Protesters torched Muslim Brotherhood offices on Friday, state media said, as supporters and opponents of President Mohamed Morsi staged rival rallies across Egypt a day after he assumed sweeping powers. The offices of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), the Muslim Brotherhood´s political arm, were set ablaze in the canal cities of Ismailiya and Port Said, state television said. An FJP official told AFP the party´s office was also stormed in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, where clashes broke out between rival demonstrators. (Snip) The decision effectively places the president above judicial oversight until a new constitution is ratified.
European Union leaders failed to reach agreement on Friday on a new seven-year budget for their troubled bloc, calling off talks in less than two days after most countries rejected deeper spending cuts demanded by Britain and its allies. European Council President Herman Van Rompuy decided to end a summit on the 2014-2020 EU budget, worth about 1 trillion euros, and try again early next year rather than continue negotiating into the weekend, sources in six delegations said. "It´s over,"
Last month, I wrote about the danger Hamas poses to peace in the Middle East on a second, and relatively new, front: its newfound diplomatic clout in the region. Saudi Arabia first began dumping cash into Gaza, and was soon followed by Qatar doing the same—between them the countries just pledged nearly $1 billion in investment in the Strip. And Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has figured out that he wields more influence with the West as a mediator between Hamas and the Western world. Always clearly, though quietly, opposed to the creation of a Palestinian state, the Arab world
In the middle of an eastern Chinese city´s new main road, rising incongruously from a huge circle in the freshly laid pavement, is a five-story row house with ragged edges. This is the home of the duck farmer who said "no." Luo Baogen and his wife are the lone holdouts from a neighborhood that was demolished to make way for the main thoroughfare heading to a newly built railway station on the outskirts of the city of Wenling in Zhejiang province. Headline split by staff
President Mohammed Mursi has appeared before supporters in Cairo to defend a new decree that grants him sweeping new powers. He told them he was leading Egypt on a path to "freedom and democracy´" and was the guardian of stability. He was speaking as thousands of opponents gathered in Cairo´s Tahrir Square and offices of the president´s party were attacked in several cities. The decree says presidential decisions cannot be revoked by any authority. ´Mursi is Mubarak´ Speaking at a rally at the presidential palace in Cairo, Mr Mursi said he was working to secure a strong and stable nation
The picketing of a few Walmart stores is more about political theater than a genuine attempt to organize workers at any of the particular locales on the receiving end of today´s stunt. As American unions have devolved from workers´ representatives to political tools of the left, labor bosses like AFL-CIO head Richard Trumka focus their energies on advancing the leftists´ narrative. The great project of the left is to replace the market as a means of economic management with government. Government worker unions now dominate the movement, and accordingly, the remaining private sector union workers are being betrayed
Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian man and wounded nine along Gaza´s border fence with Israel today as shocking images emerged of children celebrating the ceasefire with guns. A Gaza health official reported the first violence since the truce between Israel and Gaza´s Hamas rulers took hold a day before. The shooting appeared to be an isolated incident and was unlikely to jeopardise the Egyptian-brokered cease-fire, which called for an end to Gaza rocket fire on Israel and Israeli airstrikes on Gaza. Earlier, pictures emerged of how gun-toting children in Gaza celebrated the tentative ceasefire when thousands of people took
Hamas fires 275 rockets at Israel and is rewarded with de facto acceptance as a legitimate negotiating partner in the Middle East peace process, as well as with a relaxation of the Israeli blockade of the Gaza coast. Israel is prevented from exacting a price for Hamas’ actions sufficient to deter future attacks or degrade Hamas’ capabilities. In one stroke, the Obama administration has overturned thirty years of American policy, which rejected negotiations with Hamas and other terrorist organizations. Secretary of State Clinton, to be sure, did not negotiate directly with Hamas, but rather with Egypt’s President
In the death of Hostess Brands, progenitor of Twinkies, Devil Dogs and Ding Dongs and other artery-clogging, icing-adorned icons of Americana, plenty of factors get the blame.(snip) But the real reason Hostess had to die at this particular time? This was a union contract hit. And that offers a disturbing glimpse into the delusional, drunk-with-power mindset of unions -- which represent barely 7% of the private work force in the U.S. -- as they embark on a second term of way-too-cozy relations with their supplicant in the White House.
t is known as the City of Love, where couples flock to capture the magic of their romance. But a set of gritty photographs almost 100-years-old captures a side of Paris that most people will never know existed. The 1914 pictures, taken from a collection at the Albert Kahn Museum in Paris, paint a vivid picture of everyday life in the French capital. The Moulin Rouge, now one of the city´s favourite tourist destinations, is captured in its original form only a year before it was burnt down in 1915. The picture shows the cabaret club´s famous red windmill
The master wears an amulet with a blue eye in the center. Before him, a candidate kneels in the candlelit room, surrounded by microscopes and surgical implements. The year is roughly 1746. The initiation has begun. The master places a piece of paper in front of the candidate and orders him to put on a pair of eyeglasses. “Read,” the master commands. The candidate squints, but it’s an impossible task. The page is blank. The candidate is told not to panic; there is hope for his vision to improve. The master wipes the candidate’s eyes with a cloth
Forget all that turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie, today should be a day of fasting and atonement for American “sin.” That’s according to Robert Jensen, a journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin. Jensen, known for his hard-left politics, also calls Thanksgiving a “white-supremacist holiday.” Jensen’s opinion piece “No Thanks for Thanksgiving,” appeared on the far-left, Soros-connected website Alternet on Thanksgiving eve. In it, he wrote how Native Americans suffered because of the “European invasion of the Americas.” He went on to compare the Founding Fathers to Nazi Germany.
