Monthly Archives: July 2013

Egyptian’s Aak- Week 30. On Mandate and Massacres

 (Pro-Military July 26 demonstrations, via Egypt independent) Main Headlines  Monday Pro and anti-Mursi protesters clash near Cairo’s Tahrir square Family of Egypt’s Morsi threatens legal action over army ‘abduction’ Egypt interim president addresses nation for July23 anniversary Bloody Sunday night … Continue reading

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Women at Forefront Of Egypt’s Revolutionary Wave

This piece initially published in  Al-Monitor On June 30, the thunderous chanting of Egyptian women protesting against Mohammed Morsi, demanding that he leave office, echoed through the streets. Their voices were louder than their fellow men, adopting a collective firm, … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak-Week 29. The Brotherhood’s Nakba

 Main Headlines  Monday Deputy Secretary of State Burns began a two-days visit to Egypt Senior U.S. diplomat rebuffed by Morsi’s opponents Egypt freezes assets of 14 senior Islamist figures ‪Top prosecutor orders arrest of 7 Brotherhood figures Egypt army plans … Continue reading

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Kirkpatrick and the Myth of Egypt’s “Liberals”

 If you would like to read a perfect example of a monochromic simplification of the complex Egyptian political scene, take a look at David Kirkpatrick’s piece in the New York Times: Egyptian Liberals Embrace the Military, Brooking No Dissent.  His … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak: Week28. Coup, Plots, and “Useless Idiots”

 Main Headlines  Monday 51 protestors have been killed in clashes outside the military headquarters: Muslim Brotherhood’s FJP calls for international intervention to stop “massacres” – ElBaradei: Egypt in “dire need” of reconciliation National Bank of Egypt provides $65m to fund … Continue reading

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Turkey Has a Role in Egypt

Originally published in  Al-Monitor On July 9, Egypt’s Foreign Ministry summoned the Turkish ambassador over Ankara’s calls for UN intervention in Egypt, following the controversial ouster of President Mohammed Morsi. The sharp deterioration in the relationship between the two nations could not be … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak. Week 27 -New SCAF vs. Old Islamists

Main Headlines  Monday Military issues 48-hours ultimatum‪ to president Morsi Armed forces spokesman: Egypt military doctrine does not permit coup Egyptian Presidency Issues statement Egypt’s Salafist Nour party calls for snap presidential polls Pro-Morsi-Marches reported in Cairo, and other governorates … Continue reading

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Here’s why Egyptians are glad the military ousted their president

This piece originally published in The Globe and Mail, I republish it here in case you missed it.   It may seem illogical or even reckless. Why is this huge crowd in Egypt celebrating as they watch their democratically elected … Continue reading

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It’s the Identity, Stupid

(Photo via of June 30 demonstration in Cairo via Twitter) Millions and millions poured into the streets of Cairo and other regions of Egypt, calling for President Morsi to resign. The vast, unprecedented numbers of the June 30 demonstrations, which … Continue reading

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