Tagged with Hosni Mubarak

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Old Things

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Old Things

God,  So much in Egypt is old. Some gets preserved. Some gets restored.  All is its heritage. Honor and judge appropriately.   Over the past few weeks many Pharaonic artefacts have been discovered. Mummies, statues, funerary cartouches. Let Egypt celebrate, God, and the world with her. Some are inspiring, some are mishandled. Help archaeology support the … Continue reading

Misrepresenting the Coptic Church and Politics

Misrepresenting the Coptic Church and Politics

The debate is valid: What is the proper role of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the nation’s politics? It is also an unavoidable debate. Once Pope Tawadros appeared with the Grand Sheikh of al-Azhar to back the popularly-backed military overthrow of President Morsi, he reasserted the church into the political scene. The decision of the … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Mubarak Verdict

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Mubarak Verdict

God, The judge ended his 200 page judgment with an appeal to you as Ultimate Judge. Perhaps his conscience was pained after avoiding a ruling. Mubarak was neither convicted nor acquitted, his case dismissed on a technicality. And a similar reasoning let his security generals off the hook. Since no officers were found guilty in … Continue reading

Mubarak Verdict Reactions

Mubarak Verdict Reactions

From Paul Attallah, a roundup of reactions to the verdict acquitting former president Hosni Mubarak from responsibility for the deaths of protestors during the January 25, 2011 revolution. His perspective is evident, and he is a decent representative of  local, non-Islamist opinion: Mixed reaction According to Professor Said Sadek of California Miramar University, there is … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Blame and Impose

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Blame and Impose

God, The last three years in Egypt have been troublesome. Find a culprit, and force your way. An early culprit was Mubarak. Today he faces a verdict that may exonerate him. The current culprit is the Muslim Brotherhood, according to a national fact-finding investigation into the post-June 30 violence. They initiated the violence in the … Continue reading

The Face of the Former NDP

The Face of the Former NDP

Much has been speculated about the coming Egyptian parliament being dominated by figures who used to belong to the National Democratic Party of former President Hosni Mubarak. Given the favor conveyed to the January 25 activists, this proposition scares many. Perhaps it should. The understanding of the old parliamentary system was that it was a … Continue reading

Cairo’s Christian Garbagemen Back to Work

From the Guardian, describing a reversal in state policy to work with those who do the job best: In 2012 former president Mohamed Morsi had made the state of the streets an electoral issue, claiming that he would clean them up in 100 days. He failed. “There’s only one solution,” said Greiss, “and that is … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Trial, Satire

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Trial, Satire

God, Egypt’s tests continue. Popular talk show satirist Bassem Youssef returned to the air after a long absence and subsequently lost a lot of his popularity. Praised and hated for poking fun at President Morsi and fellow Islamists, he turned his attention to the adoration mania surrounding military leader General Sisi. Not only did many … Continue reading

The Brittle State

Salama Moussa writes about the Orwellian realities in Egypt today: The narrative surrounding the January 2011 revolution has done damage to the goal of progress in Egypt. The accepted myth is that of an impossibly brave action against an exceptionally impregnable wall.  While there is no denying the bravery, the Mubarak state was less an … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: A Call to Purge

Friday Prayers for Egypt: A Call to Purge

God, Another protest was assaulted, this time one called for by Islamists. An otherwise peaceful demonstration calling to purge the judiciary was met by violence, when then lasted long into the night. Not all Islamists participated; some believed such a protest would not help matters. Perhaps others remembered their own earlier criticism that continued demonstrations … Continue reading

‘Fight Club’ and Egyptian Sectarianism

‘Fight Club’ and Egyptian Sectarianism

From the blog Tabula Sara, her conclusion: The first rule of sectarianism: you do not talk about sectarianism. In most of my writings I seek to counter inflammatory headlines about Coptic persecution. There is almost always an initial incident stemming from ordinary community disputes, of which a Christian can be at fault as easily as … Continue reading

Independence of the Egyptian Judiciary

Independence of the Egyptian Judiciary

From my recent article on Arab West Report: The Egyptian transition following the 2011 January 25th revolution has been fraught with controversy; among many has been the reform of the judiciary system. While the 1971 constitution guaranteed an independent judiciary, the following year President Sadat presided over the passing of law 46 which moved many … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Morsy’s Inviolability

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Morsy’s Inviolability

God, Egypt is once again divided, perhaps more visibly now than in some time. President Morsy issued a decree to shield both his past and present decisions from judicial review, until a new constitution and parliament appear. He promises not to abuse this authority, claimed as necessary to stabilize Egypt and complete the revolution. He … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Camel Recall

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Camel Recall

God, Egypt has once again produced a crisis. This one may only be mini, but perhaps official reactions will reveal its extent. Tahrir filled with rocks and Molotovs, as demonstrators faced off one to another. The crisis was slow brewing, and then sudden. For weeks liberals have railed against the membership of the committee tasked … Continue reading

Spinning the Muslim Brotherhood

In politics, spin is inevitable. But in times of great political struggle spin is often transformed into misrepresentation. In Egypt these days, as seen in the press, the Muslim Brotherhood is spun virtually into a dervish. Consider first this article from al-Akhbar, ‘Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Reassures Washington’, published April 7, 2012. Though it details current … Continue reading

What’s Behind the Mubarak Verdict?

The headlines in the West will read, ‘Mubarak sentenced to life imprisonment.’ They may also say, ‘Egyptians take to the street in protest.’ Confused? Unless one reads more deeply the obvious connection must be that protestors wanted his head, literally. The reality is rather simple, just not within the headlines. Mubarak and the former Minster … Continue reading