Leaders have to be active in stepping in and sending messages about protecting the diversity within their countries. We did see some of that in our own country. We saw Republicans stepping up and standing up against the kind of assaults that really have no place in our politics.Secretary of State Hillary Clinton • Defending Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin, from recent allegations that she has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, while speaking to reporters at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Clinton’s comments followed a speech coinciding with the release of the State Department’s annual report on religious freedom, after a member of the press asked for her thoughts on the allegations leveled by Rep. Michele Bachmann and four other members of Congress. source (via • follow)
The Muslim Brotherhood can’t even penetrate the Egyptian government.Ibrahim Ali Iraqi, Muslim Brotherhood leader from Egypt’s Daqheleya province • Denying allegations, brought forward by Rep. Michele Bachmann and four other members of Congress, that Hillary Clinton’s deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin has infiltrated the U.S. government on behalf of the Brotherhood. Bachmann stands by her questioning of Abedin’s connections to the Muslim Brotherhood, even after top members of the Republican Party spoke out against her. The New York Post also reports that Mrs. Abedin has been placed under federal protection following a death threat from a New Jersey resident. source (via • follow)
Little-known to the wider public, Morsi is a famously boring speaker who reduces Egyptian journalists to teeth-gnashing frustration as he rarely says anything remotely quotable. He was ridiculed as a ‘spare’ after Shater’s disqualification, and some people waved tyres at his rallies to emphasise the point. But the Brotherhood’s well-oiled machine seems to matter more than his underwhelming personality.Guardian reporter Ian Black • Writing about Mohammed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood’s lead candidate for Egyptian president. Black’s point? Morsi, usually a behind the scenes guy, is in a good position to win because his party is a well-oiled machine. Morsi is currently leading in the results, with either Ahmed Shafiq (a former premier under Hosni Mubarak) or Hamdeen Sabbahi (a Nasserist) his likely opponent in a runoff election.
» “The conditions for candidacy”: News broke early this hour that ten candidates for the Egyptian presidency, among them the Muslim Brotherhood’s Khairat al-Shater and former Mubarak-era spy chief Omar Suleiman (who’s intention to run sparked heavy protest), have been barred from appearing on May’s presidential ballot. Egypt is still under the sway of a ruling military council, which has been the source of much criticism since the fall of the Mubarak government last year – officials gave no concrete reason for this move, besides the ten not meeting the aforementioned “conditions of candidacy,” and said they’ll have 48 hours to appeal the decision.
rcabbasi said: As has already been pointed out, calling a single political party “the Salafis” is misleading and inaccurate.
» SFB says: The NYT article that the quote was culled from is written in a way that implies this, referring to supporters of the party as “the Salafis” down to the quotes used (example: the quote we pulled out). We reworded our part to reflect that it’s not in fact a single political party for a much larger group. Apologies for the confusion. — Ernie @ SFB