I sit, for the twelfth hour now, alone and struggling for what to do. For the first time since I got on a plane for Egypt on 29 January 2011, I am at a loss.
Worse days than today lie ahead of us.
We thought we could change the world. We know now that that feeling was not unique to us that every revolutionary moment ... Read More »
A day after the bloody dispersal of two Islamist sit-ins by security forces left hundreds dead, the Al-Iman Mosque in Nasr City had been converted into a makeshift morgue, where ice and fans were used to cool the bodies of the slain protesters.
Amid the chaos, grieving families there and at the Zeinhom morgue ... Read More »
Defense Minister General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said Sunday that the Armed Forces will stand firm in the face of violence, while calling on the Muslim Brotherhood to reevaluate their positions.
“Whoever thought that Egypt and Egyptians will kneel down under the weight of violence needs to reconsider,” Sisi said during ... Read More »
The Egyptian Foreign Ministry released a statement this past Thursday that was entirely without precedent, and yet it received practically no media attention amidst the political turmoil the country is currently experiencing. According to the statement, “Beyond overlooking the violent and dangerous reality of the ... Read More »
The West Cairo Prosecution ordered the detention of 240 members of the Muslim Brotherhood for fifteen days, pending investigation into clashes that raged in Ramses Square on Friday.
The detainees are accused of murder and attempted murder and using arms against residents and security forces, as well as halting ... Read More »
As a direct result of relying on outmoded dogmas, the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood backed the movement into a lose/lose corner. On one hand, steadfastly refusing to end its sit-ins led to a bloody defeat and possibly further alienation from mainstream Egyptian opinion on the other, even if the movement’s ... Read More »
The protest at Ramses Square was large and exuberant. A group of young men bounced up and down in a circle to the rhythm of a tabla—ultras style—promising to give the Interior Ministry hell. A middle-aged woman reassured someone on the phone that she was not the only woman at the protest, and that it was calm. At this ... Read More »
On Wednesday 14 August, police forces brutally cleared out two Cairene sit-ins supporting ousted President Mohamed Morsi, which resulted in well over six hundred deaths. Violence swept over the whole country at a brisk pace, and scores of churches came under attack nationwide.
Churches, bible societies, Christian ... Read More »
While the ongoing violence in Egypt has contributed to a state of confusion and polarization, one thing is certain: The biggest threat facing Egypt remains the return of the police state. More specifically, the threat concerns, not only the reconstitution of a police state, which never really left since Hosni ... Read More »
Media advisor to the Cabinet Sherif Shawky said Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi and Minister of Social Solidarity Ahmed al-Boraie are looking into dissolving the Muslim Brotherhood within a legal framework.
In a press conference Saturday, Shawky said Beblawi had made the proposal to Borai, and are both currently ... Read More »
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights released a statement Thursday condemning the use of excessive force by the security forces dispersing sit-ins by Muslim Brotherhood supporters around Rabea al-Adaweya Mosque and at Nahda Square on Wednesday. It also condemned the Brotherhood for inciting sectarian violence ... Read More »
We reached the Rabea al-Adaweya sit-in at seven am on Wednesday, about an hour after the police and Armed Forces launched their coordinated attack to disperse the six-week long demonstration.
South of Nasr Street, tens of Muslim Brotherhood protesters gathered in front of a military cordon ... Read More »
Friday saw further protests and violence across the country, with dozens of deaths in Cairo alone.
Egypt witnessed another day of bloody clashes on Friday as protests led by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi quickly developed into violent clashes with security forces, leaving dozens dead and hundreds ... Read More »
The Ministry of Interior is instructed to "deal with Muslim Brotherhood members" after the curfew, Sherif Shawky, media advisor to the Cabinet told Al-Hayat television channel.
"We are facing terrorism but we want to calm down the people. Forces are present," Shawky added.
Meanwhile, as ... Read More »
Several satellite screens showed images of the Muslim Brotherhood march on the May Fifteen Bridge, west of Cairo, shooting gunfire, on Friday afternoon.
The violence started as Egypt braces for a nationwide protest on Friday, dubbed "the Friday of Wrath" by the Muslim Brotherhood, two days following the ... Read More »
[This post is part of an ongoing Profile of a Contemporary Conduit series on Jadaliyya that seeks to highlight distinct voices primarily in and from the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia.]
