Post Tagged with: "Egypt"

Saudi, Wahhabi and MB Miscalculations

Saudi, Wahhabi and MB Miscalculations

By Ali Alyami, Center for Democracy and Human Rights in Saudi Arabia
Location United States United States

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 […]

February 8, 2014 · 0 comments · Egypt, Politics, Saudi Arabia
Media Neutrality Should Matter to Egyptians

Media Neutrality Should Matter to Egyptians

By Emad el Dafrawi, Egyptian Writer and Conscientious Objector
Location Egypt Egypt

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 – […]

July 6, 2013 · 0 comments · Culture, Egypt, Media, Politics
Gillian Kennedy: Reaction to Egypt Coup

Gillian Kennedy: Reaction to Egypt Coup

By Gillian Kennedy, PhD Candidate in Middle Eastern Studies at King's College, London
Location United Kingdom United Kingdom

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 […]

July 6, 2013 · 0 comments · Egypt, Videos
Voice of the People: Egypt’s New Democracy

Voice of the People: Egypt’s New Democracy

By Mohammed S. Dajani Daoudi, Founder of Wasatia
Location Palestine Palestine

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 […]

July 4, 2013 · 0 comments · Democracy, Egypt, Politics
Egypt’s Tahrir Square and Social Media

Egypt’s Tahrir Square and Social Media

By Gillian Kennedy, PhD Candidate in Middle Eastern Studies at King's College, London
Location United Kingdom United Kingdom

In Tahrir Square, Egyptians using social media networks have emerged as one of the greatest markers of the revolution; seen as a new twenty-first century mode of protest. It seems as if the spirit of the January 25 Tahrir Square Revolution lives on. Though the enemy has changed it colors the same familiar authoritarian response continues. Police tanks, tear gas, and an intransigent state regime reflected through its negligence of the reality of the opposition. […]

How Should the US View Morsi?

How Should the US View Morsi?

By Mohammed S. Dajani Daoudi, Founder of Wasatia
Location Palestine Palestine

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. […]

May 31, 2013 · 0 comments · Egypt, Politics, United States
Egypt: Ikhwan at the Crossroads

Egypt: Ikhwan at the Crossroads

By Chandra Muzaffar, President of the International Movement for a JUST World
Location Malaysia Malaysia

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 […]

January 8, 2013 · 0 comments · Egypt, Politics