Tagged with Mohamed Morsi

Concerning Islamism: Hands On or Off?

Concerning Islamism: Hands On or Off?

Shadi Hamid of the Brookings Institute is an insightful analyst of Middle Eastern affairs. Of Islamists in particular, he notes they often moderate under moderate repression, as witnessed under Mubarak. But intrinsically he finds them to be ‘illiberal’ in terms of Western values, though there is a strong undercurrent in his writing that the values … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Remembering Rabaa

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Remembering Rabaa

God, Two years are past, hundreds are dead. Help Egypt to remember correctly. In response to massive protests against then-President Morsi, his supporters rallied in protests of their own. They continued several weeks after he was removed by the army. After several warnings to disband, the camp was cleared forcibly. Some policemen were killed, but … Continue reading

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

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

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Former Heroes

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Former Heroes

God, It has been a bad week for former heroes in Egypt. Mohamed Morsi had his death sentence confirmed. Ahmed Shafik languishes in the UAE. And revolutionary activists are disappearing. Not all were universally loved. Some were at loggerheads. But each was endeared by a substantial segment of the population. That segment has shrunk, and … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Brotherhood Twisting

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Brotherhood Twisting

God, Former president Morsi received his first prison sentence this week: Twenty years for inciting violence against protestors while in office. Afterwards his supporters took to protesting, but far fewer than once before. Even so, again, there was violence. But by the end of the week the Brotherhood abroad reconstituted itself. And the first public … Continue reading

Defending Rabaa

Defending Rabaa

Omar Ashour is an academic at the Brookings Institute who recently published a paper entitled, ‘From Collusion to Crackdown: Islamist-Military Relations in Egypt.’ It is an insightful retelling of two epochal moments in history, the 1952 Free Officers revolution and the 2011 Arab Spring. In both, he details how the military establishment and the Muslim … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Beheadings

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Beheadings

God, After a few days the spirit risks becoming calloused. One more tragedy amid a litany of offense. But the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians in Libya might strike a nerve that runs deeper. It might awaken a nation to danger, or deaden further a decayed humanity. For some, God, are blaming the victim. There … Continue reading

Strong Egypt: A Party in the Middle

Strong Egypt: A Party in the Middle

On an uncontested electoral list at the Strong Egypt Party’s first general conference on February 13, Abdel Moneim Aboul-Fotouh was confirmed as president along with his running mate for general-secretary, Ahmed Fawzi. But this was the least remarkable event of the day. Their acceptance speeches set the tone for the controversy to follow. “I have … Continue reading

A Color (Printed) Revolution?

A Color (Printed) Revolution?

With decent regularity pro-Morsi supporters have conducted small protest marches around our Maadi neighborhood since his removal from office in July 2013. They do not tend to be violent but usually result in ugly graffiti insulting now-President Sisi. Recently, new graffiti has emerged, calling the people to ‘man up’ and protest on January 25, the … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Open, Closed, and Outlawed

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Open, Closed, and Outlawed

God, After a long delay, Egypt’s universities opened again, and with it a renewal of student protests. After a long tenure, the Carter Center closed its Egypt operations, claiming the nation was unlikely to move toward democratic governance. And after a long tolerance, the government formally outlawed the National Alliance to Support Legitimacy, the mostly … Continue reading

Why Does Egypt Suffer Power Cuts?

Why Does Egypt Suffer Power Cuts?

Even into late September Cairo temperatures reached 100 degrees. Statistics show that 40 percent of energy demand comes from home consumption, and increased air conditioner use contributed to overloading the system. The one complaint about a recent article at the Middle East Institute on the energy crisis is that it does not describe the ‘how’ … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Gaza Again

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Gaza Again

God, It is not as if this is the first time. Mutual acrimony between Israel and Hamas leads to the exchange of rockets, with deeply disproportional suffering. Now a land invasion is poised to begin. Egypt has been the historic mediator, but this time – so far – unsuccessfully. Two years ago President Morsi, whose … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Reality before Results?

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Reality before Results?

God, Monday and Tuesday Egyptians will vote for their next president, or, will not vote. Some of the latter will actively boycott, others will passively stay at home—satisfied, resigned, or uninterested. Some of the former will cast for the frontrunner, others will vote for the underdog—believing, protesting, or building an opposition. And a few days … Continue reading

Creating a Protestant Islam?

Creating a Protestant Islam?

A friend of mine, a politically liberal Muslim with little attachment to religion, has often accused the Muslim Brotherhood of seeking to create a Protestant type of Islam. It is a little difficult to catch the connections, as well as to tell if he believes such a transformation would be good or bad for Egypt. … Continue reading

Salafi-Jihadis, Sinai, and the Anticipation of Terrorism

Salafi-Jihadis, Sinai, and the Anticipation of Terrorism

This post recalls two articles published last year at Arab West Report but not referenced on the blog, on the Salafi–Jihadis. The testimony is poignant based on current developments: “We are distinguished from other Islamic trends by not accepting partial solutions,” he said. “The Brotherhood has understandings with the Americans, and they are not working … Continue reading

The Nature of the Insurrection

From McClatchy, an article full of interesting anecdotes on the Islamist youth committing violence in the Nile Delta: In Sharqia province, which sits just between Cairo and the restive Sinai, eight police officers have been killed in just three weeks, each by a motorcyclist who pulled up to them in traffic and shot them, usually … Continue reading

Islamists on the Demise of Islamism

From the Hudson Institute, a very long but very worthy survey of Islamist reflection on current events in Egypt and the fall of Morsi. In addition, it translates in full three current articles on the subject by leading non-Egyptian Islamists, and here is an excerpt from Tunisia’s Rashid al-Ghannouchi: What is called “political Islam” is … Continue reading

Repackaging January 25

Repackaging January 25

General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is an unannounced, unofficial candidate for president, but the announced, but still unofficial campaign for him to run has long been strong. Immediately after deposing President Morsi on July 3 he denied any intention for seeking office, but has since expressed an openness without declaring himself either way, though he dropped … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Arguing the Referendum

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Arguing the Referendum

God, The referendum passed, decisively. Turnout was strong, comparatively. The meaning is debated, heatedly. And here the prayers are needed. A few dispute the turnout, which was the key indicator. Supporters of Morsi have claimed only about ten percent of the electorate voted, while unofficial figures of both participation and affirmation supersede the results for … Continue reading