Dear Fox Cable News: Muhammad Morsi is not the new Prime Minister of Egypt (I know you don’t really care, just sayin’)
Egypt’s president, Muhammad Morsi, appointed a new prime minister today, Hisham Qandil.
Given that Fox Cable News spends its time falsifying video of president Obama and others, bullying its guests, and generally spewing falsehoods, it is not surprising that they can’t get the most basic facts in the news straight. They are owned by a criminal enterprise (News Corp) founded by the sleaziest press lord since the nineteenth century, Rupert Murdoch. Their colleagues in the UK have just been arrested en masse for hacking into people’s phones.
Egypt's president on Tuesday appointed a young, independent U.S.-educated Cabinet minister as the new premier, assigned to turn the nation's economy and internal security around after 17 months of instability and protests.
On the eve of the 60th anniversary of a coup that started decades of military rule, Egypt's new president said Sunday that it failed to bring about democracy. He credited last year's uprising with correcting the path.
A month or so after that strange week when Egypt’s Schrödinger’s ex-President Husni Mubarak was reported by the State News Agency MENA to be clinically dead, but then he got much, much better, he was transported back to Tura Prison yesterday because, well, he’s not dead anymore and he’s supposed to be serving a life sentence, not receiving excellent treatment in an elite military hospital.
His lawyers are trying to get him sent back to the hospital because there is a law saying heroes of the 1973 war must be respected and because Mubarak is a hero of the 1973 war. (In point of fact his role in the 1973 war, as Air Force Commander, has gotten more and more heroic since he became President n 1981, a sort of retroactive heroism. If he’d been President much longer they’d have had him manning a SAM sit and shooting down Israeli aircraft single-handed.)
Activists report clashes in central Damascus and fighting spreads to the north of the city, as envoy Kofi Annan prepares to meet the Russian president.
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Egypt's new president holds the key to blockaded Gaza, but he is signaling that he won't rush to help the territory's Hamas rulers by striking a border deal with them, even though they are fellow members of the region's Muslim Brotherhood.
Having pressed the new Egyptian president, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Sunday sought to mobilize what influence the United States still has with the army chief whose key role in post-Hosni Mubarak Egypt is splitting the country between those who see the military as a threat to democracy and those clinging to it as a guarantor of stability.