Cairo- Violence erupted here Friday as supporters of Mohamed Morsy turned out en masse, calling for his restoration to the presidency two days after his ouster in a military coup. A number of Morsy supporters were wounded by gunshots as they tried to storm the Republican Guard headquarters in Cairo, state broadcaster Nile TV said Friday. Morsy was said to be held there, CNN´s Reza Sayah reported from outside the building. He said he had seen a body around which hundreds of people were huddled, some of them crying. A few feet away, a few thousand pro-Morsy demonstrators
Reuters is reporting that Egyptian "security forces" have raided the offices of Al Jazeera in Cairo after the ouster of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood. Karim El-Assiuti told Reuters his colleagues at the Al Jazeera Mubasher Misr channel were arrested while working in the studio. The station was prevented from broadcasting from a pro-Mursi rally and its crew there was also detained, he said. The Egyptian arm of the Qatari-owned media company began broadcasting after the 2011 uprising that topped President Hosni Mubarak a
The liberal chorus at MSNBC has made it a relentless mission to attack Republicans as unconcerned about the poor. Evening hosts Chris Matthews and Chris Hayes are just two recent examples, the former claiming the GOP “spent months...trying to keep black people and poor people from voting,” and the latter slamming Republicans for an “anti-food stamp jihad.” The hypocrisy of these attacks may shine through this weekend, as the network broadcasts live from the Essence Festival in New Orleans, from July 5 through July 7. Now, the Essence Festival’s primary purpose is to “celebrate black culture, music and people,”
Mere ownership of a penis or a vagina will no longer limit California students in their decisions concerning which bathrooms and locker rooms to use, or which sports teams to join. Under a proposed law that has passed the state legislature and now awaits the signature of Gov. Jerry Brown, students in California will be able to make such choices based on their perceived gender identities, CNN reports. Assembly Bill 1266 aims to extend the rights of transgender students. The text requires that students “be permitted to participate in sex-segregated school programs and activities, including athletic teams and competitions,
Last week, President Obama rolled out a climate plan fit for a king. In his speech at Georgetown University, the president declared that since Congress won’t enact climate policies, he’s just going to impose them — much as would a king. Simply put, the president is using Congressional inaction as a pretext for a climate policy power grab, and that is very troubling. Alas, it is only the latest development in a worrying accumulation of authority at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. A new American Legislative Exchange Council report, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Assault on State Sovereignty,
Happy Birthday, America! This week we celebrate our country´s birth. Patriots honor America as a republic conceived as a polity in which all may live safely and securely in the enjoyment of their inalienable, God-given rights. We are inspired by the high idealism of the Founders and stirred by the poignant remembrance of all those who have fought, worked, and sacrificed to make the USA the freest and most prosperous country in the history of the world.
Age wasn´t a factor in the random acts of kindness across the Jersey Shore after Superstorm Sandy. Thousands of volunteers, from young kids tagging along with their parents to retired adults helping their neighbors, have poured across the Jersey Shore to help the storm´s victims recover. (Snip) A state statute now under review by state officials prohibits anyone under age 18 from coming within 30 feet of construction work. While there is an exception for helping nonprofit organizations with affordable housing, no such exception currently exists for disaster relief. ´´It´s a shame,” said Jessica Kerr, an 18-year-old who hoped
When Chief Justice John Roberts upheld the Patient Affordability Care Act, many of us considered him derelict in his duty to enforce the Constitution. He engaged in judicial activism to give the appearance of avoiding judicial activism. He wrote: "Members of this Court are vested with the authority to interpret the law; we possess neither the expertise nor the prerogative to make policy judgments. Those decisions are entrusted to our Nation´s elected leaders, who can be thrown out of office
Rome - The Roman Catholic Church will declare the late Pope John Paul II a saint, the Vatican announced Friday. Pope Francis signed the decree Friday morning, the Vatican said. John Paul was pope from 1978 until his death in 2005, and was in a way the first rock star pontiff, drawing vast crowds as he criss-crossed the globe. At his funeral, thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter´s Square and chanted "Santo Subito" -- Sainthood Now! The Polish-born pope was fast-tracked to beatification and became "the blessed" John Paul II barely six years after his death, the fastest beatification in centuries.
