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First POST: Egypt

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, August 15 2013

No Mercy in Egypt

  • The Egyptian Army takes a page from the Chinese playbook (or rather, repeats a chapter from its own history), killing hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood members encamped at Rabaa al-Adawiya in Cairo and wounding thousands more. Here's Washington Post reporter Abigail Hauslohner's eyewitness report.

  • President Obama issues a statement on Egypt, condemning the military's attacks on protestors, as well as retaliatory attacks on Christian churches, canceling bi-annual joint military exercises and saying "the Egyptian people deserve better than what they've seen the last few days."

  • This 2009 embassy cable, released by WikiLeaks, shows that the Egyptian military views its $1.3 billion in annual aid from the US to be "'untouchable compensation' for making and maintaining peace with Israel." In addition, the cable notes, "The tangible benefits to our mil-mil relationship are clear: Egypt remains at peace with Israel, and the U.S. military enjoys priority access to the Suez Canal and Egyptian airspace."

  • Is it a coup now? Marc Lynch argues it's time to suspend US military aid.

  • And long-time Middle East blogger Juan Cole digs into the complicated history that brought Egypt to this point.

Bradley Manning takes the stand

  • Facing up to 90 years in prison, Pfc. Bradley Manning told the judge overseeing his sentencing that "I'm sorry that my actions hurt people. I'm sorry that they hurt the United States."

  • WikiLeaks says in a statement: "Mr. Manning's forced decision to apologize to the US government in the hope of shaving a decade or more off his sentence must be regarded with compassion and understanding."

  • Daniel Ellsberg has this three-word response to the Manning testimony. (via @johncusack)

In other news from around the web

  • The New Republic's Jeffrey Rosen carefully explains why the Obama Administration's latest defense of the NSA's massive collection of phone call metadata is too cute by half.

  • Battle of the sexes, department of: Slate's Amanda Hess tears Bustle founder Bryan Goldberg a new one for writing what may go down in history as the most tone-deaf self-revealing start-up launch statement ever written, at least this year.

  • And Mathew Ingram rips apart the New Republic's Alec MacGillis for his lazy and sloppy post accusing Craig Newmark of hypocrisy for funding an ethics guide for journalists after supposedly killing the newspaper business by giving away free classified ads.

  • Evgeny Morozov is going back to college to get a Ph.D. and The New York Times is ON IT.

  • If Techdirt's Mike Masnick is right, the telecom lobby is so zealous about controlling the debate that its minions went to the trouble of posting dozens of astroturfed fake one-star Amazon reviews of Susan Crawford's critical book Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age. Or, you can consider Richard Bennett's theory, that minions of Free Press, a supporter of Crawford's point of view, have been posting the fake one-star reviews so they can be blamed on the telco lobby.

  • Can Twitter predict elections (cont'd)? Stu Rothenberg blows a huge hole in Monday's Washington Post story.

  • Meanwhile, the Senate Republican Campaign Committee unveiled an "app store" making fun of the Democratic incumbents they are targeting in 2014.

  • Most American teens "are figuring out how to manage their privacy themselves" when they use online services, reports Pew Internet Center. In addition, 70% of kids ages 12-17 say they have asked for or sought out advice on managing their privacy online.

  • Guess which city in America has the highest density of start-ups? Hint: It's not San Jose, Seattle, Arlington, or San Francisco. Quartz has the details, via a new study by the Kauffman Foundation and Engine.