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In pictures: murder and mayhem in Egypt

Supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi walk past an anti-coup banner in Nahda Square, where protesters have installed their camp near Cairo University in Giza, southwestern Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Aug. 12, 2013. An Egyptian official said a judge has ordered ousted President Mohammed Morsi to be detained for 15 more days, as investigations continue into charges that he conspired with Palestinian militants during the country's 2011 uprising. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

Supporters of Egypt’s ousted President Mohammed Morsi walk past an anti-coup banner in Nahda Square, where protesters have installed their camp near Cairo University in Giza, southwestern Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Aug. 12, 2013. An Egyptian official said a judge has ordered ousted President Mohammed Morsi to be detained for 15 more days, as investigations continue into charges that he conspired with Palestinian militants during the country’s 2011 uprising. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

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Posted: 19th, August 2013 | In: Reviews | Comment


Views on the crisis in Egypt: the Muslim Brotherhood gain supreme moral authority

A supporter of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi poses with a homemade gas mask during clashes with Egyptian security forces in Ramses Square, downtown Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Aug. 16, 2013. Heavy gunfire rang out Friday throughout Cairo as tens of thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters clashed with security forces and armed vigilantes in the fiercest street battles to engulf the capital since the country's Arab Spring uprising. Tens of people were killed in the fighting nationwide, including police officers. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

THE mayhem and murder in Egypt has not been helped by stupid Western secularists and liberals who have handed to the Muslim Brotherhood supreme moral authority over the questions of democracy and freedom. Meanwhile, as the West rows of abuse of women on Twitter, scores of churches burn in Egypt.

Barack Obama is clueless.

Islamists are being massacred. Don’t we care?

Some views on the crisis:

Andrew Klavan:

“Democracy is not magic. The Demo, remember, stands for people, who are deeply imperfect. Democracy is simply the best method we know of for preserving freedom. When accompanied by a simple and brilliant constitution that restricts government power, guarantees equality under the law and protects minority rights, democracy has been proven to preserve freedom for, oh, yea about 232 years or so. But when it doesn’t do what it’s meant to do, guess what? Democracy is no better than any other method of stomping on people. . . . What I see in Egypt today is a tragedy — a tragedy woven into the fabric of a nation with no good choices. I’m really sorry for the people there; I am. But I’m not sorry they tossed Morsi out.”

 

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Posted: 17th, August 2013 | In: Reviews | Comment


Rehearsing to be shot in Egypt

ANYONE know what’s going on in Egypt, where hundreds have been killed?

Spotter: Tim Blair

Posted: 8th, August 2013 | In: Reviews | Comments (3)


The Wall Street Journal thinks Egypt needs a General Pinochet

n this 1974 file photo, Chilean dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet speaks at an informal press conference in Santiago, Chile. Newly declassified U.S. documents indicate that Pinochet planned to use violence to annul the referendum that ended his brutal regime in 1988. The formerly secret documents posted by the independent U.S. National Security Archive on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 showed U.S. officials warning Chilean leaders against violence if Pinochet tried to use force to stay in power if people voted against eight more years of his rule. They also show U.S. officials and agencies backed the anti-Pinochet campaign portrayed in the Oscar-nominated film "No," even though the U.S. government also had tried to undermine the socialist government Pinochet had overthrown. (AP Photo, File)

THE Wall Street Journal thinks Egypt needs a General Pinochet

And this has predictably outraged just about everyone else:

Egyptians would be lucky if their new ruling generals turn out to be in the mold of Chile’s Augusto Pinochet, who took over power amid chaos but hired free-market reformers and midwifed a transition to democracy.

What’s wrong with that of course is that Pinochet overthrew a democtratically elected President (Allende), tortued and murdered and then, when age caught up with him, brought back that democracy. Sorta.

What’s right with it is something more subtle and well expressed by Fraser Nelson here:

All this has been established by Hernando de Soto, a Peruvian economist who travelled to Egypt to investigate the causes of the Arab Spring. His team of researchers found that Bouazizi had inspired 60 similar cases of self-immolation, including five in Egypt, almost all of which had been overlooked by the press. The narrative of a 1989-style revolution in hope of regime change seemed so compelling to foreigners that there was little appetite for further explanation. But de Soto’s team tracked down those who survived their suicide attempts, and the bereaved families. Time and again, they found the same story: this was a protest for the basic freedom to own and acquire ras el mel, or capital.

