The War Within: Egypt’s Disintegrating Muslim Brothers

Since it was driven underground after the coup of the summer of 2013 and the massacres that followed soon after, what has happened to the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt? The vast and powerful century-old organization, survivor of so many cycles of repression and rejuvenation, has split and turned against itself, writes Ahmed Al Tellawi in Noon Post.

The conflict began around August, 2014,

Exhuming Nicaragua’s Red Christmas

The unfinished colonial project: Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast, never really settled by the country’s Spanish conquerors, is once again the site of unrest as Spanish-speakers from the west move into Indian lands. Mateo Jarquin delves into the history of the last attempt to bring the Mosquito Coast into Managua’s orbit, when idealistic young communists from the Sandanista movement sparked an uprising.

Six years ago, Nicaragua’s Attorney General closed an investigation into a human rights NGO’s formal complaint that the Sandinista government of the 1980s had committed war crimes against the country’s Miskito Indians.

Rule of Law in Turkey Becomes Rule by Decree and Denunciation

After the failed coup attempt of July 15, Turkey increasingly looks like a dystopian state; suspects have already died in prison and most of the country’s independent media, including a Kurdish-language TV network for children, have been shut down.

The government’s initial response to the coup attempt was to declare a State of Emergency on July 20

A Seismic Assassination in Cairo

Massacred and driven underground or into exile following the 2013 coup, Egypt’s Muslim Brothers are nevertheless an extraordinarily resilient organization. But when security forces in Cairo this week killed one of the group’s most important leaders, a widening rupture between two major factions in the Brothers broke to the surface, writes Ahmed Al Tellawi in this very perceptive analysis:

In a Tuesday press release, the Egyptian Interior Ministry announced that it had liquidated Mohamed Kamal.

Colombia Gives War a Chance

Colombians yesterday narrowly voted down a referendum which would have allowed the leftist guerillas of the FARC to transform themselves into a legal political party after decades of war. As La Silla Vacia’s Juanita Leon writes in this passage from a longer article, the driving force behind the No campaign was former president (and former right wing paramilitary leader) Alvaro Uribe, constitutionally banned from seeking the presidency again, but now a senator who wields enormous influence:

The victory of the “No” vote is a victory for Alvaro Uribe

Portraits of El Salvador Police: Premonitions of Collapse

Cops living like refugees in police station storage closets, hiding from teenage gangsters who might shoot them or their families; or casually shooting gangsters in the back, beating down their families in the street; or marching en masse and hooded on the presidential palace to demand a better bonus on their ludicrously pitiful salaries, while above them parliamentary deputies jet-set to pointless international conferences. In Carlos Martinez’s unsettling portraits of junior-grade policemen in El Salvador, a premonition of collapse:

The two detectives start our chat by complimenting each other.

As Latin America’s Last Insurgency Ends, a Look Back at an Early and Imperfect Model

Yesterday, the Colombian government finally signed a historic peace agreement with the guerrilla leaders of the left-wing FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia). If successfully implemented, it would put an end to the longest-running armed conflict in the hemisphere, one that has killed hundreds of thousands and displaced millions in the Colombian countryside.

The deal, which was agreed after four years of formal negotiations in Havana

Shotgun Marriages in ISIS-Controlled Libya

Documents published this week by Al Arabi Al Jadid provide an interesting clue both to the enigmatic attraction of ISIS for young North African men, and to communal rejection of the extremist group. Cheap and easily obtained war ‘brides’ are an advertised benefit for young gunmen who enlist. But to fill the demand for young girls, ISIS religious police must obtain them, at gunpoint, from families who often choose to flee the group’s territory rather than surrender their daughters.

A collection of marriage certificates issued by the ISIS [DAESH] Islamic Court of the city of Sirte has been released to the public

The Israel Method? Actually That’s a Euphemism.

What do all these French pundits calling for “Israeli Methods” against terrorism really want? Reading between the lines, Sylvain Cypel in Orient XXI sees nostalgia for the good old days of the savage violence of the colonial era.

The July 14 attack in Nice that took the lives of 86 people and injured another 434 naturally raises questions about preventing such appalling events.

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