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Updates on Syria, Egypt, Iran

Sorry for the lack of updates last week.  While we haven’t been posting a lot, we have been busy planning.  On Thursday there will be a panel discussion on Osama bin Laden (see the upcoming events on the left side of the page).

Now for the news:

Violence broke out in Cairo between Egypt’s Coptic Christians and Muslims.  The New York Times is reporting that 12 are dead, 220 injured.  During the protests back in January and February, the press noted that when the Muslim protesters stopped to pray, the Christian protesters stood guard around the perimeter of the square.  The story showed that all Egyptians were unified against Mubarak.  However, it appears that tensions between the religious groups have returned.  Mubarak’s police state was oppressive, but one must now wonder if heavy security was the only thing stopping the violence.  If so, expect similar incidents in the future.

Meanwhile, in Syria, the government crackdown continues to grow.  I still find it hard to assess who has the momentum currently, the government or the protesters.  Until there are major protests in Damascus and Aleppo, one cannot expect that the regime is in real trouble.  For more on the overall situation, check out this BBC News article.  An excerpt:

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says 621 civilians and 120 security personnel have been killed since demonstrations pro-democracy protests began in March. Another Syrian rights group, Sawasiah, says more than 800 civilians have been killed.

The government disputes the civilian toll and says about 100 soldiers have been killed.

How about this line from Al Jazeera:

A dramatic feud at the highest level of Iran’s government appears to be intensifying, with speculation that president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad may be preparing to resign.

The news network reports that a rift between Ahmadinejad and Ayatollah Khamenei began when the President fired intelligence chief Heydar Moslehi and the Ayatollah reinstated him.  Allies of the President have been arrested during the feud.  This is certainly something to keep an eye on.


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