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The Egyptian coup is a warning to Turkey – but will Erdo?an listen? | The Guardian

Egypt’s coup was not just a major shock for Mohamed Morsi, but also for the Middle East’s most successful Islamist party: Turkey’s AK party. When news of the Egyptian army’s deposing of Morsi broke, Turkey’s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, cut short his holiday on the Aegean coast and convened a crisis meeting of senior ministers. Over the following days Erdo?an strongly condemned the coup, calling it the “killer of democracy and the future” and referring to Egypt’s “so-called administration”. Why does the coup matter so much to Erdo?an’s AK party?

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One problem is that the Egyptian coup upsets the AKP’s vision of exporting its brand of populist democratic Islamism throughout the Middle East. The AKP saw the Islamist parties that were elected after the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt as following its lead, and cemented this connection with aid – including training and equipment for Tunisia’s police and a $1bn loan to Egypt.

The Egyptian coup is a warning to Turkey – but will Erdo?an listen? | James E Baldwin | Comment is free | The Guardian

The wheels are coming off the whole of southern Europe – Telegraph

Europe’s debt-crisis strategy is near collapse. The long-awaited recovery has failed to take wing. Debt ratios across southern Europe are rising at an accelerating pace. Political consent for extreme austerity is breaking down in almost every EMU crisis state. And now the US Federal Reserve has inflicted a full-blown credit shock for good measure.

The wheels are coming off the whole of southern Europe – Telegraph

Boston Marathon Eyewitness Gives FBI Photo of Man Fleeing Scene – ABC News

A series of photos showing a man in burned and shredded clothing fleeing from the site of the Boston Marathon finish line Monday is one of the more than 2,000 images the FBI is analyzing as it searches  for clues.

The photos, taken by Boston businessman Ben Thornike from his  office building nearby, show a man in tattered, seemingly burned clothes  sprinting from the scene immediately after the two blasts that killed three people and injured more than 170 people erupted.

“I was struck by this individual,” Thornike told ABC News.  “Everyone else in the photo is on the ground, bent over, holding their ears, appearing to be in shock, immobile, but this one individual is exactly the opposite.”

Boston Marathon Eyewitness Gives FBI Photo of Man Fleeing Scene – ABC News

Check out the video. You can clearly see the guy in shredded clothing acting differently than everybody else. Everybody else is in shock, but this guy is just trying to get out of there as fast as he can.

Why was this dummy blown up with everybody else? Is he stupid? Aren’t stupidity and terrorism part of the hallmark for al Qaeda? They’re the gang that can’t shoot straight. However, even a broken clock is right twice a day, so the idiots from al Qaeda eventually find something that works. I don’t know if it is al Qaeda or not, but I would be surprised if this incident is not al Qaeda.

The Exodus from France: Jews and Executives

Top executives join France exodus – FT.com

One person familiar with the matter said other members of the executive board were moving to Singapore and Switzerland.

Mr Hennessy did not return a call for comment.

LVMH said there was no question of shifting the corporate centre: “The executive committee and the headquarters of Moët Hennessy are, and will remain, based in Paris.”

Top executives join France exodus – FT.com

In New York, Signs Of A Quiet Exodus Of Jews From France – All News Is Global

Every Saturday at around 12pm on the sidewalks of the Upper West Side you can hear French being spoken. It’s coming from groups of people who are coming out of the synagogues on 75th, 78th and 84th streets, where increasing numbers of French Jews are appearing each week.

They’re families with kids, young people, teachers and executives. The consulate on Fifth Avenue hasn’t estimated the exact numbers of this phenomenon but it’s definitely increasing. In the “Manhattan Day School” the teachers are showing the daughter of a family around, who just arrived with very few days warning. 

“The killing of Ilan Halimi, 23, in February 2006 was the first shock. Then others followed suit,” explains David, father of two, from the Parisian suburb of Les Lilas. “When I was a school boy, 20% of the residents were Jewish, now there’s almost none of them still there.”

In New York, Signs Of A Quiet Exodus Of Jews From France – All News Is Global |

On Fleeing Nazi Germany: Why didn’t you leave Germany while there was still time?

The question of leaving Nazi Germany has been posed to Dr. Weinberg (Professor of Hebrew language and literature at Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati, Ohio) countless times. This article attempts to provide an answer from his viewpoint. It was originally published in 1982.

The key lesson from this article is that by the time Jews realized that they must leave Germany immediately, it was already too late. The emigration doors had been slammed shut. They needed to leave before it was completely obvious. And some did leave Nazi Germany in time.

Why didn’t you leave Germany while there was still time?

1. I was 18 when Hitler came to power, and I was beginning my education toward a professional career.

2. During the first year of Hitler’s rule most of us thought that he would disappear from the stage now that he had been given responsibilities. …

3. For the next three years (approximately through 1936) we thought we would be able to endure the discrimination, the impoverishment, the threat to life and limb to some of us, as other Jewish generations had endured. …

4. How many people have ever given thought to what it means to tear oneself up by the roots and leave an environment that has been one’s physical, cultural and emotional home perhaps for generations? …

5. I readily admit that many of us feared the shock of being uprooted and tried to avoid it if at all possible. But to understand this reaction, you will have to believe me when I say that nobody could possibly have foreseen the “final solution.” …

6. There was even a moral objection against emigrating. I remember that as a child I sometimes caught the phrase: “Der musste nach Amerika” — that is, “So-and-so had to go to America.” … In short, the association with emigration was negative; a person “in good standing” did not emigrate. …

9. Before the open panic started, reaching the decision to emigrate was still an individual process; some arrived at it earlier, others later. …

10. Now there was this true tragedy: in the measure that the need to emigrate became evident, in the same measure the opportunities for emigrating decreased rapidly and radically.

