November 23, 2012

Arab Winter: AP Minimizes Visibility of Morsi’s Dictatorial Power Grab in Egypt

So what’s more important, the fact that Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi was involved in brokering a Gaza-Israeli peace deal which appears to be more than sightly tilted in Hamas’s direction, or the fact that Morsi has opportunistically seized nearly dictatorial powers?

They’re arguably equal, but if compelled to choose, I believe most readers here would contend that because of the difficulties seen throughout human history in undoing such things, Morsi’s power grab is more important. The Associated Press doesn’t share that evaluation. In its summary of “10 Things to Know for Friday” the wire service notes the “peace” accord but not the power grab:

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Latest PJ Media Column (‘Runaway Government’) Is Up

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:42 am

It went up Thanksgiving morning.

It will go up here at BizzyBlog on Saturday morning (link won’t work until then) after the blackout expires.

Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (112312)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow later. Other topics are also fair game.

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Positivity: Conference counters threats to Catholic health care

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Vatican City:

Nov 16, 2012 / 01:26 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic health care providers and clergy are meeting in Rome this week to develop responses to the different ethical issues they are facing when they work with secular governments.

“The importance of this conference is in showing how much the Church is involved in health care and it highlights the pitfalls and obstacles we have to overcome,” South African Cardinal Wilfred Napier of Durban, told CNA on Nov. 16. “But it also allows us to see what we can do in all the different situations of the world, including in South Africa.”

Meeting in the Pope Paul VI Audience Hall, some 800 health care professionals and clergy are attending the Nov. 15–17 conference to examine Catholic identity in health care. The conference will focus on key issues like respecting life at all stages, giving compassionate care that treats a patient as a child of God, and palliative care to relieve and prevent the suffering of patients.

The conference is also addressing bioethical challenges and what do when government health care funding may have anti-Catholic strings attached. …

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