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Friday Prayers for Egypt: Journalists vs Police

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Journalists vs Police

God, So much in Egypt is zero sum. Nullify correctly, or change the equation. During recent protests over the Red Sea islands, several journalists were arrested. Many were quickly released. But when police entered the syndicate to arrest two journalists staging a sit-in, the majority believe a line was crossed. Police had a warrant, but … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Police vs State

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Police vs State

God, The police have a hard job. They are targets for terrorism, accused of corruption, and scapegoats of a revolution. Their moral authority has been compromised, yet they are on the front lines of state sovereignty. How much compensation do they deserve? The lowest of them, the most numerous, and perhaps those most exposed, think … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Police Blotter

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Police Blotter

God, The police usually do not belong in the papers. The criminal should take the headlines, with the officer behind the scenes. In Egypt, sadly, this has not been true. The pendulum, hopefully, might yet reach balance. Police abuse and corruption was a prime catalyst of the revolution. Demonized, the papers scrutinized every fault. Later, … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Declaring Reform

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Declaring Reform

God, The public statements coming out of Egypt are positive. Help the public reform to follow. You know what is needed, God, but officials surely have an idea as well. The housing minister announced efforts to eliminate slums within a year. The interior minister called on citizens to report police abuse. And following visits by … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Parliament, Police

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Parliament, Police

God, News this week prompted both a sigh and a gasp. The Supreme Constitutional Court struck down provisions of the law to elect parliament, further delaying the process. And a cabinet reshuffle appointed a new minister of the interior, with speculations on the impact. The parliament delay was almost expected, as there appears little political … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Is it a Celebration?

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Is it a Celebration?

God, What is January 25 anymore? The third anniversary of the Egyptian revolution is clouded in the smoke of today’s bombs, targeting police in four prominent Cairo locations. The original January 25 also targeted police, but through demonstrations. Much forgotten in that euphoria was the collective attack on police stations throughout the country three days … Continue reading

The Police as Part of the January 25 Revolution

From Ahram Online, reporting President Morsi’s visit to the central security force headquarters, in what must surely be a typo: “You are the protectors of the country’s inside and outside safety [said Morsi]. The police were part of the successful crossing of the Suez Canal in the 1973 war and also part of the January … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Community Policing

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Community Policing

God, In the darkest days of the revolution, the police disappeared from the streets and neighborhoods across Egypt banded together to protect their properties. As criminals fled prisons, this spontaneous action contained the chaos and rallied the nation in support of Tahrir Square. Though many died, your grace was present, and Egypt avoided the fate … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Police, Protest

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Police, Protest

God, The dynamic is changing in Egypt, but it is happening outside of Cairo. Violence and civil disobedience characterize Delta and Suez Canal cities, while police themselves go on strike throughout the nation. In fact in Port Said they were ordered of the street. There is little to commend here, God. Surely the grievances are … Continue reading

Military Rank

I know very little about military affairs, either in America or the rest of the world. With the important role of the armed forces in Egypt, however, I thought it useful to understand the local chain of rank. The enlisted soldier is known as either a jundi or ‘askari. He has received no formal education, … Continue reading