Egypt´s Islamist President Mohamed Morsi assumed sweeping powers on Thursday, drawing criticism that he is seeking to become a "new pharaoh" and raising questions about the gains of last year´s uprising which ousted Hosni Mubarak. The move is a blow to the pro-democracy movement that toppled the long-time president, himself derided by many as a pharaoh, and raises concerns that Islamists will be further ensconced in power. Opposition forces denounced the declaration as a "coup" and called for nationwide protests on Friday. "The president can issue any decision or measure to protect the revolution,"
If the GOP wants to win more black votes, it will need to get a lot more “racist.” The scare quotes are necessary because I don’t think the Republican party is racist now (and, historically, the GOP has a lot less to answer for than the Democratic party does). But that hasn’t stopped a lot of people from slandering Republicans as racist for one reason or another. Right now, many in Washington — particularly the leadership of the Congressional Black Caucus — insist that Republican attacks on U.N. ambassador Susan Rice are racist and, yawn, sexist.
As the Republicans in Congress struggle to find relevance in a world that ignores sanity, those of us who yet retain a grasp on our faculties must be careful to not lose our way. While we are understandably stunned by the grasping nature of so many of our countrymen who voted for fantasy over future, the fact remains that this ship carries us all, and absent our involvement, said ship will founder on the shoals of ignorance, sooner rather than later. The first battle in the coming war will be fought over the "fiscal cliff,"
Tuesday’s ceremony would have been a routine swearing in of a new attorney licensed to practice in North Carolina, except for Sharika Robinson’s long journey against nearly insurmountable odds to get there. Robinson, a 30-year-old single mother of four children, graduated in May, first in her class of 157 students from the North Carolina Central University School of Law. On Tuesday, she was sworn in at the Wake County Courthouse by state Supreme Court Associate Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson, the first African-American woman and the third woman elected to serve on the state’s highest court.
Millions battled for bargains across America today as the biggest shopping day of the year got off to a flying start despite bad weather, giant crowds and fights in the supermarket aisles. The first giant scrums started at a Walmart where families battled with each other to get their hands on a pair of $5 headphones - with children sat in shopping trolleys to watch. And crowds queued for hours in the snow just to be first in the door as some stores began to open their doors as early as 8pm on the evening of Thanksgiving.
Barely two weeks ago, voters awarded U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. another term, despite serious doubts about whether he´d be able to serve. They didn´t have to wait long for an answer. On Wednesday, Jackson saluted that "unwavering support" in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner announcing his resignation from Congress. Though Jackson said he was stepping down "in order to focus on restoring my health," it´s clear the decision was freighted by both medical and legal concerns. Absent since June, he´s being treated for bipolar disorder. His letter reveals that doctors at the Mayo Clinic had advised against his attempts
The currently suspended missile duel between Israel and Hamas exposes yet again the surreal absurdity of the way the international community handles this conflict between a democratic state and a terrorist gang. Yesterday’s cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas is another example of the folly of treating a bunch of murderers like a legitimate government. Consider, for example, the way a terrorist outfit like Hamas, self-defined in its charter by its genocidal goals, is treated as if it were a legitimate state. But Hamas is not a government that rules over a sovereign territory defined by international borders.
Walmart had its fair share of disasters on Black Friday last year. A screaming mob fought over a $2 waffle iron, a woman allegedly pepper sprayed a crowd so she could get an Xbox and people were sent to the hospital after being slammed to the ground in a tussle over smartphones. This year, Walmart employed a brilliant tactic for controlling the crowds. The retailer staggered promotions to prevent another stampede. Walmart opened doors at 8 p.m., allowing shoppers to get into the store. Those interested in the toys, clothes or kitchen appliances on sale bought them.
To win the next presidential race, the GOP will have to understand what went wrong in 2012. To do that, they´ve got to come to grips with what did, and did not, happen with turnout. Even as Republicans have engaged in some agonizing over their candidate and agenda, many have sought comfort in the notion that a big part of the loss came down to simple mechanics. President Obama had a stunning Election Day operation, which turned out his base. Mitt Romney´s shop, by contrast, failed to get people to the polls.
President Obama sought to fund “shovel ready” projects with the 2009 stimulus, so the federal government spent $29 million in taxpayer money to dig a port in Alaska that has no roads connecting it to other towns. “It’s not normal,” Steve Boardman of the Army Corps of Engineers civil projects division told KUCB (Alaska). “And it has prevented the construction of harbors in the past, when that supporting infrastructure is not there.” Boardman explained that they were able to build the port in part because “the project was ‘shovel-ready’ when $29 million of federal stimulus money became available in 2009,”
Clement Attlee “looks like a female llama surprised while bathing”. That was one of his. “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile hoping it will eat him last.” That was his, too. And this one. “The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.” It hardly seems fair. Not only did Winston Churchill lead us to victory in a world war. Not only is he our most popular prime minister.[Snip]But on top of all that, he’s our finest political wit. Some of us spend our working lives trying to dream up passable jokes about
Of course Mitt Romney is bummed out. Why wouldn’t he be? He just spent six years of his life, and tens of millions of dollars, on the only job that ever meant anything to him. As he found out at Disneyland last week, life is like a roller coaster — and right now he is in a dip. Mitt didn’t just lose it — he was defeated by a guy who actually believes they speak Austrian in Austria, and who has seriously argued that surgeons needlessly chop off their patients’ limbs
Mike Bloomberg is on a mission to take away everyone’s guns. New York City’s billionaire mayor has bankrolled a coalition of municipal chiefs from coast to coast who tirelessly lobby for new laws restricting the rights of law-abiding gun owners. The irony is that many in his coalition of pedophiles, embezzlers, wife beaters, cheaters and violent thugs are no longer eligible to legally own a gun. The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) on Monday detailed the crimes that have been committed by members of Mr. Bloomberg’s gang, Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG).