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12-Jul-13 World View -- Egypt's opposing factions plan rival demonstrations on Friday in Cairo

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12-Jul-13 World View -- Egypt's opposing factions plan rival demonstrations on Friday in Cairo

Bosnia commemorates the 1995 Srebrenica massacre

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Bosnia commemorates the 1995 Srebrenica massacre

A Bosnian Muslim survivor of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, mourns a relative in a casket buried on Thursday (AFP)
A Bosnian Muslim survivor of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, mourns a relative in a casket buried on Thursday (AFP)

Over 15,000 people attended Thursday's commemoration of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. During the commemoration, Bosnia buried 409 victims of the Srebrenica including a newborn baby. Srebrenica is considered the worst genocide in post-war Europe (See "27-May-11 News -- Europe cheers the capture of Ratko Mladic, the butcher of Srebrenica") At least 8,300 Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) men and boys who had sought safe haven at the U.N.-protected enclave at Srebrenica were killed by Orthodox Christian Serbs under the leadership of General Ratko Mladic. Mladic is still considered a hero by many Serbs, who say that no crime was committed, as he was just defending Serbs. Mladic coined the phrase "ethnic cleansing" in the early 1990s to describe his program of extermination of the Bosniaks. Mladic's genocide and war crimes trial in The Hague was suspended indefinitely in 2012. former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic is also on trial in The Hague, facing 11 charges related to genocide and war crimes.

Genocidal acts like the Srebrenica massacre are the core events of generational theory. These genocidal acts, which occur as the climax of a generational crisis war, are so horrible, for both the perpetrators and the victims, for both the victors and the losers, that both sides are traumatized for life, and they vow to spend the rest of their lives making sure that nothing like that happens again. As the decades pass, there may be low-level violence, non-crisis wars, riots and rebellions, but nothing on the level of the genocidal acts that climaxed the previous crisis war. Finally, the survivors of that war all die off, and there's a new crisis war, climaxing in a new act of genocide, and the cycle repeats again.

People talk as if the Srebrenica massacre was unique since World War II, but in fact there have been numerous genocides since then. Just to name a very few, there was the Cambodian "killing fields" genocide of millions in the late 1970s; there was the massacre of Palestinian refugees in camps in Sabra and Shatila in 1982 in Lebanon; there was the massacre of the Tutsis by the Hutus in Rwanda in 1994; there was the Iran/Iraq war that climaxed with WMDs in 1988; there was the Darfur genocide of the 2000s decade, where the horrific climax is yet to come. And let's not forget that Burma (Myanmar) is building up to a mass genocide of Muslims by Buddhists, as we've been reporting frequently.

Despite attempts to make genocide "illegal," and then to hold silly "war crimes" trials, the fact is that genocide is really not so strange. In fact, it's as much a part of being human as sex is. When there isn't enough food to feed two nations, then they fight over existing resources, often with the intent of each to exterminate the other. Genocidal warfare and wars of extermination are necessary for "survival of the fittest" in human evolution. Without both sex and genocidal warfare, human beings would not exist today. That's the cycle of life. AFP and CS Monitor

Egypt's opposing factions plan rival demonstrations on Friday in Cairo

It's Friday again, and that means Friday midday prayers in Muslim countries, after which mobs of people pour out of the mosques with plans either to go shopping or to hold demonstrations. On Friday, the faction that opposed president Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood part will hold demonstrations in one part of Cairo, while those demanding a reinstatement of Morsi as president after his ouster will be holding their own demonstrations in another part of Cairo. These rival demonstrations have led to violence in the past, the worst such incident being the deaths of 50 pro-Morsi demonstrators, mostly from police live fire, on Monday earlier this week. All sides are calling for peaceful demonstrations, and it's hoped that a repeat of Monday's violence, or any violence, will be avoided. Al-Ahram (Cairo)

Paranoid Russian agencies are seeking old-style typewriters

Presumably a Russian agent typing on an electric typewriter (RT)
Presumably a Russian agent typing on an electric typewriter (RT)

Russian agencies that guard president Vladimir Putin have ordered 20 electric portable typewriters, and related ink and supplies, for a total cost of $15,000. The typewriters must have both Cyrillic and English letter keys, and must be delivered by August 30. Many people are assuming that this is a security measure triggered by the theft of secret information by Edward Snowden, who is presumably still holed up at the Moscow airport. The theory is that the Russians want to use the typewriters for top secret memos and make sure that no one can steal them electronically, particularly over the internet. However, Russia's Ministry of Defense says that Russian agencies have been using typewriters for years, and that the new order for typewriters is to replace old equipment that was simply out of date.

Hey guys, you don't need typewriters. Have your technicians take an ordinary computer and remove all the communications hardware and software and all the ports, and then install an old-fashioned printer port connected to a cheap printer. That should work. Russia Today and Spiegel

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