I just watched the latest Islamic State video where they simultaneously beheaded 21 Egyptian Christians on the Libyan coast, and while horrifying to watch, I am struck by the way these made-for-social media productions eerily resemble something which director Michael Mann would construct: beautiful, vacation-like scenery wihich is paired with bloody violence. As typical with […]Read More ISLAMIC STATE BRINGS HIGH DEFINITION BEHEADINGS TO LIBYA
Let’s quickly replay what happened in Egypt during the past four years and four months, leading up to US Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent talk with Egypt’s President, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. The US supported a brutal Egyptian strongman in the form Hosni Mubarak for decades… …then turned around and requested that Mubarak step […]Read More CONFUSED ABOUT KERRY’S EGYPT VISIT?
I talked about why the US will not completely cut off aid to Egypt’s junta despite its continued murder and imprisonment of political opponents, but what does the Egyptian military think about this? I’m not 100 percent sure, but there are some pieces of evidence that make me think we’ll soon find out and that […]Read More EGYPT – SOMEBODY’S GETTING PLAYED
While the new new Egyptian government revs up its murder machine and uses the Muslim Brotherhood and friends as fuel, President Obama has a profound bit of advice for Egypt’s ruling Junta: stop it. US Secretary of State John Kerry also shared his infinite wisdom on the killings: “It’s deplorable.” On this morning’s Face the […]Read More WHAT ABOUT THIS US-ARAB LOVE AFFAIR NOW?
I’m not near my laptop at the moment, so I’ll post my thoughts about Mohamed Morsi’s forced departure from Egypt’s presidency and the country’s broader problems from my mobile phone. I get how Americans — with the mainstream media’s help — are pretty shocked over the idea that Egypt’s military can arrest Morsi and […]Read More EGYPT’S LATEST REVOLUTION
In case you didn’t get the notice, water is the new oil, and we could see a war between Egypt and Ethiopia over the not-so-slick stuff flowing through the Nile River. Hearing Egyptian President Mohamad Morsi’s version of the story – a version that I’m sure is partially driven by the prodding of his government colleagues and his desire […]Read More EGYPT AND ETHIOPIA’S WATER WAR