President Barack Obama called Egypt's new president-elect, Mohammed Morsi, to congratulate him while the White House also cautioned the Muslim Brotherhood victor to protect the rights of non-Muslims and uphold existing treaties-including Egypt's Camp David peace accord with Israel.
In his victory speech in Cairo, Morsi said he would "preserve international accords and obligations," but in an interview with Iran's Fars news agency, Morsi said, "We will review the issue of Camp David." Morsi defeated Ahmed Shafiq, former President Hosni Mubarak's prime minister and a military general, in a runoff, winning 51.7 percent of the vote.
Expect a global push for universal contraceptive coverage leading up to a mid-July London summit hosted by the Gates Foundation and the U.K.'s bloated Department for International Development. The push will focus on increasing the use of contraceptives among women as young as 15. Human rights groups and others have adopted that stance, they say, to combat forced sterilizations and forced abortions. (But why not simply stop those practices?)
Leading evangelicals appear to support that concept, with the National Association of Evangelicals President Leith Anderson telling WORLD, in response to questions about a $1 million grant it accepted from The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, a pro-abortion group: "The Church is understandably reluctant to recommend contraception for unmarried sexual partners, given that it cannot condone extramarital sex. However, it is even more tragic when unmarried individuals compound one sin by conceiving and then destroying the precious gift of life." That sounds like the NAE has decided it's OK to make contraceptives available to unmarried churchgoers (and it has the dollars thanks to The National Campaign to push that message).
Saudi Arabia says it will allow women to compete in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. The country's (all-male) Olympic Committee "oversee participation of women athletes who can qualify," and they surely will be required to wear a "sports hijab" head covering, which has been banned by some sports organizations.
Sudan cracked down on "Arab Spring" protesters who began demonstrations over a week ago and are calling for the ouster of President Omar al-Bashir.
Looking for good press on its drug interception operations in Central America, the Obama administration is talking about Operation Anvil. It has intercepted four drug flights from Honduras in two months of operation. On Saturday a Drug Enforcement Administration agent killed a drug suspect in a remote part of the country. But touting that operation won't ease concerns in Congress over Operation Fast and Furious, a Mexico-based drug interception program that resulted in the death of a DEA agent in 2010. This week the House of Representatives is expected to take up a vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for what looks like a cover-up surrounding the Justice Department-led operation.
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