Tagged with Mohamed Morsy

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: Terrorist Cell?

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Terrorist Cell?

God, It is first useful to recall what are understood to be facts. On January 28, the decisive day of the revolution, the prisons were opened. Though many were later apprehended, others are still at large. During the volatile transition to democracy security was lax and policemen absent. It is understood many weapons entered Egypt … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Appointments

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Appointments

God, There is little to pray for this week except for wisdom for men. Many new faces are receiving new responsibilities, as the president has appointed new people to fill the offices of governorates, the National Council for Human Rights, and the Supreme Press Council. Not all governors are new; only ten of twenty-seven have … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Anti-MB Protests

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Anti-MB Protests

God, What do you make of the anti-Muslim Brotherhood protests? There was so much confusion in the preceding weeks; so much tied to broader events in the nation. Yet the fact of the matter is a few thousand people demonstrated at the presidential palace. Calls for a sit-in are pending. If the turnout was somewhat … Continue reading

Morsy Moves against the Army: How to Write about it?

Morsy Moves against the Army: How to Write about it?

It has taken me a long time to write anything about the Sunday surprise: President Morsy forcing the resignation of senior military men Mohamed Tantawi and Sami Anan. At the same time, he unilaterally canceled the army announcement appropriating legislative authority and constitutional oversight to itself. Morsy then gave himself these privileges. Much of my … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Consolidation

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Consolidation

God, Honor those in authority, and make them men worthy of honor. To the degree they are, may they receive honor from the people. Yet this asks a lot of the people, God, when so much happens behind closed doors. Once opened and an action is taken, there is little in the way of explanation, … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Rafah

  God, Once again Egypt is bloody. When manipulations are political it can be understood as the nature of politics in times of transition. Yet this manipulation is evil. Sixteen soldiers were killed on the border with Gaza, by as yet unknown assailants. Early reports blamed terrorist Islamist groups based in the Sinai. Then links … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Dahshur and Cabinet

God, It is good there is now a cabinet in place, because they have work to do. After a long delay, presumably over negotiations, President Morsy has now sworn in his new government. Public reaction is mostly blah. Most members are technocrats, there are few Muslim Brothers, and no Salafis. Some complain over the number … Continue reading

Copts Split over Boycott of Clinton over Support for ‘Islamo-Fascism’ in Middle East

Copts Split over Boycott of Clinton over Support for ‘Islamo-Fascism’ in Middle East

This article was originally published at Lapido Media on August 1, 2012. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared religious freedom in Egypt to be ‘quite tenuous’ following the releaseof the 2011 International Religious Freedom Report. Despite chronicling several instances of sectarian violence against Coptic Christians, their community finds itself increasingly divided over its longstanding … Continue reading

Escalating Pressure for the Blind Sheikh

On Thursday, July 26, the family of Omar Abdel Rahman ratcheted up their rhetoric in their awareness campaign to free their father. The family issued five demands to President Morsy and invited speakers to comment, some of whom threatened America harshly. Otherwise known as the ‘Blind Sheikh’, Abdel Rahman is imprisoned in America for involvement … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Prime Minister

God, Egypt has taken a step. It is a small one, but a step nonetheless. It is not a step that pleases many, though. President Morsy finally selected a prime minister to form a government, but turned to an obscure and inexperienced bureaucrat. By appearances, he is also an Islamist, though he claims no membership … 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

Wary of Morsy

This article was originally published in the Christian Century on July 17, 2012. President Mohamed Morsy’s decision to reinstate the dissolved parliament has set off a firestorm of debate in Egypt. Is Morsy fighting for full democracy against a military regime? Or is he trying to institute a full Islamist takeover of government? Christians worry … Continue reading