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Egyptian Public Supports Military Actions Against Muslim Brotherhood Demonstrators



The Egyptian people strongly support the actions of General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in “fighting terrorism,” as el-Sisi calls it.  The removal of  former President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood brought that well organized group to the streets.  Armed, and belligerent, the Brotherhood staged demonstrations throughout Cairo, Alexandria and other parts of Egypt.  They brought weapons which they used when they were ordered to disperse.

Western leaders reached new levels of hypocrisy in chastising el-Sisi for the violence.   President Obama, British Prime Minister Cameron, and French President Francois Hollande are behind the war crime level of violence in Syria yet they expect the Egyptian government to sit idly while a minority radical group attacks police, soldiers, and anyone who disagrees with them, frequently the minority Coptic Christian population.

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World Shocked by Video Showing Turkish Police Shooting Demonstrator in Head

If this is verified, it would be worth a look at what part of PM Erdogan’s remarks the shooter believed. Did the police officer believe that the demonstrators drank beers in mosques or insulted women with headscarves, as the PM alleged in a speech two days ago?

(June 11) A video, purportedly showing the alleged shooting of a Turkish protester in the head by police, has triggered a wave of protests in Internet forums, which are overflowing with messages of condemnation.

Ethem Sarısülük, 27, was reported to be in serious condition in Ankara’s Numune Training and Research Hospital after being shot by a police officer in the capital’s Kizilay Square during anti-government protests.

A video on YouTube purportedly shows an officer kicking away a demonstrator who is surrounded by 20 people waving flags and banners. The policeman points a gun at the group and fires before running off to a group of officers. A man collapses on the pavement as demonstrators surround the body and scream for help. Novinite.com (Sophia News Agency) June 11

Looking beyond movie violence

by Tom Emanuel

(Originally posted by Waging Nonviolence, republished under a Creative Commons license)

In the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook, there is little doubt that the gun violence debate in the United States has radically changed, with proponents of gun control and mental health care gaining greater acceptance. Even those calling for an end to violence in the media have found a more receptive audience.

Several films scheduled for release since the Newtown shootings, such as revenge auteur Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, have been delayed. And following reports that Newtown killer Adam Lanza may have played violent video games, West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller has introduced legislation to study the impact of video game violence on children.

The problem is, when it comes to media violence, questions of causality are difficult to establish. Is society violent because we glorify violence in our films and video games? Or do films and video games simply reflect the violence that’s already present in society? The real answer is probably both. Research on the subject is inconclusive, though as Django star Jamie Foxx said in a recent interview, “We cannot turn our back and say that violence in films or anything that we do doesn’t have a sort of influence.”

Americans have already had this conversation once this year, following the grisly theater shooting at the opening of The Dark Night Rises in Aurora, Colo. But movie studios seem to have recused themselves from the discussion. Rather than produce films with a critical view toward violence, their only effort to acknowledge the controversy has been to simply postpone the ones that glorify violence to a more socially acceptable hour.

It was at another opening night, however, that I began to think seriously about this issue: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first installment in director Peter Jackson’s three-part adaptation of the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien. Perhaps it’s not the kind of film you’d expect to prompt a critical examination of violence in the media. But this film was released the same day as the Newtown massacre. Also, as a lifelong Tolkien fanatic — my father first read The Hobbit to me when I was too young to remember — I was struck by the heightened level of violence in the film as opposed to the book.

Granted, the violence portrayed in The Hobbit is of the swords-and-sorcery variety, with comparatively little blood and gore. Nevertheless, Jackson did add several action-packed battle sequences that were not present in the book and expanded those that were in the original into set-pieces of central cinematic importance. [Spoilers after the jump – mb]
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