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By Taylor Marvin

Rashid al-Din, Genghis Khan's enthronement. Via Wikimedia.

Rashid al-Din, ‘Genghis Khan’s enthronement.’ Via Wikimedia.

Jeremy Pressman on gender and blogging in IR.

Daniel Philpott talks about the role of religion in postconflict Syria. Matthew McNaught reflects on microbuses, Damascus, and the conflict.

Do the protests in Brazil have more in common with Chile than Turkey?

France is exploring purchasing 16 MQ-9 Reaper drones. Via Vikash Yadav, a massive outline of a Reaper drone outside Washington D.C.’s Corcoran Gallery of Art. Relatedly, Mother Jones recently talked to Mahwish Chishty, a Pakistani artist who repurposes drones as folk art canvases.

“If Activision had any courage, Modern Warfare 4 would be about Syrian rebels fighting and dying while waiting for empty promises of Western aid. That’s modern warfare.” Why the massively popular Modern Warfare video game franchise is a “comforting lie” (via Stefan Sasse).

In Egypt, President Morsi has been overthrown in a military coupMax Strasser reported from Tahrir Square Tuesday: “When I asked people why they were ecstatic about the sight of an Apache [attack helicopter] flying over a protest – rather than alarmed – I was told that the army is ‘our army’ and will protect the Egyptians” (via Ali Gharib). Marc Lynch is “deeply skeptical” about the coup’s potential to be a path towards democracy.

Nervana Mahmoud sees the recent protests as “not a revolution to establish democracy; it is a revolution to defend an identity.”

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  • For years I have said that there has not been on record of a time where peace broke out without a war to initiate the coming together. Is it possible that Egypt is one of the first times for this to occur? It is the hope of this old War Horse that we are being made witness to the time where mankind realizes that death of others is not the way to achieve peace. I hope that the people in Egypt can find a way to make this transition peaceful and not sink into some form of Civil War.

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