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Ahmad Shokr and Anjali Kamat


Of Stupid Men and Smart Machines

[Protesters destroy an American flag pulled down from the U.S. embassy in Cairo, Egypt, Sept. 11, 2012. Image by Mohammed Abu Zaid/AP Photo]

It is too early to know the definitive story of what led to Tuesday’s protests at the US embassy in Cairo and the brazen attack on the US consulate in Benghazi later that night that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. As protests threaten to spread, what emerges through the dense speculative fog of the aftermath of Tuesday’s attacks is that the violence cannot be ascribed to any single cause. It was the result of a deadly confluence of factors: ...

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Ahmad Shokr and Anjali Kamat


Ahmad Shokr is an editor at Al-Masry Al-Youm English Edition and a Ph.D. candidate in History and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University.

Anjali Kamat is an independent writer and former Democracy Now! correspondent. She’s a producer for Fault Lines at Al Jazeera English.