A teenage gap-year student was knifed to death in the street in broad daylight by a "laughing" stranger in Manchester, a jury has heard. Kieran Crump-Raiswell, 18, was heading to look for a job when Imran Hussain, 27, walked up to him and "without warning" stabbed him four times in the chest, Manchester Crown Court was told. Witnesses to the shocking scene in Whalley Range said Hussain appeared to be "sniggering" as he ran to his car and drove off, jurors heard. The killing was the second of two street assaults
In the wake of the overthrow of now former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi by the country´s military, leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, also known as the Freedom Justice Party (FJP) in Egypt, are being arrested. (snip)Egypt´s Muslim Brotherhood party chairman Saad Elkatatny...(Lord make me a resident of atomic bomb explosions and our Lord and accept DOA [prayer] * Lord forgive me and my parents and the faithful on the account *
European businesses are likely to abandon the services of American internet providers because of the National Security Agency surveillance scandal, the European commission has warned. Neelie Kroes, the commission vice-president who speaks on digital affairs, predicted that providers of cloud services, which allow users to store and access data on remote servers, could suffer significant loss of business if clients fear the security of their material is under threat.
Few analysts expected that the demonstrations in Egypt over the past few days would result in such a swift toppling of Mohammed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood regime, and no one can be sure of what is going to happen next in Egypt, but there are some things we do know: First is that the forces standing for equality of rights for all and a free society in Egypt are overjoyed at what happened Wednesday. Secularists and Coptic Christians are celebrating, and insisting to a Western press that has been as indefatigably pro-Muslim Brotherhood as Barack Obama
Another solid month of hiring in June could signal the start of a stronger second half of the year for the U.S. economy. Economists predict that the government will report Friday that employers added 165,000 jobs last month, roughly in line with May´s increase. The unemployment rate is expected to stay at a still-high 7.6 percent. The Labor Department will release the employment report at 8:30 a.m. EDT Friday. The job market and the economy have proved surprisingly resilient this year. Hiring and consumer confidence have remained steady despite higher taxes and federal spending cuts.
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - More than two dozen people were injured when a wood platform holding live fireworks tipped over, sending the pyrotechnics into a crowd at an annual 4th of July show northwest of Los Angeles, authorities said Friday. Between 8,000 and 10,000 revelers were settling into their seats for the fireworks extravaganza at a Simi Valley park Thursday night when the spectacle of lights that were supposed to be launched in the sky never took off. A bright plume of red and white bursts spread across the ground, injuring 28 people and sending others fleeing for safety.
Last night, the Obama administration announced that it would delay the “employer mandate” provision of the Affordable Care Act, which requires businesses of 50 employees or more to provide health insurance or face a penalty. The reason for the delay, as Sarah Kliff reports for The Post, is that the administration has heard “significant concerns from employers about the challenges of implementing it.” As far as policy is concerned, this isn’t a huge blow to the ACA. “The employer mandate is both weaker and less important than most people realize,” writes Jonathan Cohn for the New Republic.
WASHINGTON — Racing to meet an October deadline, Obama administration officials said Thursday that they had awarded a contract worth as much as $1.2 billion to a British company to help them sift applications for health insurance and tax credits under the new health care law. The company, Serco, has extensive experience as a government contractor with the Defense Department and intelligence agencies, and it also manages air traffic control towers in 11 states and reviews visa applications for the State Department. But it has little experience with the Department of Health and Human Services or the insurance
WASHINGTON — In 2010, a tiny Palestinian-rights group called Minnesota Break the Bonds applied to the Internal Revenue Service for tax-exempt status. Two years and a lot of prodding later, the I.R.S. sent the group’s leaders a series of questions and requests almost identical to the ones it was sending to Tea Party groups at the time. Sylvia Schwarz, a leader of a small Palestinian-rights group, said she was used to scrutiny like that meted out by the I.R.S.
