Oct 08 2013
Daily News Flash with Robert Jensen on Egypt Clashes, Brazil Protests, Kuwait’s Homophobia, and Supreme Court on Campaign Finance
Uprising’s guest expert Robert Jensen, author, and a professor of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, analyzes today’s news headlines:
Violence has resurged in Egypt as three attacks killed dozens in the second day of clashes. Just a day after Egyptian military forces killed more than 50 protesters, three separate attacks including a rocket propelled grenade plagued various parts of the country today. The incidents come three months after the ouster of President Mohammad Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood and a concerted crackdown on that group’s leadership. The New York Times’ analyzed the situation this way: “Faced with a return to decades of repression, Islamists said, they had no choice but to continue their protests even if they risked death and stood little chance of reversing the takeover.” Click here for a New York Times article about the story.
The host of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games, Brazil, is facing mass political protest in the form of teachers demanding wage increases. Tens of thousands of teachers and their supporters have been protesting for the past two months and last night’s demonstrations resulted in major property damage against banks and other institutions. Click here for a BBC article about the story.
Kuwait’s Health Ministry has announced it will conduct physical tests of non-Kuwaitis to determine if they are gay. Kuwait already conducts health screenings of expatriates, but Yousuf Mindkar, the director of public health announced, “we will take stricter measures that will help us detect gays, who will be then barred from entering Kuwait or any of the GCC member states.” The GCC, or Gulf Cooperation Council includes Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, all of which already have extremely strict anti-homosexuality laws. Click here for an RT.com article about the story.
And finally, in US news: if you thought the Supreme Court’s decision on Citizens United was devastating to American democracy and that the nation’s highest court understood how unpopular that decision was, be wary. The Supreme Court will hear a new case on campaign finance today on the $123,000 limit placed on direct individual contributions to political parties and candidates. Click here for a Time article about the story.