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 […]
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“Feraman” is a Turkish word which means a political decree issued by the Sultan. After the military coup of 1969, it took Muammar Gaddafi eight long years before he dared to assume all the legislative, executive and judicial powers in Libya. It came in his infamous Declaration of the Authority of the People in March 1977. On the other hand, the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt had no such qualms when they issued a similar decree which […]
It seems as if the spirit of January 25 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. If you were to believe the news emerging from Ikhwanweb, you’d think that today’s protest was nothing more than a meager bunch of teenagers getting carried away with themselves on a cold […]
The US State Department has been encouraging the restructuring of the Syrian opposition after a long period of watching the Syrian National Council (SNC), formed in Istanbul with the help and blessing of the Erdogan Government, attempt to take command of the different groups, including control of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), and control of all entrances and exits to the centers of power within the SNC.
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. They did not watch his interviews to see where he stands on the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty, women, Christians, etc.