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Posted: 8th, July 2013 | In: Money, Politicians | Comments (2)


Egypt deposes the Muslim Brotherhood: the best Anti-Obama banners

Morsi usurped

LOOKS like the Arab Spring is over in Egypt. President Morsi has been toppled by the military. The Muslim Brotherhood must be a tad disappointed that a secular dictatorship is back in charge. Will they back any new Government? Or will they try to usurp it? 

Morsi said “I am prepared to sacrifice my blood”. Things are messy.

The Big Pharaoh explains what is going on:

The failure of Westerners to understand why Egyptians revolted against an elected regime is stemming from the fact that they, the Westerners, are secured in their inclusive constitutions, bills of rights and rule of law. We have nothing of these. We only had one facet of democracy – election – which brought a cultic organization with a fascist twist that decided to cancel the other facets.

So. what about the Obama administration? It’s man has gone. Obama had been supporting Egyptian President Morsi. Obama’s Egypt Policy is confused. He missed the chance to make the USA the good guys. Now he scrambles for irrelevance, at best.

The Egyptians know who to trust. Get a load of the protest banners. No burning Obama effigies…yet:

An opponent of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi speaks on a mobile phone at a railway station decorated with a banner reading: Obama Stop supporting MB (Muslim Brotherhood) fascist regime in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, July 1, 2013. Hundreds of thousands thronged the streets of Cairo and cities around the country Sunday and marched on the presidential palace, filling a broad avenue for blocks, in an attempt to force out the Islamist president with the most massive protests Egypt has seen in 2¬Ω years of turmoil. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

An opponent of Egypt’s Islamist President Mohammed Morsi speaks on a mobile phone at a railway station decorated with a banner reading: Obama Stop supporting MB (Muslim Brotherhood) fascist regime in Cairo, Egypt

 

Egyptian protesters hold a banner in Tahrir Square during a demonstration against Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in Cairo, Sunday, June 30, 2013. Hundreds of thousands of opponents of Egypt's Islamist president poured onto the streets in Cairo and across much of the nation Sunday, launching an all-out push to force Mohammed Morsi from office on the one-year anniversary of his inauguration. Fears of violence were high, with Morsi's Islamist supporters vowing to defend him. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

Egyptian protesters hold a banner in Tahrir Square during a demonstration against Egypt’s Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in Cairo, Sunday, June 30, 2013. Hundreds of thousands of opponents of Egypt’s Islamist president poured onto the streets in Cairo and across much of the nation Sunday, launching an all-out push to force Mohammed Morsi from office on the one-year anniversary of his inauguration. Fears of violence were high, with Morsi’s Islamist supporters vowing to defend him. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

 

Protesters hold a banner with Islamist President Mohammed Morsi's photograph and Israel's flag during a protest outside the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, June 30, 2013. Hundreds of thousands of opponents of Egypt's Islamist president poured out onto the streets in Cairo and across much of the nation Sunday, launching an all-out push to force Mohammed Morsi from office on the one-year anniversary of his inauguration. Fears of violence were high, with Morsi's Islamist supporters vowing to defend him. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Protesters hold a banner with Islamist President Mohammed Morsi’s photograph and Israel’s flag during a protest outside the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, June 30, 2013.

 

An Egyptian anti-President Mohammed Morsi protester waves a national flag in front of a banner criticizing U.S. President Barack Obama and Mohammed Morsi in Tahrir Square, the focal point of Egyptian uprising, in Cairo Sunday, June 30, 2013. Thousands of opponents and supporters of the president began massing in city squares in competing rallies Sunday, gearing up for a day of massive nationwide protests that many fear could turn deadly as the opposition seeks to push out Mohammed Morsi. Arabic reads, "Leave." (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

 

Egyptians walk under banners criticizing U.S. President Barack Obama in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, June 8, 2013. Opposition movements are planning massive anti-Morsi rallies around the country on June 30, the 1-year anniversary of Egyptian Islamist President Mohammed Morsi’s inauguration. (AP Photo/ Amr Nabil)

 

Egyptians shout anti-US slogans and raise their shoes in front of the American embassy in Cairo, Egypt, Friday March 9, 2012 as they protest against what they say is American intervention in Egypt. At top left, a poster shows U.S. President Barack Obama and at right U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Several hundred protesters gathered Friday outside the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, raising their shoes at a picture of President Barack Obama and calling on Egypt to expel Washington's ambassador amid a heated national debate about the trial of Americans working with pro-democracy groups who have been charged with using foreign funding to foment unrest.(AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

 

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Posted: 4th, July 2013 | In: Key Posts, Politicians, Reviews | Comments (3)


Egypt helps Bassem Youssef ‘establish some guidelines on freedom of expression’

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HOW’S that Arab Spring coming along in Egypt? Well:

Egypt’s most popular television satirist, who every week skewers the Islamist president and hard-line clerics on his Jon Stewart-style “Daily Show,” was released on bail Sunday but could face charges of insulting the country’s leader and Islam.

