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August 24 2013

Egyptian Police Failed to Defend Churches, Rights Group Says - NYTimes.com

Egyptian Police Failed to Defend Churches, Rights Group Says - NYTimes.com
http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/08/22/egyptian-police-failed-to-defend-churches-rights-group-says

... on Wednesday, Human Rights Watch released a video report that documented what it called “simultaneous” attacks on churches across the country on Aug. 14 — the day the Egyptian security forces violently dispersed two pro-Morsi sit-ins in Cairo, killing more than 600 people. The group criticized the security forces for failing to defend the ransacked churches, saying that the police were not present at the churches before the attacks began and failed to respond to Christians’ calls for help.

(...)

One young Christian man interviewed by Human Rights Watch in the burnt-out husk of his local church said that there was a police station 20 or 30 yards down the road, but that as a mob descended on the church, no one came to defend it.

“Not even the fire service came to put out the fire,” said the young man, Philimon Sameer. “People in the neighborhood helped us put it out.”

(...)

August 20 2013

Egypt's Rulers Have a New Friend in DC : The Israel Lobby | The Cable

Egypt’s Rulers Have a New Friend in DC: The Israel Lobby | The Cable

http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/08/19/egypts_rulers_have_a_new_friend_in_dc_the_israel_lobby

As pressure mounts on Washington to cut off U.S. military aid to Egypt, Cairo has found an awkward ally in the form of AIPAC, the influential pro-Israel lobby firm that is actively pushing for continued U.S. aid to Egypt.

http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/files/140650757.jpg

Long considered an incentive for Cairo to maintain peaceful ties with Israel, America’s $1.3 billion package in annual U.S. military assistance to Egypt has come under global criticism as Egypt’s military continues its bloody crackdown against anti-government protesters with U.S.-funded tanks and tear gas.

#egypte #israel

Sympathy for the devil : Israel's efforts on behalf of Cairo's generals By Chemi Shalev 20th of…

Sympathy for the devil: Israel’s efforts on behalf of Cairo’s generals
By Chemi Shalev
20th of August 2013
Haaretz
http://www.haaretz.com/blogs/west-of-eden/.premium-1.542403

In June 1941, on the eve of the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union, Winston Churchill famously told his personal secretary John Colville “If Hitler invaded hell, I would at least make a favorable reference to the devil in the House of Commons.” The next day he expressed unequivocal support for his arch-enemy Stalin and dispatched military assistance to beleaguered Moscow.

This “principle of the lesser evil” that Churchill so pithily expressed has been the guiding principle of much of America’s post-World War II policy. In its name, the U.S. has supported a long line of disgusting dictators and terrible tyrants who were considered to be critical for vital American interests such as combatting Communism and terror or safeguarding oil supplies in the Middle East. Democracy and human rights, in most cases, took a back seat, often for many decades.

This is the general theme of the Israeli effort to persuade Washington not to cut U.S. military aid to the Cairo regime, despite its transgressions. America and Israel share an overriding interest in preserving the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty and in preventing Sinai from turning into a launching pad for Al-Qaida attacks, Israel says. Former ambassador to Egypt Eli Shaked told the New York Times on Monday, “We don’t have good guys. It is a situation where you have to choose who is less harmful.”

August 19 2013

*Les sales magouilles israéliennes en Égypte* Pendant les massacres (15 août), l'envoyé…

Les sales magouilles israéliennes en Égypte

Pendant les massacres (15 août), l’envoyé diplomatique de l’Union européenne Bernardino Leon révèle que lui et l’envoyé américain William Burns avaient obtenu l’accord des Frères pour lever les sit-ins, et que les militaires égyptiens l’avaient rejeté à peine quelques heures avant de déclencher la répression :
http://seenthis.net/messages/165300

The EU’s special envoy to the Middle East, Bernardino Leon, has said the Egyptian army rejected a peace deal with the Muslim Brotherhood a few hours before the killing in Cairo began.

He told Reuters that he and US diplomat William Burns in recent days brokered an agreement between the military and the brothers on how to end their month-long sit-ins in two city squares.

Avant-hier, le New York Times publie un très long article intitulé « Comment les espoirs américains d’un accord en Égypte ont été minés » (18 août) :
http://seenthis.net/messages/165803

La fin de l’article est explicite : les diplomates européens et étatsuniens considèrent que ce sont les Israéliens qui agissaient auprès du général Sisi pour faire échouer leurs efforts de parvenir à une solution négociée.

