Menafeeds | Egitto, Palestina, Israele, Wikileaks
– Matt Bradley (The National) | Muslim Brotherhood reaches out to the sisterhood | The parliamentary representatives from the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s largest opposition political group, are a brotherhood in the strictest sense. But if the Islamist organisation has its way, elections in June to the Shura Council, the country’s upper house of parliament, may add a few feminine faces to the organisation’s all-male mix.
– Nadia abou el Magd (The National) | Activists mount fresh attack on Mubarak | About 200 activists demonstrated in front of Egypt’s Supreme Court yesterday over the arrests and the beatings of fellow activists at a protest last week that had called for political reform. The activists were outnumbered by anti-riot police, who occasionally shoved and pushed the protesters and reportedly detained one.
– Andy Worthington (New Left Project) | Lawrence Wilkerson Demolishes Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld’s Lies About Guantánamo | Those of us who have been studying the recent career of Col. Lawrence Wilkerson were not surprised when, last week, he submitted a declaration (PDF) in a lawsuit seeking compensation from the US government that was filed by former Guantánamo prisoner Adel Hassan Hamad.
– Sarah Carr (Inanities) | Conscript | Kefaya, slowly awakening after its hibernation, organized a protest today, exactly a week after the police battered demonstrators on April 6. The existence of a sort of nervous anger immediately struck me when I arrived. Around two hundred people were assembled outside the public prosecutor’s office. The usual buffer zone of absent black-clad riot police lined the perimeter of the area. Beyond them the men in suits and sunglasses.
– Sarah Carr (Inanities) | I fought the law, and (for now) the law won | I attended my third “April 6” last Tuesday, and have been pondering why the police went ballistic ever since. If you follow events in Egypt you’ll know what happened. If you don’t, this video sums it up.
– Bernard Lagan (The Age) | International Man of Mystery | The founder of WikiLeaks lives a secret life in the shadow of those who blow the whistle, writes Bernard Lagan. On the Al Jazeera television network, an overbearing host was grilling Julian Assange, one of the founders of WikiLeaks, the online drop zone for whistleblowers.
– Juan Cole (Informed Comment) | Israelis Could Expel Thousands of Palestinians from Palestine | The Israeli right has long favored “transfer” (i.e. ethnic cleansing) as a means of dealing both with Palestinian-Israelis and with Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. Given the extreme-right character of the government of Binyamin Netanyahu, it is no cause for wonder that practical steps are now being taken toward expulsions and deportations of anyone who even peacefully opposes the government’s systematic colonization of the West Bank.