The public schism between the Saudi, Wahhabi and the Muslim Brotherhood ideologues is neither new nor surprising. It’s another chapter in a centuries-old conflict between the regressive, impoverished desert dwelling founders, users and propagators of the rigid Hambali-based Wahhabi doctrine and the founders of and adherents to the philosophy of the Muslim Brotherhood which sprang from one of the world’s oldest civilizations. The struggle between the adherents of these two opposing philosophical approaches to the […]
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Societies under well established dictatorships, like the Arab Republic of Egypt, don’t understand the concepts of free media and neutrality. These are considered alien notions. Two years after the 2011 Maspero army massacre against Christian protesters, a lead witness still receives threats. For those unfamiliar with the incident, some Christian demonstrators marching from Shobra to the Maspero building protesting the destruction of a church were killed by the army. At that time, local media – […]
Gillian Kennedy, PhD candidate in Middle Eastern Studies at King’s College, London, analyzes Egypt’s precarious situation after a military coup toppled the country’s first democratically elected president on July 3, 2013. The chaos and instability in Egypt following a coup by the military has resulted in street fighting in Cairo and Alexandria. The coup and subsequent violence poses a direct challenge to the security and legitimacy of the Egyptian state. The situation on the ground […]
While Athenian democracy glorified by the West was in reality the voice of the elite, Egyptian democracy proved to be the real voice of the people. Vox populi is a Latin phrase that literally means “voice of the people,” generally used by political scientists to define the democratic system. So, if democracy is “the voice of the people,” then, Egypt is the only democracy on earth. While Athenian democracy glorified by the West was in […]
The best advice for the West is not to treat Mohammed Morsi as an Islamist, but as the elected democratic president of Egypt. For the next decade, think tanks in the United States and Europe will be analyzing why an Islamist won the Egyptian presidential elections. To save them the trouble, I will give them the simple answer: the Egyptian voters did not vote for Mohammed Morsi as an individual or for his election platform. […]
Egyptian opposition parties and their supporters should accept the results of the new Egyptian Constitution. There is no solid evidence of systemic cheating or massive manipulation of the referendum by the Mohamed Morsi government, as alleged earlier. 64% of those who voted endorsed the new Constitution. True, only 32% of the registered voters exercised their right. That in itself is not an argument against the validity of the poll. In some Western democracies, the voter […]