End of the Age News
By Vince Stegall
Egypt: Twitter Post By Liberal A Crime
A prosecutor on Sunday charged one of Egypt’s most prominent liberal intellectuals with insult because he posted a message on Twitter criticizing a court ruling against three American nonprofits that promote democracy.
The intellectual was charged along with two-dozen others. Coming a day after the adoption of a new Constitution, the charges offered a glimpse of how the military-led government may apply the Constitution’s free-speech provisions and suggested that it may intensify its pressure on dissenters.
Mr. Hamzaway, who has been heavily criticized here for raising alarms about the crackdown on Islamists, responded in newspaper columns, “I am paying the price of being a true liberal.”
Muslim Countries Persecuting Christians
The majority of anti-Christian persecution in the world in 2013 took place at the hands of Muslims, according to a list by Open Doors USA.
The nondenominational group supporting persecuted Christians worldwide recently released its 2014 World Watch List, that describes and ranks anti-Christian persecution in a list of the 50 worst countries for the past year.
The top country where Christians suffer, for the 12th consecutive year, remained communist North Korea, though the nine following countries in the top ten were Islamic: Somalia, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Maldives, Pakistan, Iran, and Yemen.
It should be noted that in countries that underwent “Arab Spring” uprisings, increased persecution occurred after the regimes collapsed. One author and fellow at the Middle East Forum said, “Muslim persecution of Christians is part of a continuum that started nearly 14 centuries ago.
Iran A Few Weeks From Nuclear Bomb
If Iran breaks its deal with the West today, the country would be only two to three weeks away from producing enough highly enriched uranium to assemble a nuclear weapon, according to former deputy director of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
He was asked Sunday on Aaron Klein’s WABC Radio show about the timeframe in response to statements from Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, who boasted last week that Tehran can nix its deal with the West and resume enriching uranium to 20-percent levels within one day if it so desires.
According to this source, if Iran wanted it would take them about two or three weeks to have enough uranium for a single weapon.
He added, “So if this all happens in the next, let’s say, weeks, this is really true. They can start to produce 20-percent enriched uranium,” he said. “Now, in order to go fast for Iran, it actually needs to make several such tandem cascades.”
The former IAEA director continued: “If they do that, which they can technically do, it will take certainly a little bit more than one night to do. But then once they have sorted it out, it would take about two, three weeks to have enough uranium for one single weapon.”
He said that if Iran keeps its side of the deal then in six months from now “it will take at least three months” more to enrich enough uranium to assemble a nuclear weapon.