Western diplomats say that General Sisi and his circle appeared to be in heavy communication with Israeli colleagues, and the diplomats believed the Israelis were also undercutting the Western message by reassuring the Egyptians not to worry about American threats to cut off aid.

Et ce second article du New York Times (19 août)) affirme que les Israéliens sont en pleine campagne diplomatique, maintenant que la situation est totalement instable (la faute à qui ?), pour protéger le régime égyptien contre des sanctions européennes et américaines :
http://seenthis.net/messages/166001

Israel plans this week to intensify its diplomatic campaign urging Europe and the United States to support the military-backed government in Egypt despite its deadly crackdown on Islamist protesters, according to a senior Israeli official involved in the effort.

August 16 2013

Egyptian Military Backed Out Of Prisoner-Release Deal That Could Have Averted Killings : Sources

Egyptian Military Backed Out Of Prisoner-Release Deal That Could Have Averted Killings: Sources

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/15/egypt-military-muslim-brotherhood_n_3762068.html

CAIRO — A week before the Egyptian government ordered Wednesday’s deadly clearing of two Muslim Brotherhood protest camps, military leaders and the Brotherhood very nearly came to an agreement that involved a prisoner release and other measures that might have averted the catastrophe, The Huffington Post has learned.

The notion of such a plan, mediated by a handful of diplomats from the U.S. and Europe — including U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns and EU Special Representative Bernardino Leon — was first reported on Wednesday by Reuters. HuffPost has learned that the terms of the proposed deal would have seen the Muslim Brotherhood reduce the size of their protest camps by half, and the military release two notable prisoners: Saad El-Katatni, the chairman of the Brotherhood’s political party who was arrested during the military takeover in July, and Abou Elela Mady, the chairman of the Islamist al-Wasat Party who was locked up in the aftermath.

Brotherhood leaders had agreed in principle to the plan, but in the end the military-backed government declined to take part, sources say.

August 15 2013

Prévenez Fabius : lui et ses copains européens n'intéressent plus personne au Moyen-Orient. EU…

Prévenez Fabius : lui et ses copains européens n’intéressent plus personne au Moyen-Orient.

EU diplomat : Egyptian army rejected peace plan
http://euobserver.com/foreign/121127

The EU’s special envoy to the Middle East, Bernardino Leon, has said the Egyptian army rejected a peace deal with the Muslim Brotherhood a few hours before the killing in Cairo began.

He told Reuters that he and US diplomat William Burns in recent days brokered an agreement between the military and the brothers on how to end their month-long sit-ins in two city squares.

“We had a political plan that was on the table, that had been accepted by the other side [the brotherhood] … They [the army] could have taken this option. So all that has happened today was unnecessary,” he said.

He noted that he made a final appeal on the peace plan to military chiefs “hours” before they ordered the assault, at 7am local time on Wednesday (14 August), using armoured bulldozers and live ammunition against people in tent camps.

July 28 2013

Robert Fisk on Egypt : As impoverished crowds gather in support of Mohamed Morsi, the well-heeled…

Robert Fisk on Egypt: As impoverished crowds gather in support of Mohamed Morsi, the well-heeled march behind their images of the
The Independent, 27th of July

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/robert-fisk-on-egypt-as-impoverished-crowds-gather-in-support-of-moha

Hundreds of thousands of people turned out outside Cairo’s Rabaa mosque yesterday to protest against the coup d’état in Egypt, while hundreds of thousands poured into Tahrir Square to support their favourite general, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who staged the coup-that-we-mustn’t-call-a-coup.

Grotesque, unprecedented, bizarre. Call it what you like. But the helicopters swooping happily over Tahrir, and the line of visor-wearing riot police and troops standing opposite the Muslim Brotherhood’s barricades, told their own story. Journalists should not be merchants of gloom, but things did not look too good in Cairo last night.

June 25 2013

ÉGYPTE • Le pari fou des révolutionnaires sur l'armée

ÉGYPTE • Le pari fou des révolutionnaires sur l'armée

http://www.courrierinternational.com/article/2013/03/07/le-pari-fou-des-revolutionnaires-sur-l-armee

Espérant remporter la bataille politique en cours, certains opposants font des paris qui ne seront jamais gagnants, s'adonnent aux mêmes illusions qu'hier et renouent avec des choix qui les avaient menés à une série d'échecs par le passé. Ils imaginent que la solution réside dans les cocktails Molotov, dans le chaos généralisé, dans l'effondrement du cadre politique et dans la chute du régime. Car ils espèrent que cela poussera l'armée à intervenir, à « donner un coup de balai » et à gouverner à la place des Frères musulmans.

#scaf

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