Tagged with Rabaa

Two Wings of the Brotherhood

Two Wings of the Brotherhood

The text has 75 footnotes. Samuel Tadros of the Hudson Institute has dutifully followed the internal power struggle consuming the Muslim Brotherhood since the fall of Morsi. It is a long read, but he ties the strands together in a compelling narrative. The thrust is that there are two competing wings, an old guard that … Continue reading

The Duel of Drawing Egypt’s Future

The Duel of Drawing Egypt’s Future

What will Egypt one day look like? Declaring this future, and drawing it visually, is one way to secure authority. This is a view put forward by Mada Masr, discussing the plans for the new Egyptian capital to replace Cairo. The presentation thus stands not only for a city, but for a whole world — … 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

A Jihadi in the Making

A Jihadi in the Making

Powerful testimony from Rana Allam, about her former work colleague and fellow Tahrir demonstrator, in Daily News Egypt. The difference between us, and it was quite minor back then, that he came from a family that believed in the Muslim Brotherhood and he was a religious young man, while I believed in a secular civil … 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: Rabaa and the Gulf

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Rabaa and the Gulf

God, Old events and new repercussions affected Egypt this week. The semi-independent National Council for Human Rights spoke publically about its fact-finding mission on the August 14 dispersal of the pro-Morsi sit-ins at Rabaa and Nahda Squares, in which several hundred died. Unrelated but poignant in timing, a row erupted in the Persian Gulf as … Continue reading

Our Little Ones Watch a Protest

Our Little Ones Watch a Protest

The other day Emma’s best friend, Karoleen, and her younger brother, Boula, came over to play at our home following church. As the kids were gathered around the table working on crafts, I heard the familiar sounds of a protest approaching. A fair number have passed near the house in recent months, although they usually … Continue reading