Bassem Youssef is the most prominent critic of President Mohammed Morsi to be called in for questioning in recent weeks, in what the opposition says is a campaign to intimidate critics …

Deputy chief prosecutor Hassan Yassin denied the nearly five-hour interrogation was part of an intimidation campaign and said his department was enforcing the law and seeking to establish some guidelines on freedom of expression.

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Posted: 1st, April 2013 | In: Reviews | Comment


Insane Egyptian pranksters fake a terrorist abduction

SPOTTING the difference between real jihadis and their fakers is not always easy. To Egypt, then, where the local pranksters are only pretending to be death-loving Islamists.

The victim having years taken off his life is the chap in the pink shirt – a wardrobe malfunction that is most likely a sign that he was asking for it. This one’s for the estate agents, Osama:

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Posted: 2nd, March 2013 | In: Strange But True, TV & Radio | Comment


In photos: Egypt erupts as Hosni Mubarak dodges death penalty and murderous police escape jail

THEY wanted him dead. The Egyptians who massed in Tahrir Square ,Cairo, heard the country’s former President, Hosni Mubarak, sentenced to life in prison for failing to stop the killing of protesters during the uprising that forced him from power last year. The 84-year-old escaped the gallows. His two sons, Gamal and Alaa Mubarak, were acquitted of corruption charges, but still face separate trial on charges of insider trading. Egypt’s former interior minister Habib al-Adly has also been jailed for life. Six ex-police commanders were acquitted. They were – as it says – only obeying orders.

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Two Egyptian youths pass by a wall with graffiti depicting, from right, ousted Hosni Mubarak, military ruler Hussein Tantawi, presidential disqualified presidential candidate Amr Moussa and presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq and Arabic that reads, "I will never give you peace and you will not rule me another day, the revolution continues," at Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt Thursday, May 31, 2012. Guilty or not, Saturday's verdict in the Hosni Mubarak trial may only add to Egypt's polarization. The country is bracing for a heated runoff for president pitting the ousted leader's protege and last prime minister against an Islamist from a group that the old regime repeatedly cracked down (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

Posted: 2nd, June 2012 | In: Reviews | Comment


Egyptian TV channel Marya hires only veiled women and celebrity pariahs

MARYA (pronounced Marry yer) is an exclusively female Egyptian satellite TV channel featuring only women veiled in the niqaab. As befitting such a bastion of sisterhood, Marya is owned by Salafi Sheikh Abu Islam Ahmad Abd Allah, a man.The channel’s general manager Sheikha Safaa explains:

“The work in operations of the channel will be handled by the sisters in charge of management, especially as women are the best one to talk about their needs. The channel “aims at lifting injustice”  of the veiled.

Sheikh Abu Islam Ahmed Mohammed Abdullah has other aims, seeing his channel as a way of “protecting women from temptations by finding them suitable work opportunities”. He adds:

“We plan on hiring all our staff of veiled women and finish that within three months. We have already hired women, filming professionals from other television channels to train our all women team on production, filming, and other skills. But for the technical skills we have to rely on men because we were not able to find skilled women in this field yet”.

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Posted: 24th, May 2012 | In: TV & Radio | Comment


Egypt moves to legalise necrophilia

IN Egypt laws are afoot to allow a husband to have sex with his dead wife. Necrophillia is getting legalised in the Arab Spring state.

Al Arabiya reports that the Egypt’s National Council for Women (NCW) does not want the parliament to lower the minimum age of marriage to 14 and allow a husband to have sex with his wife within six hours of her death.

[Insert tasteless joke about tight sphinxter here.]

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Posted: 26th, April 2012 | In: Reviews | Comment


Why do the Arab leaders hate women?

THE Arab Spring? Not for women. Mona Altahawy is required reading:

But let’s put aside what the United States does or doesn’t do to women. Name me an Arab country, and I’ll recite a litany of abuses fueled by a toxic mix of culture and religion that few seem willing or able to disentangle lest they blaspheme or offend. When more than 90 percent of ever-married women in Egypt — including my mother and all but one of her six sisters — have had their genitals cut in the name of modesty, then surely we must all blaspheme. When Egyptian women are subjected to humiliating “virginity tests” merely for speaking out, it’s no time for silence. When an article in the Egyptian criminal code says that if a woman has been beaten by her husband “with good intentions” no punitive damages can be obtained, then to hell with political correctness. And what, pray tell, are “good intentions”

The story is headlined: “Why do they hate women?” It might be more down to fear…

 

Posted: 23rd, April 2012 | In: Reviews | Comments (3)


Egyptian Football Riot: army locked visiting Ahly fans in the stadium and let Masry supporters attack

WHAT happened at the Egyptian football match that ended in 75 dead and scores badly hurt?

