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Friday, July 5, 2013

Egypt Erupts as Morsi Supporters Die Under Army Fire

Supporters of toppled former Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood (MB) party held massive demonstrations in Cairo on Friday after listening to passionate imams at the Rabaa al-Adawiya Mosque. Marching towards the officer’s club of the Presidential Guard, where he is believed to be held, the protesters confronted security forces and armed vehicles in their path. They army said it began firing warning shots into the air, but BBC correspondent Jeremy Bowen said he saw the soldiers fire at the protesters, with one man falling to the ground with blood on his clothes and the crowd getting angrier by the armed response. He was himself “hit by a couple of shotgun pellets“. There were clashes outside Cairo, with soldiers in the southern city of Qina opening fire on Morsi supporters who attempted to storm a security building, as well as running battles in Alexandria, the country’s second city.

Conservatives Win Symbolic Vote on EU Referendum

British Prime Minister David Cameron won the first hurdle to stage a referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union on Friday. A bill on the subject, proposed by Conservative MP James Wharton, was passed by 304 votes in favour and no votes against, with the majority of Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs choosing not to debate the bill. “We have had so many referendums on so many things. It would seem to be farcical to deny a say on such an important thing which matters to so many people”, said Wharton, adding that the British public “should have their say”. Most Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs abstained from the debate, calling it “a parliamentary stunt” and the sign of a party “talking to itself and not the country”. Wharton’s bill will now move to more detailed study by a House of Commons committee, but could still be easily defeated by opponents in the Commons and in the House of Lords.

EU Countries Told Snowden Was on Plane, Says Spain

Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel García-Margallo told Spanish public broadcaster RTVE that the country’s government was told that US intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden “was inside” the Bolivian presidential plane carrying Bolivian President Evo Morales back from a state visit to Russia. He did not say who had supplied Spain with the information and refused to say if the US had been in contact with Spanish authorities, but said that the European countries that had denied the presidential plane overflight rights based their decision on this information. Meanwhile, Morales said he might close the US embassy in Bolivia after he was forced to land in Austria, which he called a violation of international law. “We met with the leaders of my party and they asked us for several measures and if necessary, we will close the embassy of the United States. We do not need the embassy of the United States”, said Morales. The leaders of Argentina, Ecuador, Venezuela and Uruguay flanked him during his address in Cochabamba.

Mandela Family Feud Is Like “Spitting in Madiba’s Face”, says Tutu

South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the country’s Vice-President Kgalema Motlanthe have called on Nelson Mandela’s family to end their bitter dispute over the family’s gravesites, with Tutu describing the situation as “almost like spitting in Madiba’s face”. Madiba is the name of the clan of which Mandela is a member and is used as a nickname for the South African leader. “Your anguish, now, is the nation’s anguish and the world’s. We want to embrace you, to support you, to shine our love for Madiba through you. Please may we not besmirch his name”, said Tutu. “It’s all very sad, but we’ve got to continue keeping the family and Madiba in our prayers, hope Madiba will recover, and also that the family will manage its own affairs in a dignified manner”, said vice-president Motlanthe. Meanwhile, newly released court documents related to the family dispute have revealed that Mandela is now “in a permanent vegetative state and is assisted in breathing by a life-support machine”, but the information has not been confirmed by the South African government.

Weekend Read: Why Britons Should Celebrate American Independence

They believed that they were fighting for their freedoms as Britons, freedoms which had been trampled by a Hanoverian king and his hirelings. When they called themselves Patriots they meant that they were British patriots. In the Daily Telegraph.

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