Egypt, Middle East Peace, and US Diplomacy

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The death toll in the recent wave of violence in Egypt has risen above 500, as the military moves against pro-Muslim Brotherhood protesters. Jonathan Tepperman, managing editor of Foreign Affairs, discusses the latest news out of Egypt and more regional news. President Obama is expected to speak about the violence from Martha's Vineyard at 10:15am this morning.

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Meant to post the previous to Aug. 27th segment

Aug. 27 2013 10:50 AM

1.) In response to the caller who mentioned Ovadia Yosef, former Chief Sephardic Rabbi of the Zionist State: Zionist Rabbi Yosef's incendiary statements and positions have been condemned by Torah authorities not infected with Zionism. (Search for "Ovadia Yosef" at )

2.) Aaron David Miller was on this show no more than two months ago or so. When was the last time someone like Sharif Abdel- Kodous, reporting from his native Egypt, was on?

***Requisite Disclaimer****
Quoting/citing/calling-upon to be heard != /endorsement/

Aug. 27 2013 10:47 AM
pete gonzalez from usa

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Aug. 17 2013 03:25 PM

What is happening in Egypt is a conspiracy against democracy. If President Morsi was a failure like some have claimed, he would have lost after 3 years. Actually, his part would have lost the Parliamentary elections this summer and the army could have guaranteed fair elections process instead of grabbing power in this manner. The Egyptian Army lead by Sisi, the corrupt police, Mubarak's judicial system and the media know they have no chance of winning free elections and that's why they abolished every democratically chosen process, starting with dissolving the Parliament, stripping presidential powers, overthrowing an elected president and government, arresting leaders, demonizing a group in a manner never happened during Mubarak's time. Finally they have show total disregard of human life. I am ashamed of being Egyptian.

Aug. 16 2013 10:06 PM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

Independent_Noach , thanks. Remember NPR is an establishment operation. As they pretend to be otherwise during fund raising drives, WNYC Public Radio airs ads for fracking in Ohio.

Aug. 15 2013 10:49 AM
Oscar from Ny

Those ppl in Egypt and elsewhere should hear from their commander that was is happening to them is so they can start realizing to stop calling on their gods and phrophets because the living one is jealous and surely doesn't need help from these ppl of war who say who fight in the name of god, this is only an excuse to do what they want and together with all those ppl in sight of the world should they realize a new world is already here and conform the awaited lot here and stop this crazy mess

Aug. 15 2013 10:48 AM

What about having a native Egyptian on to get their perspective?

Someone like Sharif Abdel- Kodous, who reports from Egypt now on Democracy Now!

Would certainly be more refeshing and edifying than one establishment hack and mediocrity after another, sticking to the "approved" carefully-scripted narrative!

Aug. 15 2013 10:40 AM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

What your guest Brian don’t say, because they seem to hell bent on demonizing the Brotherhood, is that while Morsi was in office they entire state administration and the military was and is run by Mubarak functionaries. What you will see is a civil war and closing of the Suez Canal and rise of oil prices to levels that may cause another or a continuance of a global recession.

Aug. 15 2013 10:26 AM

I don't understand why the media coverage on what's happening in Egypt is so different from what I'm hearing from my friends and family over there. These Muslim Brotherhood "demonstrations" are not peaceful. The "protesters" are heavily armed. They are trying to incite civil war. Though their encampments have been cleared they are now organizing "flash sit-ins" in locations all over the city. Residents of these neighborhoods are going into the streets to fight them off along with the police. The MB are burning churches and government buildings. Also, as documented in an Amnesty International report, the MB had been abducting, torturing and killing people whose bodies where found after their encampment was cleared. Why aren't we hearing about any of this over here?

Aug. 15 2013 10:24 AM
Amy from Manhattan

"if the Egyptian military is determined to stick to its guns"

All too literally.

Aug. 15 2013 10:24 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

LOL............. Barry is delayed because he 5 putted that last hole.

Aug. 15 2013 10:23 AM
pliny from soho

"the weapons that they crave"

Aug. 15 2013 10:19 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

What is happening in the Middle East today is precisely what I predicted over 2.5 years ago when this "Arab Spring" began: CHAOS. There is a regional civil war between Islam and the desire for Democracy among the more educated middle classes. And actually, this is nothing new. Democracy has always been preceded by strongmen or dictators who hold things together by brute force for a while, but inevitably the war between the religious and the modernizing seculars goes as far back as the rebellion of the Maccabees against the Hellenists, or even further back to the time of Atenakhen in Egypt.
IN any case, the struggle in the Muslim Middle East is going to be a bloody one regardless. Neither the Islamists nor the modernizing democrats are going to back off, and strongmen backed by the army are going to continue to rise and fall until this mess is over. Which will probably happen when the relevant economies are almost totally destroyed in the meanwhile.

Aug. 15 2013 10:18 AM

Ah, Martin, yet again.

If there was any evidence that your hatred of Obama was anything but partisan, it might compel more interest and respect.

But in the face of your partisan, fact-free, right-wing polemical posturing in these comments on any and all questions, who's supposed to take it or you seriously?

Aug. 15 2013 10:12 AM
john from office

Martin, would Romney been any better?, these world events are beyond US control. You just balme the man in the white house. Obama has done well, considering the do-nothing congress and the traitors in the Tea Party.

Are we up to 43 votes now to repeal Obamacare??

Right now I am more concerned about who will follow Bloomberg. I favor Lhota for now. Maybe Bloomberg will run for president, I would vote for him.

Aug. 15 2013 09:50 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan


Obama Waffles and Fails in Egypt - Jonathan Tepperman, NYT
Obama's Pullback Dooms the Mideast - David Francis, The Fiscal Times
Obama's Not to Be Trusted on Foreign Policy - Janet Daley, London Daily
Obama's Stain on America's Reputation - Hans Hoyng, Der Spiegel
Obama's "I'm Not Bush" Foreign Policy - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor
Egyptians Outraged by American Outreach to Brotherhood - R. Ibrahim, PJ
In the Arab World, U.S. Is Low on Leverage - Doyle McManus, LA Times
A Bad Week for America - Conrad Black, Canadian National Post

Aug. 15 2013 09:30 AM

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