Pro-Morsi Egyptians to Picket Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC

Demonstrators upset with Egyptian military rule
Flier for planned Thanksgiving rally / EADHR Facebook

A group of Egyptians sympathetic to former President Mohmamed Morsi are gearing up to stage a demonstration along the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade route in New York City, according to organizers.

Jihadi Leader: Jihad Against Egyptian Military a ‘Religious Duty’

Urges Muslim Brotherhood-backers to end peaceful protests
Morsi supporters protest in Cairo Nov. 4, 2013 / AP

A top jihadi leader is urging Egyptian supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood to cease peaceful demonstrations and take up arms against the Egyptian military, which he dubbed “an army of infidels and apostates,” according to a translation of his remarks.

Kerry to Visit Egypt, Tensions High Before Morsi Trial

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry with then Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi / AP

CAIRO (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Egypt a day before deposed Islamist President Mohamed Morsi goes on trial, the next likely flashpoint in the struggle between his Muslim Brotherhood and the army-backed interim government.

Egypt Military Officers Back Army Chief For President

Army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ousted former president Mohamed Mursi in July
Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi / AP

Anxious over months of turmoil in Egypt, military officers are pushing popular army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to run for president, after a 2011 popular uprising had inspired hopes for democratic change in a country long dominated by generals.

Egypt Sees ‘Slowdown’ in U.S. Military Aid

Slowdown in shipments hurting anti-terror operations, experts say
Egyptian air force Apache helicopters / AP

A recent “slowdown” in key U.S. military shipments to Egypt has significantly impacted the country’s ability to combat terrorism in the lawless Sinai region and elsewhere, according to a group of former U.S. military leaders who recently returned from meetings with senior Egyptian officials.

Clashes Reported as Thousands of Morsi Supporters March in Egypt

Muslim Brotherhood supporters in a protest march towards El-Thadiya presidential palace in Cairo August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Thousands of supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi marched through Cairo and cities across Egypt on Friday to demand his reinstatement, in the movement’s biggest show of defiance since hundreds of protesters were killed two weeks ago.

Europe Shies Away from Cutting Aid for Egypt

EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton (R) greets Germany's Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle (C) during an emergency EU foreign ministers meeting, Aug. 21, 2013. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

The European Union stopped short of agreeing immediate cuts in financial or military assistance to Cairo on Wednesday, as the bloc’s foreign ministers held emergency talks to find ways to help bring an end to violence in Egypt.

Egypt Arrests Muslim Brotherhood’s Leader

Military detains Mohamed Badie, the Brotherhood's general guide after bloody clashes
Egyptian army soldiers guard with armoured personnel carriers (APC) near Tahrir Square in Cairo August 19, 2013. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

Egypt’s army-backed authorities detained the Muslim Brotherhood’s leader on Tuesday, signaling their determination to crush the group and silence protests against the ousting of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.

The arrest of Mohamed Badie, 70, the Brotherhood’s general guide, followed the bloody suppression of rallies demanding the reinstatement of Egypt’s first freely elected president, who was toppled by the military last month.