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Bloodshed And Crisis In Egypt

Egypt in crisis.  We look at the latest news and the deep implications for the region and the United States.

A son of the late Ammar Badie prays during his father's funeral in al-Hamed mosque in Cairo's Katameya district on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013. Badie, the son of Muslim Brotherhood's spiritual leader Mohammed Badie, was killed by Egyptian security forces Friday during clashes in Cairo's Ramses Square. (AP)

A son of the late Ammar Badie prays during his father’s funeral in al-Hamed mosque in Cairo’s Katameya district on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013. Badie, the son of Muslim Brotherhood’s spiritual leader Mohammed Badie, was killed by Egyptian security forces Friday during clashes in Cairo’s Ramses Square. (AP)

More than a thousand dead now in the last week in Egypt.  And today, the greatest irony yet.  The country’s elected president, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammed Morsi, sits in jail – while a court has now ordered the country’s longtime dictator Hosni Mubarak to be freed.

Egyptians in the streets have driven waves of change since the Arab Spring and Tahrir Square.  But now, the military is once again in charge.  Cracking down.  Washington looks sidelined.  Some fear another Syria in the making.

This hour, On Point:  Egypt in crisis.

– Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Shadi Hamid, director of research for the Brookings Doha Center. (@shadihamid)

Mona Eltahawy, columnist and public speaker on Arab and Muslim issues. (@monaeltahawy)

Jackson Diehl, deputy editorial page editor at the Washington Post. (@jacksondiehl)

From Tom’s Reading List

CBS News: Egypt bloodletting rages with Islamic militants killing 25 police in Sinai Peninsula — “Islamic militants on Monday ambushed two mini-buses carrying off-duty policemen in the northern region of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, killing 25 of them execution-style in a brazen daylight attack that deepens the turmoil roiling the country and underscores the volatility of the strategic region.”

The New York Times: Leaving Military Aid Intact, U.S. Takes Steps to Halt Economic Help to Egypt — “The Obama administration has taken preliminary steps to withhold financial aid to the Egyptian government, officials said on Sunday, though it is curtailing economic assistance, not the much larger military aid on which Egypt’s generals depend.”

USA Today: Egypt’s ex-president Mubarak may be freed soon — “Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, who ruled Egypt for three decades before his ouster in 2011, could be released from prison this week, according to his lawyer and judicial sources.”

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