Diplomacy

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Takes To Twitter To Lash Out Against Obama, State Dept

The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood is using its Twitter feed to lash out against President Obama, the U.S. embassy in Cairo, and American policy in general. At stake are criticisms leveled by U.S. officials in response to the arrest of Egyptian television satirist Bassem Youssef on charges of insulting Islam and insulting Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood-linked president Mohamed Morsi. The State Department earlier today described the arrest as part of a “disturbing trend” in which civil liberties are being eroded under Morsi’s rule.

Those erosions – which have occurred alongside the institutionalization of Islamic law – have cost Egypt badly needed financial assistance, and the country is now at risk of a complete economic collapse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Muslim Brotherhood’s Facebook page, meanwhile, blasted State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland for “unreserved audacity.”

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