This morning’s key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com
- Angry ‘Day or Rejection’ protests in Egypt lead to dozens killed
- Egypt’s coup deals a blow to Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood
- U.S. employment shifts from full-time to part-time
- Britain’s National Health Service moves in opposite direction to Obamacare
- Terrorist Doku Umarov threatens terror attacks on 2014 Sochi Olympics
- Concerns grow about MERS Coronavirus as Hajj approaches
Angry ‘Day or Rejection’ protests in Egypt lead to dozens killed
Supporters and opponents of Morsi clash on the 6 October Bridge over the Nile in Cairo on Friday (AP)
There were fierce clashes between opponents and supporters of deposedpresident Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo,Alexandria, and other cities on Friday, resulting in over 30 deaths andhundreds of injuries. Some deaths were caused by army live fire.
Furious Morsi supporters poured out of mosques into the streets afterFriday midday prayers to hold “Day of Rejection” protests, to reject the coup that overthrew Morsi and demand that Morsi be reinstated.In Cairo, the clashes took place on the 6 of October Bridge, so namedto commemorate the beginning of the Yom Kippur war on October 6, 1973,when Egypt’s army crossed the Suez Canal to attack Israelifortifications.
The widespread euphoria that followed the overthrowof Hosni Mubarak two years ago is now long gone, and Egyptians are nowturning against each other, threatening civil war. Morsi opponentsare calling for massive new protests on Sunday. Al-Ahram (Cairo) and Al-Jazeera
Egypt’s coup deals a blow to Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood
Syria’s rebel forces have been fairly disorganized in theiropposition to the monolithic machine of Syria’s presidentBashar al-Assad. Things got even worse for them this weekwhen their most influential faction, Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood,was dealt a blow by Egypt’s coup that deposed presidentMohamed Morsi, one of the leaders of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood.In fact, al-Assad has been openly gloating the last few daysover Morsi’s fall, saying:
What is happening in Egypt is the fall of so-calledpolitical Islam. This is the fate of anyone in the world whotries to use religion for political or factionalinterests.
Al-Assad doesn’t bother with “political Islam.” His army, and theirallies from the terror group and Iran client Hezbollah, are in theprocess of trying to repeat their success in al-Qusair, where theyflattened the city with heavy weapons, killing thousands of civilianslast month. This month, they’re flattening the city of Homs, wherethousands more civilians are expected to be killed. AP and Reuters
U.S. employment shifts from full-time to part-time
We now have a better idea of why the Administration finally panickedand postponed Obamacare’s employer mandate on Tuesday. According toFriday’s jobs report, the economy created 195,000 new jobs during June– which is the figure that the analysts on CNBC are euphoricallyquoting.
But what they’re not saying is considerably darker. The number ofpart-time jobs (working under 35 hours per week) increased by 360,000,while the number of full-time jobs actually FELL by 240,000. A lot ofthis can be attributed to the postponed Obamacare employee mandate.(See yesterday’s article, “5-Jul-13 World View — Eurozone and Obamacare continue their parallel economic collapse”)
There appears to be a big shift going on from full-time to part-timeemployee and employers refusing to hire full-time workers, since anyfull-time worker requires a very big financial commitment withObamacare. The one-year postponement may relieve the situation, butprobably not by much, since the same mandate is supposed to be inplace a year later. Zero Hedge and Washington Post
Britain’s National Health Service moves in opposite direction to Obamacare
In yesterday’s article, I comparedObamacare with some historical government attempts to control largemarkets. A major reason why all such attempts fail is that thegovernment creates a huge bureaucracy to control the markets as theyexist on that day. As soon as the bureaucracy is in place, it’s nolonger capable of coping with changes in technology or other changesin global markets, and the bureaucracy collapses of its own weight.
The same is true of Britain’s National Health Service (NHS), which wasdesigned in the 1950s and is no longer able to cope with newtechnologies. The result is that Britain is moving in the oppositedirection to Obamacare, and is instituting pilot projects to privatizethe NHS. In one project, hundreds of NHS employees are beingtransferred to British Telecom, which will use new technologies to dosuch things as monitor people with long-term conditions in their ownhomes. The privatized services will produce better outcomes and savebillions of dollars. The bureaucrats and the unions are fighting anyattempts at privatization for fear of losing their jobs. BBC
Terrorist Doku Umarov threatens terror attacks on 2014 Sochi Olympics
Doku Umarov, the Islamist terror leader from Chechnya, is calling onjihadists around the world to attack the Winter Olympic games to beheld in Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi in 2014. Russia’s lawenforcement agencies are planning massive security measures to ensuresafety to all visitors of the Olympic games. Undoubtedly, Umarov willreceive a lot of help from jihadists returning from Syria, where they received training while fighting Russia’s client and friend, Basharal-Assad. Pravda (Moscow)
Concerns grow about MERS Coronavirus as Hajj approaches
MERS coronavirus is in the same family as the SARS virus that wasraising pandemic concerns a decade ago, mostly in Asia. Since MERSwas discovered in September 2012, it has been spreading slowly in theMideast, where there have 40 deaths out of 70 cases, mostly in SaudiArabia. However, earlier cases were discovered retroactively, theearliest being in Jordan in April 2012.
In comparison to SARS, MERSis considerably more deadly but does not transmit from human to humanas efficiently, so there’s no significant pandemic fear at the presenttime. However, concerns are growing that a pandemic might begin inOctober triggered by a mutation in the virus that might occur whenmillions of Muslims from around the world arrive in Mecca, SaudiArabia, for their once in a lifetime pilgrimage. National Post and Saudi Embassy – Hajj
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