The Disaffected Lib: Reaping the Whirlwind in Egypt

If democracy is to have any chance of surviving in Egypt it’s up to the E.U. and the U.S. to move against the generals.   The Egyptian army’s counter-coup is now a fait accompli.   Expectations that toppling the democratically-elected Morsi government would pave the way for a secular, non-elected, democratic (???) civilian government have been dashed ...

Left Over: Obama: Let’s Play Politics Anywhere Except at Home…

Obama puts Egypt on notice after clashes kill 525 U.S. president urges Egypt to end state of emergency day after clashes with police-Morsi supporters The Associated Press Posted: Aug 15, 2013 3:28 AM ET Last Updated: Aug 15, 2013 11:17 AM ET If Obama and the rest of the West would just stay out of ...

CuriosityCat: Egypt – Morsi to the General: "Can I leave the country?"

I appointed you … Fascinating report from a journalist who claims he heard the conversation between Generalal-Sisi and Morsi: “And if I don’t want to go?” Morsi inquired.   “It’s a done deal,” al-Sisi answered. “Try to retire with dignity. Demand of those you say are your supporters to go home and prevent bloodshed, instead ...

CuriosityCat: Egypt: How bad information cost Morsi his job

David Kirkpatrick has an interesting analysis in the New York Times about how badly Morsi miscalculated in the months and days leading up to his ouster as president of Egypt by the Army, including his faulty information: Inside Mr. Morsi’s office. Mr. Morsi’s team checked the official crowd count, sent their own observers, monitored the ...

CuriosityCat: Egypt: The Revolution succeeds

The hope that  the Arab Spring gave to tens of millions of people throughout the Middle East is being revived in Egypt. The Morsi defiance of the Egyptian army has proved fruitless, with the Army moving to enforce its own program. In essence, the Revolution that forced out Mubarak has now been reset, and is ...

CuriosityCat: Egypt: Morsi declares war

With my blood The Army stepped in, sending five helicopters with the Egyptian flag dangling below them, to fly over the packed Tahrir square in Cairo, and helicopters – sans  flags – to fly over a pro-Morsi gathering. Earlier, the Army had leaked its own plan for the next few months: A retired army general ...

CuriosityCat: Egypt: Significant economic argument for protecting women’s rights

Egypt in turmoil The latest draft constitution that President Morsi is trying to force through contains restrictions on the right of Egyptian women to participate in the economy of that country: Article 10 is also quite problematic for women’s rights. It retains elements of the 1971 Constitution, stating “The state shall provide free motherhood and ...

RedBedHead: Egypt: "A Real Uprising Against The Muslim Brotherhood"

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CuriosityCat: Egypt: Will the colonels now step in?

Whither Egypt? Egypt is in turmoil, with secular forces facing Islamic forces in the streets, and mobs gathering outside the High Court: But the credibility of the referendum was questioned when the national Judges Club indicated late Sunday that the judiciary might not supervise the balloting. Another pressing concern was whether the military, which ruled ...

RedBedHead: Gaza & The Not So Slow Decline Of Israel

Not alone any more: Egyptian protestors in Tahrir last year In some ways what just went down in Gaza was business as usual. Israel provoked a mini-war with Gaza killing a leading Hamas politician (who was, in fact, the chief negotiator for a long term ceasefire with Israel) after engaging in its “normal” policies of ...