Archive for April 2015
The Human Rights Watch has criticized Egyptian authorities for conducting an unfair and biased trial for the country’s ousted president, saying the prosecution was marred by flaws.In a statement released on Sunday, the New York-based rights organization said the trial of Mohamed Morsi was “compromised by due process violations, the appearance of bias and an absence of conclusive evidence”.The prosecution heavily relied on the testimony of military and police officers and appeared to have been politically motivated against Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood movement.Sarah Leah Whitson, the executive director of HRW’s Middle East and North Africa Division, said the case “was founded on the conjecture that Morsi was responsible simply because of his relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood”.
Imagine that Vladimir Putin were not a murderous autocrat and kleptocrat who has spent his fourteen years in power living up to his KGB past and dragging Russia ever back towards Communist autocracy, illiberalism, and expansionism. Imagine that instead he were the one of the greatest leaders that Russia has had, whose policies have helped produce a massive rise in living standards and life expectancy, recuperation of national pride, and enforcement of the rule of law, who has tackled kleptocrats and gangsters wisely and well, whose foreign policy has on balance been realistic, diplomatic, and conducive to peace, who has presided over a country of which the human rights record is considerably better than that of the United States and in which civil rights are improving, and who richly deserves the steady support of 65% – currently at a Ukraine-related high of 83% – of the population that he possesses. It is my understanding that the reality is closer to the second scenario than the first – and I may note that I say this as someone with no ethnic, financial, professional or political ties to Russia whatsoever. It follows that I am not a Russian expert – but nor am I, on the other hand, parti pris. I am a friendly, distanced observer of the country.
MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin in a documentary broadcast Sunday accused the United States of directly contacting and providing logistical support to North Caucasus separatist militants.In the documentary “President,” which has already been broadcast in far eastern Russia on Rossiya 1 television, Putin made the claim, citing intelligence from Russian special services, to state that it occurred in the early 2000s.
Shadow of WWIII? Large-scale Egyptian Army Readies for War Against ISIS for Control of Libya – Debka Report
Editor note: Keep in mind that Saudi Arabia had been fighting to take Yemen with Egypt’s help, and found itself fighting with ISIS/Al Qaeda in that Yemen effort. There are no coincidences in war and diplomacy….
The Middle East is on the brink of its fourth war (after Syria, Iraq and Yemen). debkafile’s military and intelligence sources report that Egypt is massing large-scale ground and air forces in the Western Desert along the Libyan border, in preparation for a military campaign to capture eastern Libya – Cyrenaica – from the Islamist State of Syria and Iraq – ISIS – occupation.
The substantial naval and marine forces assembling at Egypt’s Mediterranean ports indicate the possible launching of the offensive by dropping Egyptian marines on the Libyan coast around Derna (pop: 100,000), which ISIS has made its provincial capital. They may be accompanied by simultaneous landings of paratroops from the air.
For President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi, ISIS’s presence in eastern Libya (as well as Sinai) poses an unacceptable peril to his country. He has been warned in a number of intelligence reports that the Islamic State’s terrorists have already penetrated some Egyptian towns and even infiltrated certain army units.
Home demolition in Jerusalem: “They want our land. We need help to protect it.” | International Solidarity Movement
Nureddin Amro and his brother Sharif Amro and their families were awakened at 5:30 am by over a hundred Israeli soldiers who came to demolish their home in the Wadi Al-Joz neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem on Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Both men are blind. The brothers live with their ill 79-year-old mother, their spouses and children. Nureddin has three young children, Sharif has four; all are under 14. Israeli soldiers pointed their guns in through the windows of the house while the children were still asleep and cut the electricity and phone lines to the house.“We were asleep. They banged on the doors and shouted. Soldiers completely surrounded the neighborhood. There were dogs and aircraft. It was frightening,” said Nureddin. “There was no advanced notice. No reason given. They announced that they came to demolish the house and they started doing it while we were still inside.”
At least six people have lost their lives in a car bomb attack in Egypt’s restive Sinai Peninsula, police sources say.The Egyptian police sources said on Sunday that at least 44 other individuals suffered injuries in the deadly attack.The sources added that a police station in North Sinai’s provincial capital of el-Arish was the target of the bombing. The facade of the police station and several buildings in the vicinity of the station were damaged.Egyptian medics also confirmed the casualties of the bomb attack, saying one of the victims was a police officer.There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the assault on the police station.Earlier in the day, at least six Egyptian soldiers were killed and two others injured in a bomb attack on their armored vehicle near the North Sinai town of Sheikh Zuweid.
The Saudi foreign minister has rejected calls for an end to aggression against Yemen, saying the attacks are meant to help what it calls the country’s legitimate authority.Saud al-Faisal said Sunday Riyadh and its allies have launched airstrikes on Yemen to help what he called the country’s legitimate authority, a reference to the fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.Faisal made the remarks at a press conference with his French counterpart, Laurent Fabius, in the capital Riyadh. The comments came in response to repeated calls by Iran and some other countries urging the kingdom to stop its unlawful military aggression against Yemen.