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Kate Farmer

Cutting to the chase

30. 10. 2013 - 15:15

Islamist parties and political interests

Reality Check: political Islam in the middle east, polio outbreak in Syria, the NSA debacle continues, Twitter IPO

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Another Muslim Brotherhood leader had been arrested in Egypt, as the interim government continues its crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood.

 senior Muslim Brotherhood leader Essam Erian

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Senior Muslim Brotherhood leader, Essam Erian, was arrested this mroning in Cairo

But while the comparatively moderate Muslim Brotherhood is outlawed, the far more extreme Salafists are accepted and even welcomed into the government circles.

Analyst Shashank Joshi explains the spectrum of Islamic political parties, what they stand for, and why some are considered acceptable in the west and in their own countries, while others are not.

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Polio outbreak in Syria

Panu Saarsto of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent discusses the current outbreak of polio in Syria and explains the difficulties in restoring standard health services in the war torn country.

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The irony of the NSA debacle

With stories and claims changing almost by the minute, political analyst Steven Hill gives his views on the handling of the issue, the implications of an intelligence agency apparently working outside governement control, and the irony that it may have been Edward Snowden's revelations that alerted President Obama to what his own agencies are up to.

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twitter ipo

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Twitter IPO

Twitter will soon be floated on the New York Stock Exchange. Daniel Sokolov from Heise.de looks at the prospects, and whether Twitter has learned from the debacle that surrounded the Facebook floatation.

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  • biased | vor 1424 Tagen, 5 Stunden, 16 Minuten

    It is an ongoing myth that the Muslim Brotherhood

    is "comparatively moderate" in regard to the Salafists.
    It is not. The Muslim Brotherhood is as radical as the Salafists, but because it is much bigger, it is quite more pwerful than the much smaller groups. The Muslim Brotherhood outnumbers all other Salafist groups combined by two to one.

    The point about the Salfists in Government circles is, that these guys are easier to handle, cheaper to bribe and lack definitley the MBs political skills (which are itself very poor), not to mention the financial backup.

    Their radicalism is still the same, they differ not in ideology, but in tactics and disagree about the path to certain political objectives, not the objectives itself.

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    • makronaut | vor 1423 Tagen, 21 Stunden, 57 Minuten

      yep.

      this becomes obvious considering the fact, that hamas itself is a part of the very muslim brotherhood.
      not much room for doubt here.