All in all, long before the German exit door was slammed shut, immigration countries barricaded themselves effectively
against the Jews. …

11. I wonder whether those who ask such a question as “Why did you not leave Germany while there was still time?” realize that not everyone could have emigrated. …

13. It is commonplace to say that the Crystal Night was the dress rehearsal for what was to come. It is seldom realized that it was also a last chance. …

As for the Jews left in post-Crystal Night Germany there was nobody anymore who had any hesitation about leaving. Never mind tearing up old roots or striking new ones; it was a mad scramble. But emigration was available for only a few; the rest were caught. …

Why I Did Not Leave Nazi Germany in Time

US plan for UN to endorse Khamenei’s fatwa? Shock in Jerusalem

However, the North Korean test of a “miniature nuclear device,” combined with Iran’s ability to launch a capsule with a monkey payload into orbit, add up to their having achieved a nuclear warhead capacity through shared technology.

After registering these menacing strides, officials in Jerusalem were dismayed to learn that instead of planning to cut them short, US President Barack’s Obama’s circle in Washington was studying a bizarre plan for the opposite objective.

“In years past, he (Khamenei) issued a fatwa condemning nuclear weapons. Washington could take advantage of this fact by drafting a UN Security Council resolution endorsing the fatwa. This could be a small step toward boosting Khamenei’s international profile while simultaneously pressuring Iran to follow its own religious decree.”

US plan for UN to endorse Khamenei’s fatwa? Shock in Jerusalem

That’s funny. I’m not shocked by this kind of thinking. Welcome to the upside-down world of modern liberalism. Those of us on the right understand that Liberals won’t be around much longer. Unfortunately, their insane thinking will take out many on the right too.

We can already see that the US won’t be around much longer. Now we are getting hints that Europe will be in trouble in the next 10 years thanks to Iran.

China And The Upcoming Global Financial Crisis

China’s financial system is not as solid as it seems, and the weakness of the system may result in a serious shock to the global financial system.

However, there may be trouble brewing in East Asia. If China undergoes a serious financial meltdown, the entire globe could enter into a second period of deep recession; According to some analysts another deep recession could  eliminate the gains made in the last five years. Where exactly could such a catastrophe come from and is there anything that can be done about it?

GMO LLC  recently created a A new white paper examining the country’s financial system and identifying its weaker points; the conclusions are worrying. One of the central points of the paper’s thesis is that our methods for predicting a bubble may be wrong and we may have learned the wrong lessons from the 2008 crisis. China may be on the very edge of collapse.

China And The Upcoming Global Financial Crisis

Pravda tells America: Keep your guns

Americans are getting a bit of advice from a columnist in Pravda, long considered the voice in front of the massive power of the Soviet Union: Keep your guns.

“This will probably come as a total shock to most of my Western readers, but at one point, Russia was one of the most heavily armed societies on earth,” wrote columnist Stanislav Mishin in his recent column.

However, the communists weren’t stupid, he wrote, and when they took power, “One of the first things they did was to disarm the population.

“From that point, mass repression, mass arrests, mass deportations, mass murder, mass starvation were all a safe game for the powers,” Mishin wrote.

Pravda tells America: Keep your guns

Why Obama must get tougher on Putin – The Week

The Russian president has eaten too many American carrots. It’s time for Obama to use the stick

State friendships are built upon common interests and shared ideals. It’s strange, then, that so many commentators have reacted with shock to the new Russian law banning adoptions to American families. In today’s geopolitical landscape, Russia and America simply do not share interests and ideals. And yet, for years President Obama had been showered with praise for his supposed warming of the U.S.-Russia relationship. Unfortunately, in substantive terms, this warming has been fictional. Vladimir Putin’s Russia is no friend of America. The hard reality is that during Obama’s first term, Russia has been an unrepentant U.S. adversary. And where Russia has gained much from Obama, the U.S. has achieved little in return.

Over the next four years, Obama needs a new Russian strategy; the “reset” obsession needs to go. “Resolve” must become the new theme for American policy towards Russia.

Why Obama must get tougher on Putin – The Week

BBC News – A Point Of View: Is China more legitimate than the West?

Now let me shock you: the Chinese state enjoys greater legitimacy than any Western state. How come?

In China’s case the source of the state’s legitimacy lies entirely outside the history or experience of Western societies.

In my first talk I explained that China is not primarily a nation-state but a civilisation-state. For the Chinese, what matters is civilisation. For Westerners it is nation. The most important political value in China is the integrity and unity of the civilisation-state.

Given the sheer size and diversity of the country, this is hugely problematic. Between the 1840s and 1949, China was occupied by the colonial powers, divided and fragmented. The Chinese refer to it as their century of humiliation.

BBC News – A Point Of View: Is China more legitimate than the West?

The author definitely shocked me when he wrote: the Chinese state enjoys greater legitimacy than any Western state. I think somebody is in the state of delusion.

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