Sad turn of events in Egypt, a situation in which the U.S. is inextricably implicated. Not sure if there was a policy course we should have followed that would have been different. I understand the defenders of the democratic process who would have wanted Morsi to leave via the ballot box. I also am sympathetic to the claims that the Muslim Brotherhood was running the country in to a ditch. Unfortunately, the military response seems to have made things much worse. All of this suggests that democratic transitions can be bloody and unstable moments in a country’s history.
Here are some links on the coverage. I’ve also got some links to interesting health and environment stories below so read on…
- New York Times coverage
- NPR harrowing audio coverage from yesterday
- Steven Cook tries to makes sense of the turn of events (on NPR today, Cook suggested that MB did not want to re-engage political process which helped hardened military line)
- Egypt’s Ambassador to the United States in a chilling interview “It became necessary to finish this thing today”
- Marc Lynch suggests cutting Egypt loose, suspending aid and relations until …
- New estimates that action on short-lived gases won’t deliver as many near-term climate benefits as previously thought
- Air pollution hits China’s tourism
- Obama bolder on environment in his second term?