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Al Jazeera’s English channel newsroom in Doha, Qatar (File photo: Hamid Jalaudin/AP)

Maybe to U.S. journalists, such as Soledad O’Brien, the Arab news organization Al Jazeera is still the industry gold standard, but in the Middle East the network has experienced real damage to its credibility. The past week has been a rough one, including en masse staff resignations, a raid of one of its offices, its reporters kicked out of a news conference by fellow journalists, and the arrest of some of its staffers by Egyptian security forces.

Egyptian supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood shout slogans as they rally in support of deposed president Mohamed Morsi outside Cairo’s Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque late on July 7, 2013. Sixteen Islamist activists were shot dead during clashes with the police in the vicinity of the mosque early on July 8, a Muslim Brotherhood spokeman said. AFP PHOTO/MAHMOUD KHALED (Photo credit should read MAHMOUD KHALED/AFP/Getty Images)

At least 51 people were killed on Monday when demonstrators enraged by the military overthrow of Egypt’s elected Islamist president said the army opened fire during morning prayers outside the Cairo barracks where Mohamed Morsi is believed held.

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Egypt’s top military commander says the army is now in full control of the country and President Mohammed Morsi has been replaced by the chief justice of the constitutional court as the interim head of state.

Egypt’s military vowed to defend the country’s people against any “terrorist, radical or fool” as it is just hours ahead of its deadline for President Mohammed Morsi to resolve the nation’s political crisis – or face intervention by the Egyptian military army. A post on the official Facebook page of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which is headed by Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, read:

We swear to God that we will sacrifice even our blood for Egypt and its people, to defend them against any terrorist, radical or fool.

June 29, 2013: An Egyptian protester chants slogans against Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi during a rally in Tahrir Square in Cairo. (AP)r

Tens of thousands of protestors in Egypt gather to oppose the Islamist president in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, and in cities around the country Sunday. They have launched an all-out push to force Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi from office on the one-year anniversary of his inauguration. Fears of violence were high, with Morsi’s Islamist supporters vowing to defend him.

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