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July 9, 2013 |
Marine Corps lawyers Tuesday petitioned a military appeals court to overturn the court's earlier ruling that tossed out the conviction of a Marine from Camp Pendleton in the killing of an unarmed Iraqi man. Two weeks ago, the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces ruled that Larry Hutchins was improperly denied a lawyer when investigators in Iraq first began to question him about the 2006 killing. His lawyer, Babu Kaza, said that Hutchins, who was then a sergeant, was put in solitary confinement for seven days after asking for a lawyer.
July 9, 2013 |
After more than 50 supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi were gunned down by security forces in Cairo on Monday, an official of the Muslim Brotherhood's political wing warned that "to this chaos there is no exit unless Mohamed Morsi returns to office. " That outcome isn't any likelier now than it was last week when the military unjustifiably ousted the democratically elected Morsi, supposedly in deference to popular protests. But the outrage over Monday's violence makes it even more imperative that the military and its civilian allies move toward a restoration of democracy in a way that doesn't create a permanent insurgency.
July 4, 2013 |
The army pushed Egypt's first democratically elected president from power after days of massive street protests, acting swiftly to remove the Islamist leader in favor of a coalition government and calling for new elections to bring stability to this deeply polarized nation. President Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood party, in power just a year, remained defiant, insisting that they continued to be Egypt's legitimate authority. Some of Morsi's supporters threatened violent retaliation, but the Islamists appeared to be overwhelmed by tanks in the boulevards and hundreds of thousands of protesters streaming through villages and cities.
July 4, 2013 |
CAIRO -- The passions fueling Egypt's political turbulence arose directly from the "Arab Spring" of 2011, but they have deeper roots in a decades-long struggle over the nation's identity between two authoritarian forces -- Islamists and a secular military state. Egypt won its independence from Britain after a 1952 revolution by army officers led by Gamal Abdel Nasser. From the start, the military was set against the Muslim Brotherhood, a growing and at times violent underground Islamist movement.
July 3, 2013 |
CAIRO -- Opponents of Egypt's ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, celebrated into the night Wednesday after the military removed him from office, filling the streets in parts of the capital and in other cities and towns. Revelers danced and cheered in Cairo's Tahrir Square and outside the presidential palace, waiving flags and flashing green-colored lasers. Fireworks lighted up the sky. "We want a better future, a better economy,” said Riham Adel, a 28-year-old secretary who joined the throngs in Tahrir Square, epicenter of the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime strongman Hosni Mubarak.
July 1, 2013 |
CAIRO -- In an ominous warning suggesting it may return to power, the Egyptian military said Monday that it would intervene in the next two days if President Mohamed Morsi and the opposition do not resolve the political crisis threatening the country's stability and economy. The military statement was a clear signal to Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood party that the army is losing patience after months of unrest and economic turmoil. Such a move could threaten Egypt's young democracy and possibly lead to a return to martial law two years after the popular uprising that ousted the police state of Hosni Mubarak.