Headless Mummies

For those who follow the news whenever there is supposed looting and/or rioting (remember New Orleans?), there is always an outrageous story that inflames the media but turns out not to be true. I’m not saying it didn’t happen, but count me skeptical:

Would-be looters broke into Cairo’s famed Egyptian Museum, ripping the heads off two mummies…


  1. One of the things that seems to be happening, as well, is there seems to be some state sponsored looting to turn national and international opinion against the protesters/revolutionaries.

    From NYTimes, The Lede, “Peter Bouckaert of Human Rights Watch writes, “Two looters were just caught in the Muharram Beyh neighborhood of Alexandria who had police ID cards and were members of an undercover plainclothes force.””

    Also, here is more on rumors and claims that some of the looters are really plainclothes police, http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2011/01/whos-looting-and-why-ctd.html

    I wonder how much attention mainstream US news sources are paying to Egyptians organizing against looting vs. attention to looting. I bet self-organization is being downplayed, though. Better a brutal and corrupt dictator than the force of the demos…

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