Tens of thousands of Islamists, including members of the Muslim Brotherhood, rallied on Saturday in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and outside Cairo University in support of President Mohamed Morsi’s expanded powers and the constitution he is rushing to promote.
The supporters called their rally the March for Legitimacy and Sharia. Demonstrators carried banners that read: “The people want the implementation of God’s law”; “The Muslim Brotherhood supports President Morsi’s decisions”; “Yes to stability”; and “No to corruption.” Supporters of the president staged similar rallies in…
The final draft of the Egyptian constitution is supposed to be finished by today, according to a report. “We will start now and finish today, God willing,” Hossam el-Gheriyani, the assembly speaker, said at the start of a meeting of the constitutional assembly in Cairo. He said Thursday would be a “great day,” without elaborating, and requested members who had withdrawn from the body to return.
Speaking to Reuters, assembly members Younes Makhyoun and Salah Abdel Maboud, both Salafi Islamists, said a vote on the final draft was planned for Thursday….
At least 10 children were killed as they were playing outdoors and another 15 people were wounded, including two women, when Syrian regime war planes bombed Deir al-Asafir village near Damascus on Sunday, opposition activists said. Video footage showed residents collecting young bodies torn by shrapnel.
According to an activist in the village, Abu Kassem, this was indiscriminate bombing whereas there was no fighting in the village, with the knowledge that the regime used cluster bombs in the attack. He added that the bodies of children were…
The unexpected decree by Mohamed Morsi, endowing the Egyptian president with sweeping powers, is initiating a virulent wave of protests. Once again, Tahir Square is witness to deep division brewing up in Egypt’s political climate, as it was prior to the overthrow of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
A wave of protests in Tahrir Square has already begun as Egyptians believe that Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood is seizing excess power. Protesting against the new decree, supporters gathered in Cairo. According to reports the protesters have set fire to Muslim Brotherhood…
The US has left Iraq and is winding down its war in Afghanistan. The current timetable for the Afghanistan withdrawal calls for repatriation of NATO troops by then end of 2014. Public outcry, while generals and politicians insist they are winning, calls for an earlier withdrawal. Whether politicians will listen to the public remains to be seen.
The Pentagon, which has already been faced with a $500 billion budget cut, may see more of its piece of the pie sliced with the impending resolution of the fiscal cliff. With both sides…
Addressing hundreds of thousands of demonstrators in Tahrir square on Friday, Egypt’s President-elect Mohamed Morsi pledged everything in his power to enhance the role of the people in political decision-making.
Morsi promised a civil, constitutional state, a modern state and independence from any foreign influence. This was a message intended to reassure those who fear an Islamic power, especially the Christian minority.
Morsi is set to take an official oath Saturday before the High Constitutional Court. He told the crowd;
“I am one of you, I am only afraid of God,…