How Morsi Could Still be President

How Morsi Could Still be President

This article from Reuters details a deal that was in place, brokered by the EU with the opposition, that was spurned by Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood, two months before he was pushed from power: Under a compromise crafted in months of shuttle diplomacy by EU envoy Bernardino Leon, six secular opposition parties would have … Continue reading

Debate: Genocide for Syria’s Alawites?

Debate: Genocide for Syria’s Alawites?

If you think American news is polarized, check out al-Jazeera. If you think American news pushes boundaries and aims to shape a narrative, check out al-Jazeera. If you think news in general reflects the attitudes of its audience, then God have mercy, check out al-Jazeera. I remember many years ago, when the channel was first … Continue reading

The Real Threat to Sisi: His Own Inept House?

The Real Threat to Sisi: His Own Inept House?

The title of this post summarizes the opinion of an article in International Policy Digest, describing two main camps among Sisi’s power base. Both the military/institutions of state and the business/media/political elite are used to cooperating, but are so used to the rules of the old game they don’t realize the world has changed. As … Continue reading

Family House Committee Work

Family House Committee Work

The Egyptian Family House is an institution created to preserve and promote religious unity between the nation’s Muslims and Christians. Its mandate includes both advising the government on proper policy and encouraging the grassroots by multiplying branches throughout the country. I have written previously on its general structure. Recently with Arab West Report I had … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Nervous Eid

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Nervous Eid

God, Give Egyptians a happy holiday at the end of Ramadan. Honor their fasting, hear their prayers. And above all, keep them safe. The week began with a huge explosion at the Italian consulate. It ended with the claim of a terrorist attack on a naval vessel in the Mediterranean. There have been warnings of … Continue reading

The Blow to the Brotherhood’s International Reputation

The Blow to the Brotherhood’s International Reputation

Opinions on the Muslim Brotherhood tend to diverge into relatively hardline camps. One says they are an extremist organization willing to utilize violence. They other says they are a reformist organization willing to utilize democracy. Academic public opinion in the West tends to lean toward the latter. The Egyptian government is aggressively pushing the former. … Continue reading

The Faith of Egypt’s Judges

The Faith of Egypt’s Judges

This article was first published at Lapido Media. Multiple assassinations and repeated threats fail to make Egypt’s judges buckle. The hammer of terrorism meets the rock of faith, with Muslim and Christian alike proclaiming a reality of inner peace. ‘What is the worst that can happen?’ Judge Adel Maged, vice-president of the Court of Cassation, … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Anti-Terrorism Law

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Anti-Terrorism Law

God, Egypt has suffered terribly, how should she respond? Some see the need for rapid justice following the assassination of the public prosecutor and a terrorist offensive in Sinai. A draft law has been prepared to create special courts, prolong detentions, prohibit reporting outside of public statements, and prevent questioning security over use of force … Continue reading

Egyptian Journalists on Censorship and Support

Egyptian Journalists on Censorship and Support

This Guardian article contains explosively frank quotes from leading Egyptian media personalities, about how they openly support the regime and seek to sway public opinion. Here is a sample: “I would say anything the military tells me to say out of duty and respect for the institution,” says Ahmed Moussa, one of the most popular … Continue reading

Egypt and FIFA

Egypt and FIFA

First off, congratulations to the USA for winning the Women’s World Cup. But with corruption allegations throwing FIFA into a tailspin, here are some interesting tidbits from Egypt. First, on the nation’s resistance to corruption, said to cost it the 2010 World Cup. From Ahram Online: Egypt refused to pay a $7 million bribe to … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: A Bad Week

Friday Prayers for Egypt: A Bad Week

God, Many are dead, with increasing sophistication. Have mercy on Egypt, and let this pass. A remotely detonated bomb killed the public prosecutor, the first high official assassinated in two decades. A terrorist offensive in the Sinai was ultimately driven back by the army, but not before several hours of bloody conflict. A Muslim Brotherhood … Continue reading

Egypt, Up and Down

Egypt, Up and Down

Two global index reports recently released provide perspective on Egypt these days. Security is up, law is down. According to the Global Peace Index, Egypt experienced the third largest jump among the 162 studied nations. Unfortunately, ranked at 137, it still has a long way to go. The assassination of the prosecutor general is indicative … Continue reading

The Countdown to June 30, in Retrospect

The Countdown to June 30, in Retrospect

Two years later, how did Mohamed Morsi lose power? What was the political climate like? How large were the protests? Was it a coup? An Egyptian Christian, Paul Attallah, has provided a recap based on his email newsletter at the time. I often convey his information in my ‘analysis’ page, as his collection of news … Continue reading

The Brotherhood as the Jihadi Source

The Brotherhood as the Jihadi Source

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry recently called the Muslim Brotherhood the source of all extremist ideology. The article does not give a detailed rationale, though the accusation is repeated often by many anti-Islamists in Egypt. This article in al-Monitor, however, explains how it works: The Islamists see a wide systematic conflict between the Brotherhood and … Continue reading