Blogger @Heemalization writes:

From day one we’re trying to calm people down, and we knew a problem would happen. We kept repeating that we made a statement and this time is too critical for any of that; and many of the older members of the UA07 (Ahly Ultras) were telling the younger ones to maintain self control.

Out train was thrown by rocks in Ismailia and that we were used to. It is the norm for the train or bus to be attacked when it is on its way from one province to another. The train broke down so we went down in a train station in “Al Cap” before Port Said in order to ride buses that will take us to Port Said because we knew that they prepared an ambush for us at the train station.

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Posted: 2nd, February 2012 | In: Sports | Comment (1)


In photos – many dead in riot between riot between fans of Egyptian football clubs Masry and al-Ahly

A RIOT at a football match in Egypt between Masry and al-Ahly has left many dead. Early reports put the number at 73. The BBC says 25. Right now, it;s guesswork.

Port Said side Masry won 3-1. And then violence came. Fans streamed on to the pitch, attacking secutoty , players and other fans.

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Posted: 1st, February 2012 | In: Key Posts, Sports | Comment


Egypt riots: soldiers strip and beat woman in public

SO much for the Arab spring in Egypt. The people are clashing with soldiers. The Egyptian soldiers have killed 8 protestors. One photograph of the horror stands out: a woman is being dragged along the ground by the soldiers. They have ripped off her top, exposing her bra and torso. One soldier is preparing to stamp on her. This is what they do in public in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. You wonder what goes on in the cells…

Egyptian soldiers have been seen tossing journalists’ TV cameras off of balconies. They don’t want you see.

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Posted: 17th, December 2011 | In: Reviews | Comments (7)


Egyptian Presidential Candidate Tawfiq Okasha: Only 60% Of Jews Are Evil

GOOD news is that according to Egyptian Presidential candidate Tawfiq Okasha, last seen riding a tram in Croydon, only 60% of the Jews Are Evil. The other 40% are merely demonic… Says he:

Following are excerpts from a statement by Egyptian presidential candidate Tawfiq Okasha, the owner of Al-Faraeen, which aired on Al-Faraeen TV on October 31, 2011:

The Jews, who devised the philosophy of the American economic system, placed a pyramid and an eye on the back of the dollar bill – symbols of global Freemasonry – thus turning the dollar into a commodity. This is a commodity that encompasses the world, and monitors the state of the world.

The US has adopted an economic policy which was established and is run by Jewish economy experts, in order to subordinate this policy to the philosophy of global Freemasonry, on the basis of the notion that the economy, of the dollar, or the dinar – or food, to be precise – are what enables them to maintain their grip upon the nations.

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Not all the Jews in the world are evil. You may ask: Tawfiq, what is the ratio? The ratio is 60-40. Sixty percent are evil to varying degrees, all the way to a level that words cannot describe, while 40% are not evil. They, however, are divided into three categories: One group consists of the non-evil, another group consists of the non-evil to a lesser degree, and the third group consists of the non-evil to an even lesser degree.

Might there be anyone who stands out among them? It’s very rare. Maybe one in a million. But what does this classification mean? It means that you can coexist normally with approximately 40% of the Jews – they do not betray, conspire, extort, or view others as Gentiles. They believe in the concept of Gentiles, but this belief does not affect their conduct.

What I am saying is no lie. Sarkozy is one of those Jews who adhere to the Zionist ideology, which is one of the worst ideologies… I said one of the worst, but there are worse still. This is one of the worst political ideologies, which stems from a religious belief of the Jews.

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Posted: 29th, November 2011 | In: Politicians | Comment


In Photos: Egyptians Protest In Tahrir Square

IF the first revolution does not succeed, try again. In Egypt there is more trouble. At least 20 people have died in fights with the military rulers’ police force. President Mubarak was deposed in February but the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (Scaf) are in charge. The fight for freedom goes on.

