Italy’s shambolic appeasement of Islamism

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Plywood boxes concealed the nude statues at the museum in Rome

Photo via BBC

Iranian President Rouhani is in Europe seeking to boost economic ties after the implementation of the Iran deal and the lifting of sanctions on his country. In Italy, Renaissance art of nude men and women were covered up to avoid any possible offence to the Iranian President during his visit to the Musei Capitolini (Capitoline Museums) while accompanied by Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

Not surprisingly, the decision has stirred anger inside Italy, where politicians on the left and right have both said that Renzi “surrendered” Italy’s cultural identity by hiding the nude statues. Many on social media expressed their dismay about the Italian decision and a hashtag appeared on twitter, #Statuenude, mocking the situation. Facebook page Journalism is not a crime wrote: “Italian officials showed their respect for the visiting Iranian president Hassan Rouhani…

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Reblog: EU commission letter to Turkey on renewing accession negotiations 

“While the EU seemed to be focusing only on the refugee crisis, over the past few months, the situation in Turkey has slid to worrying proportions. Leading journalists have been arrested, there have been a number of high-profile terror attacks and the government is intensifying its campaign in South-East Turkey against the PKK. This fight against terrorists has led to many civilian casualties and a curfew being enforced for many weeks.”

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The letter on the deal the EU made with Turkey has finally been made public. Member of the European Parliament Marietje Schaake has published it together with her thoughts on the situation in Turkey.

This paragraph, in my opinion, sums- up the situation in Turkey:

“While the EU seemed to be focusing only on the refugee crisis, over the past few months, the situation in Turkey has slid to worrying proportions. Leading journalists have been arrested, there have been a number of high-profile terror attacks and the government is intensifying its campaign in South-East Turkey against the PKK. This fight against terrorists has led to many civilian casualties and a curfew being enforced for many weeks.”

You can read the whole blog, including a copy of the letter in Marietje Schaake’s blog here

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Egyptian Aak 2016 – Week 3 ( Jan19-24)

*****5-Stars from Dr Nervana Mahmoud Week 3 Weekly commentary and analysis of Egypt & MENA by the most insightful Egyptian writing in English. Always a fascinating Must Read

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  • Giza blast kills 7 Egyptian policemen and 3 civilians. Thursday
  • Chinese president arrives for Cairo visit, set for bilateral talks. Thursday
  • Two Egypt-based militant groups claim responsibility for ‪Giza attack. Friday
  • Egypt denies reports of mediation efforts with Turkey to ease ‘crisis.’ Friday
  • Egypt’s President Sisi praises 25 January revolution ahead of 5th anniversary. Sunday
  • Tight security ahead of 5th anniversary of Egypt’s January revolution. Reports

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Friday Prayers for Egypt: Finding Balance

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Finding Balance
This entry was posted on January 22, 2016 by Jayson, in Current Events and tagged China, Egypt, God, January 25, Prayer.

A Sense of Belonging

Flag Cross Quran

God,

Take care of Egypt. Every nation needs stability, as every nation needs liberty. Balance her rightly as friends fight for leverage and enemies aim to topple. May an honorable equilibrium come, and soon.

With January 25 on the horizon, make the nation safe, free, and wise. The government moves against protest, while a weakened Brotherhood calls for revolt. Few anticipate great mobilization, but more fear sporadic violence. Already a bomb has killed police and civilian alike in Giza.

God, develop Egypt so that protest does not presage a crisis. Give outlets for grievances and redress for wrongs. But make this part of a dynamic system, with officials and citizens agreed on the rules.

And let similar wisdom come to bureaucracy. Parliament paused its wholescale approval of interim laws to reject the reform of civil service.

God, you know if this particular effort was worthy. It is good for one…

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The anniversary of the Revolution and the need for truth and clarity 

*****5-Stars From the best Egyptian commentator writing in English: Nervana Mahmoud’s call for clarity and accountability on the anniversary of the Revolution.

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Shafiq Morsi

Egypt’s 2012 election, Ahmed Shafiq versus Mohamed Morsi. Via Ahram

An Egyptian proverb claims that Egypt was built by a “Halawani” sweet maker, a reference to the Egyptians’ addiction to sweet deserts and sweet talk too. The making of modern Egypt, however, has always been engineered by mediocre officials with sour taste, men who have been obsessed with blurring reality and evading facts.

Now, on the fifth anniversary of the 2011 revolution, it is opportune to reflect on the diverse views of events over the past five years, and what went wrong (or right). Despite the differences in views, it is hard for anyone to deny how truth was the first victim of Egypt’s chaotic post-Mubarak transition. Egypt’s 2012 election, a crucial event in post-Mubarak’s Egypt, is just one example.

Last Tuesday, an Egyptian court annulled a former gag order imposed by General Prosecutor Hesham Barakat in October 2014 on…

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The cultural elements of the Cologne attacks 

Perceptive and balanced analysis of cultural factors and crowd dynamics

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Along with the new year, a new challenge has come to Germany—and the rest of Europe: coordinated group sexual harassment. On December 31, 2015, about 1,500 men, including some who had recently arrived to Europe as asylum seekers, sexually assaulted and robbed hundreds of women at a train station in Cologne. More than 500 individual attacks were launched, triggering anger and tense political debate in Germany.

As usual, both sides of Western political landscape—denialists and racists—have exploited the sexual assault, as they have many other challenges facing our world today, from terrorism to sectarianism. One camp waters down the problem; the other generalizes and demonizes it. But neither camp is right and the bickering does not help the victims or solve the problem.

Right-wing leaders argue that the sexual assaults in Cologne justify tightening Germany’s refugee policies. Liberals and other leftists suggest the attacks were mounted with robbery as the…

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Egyptian Aak 2016 – Week 2 ( Jan 11- 17)

The best blog covering Egyptian Events, Politics, Culture, Economy and Rising Stature in MENA written in English Always 5-Stars by Dr Nervana Mahmoud both a Feminist and Recognized Scholar of Islam A Voice of Reason and Tolerance

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Top Headlines

  • Egypt extends state of emergency in North Sinai until April. Tuesday
  • Egypt’s Cabinet has approved a draft law criminalizing the use of “terrorist” symbols. Wednesday
  • Egypt extends participation in Yemen conflict for up to one year. Thursday
  • As Jan 25 looms, more activists arrested today, police also raid news site Masr al-Arabiya. Friday
  • Admin court turns down denaturalization suit against Wael Ghoneim. Sunday

 

I participated in Januray 25

‘I participated in January revolution’ tops Twitter trends in Egypt. Via Ahram

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