Despite openly supporting self-styled Jihadist “revolutionaries” seeking an Islamic theocracy in Syria and Libya before that, the new socialist French government has also just launched a series of military attacks against Muslim rebels who seized control of northern Mali with help from other Western powers. The controversial operations, ironically, are being taken under the guise of fighting Islamic extremism. Meanwhile, Islamists in the region have vowed retaliation, saying the French attacks were killing civilians and promising to strike “at the heart of France.”

Recently translated interviews demonstrate that Egypt’s president, Mohammed Morsi, had little interest two years ago in seeing his party continue the relationship which has existed between Israel and Egypt since the 1978 Camp David Accords because, in his assessment, Israel’s "Zionist" residents are “the descendants of apes and pigs.”

Egyptian voters adopted a big-government constitution in a national plebiscite December 15, and it went into force December 26, according to Reuters wire service. Voters adopted the constitution by a 64 percent popular vote.

 

Despite the arrest of “interim” Prime Minister Cheikh Modibo Diarra in the capital of Mali by rebellious troops last week, and the subsequent resignation of his interim government, a United Nations-led invasion to support the embattled Malian regime in its bid to recapture the north appears to be moving forward. While previous plans may have to be shelved in light of the recent developments, the coalition plotting and lobbying for UN military intervention remains committed to seeing it through.

Despite decades of Nelson Mandela denying that he was an official member of the South African Communist Party (SACP) during his Soviet-backed war on the Apartheid government, evidence uncovered recently by British historian Stephen Ellis shows otherwise. The new research confirmed that not only was the African National Congress (ANC) leader a member of the SACP, he may have actually been a senior official working with the party’s Central Committee.