Woke up entirely too early this morning, so here’s a big old bag of randomness:
Posts Tagged ‘Yemen’
A smattering of news on this and that:
Not a lot of news coming out. The longer it takes things to happen, the more likely Mubarak is to hold onto power. Yesterday brought scattered reports that the army may be wavering in support of Mubarak. Today? Not so much. There are sporadic reports of gunfire, and lots of reports that citizens groups are banding together to prevent looting.
The old links down the page stopped updating at the end of the day. The new links are:
As for what an actual popular Egyptian government might look like, Michael Totten reminds us that the answer might be pretty ugly:
In Egypt, 82 percent want stoning for those who commit adultery; 77 percent would like to see whippings and hands cut off for robbery; and 84 percent favor the death penalty for any Muslim who changes his religion.
Asked if they supported “modernizers” or “Islamists” only 27 percent said modernizers while 59 percent said Islamists.
Though I’m going to be concentrating heavily on election coverage the next three weeks, the rest of the world doesn’t stop just because the U.S. is having an election. Here’s a roundup of this week’s problems with Jihad, Islamists, Sharia, Islam, and the Middle East in general. (You might also have noticed that I’ve added a Foreign Policy/Jihad links section.)
So here’s a week’s worth of (mostly depressing) developments:
- Michael Totten notes (by way of the the Gloria Foundation) that The Muslim Brotherhood has declared war on the United States. (If you’re not familiar with the Muslim Brotherhood, they are, if not Patient Zero, then Patient One or Two of the modern Islamist movement, founded in Egypt in 1928 by Hassan al-Banna.) Here’s the text of the declaration via MEMRI. As Totten notes, the Muslim Brotherhood has “one hundred times more activists than al-Qaida.”
- The Jawa Report on a homegrown Jihadi who recently defected to al Qaeda in Yemen.
- Advice Goddess Amy Alkon recently got in touch on Facebook via a mutual (non-political) friend. (Yes, I’m on Facebook. No, I don’t take friend requests from people I don’t already have some sort of personal connection to, which excludes most political figures; as one friend put it, “I don’t friend anyone on Facebook who couldn’t pick me out of a police lineup.” I also don’t post political links on my Facebook feed. What would be the point?) Anyway, she’s been doing a lot of coverage on the Jihad front. This week she links the complete text of this Geert Wilders speech that’s well worth reading.
- Thinking of eating at a Washington, DC restaurant? Congratulations: you’re now a Jihad target.
- Not this week, but I only recently became aware of the honor killings of Amina and Sarah Said, teenage sisters, by their own father in Irving, Texas. Updated: Dwight emailed to note that not only was the father/killer Yaser Said still at large, but that he’s been featured on America’s Most Wanted.