Weekly Arab language update by Barry Webb, retired NSA Arabist, author and senior fellow at AIR

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Barry web it is May the 4th and this is

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hopefully the first of the series of

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Arabic news summary reports you were a

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translator and Arabist for the NSA for

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25 years is that right that is correct

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and so I’m guessing that you have on

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behalf of the public been continuing

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your work of translating various

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relevant and important news from the

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Arab media since then so let’s have at

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it what have you got

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ok this most of this comes from last

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weekend the 28th and 29th of April but

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these events are still going on so still

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relevant we’ll start with the Qatar

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based al-jazeera TV channel on the 28th

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of April reported the view that the

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Israelis and the United Arab Emirates

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UAE

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and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia kia KSA

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are pushing the trump administration

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into a war with iran and on the libyan

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issue al jazeera gave a full on the same

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day gave a full 1/2 hour air time to a

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spokesperson for the UN recognized

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syrettes government and tripoli the

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spokespersons main point was at the

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Siraj government would never negotiate

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with general heft are for your listeners

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who aren’t aware of this particular

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situation in libya the general heft are

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who controls benghazi in most of East

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Libya has recently launched an attack

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against the capital city of Tripoli in

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the west of Libya which is run by this

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Siraj government which is UN recognized

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also on the same day from the same

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channel al-jazeera urban Graham said

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that he would defend Tripoli from

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attacked at all cost and now that’s

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important as it will come up later and

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another channel this is MBC Egypt

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popular Egyptian talk-show hosts on

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Druid Abe interviewed

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in general of Mudd Masari who is the

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spokesperson for the heft aria group he

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reported that turkey is conveying and no

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sir a terrorist into Libya the loser

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organization is an al-qaeda branch ace

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in Syria so he’s the Turks are her

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conveying these terrorists into Tripoli

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to aid this rights government Elmas mari

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also claimed that mercenaries from chad

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and other countries have joined the

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tripoli militia groups on another story

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I’m Rudy reported that Turkey is also

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playing games in the Sudan as well you

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know again for your listeners who may

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not know there’s an Arab Spring type

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situation going on here in Sudan right

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now also on the 20th of April l20

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reported that in Khartoum there were

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protests in front of the Egyptian

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embassy protesting Egyptian in

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interference on the next day the 29th of

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April the Saturday on

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Dubey based a larger be a TV channel

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reported that there were protests in

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front of an Islamist office in Khartoum

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in apparently response for the turkey

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Shah for the protests against the

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Egyptians the Arab Spring 2.0 also broke

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out of Tunisia which was the birthplace

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of the first Arab Spring in 2011 after

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government forces killed several farmers

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the crowd shouted as shabbiha read as

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Clinton the song which means that people

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want to bring down the regime which was

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the slogan used across the Arab world

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during the first Arab Spring Egypt State

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newspaper al Haram quoted President

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assisi telling the Italian leader in a

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recent meeting that Egypt supports

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general heft are in Libya and will never

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negotiate with terrorism a reference to

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the Siraj government in Tripoli

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gotta change pages here back to the MBC

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NBC channel NBC Egypt the popular

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Egyptian talk-show hosts

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armored Adeeb reported that this is on

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the 20th of April reported that during

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the battle for Triple E channel Hefner’s

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army captured some Turkey’s soldiers

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also on the 29th of April our via TV

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reported that one of the militia groups

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from Tripoli went to Iran seeking a

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weapons deal on the 30th of April an

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extremist run media outlet elfric lon

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released a picture of Isis leader about

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Maddy which was then shown on most of

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the world’s TV outlets and that’s

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significant because he’s been he’s been

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absent for five years no one has seen

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him now

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last night I picked up some new items

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and this came from the al-arabiya

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channel

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saudi-owned channel and a program called

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snapped amount which means industry of

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death and there reported that this is

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this program other male deals with

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terrorism and related issues each week

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and they report that Iranian there’s an

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Iranian alliance between Iranian

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intelligence and local criminals in

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Europe the rainiest are using this

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alliance to assassinate opponents of the

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Iranian regime and of course is no

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outrage at all by the West you know oh

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three may L RB also reported that Tunis

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has extended this emergency status for

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the month of May

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that’s because of the Arab Spring

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uprisings there

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Ellis’s hero reports the yo on the 3rd

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of May that one of the talking heads on

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there was a guest one of the talk shows

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called behind the news claimed that

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France is supplying weapons to heft our

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we’d reported earlier that

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French troops had been noted fighting on

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behalf of the heft art group probably s

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advisors

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so now we have another report showing

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that they are providing equipment then

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on the 4th of May L Arabiya reported

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that Turkey is using the port at Misrata

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which is a town just east of Tripoli in

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order to supply Tripoli with weapons and

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etc so that’s the the news items that’s

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great thanks I’d like to dig into a

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couple of those little deeper if it’s at

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all possible I’ve certainly seen a lot

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of like sitreps

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go by on what’s happening in Sudan and

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they don’t really add really enlighten

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me a lot I mean is it are we talking

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about this sort of already Arab Muslim

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North Sudan are we talking about the the

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newly-minted

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animus South Sudan and if it’s North

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Sudan it was all it when you say it’s an

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Arab Spring type situation you means

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that more classically religious

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authentic Muslims are trying to uproot

