2013-08-12

Morning Report: 2013-08-12

Egypt: Government preparing crackdown on pro-Morsi demonstrators. Al-Ahram: 'A source from the interior ministry told Ahram Online Sunday that no official statement has been issued by the ministry regarding the dispersal of the sit-ins held by supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi in Cairo and Giza. When asked about the dispersal taking place, the source said that "all options are on the table," affirming that security forces have recently intensified their presence around the sit-ins. ...'

Israel: JCS Chief in third visit. Arutz Sheva: 'Chairman Martin Dempsey of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States, arrived in Israel, Monday afternoon, as guest of Chief of Staff Benny Gantz of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).' He'll meet with Gantz, PM Benjamin Netanyahu, and Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon.

Europe: UK considers legal action against Spain over Gibraltar. Reuters: 'Britain may take legal action against Spain over tighter border controls at its contested overseas territory Gibraltar, Prime Minister David Cameron's spokesman said on Monday, escalating a row that has strained relations between the two countries. Tensions over Gibraltar - the rocky outpost at the mouth of the Mediterranean to which Spain lays claim - flared up this month after Spain complained that an artificial reef being built by Gibraltar would block its fishing vessels. Spain has imposed tougher checks at the frontier, causing long delays for thousands of tourists and local people. ...' Stratfor has background, with video (free).