Jadaliyya (J): Slightly over a month ago, Egypt Independent was shut down by its corporate ... Read More »
[ كتبت هذا المقال قبل عملية فض اعتصامات رابعة والنهضة بيومين، لكن تأخر نشره لأسباب مختلفة، ولأن الوقت مبكر لاستيعاب وكتابة تحليل مترابط لما حدث، وما يمكن أن يترتب عليه، أعيد نشر المقال المتأخر - اللا متأخر حقيقة - مع تعليق في الخاتمة.]
يحب البعض ممارسة الأمنيزيا "فقدان ... Read More »
[The following press release was issued by the below listed signatories via the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) on 15 August 2013.]
Press Release: Non-Peaceful Assembly Does Not Justify Collective Punishment - Rights Groups Condemn Lethal Violence Against Those in Sit-in and Terrorist Acts ... Read More »
At least 525 people were killed in Egypt on Wednesday when security forces cracked down on two protest camps filled with supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi. The Muslim Brotherhood says the actual death toll tops 2,000, and has called new rallies for today. The Egyptian military has defended the crackdown ... Read More »
Violence by Morsi supporters leaves dozens of Christian churches, Coptic-owned businesses and properties burnt; fears grow among Egypt's Christian minority of widespread sectarian strife.
Churches across Egypt came under frenzied attack Thursday as the country became convulsed in violent turmoil after security forces ... Read More »
[The following statement was originally issued in Arabic by the Egyptian Revolutonary Socialists on 14 August 2013. It was subsequently published in English on Socialist Worker.]
Down with Military Rule! Down with al-Sisi, the Leader of the Counter-Revolution!
The bloody dissolution of the sit-ins ... Read More »
The Muslim Brotherhood announced on Thursday that it would stay in the streets to protest yesterday’s forcible dispersal of two pro-Morsi sit-ins, which escalated into nationwide chaos that claimed at least 525 lives, according to the Health Ministry.
The Brotherhood issued a statement announcing two mass funeral ... Read More »
وقع المحظور وانطلقت شرارة الحرب الأهلية، وقتل المصريون مصريين آخرين حتى غرق الفضاء المصري في بحر من الدم، ولايزال الوقت مبكراً لمعرفة عدد الضحايا ولكننا رأينا جثث العشرات منهم على الأرض وشاهدنا صور من تفحم منهم، وما نعرفه أن يوم أمس الأربعاء 14 أغسطس كان يوماً أسود في تاريخ المصريين، ما نعرفه أيضاً أنه عندما تسيل ... Read More »
يسقط حكم العسكر.. يسقط السيسي قائد الثورة المضادة
لا يمكن اعتبار الفض الدموي لاعتصامات النهضة ورابعة العدوية سوى مذابح مدبرة لا تستهدف فقط تصفية الإخوان المسلمين بل جزء من مخطط لتصفية الثورة المصرية وإعادة نظام مبارك ودولته البوليسية العسكرية.
لم يدافع الاشتراكيون الثوريون يوماً عن نظام مرسي والإخوان المسلمين. ... Read More »
Abdel Mawgoud al-Dardery describes himself as “an academician by profession and a politician by necessity.” He received his doctorate in cultural studies from the University of Pittsburg in 2000. He wrote his dissertation on the historical conflict between Eurocentrism and Islamism. Soon after returning to Egypt, he ... Read More »
After the violent dispersal of the Rabea al-Adaweya and Nahda sit-ins this morning, hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters are finding new protest zones throughout Cairo, most notably in front of Mostafa Mahmoud Square in Mohandiseen and Midan Suares in Maadi.
According to a Mada Masr reporter near Midan ... Read More »
In reaction to the forced dispersal of the Rabea al-Adaweya and Nahda sit-ins, hundreds of supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi attempted to storm the governorate building in Aswan, state news agency MENA reported.
Protesters surrounded the building and attacked it with rocks, after which they blocked a ... Read More »
The presidency has declared a month-long state of emergency with a mandatory curfew in most governorates starting Wednesday at four pm, as clashes intensified nationwide and the Health Ministry reported at least ninety-five deaths.
The curfew will be imposed in Cairo, Giza, Alexandria, Beheira, Suez, North ... Read More »
After former President Hosni Mubarak’s fall, non-Islamist political parties formed that self-identified as civil and democratic forces, and defined themselves largely in opposition against the interim military rulers and then President Mohamed Morsi's government. But today, after Morsi's ouster, these groups no longer ... Read More »