‘Freewheeling Militia Violence’ Forced US to Evacuate Embassy in Libya, Kerry Says

ABC News, By Ali Weinberg, July 26

The U.S. State Department was forced to suspend operations at its embassy in Libya because of “freewheeling militia violence” there, Secretary of State John Kerry said today.

Kerry, who spoke to reporters before a meeting with the Turkish and Qatari foreign ministers about Gaza, made the comments after [...]

US warns of ‘widespread conflict’ in Libya

State Department calls for draft of new constitution to take place unhindered amid increasing volatility.

Al Jazeera, July 13

The United States has warned that the conflict in Libya could become “widespread,” urging that a new parliament be quickly seated after contested elections.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki also called for work on drafting Libya’s [...]

It’s Not Benghazi, It’s Everything

(Foreign Policy) – While Republicans played politics, Libya was imploding. Now the Pentagon is readying an embassy evacuation, and the country may be beyond salvation.

Jimmy Carter warns Egypt ‘stands on the precipice’

AP, May 17

Cairo – The former US president Jimmy Carter has warned Egypt that its transition to democracy after years of political turmoil is faltering, ahead of presidential elections later this month.

The Carter Center will not be sending observers for Egypt’s 26-27 May election, which many believe retired Field Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi [...]

Egypt to hold presidential elections May 26-27

CNN, By Mohammed Tawfeeq, March 30

Egypt’s presidential elections will take place on May 26 and 27, Egyptian media reported Sunday, citing an announcement by the country’s Presidential Elections Commission.

Army chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi announced Wednesday that he would resign and declared his candidacy in the national polls. El-Sisi, 59, Egypt’s defense minister, had [...]

Tuesday Tensions bedevil Arab summit

Kuwait is hosting the Heads of Arab states for their annual summit for the first time since joining Arab League.

Qatar is being pressured to stop supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and other radical movements through the region. Along with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Mirates, Egypt is trying to isolate Qatar. Yet it [...]

Egypt govt resigns ahead of presidential poll

The government of Egypt’s Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi submitted its resignation to interim president Adly Mansour on Monday, the cabinet said, in a move just weeks before a presidential poll.

Cairo – The military-installed government of Egyptian Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi said on Monday it has resigned, ahead of a presidential poll which will likely [...]

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GOP Members Of Congress Hold Surreal Press Conference In Egypt Thanking Military For Overthrowing Morsi

Business Insider, Brett Logiurato, September 8

Republican representatives Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Louie Gohmert (R-TX), and Steve King (R-IA) held a press conference last week in Egypt, praising and thanking the Egyptian military for a July 3 ouster of what Bachmann called the “common enemy” Muslim Brotherhood. Via the Washington Post’s Max Fisher comes video of [...]

Saudi Arabia Pledges To Help Fund Egypt Amid US Threat To Cut Off Aid

IBT, By Amrutha Gayathri, August 20

Amid increasing domestic and international pressure on the U.S. to suspend its aid to Egypt’s military-backed government following its crackdown on supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi, Saudi Arabia — a close U.S. ally — on Monday, pledged financial assistance to the North African nation to fill gaps left [...]

Egypt court acquits Hosni Mubarak on corruption charges; Lawyer says he’ll soon be free

(CBS) – Longtime Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak — ousted by an Arab Spring-inspired popular uprising in 2011 — was acquitted Monday of corruption charges by a Cairo court, and his lawyer told CBS News he expected him to be freed “within 48 hours.”

Lawyer Fareed El-Deeb confirmed to CBS News producer Alex Ortiz that Mubarak [...]

Egyptian security forces move against protesters’ camps

(WaPo) – Egyptian security forces stormed two sprawling sit-ins by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi shortly after dawn Wednesday, killing dozens of people and igniting a wave of violent clashes across the country.

A Health Ministry official, Hamdi Abdel Tawab, said 55 people were dead and at least 562 injured in violence across the [...]

Egypt forces to besiege Cairo protesters

Security forces are preparing to encircle pro-Morsi protest camps in the capital early on Monday, Al Jazeera learns.

Al Jazeera, August 11

Egyptian security forces are preparing to besiege supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi who are gathered in Cairo protest camps.

Security sources told Al Jazeera that police would launch action against the protesters [...]

United States says will not take sides in Egypt crisis

(Reuters) – The United States will not take sides in Egypt’s upheaval, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns said on Monday, in an attempt to address concerns on both sides of the political divide.

Burns, in Cairo on a visit to meet Egypt’s interim leaders, the military and members of the business community, stressed [...]

Some thoughts on the ouster of Mohammed Morsi

The Muslim Brotherhood (MB) has been ousted from power in Egypt in a military coup. There is an astonishing amount of support for the ouster around the region and around the world as well. Much of Egypt is celebrating. But what will this coup bring in coming months and years?

The provisional government has reached [...]

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