the first time since January 2011 and are unleashing their coercive forces to subdue the Muslim Brotherhood and their alliance. Does that mean that the non-Islamists are winning, or even thriving within “Sissi’s coalition?” The simple answer is no. This comes about for various reasons.

For a start, it is not a homogenous coalition. In fact, the opposite is true, and the subgroups are only united by the their anti-Muslim Brotherhood stance. When considering all else…

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Second Oarfish In A Week Washes Ashore : LAist

An oceanic canary in the mine? Something needs investigating!

For the second time in a week, a rare serpentine oarfish has surfaced on a Southern California beach, NBC reports.

The one found Friday afternoon at Oceanside Harbor wasn\’t quite as large as the 18-foot behemoth found near Catalina Island. This one was only 13-and-a-half feet long. It weighed an estimated 200 pounds and took 15 people to carry.

That is actually quite small for an oarfish. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, it\’s the largest bony fish in the sea and can grow to more than 50 feet long.

via Second Oarfish In A Week Washes Ashore : LAist.

6-Year-Old Newtown Victim Saved Classmates By Telling Them To Run: Gothamist

Jesse Lewis, 6, was a student in 27-year-old Victoria Soto\’s first-grade class, and though Jesse, Soto and a number of other students in the class were killed, 11 of his classmates survived. Some of those children told investigators they were huddled in a corner holding hands while Lanza was shooting, out of his line of fire; when Lanza\’s gun jammed for a second, he stopped firing, and Jesse yelled at them to run. Six students ran to safety. \”He yelled, ‘Run!’ ” Jesse\’s mother, Scarlett Lewis, told The Associated Press. “Adam reloaded and shot him in the head.”

via 6-Year-Old Newtown Victim Saved Classmates By Telling Them To Run: Gothamist.

Roma teens deportation was right, says French minister – FRANCE – FRANCE 24

Roma teens deportation was right, says French minister – FRANCE – FRANCE 24.

Interior Minister Manuel Valls told French media Sunday that he has no regrets about the way a 15-year old girl of Roma gypsy origin and her family were rounded up and deported, after widespread criticism in the media and from his own political party.

“We should be proud of what we are doing, rather than feeling sorry for ourselves,” Valls, a Socialist, told the Journal de Dimanche weekly in an interview published on Sunday.

He should be fired!