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the totalitarian dictatorship of North

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Sudan is that what’s going on there

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yeah first of all answer your first

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question it is Sudan proper which is

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North Sudan I suppose

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South Sudan is basically a Christian you

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know obser and that’s why they became

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independent Sudan proper is primarily

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Islamic now most of the Arab Spring

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events even in our spring the first Arab

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Spring in 2011 many of them started as

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legitimate protests against tyranny

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against the dictators but then once the

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protests get started within the Muslim

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Brotherhood and once it get started in

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it it looks like they’re having you know

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getting headway then the brother head

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moves in and takes over because they’re

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basically the only organized group

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besides the military now in Sudan

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what we have is yes you

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huge uprising oh my god the shots I see

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on TV you know the streets are just

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filled with people but the fact that

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we’ve had two separate protests while I

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protest against the Egyptian embassy and

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then the following day in protest

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against the Turkish embassy so it looks

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like there are two factions within the

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people that are protesting and both of

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these groups have protested the previous

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regime headed by L Bashir who was a real

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a real jerk off a caricature in a sacri

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a Cohan film about so anyway L Bashir is

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gone in several and through several of

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us henchmans and the remaining we

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business leaders are trying to

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reestablish order now my feeling is and

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you’re right on this I think that when

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all is said and done that the Muslim

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Brotherhood will take over that movement

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the revolution if you will yeah they’re

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clearly desperate to establish a

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physical Caliphate somewhere now that

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they’ve lost it in Syria and ovine right

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yes Betty but here’s the other angle

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because I mentioned also in these news

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reports that Turkey is playing games in

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the Sudan also you’ve got Turkey sending

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weapons and containing troops into

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Tripoli aiding the islamist tripoli

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government you’ve also got an Arab

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Spring movement a huge one taking place

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in Algeria just massive massive crowds

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in every city you can and they’re the

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protesters are claiming that they want a

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democratic system with no military

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control and no religious control but

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once again I think when my little said

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and done that is it is the Brotherhood

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Islamist that won’t be taking over there

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– and I wouldn’t be surprised to find

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Turkey involved there – because all of

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these territories were once part of the

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old Ottoman Empire and early guy has

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this ambition of you know really

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creating this Ottoman Empire sure looks

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like it yep

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that happens say an apology if the

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Islamists take over and although these

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countries that are currently experience

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an Arab Spring type situation or civil

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war like we have in Libya Scalia bad

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news for Egypt is they’re caught in the

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middle and Scobie bad news for Israel

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because turkey is already occupied parts

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of northern Syria and ever-increasing

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parts of Iraq yeah

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turkey is Turkey is definitely looking

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for that manifest destiny and they

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appear to be they appear to be a Muslim

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brother at entry anyway well yeah like I

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think I’m the last interview we had I

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mentioned that the ruling party in

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Turkey the AKP is a clone of the

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Brotherhood and they in fact yeah it

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seems to me that that the brother had

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moved from Egypt to Turkey yes mostly

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yeah a lot of how many of the Egyptian

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Muslim Brotherhood personnel had moved

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to Turkey and they they claimed that

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there’s something like 2,000 media

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personnel Egyptian media a Muslim

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Brotherhood personnel in Turkey and

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Turkey has been broadcasting radio and

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TV shows 24/7 into Egypt trying to do a

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stir up the population you know one of

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this might be it may or may not be worth

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researching for you but one of our

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translators speculated that the reason

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that there are suddenly all this these

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charges these sexual abuse charges

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against the Muslim Brotherhood’s grant

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founders grandson which is tariq

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ramadhan it’s because he made a public

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statement that he was opposed to air21

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and he was opposed to her to one sort of

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being the leader of the Brotherhood is

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at work and suddenly all these charges

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appeared where he was guilty he was a

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different Muslim women were accusing him

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of sexual impropriety and one of our

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translators speculated that this is

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because he he didn’t he wasn’t going

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along with which would make sense since

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his grandfather was Hassan al-banna who

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was the Egyptian founder that probably

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felt the belong

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what do you think good yeah I had not

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heard that he had said that he didn’t

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want an arrow and to take control of the

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movement but that would make sense and

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that herb ago and we’ll certainly

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consider tariq ramadhan as as a threat

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being the grandson of hassan al-banna

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so yeah i could see the turks playing

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games there to try to take him out in

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some way i want to mention one more

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thing about this brand designed for the

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you know the for the turks to resurrect

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the ottoman empire as the kata fate the

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spirits are guided of the current

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spiritual guide of the muslim

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brotherhood disavowing who is based on

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in a cloud tire and works with elves and

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sarah he’s got a weekly program there

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he’s basically said that that urban wine

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is the hope of all muslims and even

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called him used the term you know i’m

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here what money which means literally

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prince of the faithful but it’s a term

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that they always used to use the Middle

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Ages for the Kamath so it’s basically in

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other words heard that we the spiritual

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head of the Muslim Brotherhood

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nationally internationally has basically

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blessed ordered went as the coming Calif

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al-qaradawi mean Elkhart now he has

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blessed early where the coming chaos yes

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the coming killer

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wow that’s significant news I am I am I

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am I’m shocked I didn’t know that and

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please do I do now thank you very much

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Barry web for this weekly update from

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the arab news it is the kind of thing

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that we you know west so desperately

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need

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