One hundred and fifty years ago, on July 4, 1853, twin Union victories at Gettysburg and Vicksburg decisively turned the course of the Civil War. One consequence of that victory was the emancipation of slaves in America. Another consequence has been the invention of a dangerous myth: that the federal government is the best vehicle for protecting civil liberties. This myth has been so potent that when the Supreme Court ruled this June that the "preclearance" provisions of the Voting Rights Act no longer applied to suspect jurisdiction, which included nearly all of
Happy Birthday, America! This week we celebrate our country´s birth. Patriots honor America as a republic conceived as a polity in which all may live safely and securely in the enjoyment of their inalienable, God-given rights. We are inspired by the high idealism of the Founders and stirred by the poignant remembrance of all those who have fought, worked, and sacrificed to make the USA the freest and most prosperous country in the history of the world. Our joy may be tempered by the realization that liberty and prosperity appear to be at risk. Particularly dismaying about this challenge to
To watch events in Egypt is like seeing a videotape of the Arab Spring being played backwards. The ballot box has been kicked away, the constitution torn up, the military has announced the name of a puppet president--and crowds assemble in Tahrir Square to go wild with joy. [Snip] Normally, Western leaders would be lining up to deplore a coup d’etat, but yesterday even William Hague seemed lost for words. As a rule of thumb, he says, Britain prefers civilian rule. But when asked to condemn the Cairo coup, he declined. The Arab world’s Twitter accounts, once full of revolutionary
The prosecution of George Zimmerman will certainly go down as one of the more bizarre moments in America´s legal history. Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda and John Guy have attempted to convince jurors that George Zimmerman pinned Trayvon Martin to the ground and shot him in the chest, while Martin screamed for help. As those of us who have followed this case from the beginning know, Trayvon Martin was on top of George Zimmerman, and Zimmerman was screaming for help. The physical evidence and eyewitness testimony is so overwhelming that the state´s own investigator
The not-so-bright thief comitted the robbery despite the company´s van being parked outside with details of its work emblazoned on the side. He stole ladders owned by Barrie Smith, who installs security cameras for a living. Not surprisingly, Smith´s business premises are rigged with high-quality monitoring devices. Smith, 35, posted the video clip of the raid on Facebook with an appeal for information--and the crook was identified within 24 hours. The father-of-two said: "I was getting my van ready to go out on a job and went to put the ladders on the roof, but they weren´t there.
It started by dropping an F-bomb. The prosecution’s case went downhill from there. The state’s ineptness permeates the entire trial of George Zimmerman, from the over-the-top second-degree-murder charge to the lack of a single African American on the jury. The prosecution playing video of Zimmerman providing his version of events without having to endure cross-examination demonstrates the level of incompetence. Instead of the cold, emotionless, blank stares of a killer, the jurors saw a likeable, unthreatening, mild-mannered, pudgy man. After demonizing Zimmerman outside of the courtroom, the prosecution strangely humanized him inside of it.
Experts once advised people to run for a doorway when the earth begins to shake, now that’s out the window and scientists suggest jumping under the nearest table. But what if the table gives way? Two Israel scientist have a solution for that: earthquake-proof tables. Designed to withstand downward impacts of up to one ton, the table is the brainchild of Israeli inventors Arthur Brutter and Ido Bruno. Brutter and Bruno say the idea came out of the pressing need to protect school children in the developing world at risk of death and injury when earthquakes that strike their structurally
Anthony Weiner — in a rare reference to his wife’s Muslim religion — opened up about his mixed-faith marriage while campaigning at a mosque on Thursday. Speaking at a Muslims for Peace event in Queens, Weiner — the only Jewish candidate in the mayoral race — lamented that other cities aren’t as tolerant as New York. “You know, I’m Jewish, married to a Muslim woman. Sometimes you can think, ‘You know what? Every place is like New York,’” he said. “But today as we stand here, someone is being discriminated against because they share your faith,