Sunday, December 28, 2014

The U.S.-Egypt Twitter Wars

The war between Jon Stewart and President Morsi heats up, with the US Embassy in the middle.

The U.S.-Egypt Twitter Wars

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Jon Stewart’s riff about the Cairo arrest of his Egyptian counterpart Bassem Youssef has led to a diplomatic incident – worthy of another satire.

Turns out, an official at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo tweeted a video link to Stewart’s satirical slam at Egyptian President Morsi over the arrest, and the Egyptian president’s office got all huffy as did the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist movement whose party got him elected. The embassy then scrubbed the link to the Stewart segment, leading one Egyptian blogger to quip: “Forcing @USEmbassyCairo to delete a tweet. That is the only successful thing the MB [Muslim Brotherhood] did since they reached power.”.

Tune in tomorrow for the next chapter in the U.S.-Egyptian twitter wars.

Trudy Rubin Inquirer Opinion Columnist
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Trudy Rubin’s Worldview column runs on Thursdays and Sundays. In 2009-2011 she has made four lengthy trips to Afghanistan and Pakistan. Over the past seven years, she visited Iraq eleven times, and also wrote from Iran, Israel, the West Bank, Gaza, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, China, and South Korea.

She is the author of Willful Blindness: the Bush Administration and Iraq, a book of her columns from 2002-2004. In 2001 she was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in commentary and in 2008 she was awarded the Edward Weintal prize for international reporting. In 2010 she won the Arthur Ross award for international commentary from the Academy of American Diplomacy.

Reach Trudy at trubin@phillynews.com.

Trudy Rubin Inquirer Opinion Columnist
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