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The incredible shrinking Muslim Brotherhood. It's looking mighty lonely on the upper rungs of the Egypt's defiant Islamist movement, after security forces today arrested one of the few remaining senior leaders not already in jail. Mohamed Badie, the Brotherhood's "general guide" and spiritual leader, was taken into custody in Cairo early this morning, where he joins scores of Brothers and other Islamists detained since the military deposed President Mohamed Morsi, a month and a half ago. 

The Brotherhood, however, has already appointed Badie's replacement — just one of the signs that the movement has no intention of doing anything less than digging in for the fight. Follow where that gets it with the military via our live blog. And as the two sides trade accusations, here's one Cairo resident's account of what Egypt's chaos looks like from the ground.

Who killed Benazir Bhutto? He may not have pulled the trigger, but according to Pakistani prosecutors, Pervez Musharraf is ultimately responsible for the former prime minister's death. A court today charged Musharraf, the former army chief who once ruled at the head of a military government, with murder for failing to prevent the attack on a 2007 campaign rally that left then opposition leader Bhutto dead.

Musharraf denies all charges. He and six other defendants will be back in court next week, in a case that is sure to test just how powerful Pakistan's once all mighty military still remains.


All the news that's fit to smash. Fresh from the revelation that counterterrorist police detained one of its journalist's partners, the Guardian newspaper has disclosed yet more sinister goings-on related to its coverage of the US and UK governments' secret surveillance programs. None too pleased by the broadsheet printing Edward Snowden's leaks, its editor-in-chief claims, the UK's intelligence service sent its heavies round to force Guardian employees to destroy all documents and hard drives containing information on the story.

Have they never heard of cloud storage, you might well wonder? As the Guardian's editor says, the government's actions won't keep the paper from publishing its sources' revelations, they might just have to do it from elsewhere. The internet always finds a way — and the madder you make it, the harder it'll hit back.

The Rock and rollers. After years of relative calm, the 300-year dispute between Britain and Spain over who owns Gibraltar is flaring up once more. The British terrority's plan to create an artificial reef off its shores has Spanish fishermen complaining, Madrid imposing restrictive new controls on the frontier, Britain sending warships, and both sides threatening worse.

Local residents on both sides of the border are suffering. GlobalPost reports from the town of La Linea de la Concepcion, where residents find themselves between The Rock and a hard place


Horn of rhino and, er, horn of tiger. No witch's recipe these, but just two of the modern vices of China's nouveaux riches. The country’s newly-minted millionaires are second to none in their unusual tastes. In need of spiritual guidance? Hire a qigong master. Want to flash your cash? Encase your Ferrari in gold. Fast-paced lifestyle leaving you weary? Gobble some dead animal parts.

Here's GlobalPost's guide to six vices of the Chinese rich and infamous. Whoever said money can't buy you a dried tiger penis?