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Mohammad Morsi, who was elected president of Egypt leading an Islamist party, died in court late Monday. He had been deposed by the military after imposing an Islamist constitution and showing his ties to the Muslim Brotherhood more clearly. The military acted after a second wave of popular unrest showed people wanted change, but not quite the change Morsi seemed to be delivering.

France24 reports Morsi was buried Tuesday, in keeping with the custom of burial as soon after death as possible:

Egypt’s public prosecutor said Morsi was pronounced dead in hospital at 4:50pm local time. He said the medical report showed no apparent sign of recent injuries.

The former leader was buried in a solemn ceremony attended by his family in Cairo’s western district of Nasr City early on Tuesday, one of his lawyers, Abdul-Moneim Abdel-Maqsoud, told the AP.

Both France24 and Deutsche Welle produced short summary videos. They are markedly different in content and tone, reflecting sharply different national policies and politics.

The French report seems like straight news reporting. You hear about a new constitution as evidence supporting concerns about the direction he was taking the country. Contrast this with Berlin’s view, omitting the detail about the new constitution and rolling out a series of attacks on the current Egyptian government, hinting at foul play.

Maybe this is one more dot in the growing collection pointing to the wisdom of shifting our military presence in Europe from Germany to more compatible states like Poland. Perhaps these two official narratives form two more points building up the pointillist image of Southwest Asian geopolitics. Of course, watching coverage and responses from inside and outside Egypt, an alternate headline could be: “With Death of Morsi, Mischief May Ensue.”

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There are 9 comments.

  1. Kevin Schulte Member

    Channeling my inner Lily Tomlin.

    The more cynical I get, I just can’t keep up.

    Wondering what a serious autopsy might have found.

    Channeling my inner Jafar.

    Only your fleas will miss you.

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    • June 18, 2019, at 3:01 AM PST
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  2. OkieSailor Member

    Do we know his cause of death? While I’m quite sure he was mis-treated in custody, by Western standards at least, I’m not shedding any tears for his passing. He was taking Egypt in a bad direction and since there were no better options, I’m glad their military acted to stop him. This world is not a nice place, I can deal with that.

     

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    • June 18, 2019, at 3:11 AM PST
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  3. Kozak Member

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    • June 18, 2019, at 4:46 AM PST
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  4. Phil Turmel Coolidge

    Not mourning him here. Even if foul play, it would fit what he was doing before his ouster. Karma can be a [expletive].

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    • June 18, 2019, at 4:49 AM PST
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  5. Chris Hutchinson Coolidge

    Clifford A. Brown: Maybe this is one more dot in the growing collection pointing to the wisdom of shifting our military presence in Europe from Germany to more compatible states like Poland.

    We can hope.

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    • June 18, 2019, at 4:54 AM PST
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  6. Dr. Bastiat Member

    I wonder what the odds are that he died of natural causes?

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    • June 18, 2019, at 5:31 AM PST
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  7. DrewInWisconsin, Type Monkey Member

    I wonder if his #1 and #2 cheerleaders in the U.S. — Obama and Hillary — will be attending any memorial services. Obviously #3, John McCain, is unable to attend.

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    • June 18, 2019, at 7:54 AM PST
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  8. Arahant Member

    Dr. Bastiat (View Comment):

    I wonder what the odds are that he died of natural causes?

    Depends on what you mean by “natural.” Respiration ceased. That’s natural enough.

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    • June 18, 2019, at 9:42 AM PST
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  9. MichaelKennedy Coolidge

    What a waste of a life he was. He had a PhD in Petroleum Engineering from USC. He could have done great things for Egypt but for his radical Muslim ideology. The USC Petroleum Engineering department has been outstanding since before I was there in the 1950s.

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    • June 18, 2019, at 11:01 AM PST
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