Alistair Beach: Egypt’s day of shame: Scores killed and hundreds more injured as government declares war on Islamists (Independent)
Nermeen Shaikh, Amy Goodman, Sharif Abdel Kouddous: Massacre in Cairo: Egypt on Brink After Worst Violence Since 2011 Revolution (Democracy Now)
At least 525 people were killed in Egypt on Wednesday when security forces cracked down on two protest camps filled with supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi. The Muslim Brotherhood says the actual death toll tops 2,000, and has called new rallies for today. The Egyptian military has defended the crackdown and declared a state of emergency.
Patrick Kingsley: Egyptian PM defends crackdown on pro-Morsi camps as [official] death toll rises to 525 (Guardian)
Military crackdown: Egypt’s Tiananmen Square (Guardian)
The Egyptian military’s bloody assault on its own people marks a point of no return for the government.
Egypt’s military-installed government crossed a Rubicon on Wednesday by sending in the security forces to clear the camps of demonstrators demanding the reinstatement of President Mohamed Morsi. Within hours, the contours of the landscape the country had entered became brutally clear: 235 confirmed deaths and the possibility of many more; running battles breaking out in cities around the country; a state of emergency; night-time curfews imposed on 10 provinces. The bloodshed caused by interior ministry troops opening fire with shotguns, machine guns and rooftop snipers on largely peaceful sit-ins took its first major political casualty on Wednesday evening. The leading liberal who had supported the military coup, Mohamed ElBaradei, resigned as acting vice-president. …
Today, military rule has been revealed for what it is, and anyone thinking that it will be temporary or last for just one month has got to be supremely optimistic.
Karl Marx wrote that history repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce. He had in mind the Revolution of 1848, when a democratic uprising against the French monarchy collapsed into a Bonapartist dictatorship just as the French Revolution had six decades earlier.
In 1848, workers joined with liberals in a democratic revolt to overthrow the French monarchy. However, almost as soon as the old order collapsed, the opposition fell apart, as liberals grew increasingly alarmed by what they saw as “radical” working class demands. Conservatives were able to co-opt fearful liberals and reinstall new forms of dictatorship.
Those same patterns are playing out in Egypt today — with liberals and authoritarians playing themselves, and Islamists playing the role of socialists. Once again, an inexperienced and impatient mass movement has overreached after gaining power. Once again, liberals have been frightened by the changes their former partners want to enact and have come crawling back to the old regime for protection. And as in 1848, authoritarians have been happy to take back the reins of power.
Alberto Cruz: El suicidio de la izquierda árabe (CEPRID)
[C]ualquiera que tenga los ojos abiertos, no ya la mente, tiene que ver que si la izquierda árabe comenzó a ser irrelevante en la década de 1990 tras el golpe militar en Argelia, con la postura que ha adoptado en Egipto de apoyo al golpe militar y los llamamientos en el mismo sentido que está haciendo en Túnez sólo tiene un futuro: la nada.
Ha habido muchos analistas que se han dado cuenta que se puede hacer un paralelismo entre el golpe en Argelia de 1992 y el de Egipto en 2013, pero se cuidan muy mucho en decir que el golpe en Argelia fue impulsado por la Unión General de Trabajadores y el Partido de la Vanguardia Socialista. El Frente Islámico de Salvación había ganado las elecciones en la primera vuelta, iba a revalidar su triunfo en la segunda y eso había que evitarlo a toda costa. La UGT y el PVS no tuvieron ningún reparo en buscar el apoyo y la colaboración de los empresarios, agrupados en la Unión de Empresarios Públicos, y de los intelectuales, agrupados en la Coalición para la Cultura y la Democracia.
Robert Fisk: Any other ‘statesman’ who negotiated peace like John Kerry would be treated as a thief (Independent)
Has John Kerry no shame? First he cuddles up to both Palestinians and Israelis and announces the renewal of a “peace process” which the Palestinians don’t trust and the Israelis don’t want. Then Israel announces that it will build 1,200 new homes for Jews – and Jews only – on occupied Palestinian land. And now Kerry tells the Palestinians – the weak and occupied Palestinians – that they are running out of time if they want a state of their own.
Any other “statesman” involved in any other dispute who told an occupied people that if they didn’t make peace their occupiers would steal even more of their land, would be regarded as an outcast, a fellow thief, a potential criminal.
Andrew DeWit: Water, Water Everywhere: Incentives and Options at Fukushima Daiichi and Beyond (Japan Focus)
[I]t is now clear that several hundred tons of radiation-contaminated water is entering the ocean per day.
Andrew DeWit: In the Dark With Tepco: Fukushima’s Legacy for Nuclear Power (Japan Focus) / 東京電力の闇のなかで――核エネルギーがこうむるフクシマの遺産 (原子力発電_原爆の子)