Middle East News Thread

Morsi, Muslim Brotherhood Defend Response to Protests

CAIRO — Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi expressed his grief over the deaths and hundreds of injuries resulting from violent clashesthat continued into Wednesday, while warning against further challenges to his decrees and confirming that the constitutional referendum will be held as scheduled for Dec. 15.

Opposition says No to Morsi talks offer

Egypt’s mainly secular opposition rejected an offer of dialogue from Islamist President Mohamed Morsi on Friday raising the prospect of further escalation of a crisis that already turned bloody earlier this week.

Morsi’s Unsustainable Autocracy

Is President Mohammed Morsi an autocrat or a theocrat?

He may be neither or both.

Judging the Egyptian president’s ruling style should not be based on his ideological or theological background, as some accounts have argued, but rather on his politics and personality.

*Satellite channel prevents Sabbahi appearance

*Brotherhood: Interior Ministry to blame for destruction of headquarters

*Blog: Reporting the clashes from the ranks of the Brothers

*Syria army boosts reinforcements in Damascus

*Defense Chief: Intel ‘raises serious concerns’ about Syria chemical weapons

*U.S, Shifting Its Warning on Syria’s Chemical Arms

*Clinton: US, Russia back mediation on Syria

*Hamas chief arrives in Gaza for first-ever visit

*Meshaal: I hope God will make me a martyr in Gaza

*Israel thanks Czechs for Palestinian ‘no’ vote

*Spiegel: ‘The Arab Spring is Turning into a Hard Winter

*IAEA Chief Willing to Share Data With Iran on Weapons Claim

*US, Iraq to Deepen Military Ties


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