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Egypt TV presenter in incitement trial arrested

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FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012 file photo, Tawfiq Okasha, a popular Egyptian TV presenter accused of inciting the killing of the country's new president on air, stands in the defendants cage at the opening of his trial, in Cairo, Egypt. Police say the trial of Okasha for inciting the murder of Egypt's Islamist president has been detained in connection with a series of allegations, including theft of electrical power and issuing a bounced check. (AP Photo/Mohammed Assad, File)The owner of a TV station on trial for incitement after calling for the killing of Egypt's Islamist president Mohammed Morsi was arrested on Sunday in connection with a series of allegations, including theft of electrical power and issuing a bounced check, police said.

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Iran swipe at Web brings angry reply

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FILE- In this Monday, Feb. 13, 2012 file photo, Iranian women use computers at an Internet cafe in central Tehran. Iran’s cyber monitors often tout their efforts to fight the West’s 'soft war' of influence through the web, but trying to ban Google’s popular Gmail may have gone too far with complaints coming even from email-starved parliament members. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)Iran's cyber monitors often tout their fight against the West's "soft war" of influence through the Web, but trying to block Google's popular Gmail appeared to be a swipe too far.

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Syria suicide blast kills 4 at security compound

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In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian men inspect the scene of a car bomb attack in Qamishli, 497 miles (800 Kilometers) northeast Damascus, Syria, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012. A suicide attacker detonates a car bomb at a Syrian security compound in a remote, predominantly Kurdish area, killing at least four people in the latest sign that Syria's largest ethnic minority is increasingly being drawn into a widening civil war. (AP Photo/SANA)A suicide attacker detonated a car bomb near a Syrian security compound in a remote, predominantly Kurdish town Sunday, killing at least four people, state media said, in a new sign that the country's largest ethnic minority might be drawn into a widening civil war.

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Links 27-30 September 2012

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The current memes, sundry disinformation, and hidden pearls of truth:



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When Shafiq sought MB backing

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? When Shafiq sought MB backing

From Egypt Independent’s press review:

On a rather different note, everyone’s new favorite newspaper, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice (this reporter’s newspaper vendor says it outsells all other papers and that customers now suspect he’s hiding it because it’s always unavailable) puts a picture of none other than Ahmed Shafiq on its front page, the last person one would expect to see.

The reason why the almost-president-of-Egypt is there is because Brotherhood member Hassan Malek is spilling the beans on a meeting he had with Shafiq before the nominations for the presidential election began. And what a story it is.

According to Malek, Shafiq called him and asked for a meeting in July 2011 (that year again), which happened at the house of a “mutual friend.” During the meeting Shafiq asked Malek for the Brotherhood to back his candidacy for the presidency. He also requested a meeting with Mohamed Morsy and Saad al-Katatny to ask them their opinion on his candidacy because “if they don’t agree then I won’t do it.” Malek then purportedly told him that it wouldn’t be a good idea because his connection with Hosni Mubarak had “burned him.” Malek then informed the other Brotherhood members of Shafiq’s wish to meet them and they refused.

And it doesn’t end there. Shafiq apparently wouldn’t take no for an answer and kept calling Malek, at one point urging him to arrange a surprise meeting at his house, before chiding Malek by saying, “Are you stingy or what?” Malek then met him again to convey the Brotherhood’s polite refusal to meet him. Politics and gossip can sometimes be one and the same.

There are no permanent friends or enemies in Egyptian politics, just permanent personal interests.



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Nicholas Kristof: an authority on Islamic theology

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” Nasr Hamid Abu Zyad, one of the Islamic world’s greatest theologians…“  Mr. Kristof: have mercy on us.  You of all people would not know who are the greatest theologians of Islam.  It is not your field and you dont have the knowledge and language skills to make such determination.  This is like me deciding who the great Buddhist theologians are.

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Hazem Saghiyyah is a class act

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My mother would not let me engage with people who use obscene or dirty language in polemics.  So obviously, I would not respond in kind.  Here, Hazem Saghiyyah (a columnist in the media of Saudi princes and Hariri family), calls me a cheap “sandal” and “shit” and “idiot”.  All because I merely linked to an article of his on Now Hariri about how the Syrian opposition needs to abandon the Golan and make peace with Israel in order to obtain Western military intervention.  Here is the article, and blow is Hazem’s obscene diatribe.  (thanks Adam, who alerted me and who kept an image of the communication before it gets erased.  House of Saud’s propagandists are known for sneaky deletion). But Adam is right:  I sure know how to piss off my enemies.

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FLASH: a big Saudi ragedy–breaking news

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I eulogize to you and to people of the world Prince Hadhlul bin `Abd-ul-`Aziz, one of the brothers of the Saudi King. 

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Deadly bomb blasts strike Iraq

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At least 32 people are killed in Iraq as car-bomb attacks target security forces and Shia pilgrims around the country, police say.
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Libyans transfer weapons to army

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Hundreds of Libyans hand in weapons in Benghazi and Tripoli as part of a disarmament drive organised by the army to target militia groups.
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