Not content being the most confoundingly charming rogue detective in the fake world, Benedict Cumberbatch, star of the excellent UK series Sherlock, is also adept at cutting through the bullshit of celebrity it appears. He was photographed in Wales while filming the new season (not series, sorry), by the paparazzi holding a note that read “Go photograph Egypt and show the world something important.” Ironically, the note has had the exact opposite of its intended effect, because now everyone is sharing this around. Can’t win I guess.
Over 1,000 dead in three days of carnage. As a reporter covering conflicts over the years, I have seen many dead bodies—but never have I seen so many people dying before my eyes. The last gurgling gasp of air, the eyes turning lifeless, the rising wails of grief.
And a bit more:
Justifying the crackdown, the government and police repeatedly assured Egyptians and the rest of the world that in fact, they had acted with the utmost self-restraint. “Terrorism” was the word repeatedly used, with Army spokesman Ahmed Ali succinctly summarizing the state’s logic of violence. “When dealing with terrorism,” he said, “the consideration of civil and human rights are not applicable.” The military-backed cabinet, the security establishment and the allied so-called “liberal” elite have vilified an entire swathe of society as violent extremists unfit for political life.