Scaf have put down the bones of a new constitution. Only, no part of it allows for civilians to review the military and its funding. Scaf set no date for presidential elections. If this is freedom…

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Posted: 21st, November 2011 | In: Reviews | Comment (1)


Egypt: A Gallery Of Those Home-Made Helmets

WHAT is the defining image of the protests against Egypt’s President Mubarak? It is the photos of the Christians and Muslims united for their country? Is it the photos of the camel rider breaking heads in Tahrir Square? Is it the broken heads? The marketing? What about the protest signs? And can anyone forget Glenn Beck’s magnets? Or is it one of these photos of the homemade helmets worn by anti-Mubarak campaigners?

Posted: 21st, September 2011 | In: Key Posts, Politicians | Comments (2)


Egypt Warns Of Israel’s Plot To Make Egyptians Like Ahmed al-Shahat Impotent WIth Hair Spray

IN Egypt, a carpenter named Ahmed al-Shahat pulled down the the Israeli flag at the Israeli embassy in Cairo on Aug. 20, 2011. The Press Association tells us that this act “catapulted al-Shahat to fame, but also revealed how Egyptians – who ousted former President Hosni Mubarak’s near 30-year-rule in just 18 days – are reaching for change abroad, as well.”

Ynet News reports on just how those Israelis must be stopped. The Jew sharks are bad enough but this is terrifying:

“According to the public prosecutor’s office’s investigation, ‘Mossad agent Ofir Harrari’ instructed Jordanian Ibrahim abu-Zaid to set up a company in Egypt which would exclusively import an Israeli hair product, for both men and women, which causes infertility. This in order to completely destroy Egyptian reproduction abilities,” Al-Ahram states.

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Posted: 21st, August 2011 | In: Reviews | Comment


Islamists Target Leading Egyptian Christian Over Mickey Mouse Cartoons: Damn That Jewish Nazi Mouse

WHAT is it about militant Islamism and cartoon mice:

One of Egypt’s richest men has been accused of mocking Islam after tweeting cartoons of Mickey and Minnie Mouse wearing conservative Muslim attire. Telecoms mogul and Coptic Christian Naguib Sawiris apologised for re-posting the images on Twitter a few days ago, saying he meant no offence. But several Islamic lawyers have filed a formal complaint and there are calls for a boycott of his businesses.

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Posted: 30th, June 2011 | In: Reviews | Comment (1)


It Was Pimply Hacker-Heros Anonymous Who Really Freed Egypt!

THE hacker nerds Anonymous really are everybody’s favourite freedom fighters right now. Forget the fact that they are largely greasy-haired 19 year-olds fiddling with themselves in dark rooms in Oregon, some sections of the media have elevated them to the status of wavy-haired Che Gueveras. Those kids aren’t just watching tentacle porn! – They’re liberating oppressed peoples!
Al Jazeera got all gooey over the part Anonymous played in bringing democracy to Egypt. In an article explaining the hackers’ role in toppling Middle East tyrannies, they said:

Anonymous represent the untameable wild west of the web, a world where geeks teach the corrupt and powerful a lesson.”

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Posted: 21st, May 2011 | In: Technology | Comment


Egypt Reverts To Type: Murderous Bigotry And Violence Return

EGYPT: The Muslims and Christian are already killing each other. An Anorak reader writes:

…it seems that even without Hosni…old habits die hard…

The New York Times reports:

On Tuesday night into early Wednesday, 13 people were killed and 140 wounded in fighting between Muslims and Christians in the suburbs of Cairo, the Health Ministry said. The clashes, which broke out during a protest by several hundred Christians over the burning last week of a church in the village of Soul..

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Posted: 10th, March 2011 | In: Reviews | Comment


Hosni Mubarak’s Pin-Striped Suits Spell His Name In The Thread

DEPOSED Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak is either dodging Jewish sharks in Sharm el-Sheikh, undergoing chemotherapy for colon and pancreatic cancer at a military hospital in Tobuk, Saudi Arabia, playing a fiddle in the Dolphin Centre in Poole, or spending time with his suits.

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Posted: 4th, March 2011 | In: Politicians | Comment (1)


The Death Throes Of Civilisation: Egypt, Tunisia, Libya And Belgium

WHAT we are watching, therefore, is death throes – Tunisia, Egypt, Libya … the collapse always starts at the fringes. But add Belgium, a country that has now broken the world record for the most number of days without a government – and also add Greece. Ireland will follow shortly, and behind that, Portugal, Spain and then who knows … Italy, maybe. Even Germany. Dark things are happening there.

Greece, needless to say, is dead man walking, or more like live country rioting. Violent clashes, in a long line of violent clashes, broke out again yesterday – between protesters and the police. Now there’s a surprise. Police have a punch-up with rioters. Well, I never.

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Posted: 24th, February 2011 | In: Politicians | Comments (7)


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