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Egypt: In the Eye of the Storm
ANDRE VLTCHEK
They say thousands of people died during and after the 3 July 2013 coup d’ état in Egypt. Semi-official and conservative counts speak of 1,600 victims. Once again people are disappearing; they are dying. During the protests, snipers have been positioned on t...
The Egyptian Revolution’s Next Barrier
REZA FIYOUZAT AND SHAMUS COOKE
When the Egyptian army first began its offensive against the Muslim Brotherhood many speculated that such an assault would likely be extended to the same revolutionaries who demanded — in massive demonstrations — that President Morsi be evicted from office. The...
Egypt’s Second Liberation
RAZA NAEEM
Soon after the overthrow of the despot in Tunis and a few weeks before the end of Hosni Mubarak, Iraq’s greatest living poet – and one of the Arab world’s greatest – Saadi Youssef could hardly contain his euphoria when he wrote these lines: R...
Workers: The Egyptian Army’s Next Target?
TOM ROLLINS
How the Egyptian authorities treat workers, and those working to defend their rights, is quickly becoming an important avenue of interrogation for anyone hoping to get behind the government’s rhetoric. There are already worrying signs that w...
Egypt’s Dinosaurs are Gasping for Air
MOHAMED MALIK AND MOHAMAD OMAR
Giza Across Egypt, 27 cities took part in the Friday 30th...
Obama’s Dark Theatrics
PAUL GOTTINGER
The Nobel Peace Prize Laureate himself, Obama, weighed in on the human rights abuses being carried out by the U.S. ...
Reacting to Egypt
MIKE WHITNEY
Andy Libson is a member of La Voz, a schoolteacher, and member of United Educators of San Francisco and the reform caucus, Educators for a Democratic Union. He’s been keeping a close eye on Egypt, which he’s ...
We Must All Help Egypt
TOM HAYDEN
Excerpts from a speech to the Vancouver, Canada rally to stop the massacres in Egypt, Saturday, August 24, 2013 I am moved to see Egyptian-Canadians, supported by longtime peace activists, mobilizing today against the military dictatorship which has seize...
Egypt: Educating the Empire
S. FITZGERALD JOHNSON
In the imperial center, much continues to be made of contemporary Egyptian politics. Despite theatre and rhetoric to the contrary, the empire’s attention is not the result of humanist values. Nor has the parade of functionaries – Burns, Ashton, Leon, Westerwelle, McCa...
Ode to a Revolution
AHMAD BARQAWI
Two and a half years of multiple massive popular demonstrations, millions of Egyptians taking to the streets, alternating paths of revolutions and counter-revolutions and thousands of dead and wounded; and the only real change Egypt has witnessed was switching from the Qa...
On Egypt’s Class-Struggle
RAMZY BAROUD
“Lord! You know well that my keen desire is to carry out Your commandments and to serve Thee with all my heart, O light of my eyes. If I were free I would pass the whole day and night in prayers. But what should I do when you have made me a slave of a human being?&#...
The Generals’ Second Act
CARL FINAMORE
Egypt is again making headlines and the army is again stepping from behind the curtains to take center stage. The military-appointed civilian figures are merely second-rate stand ins. Polls indicate that most Egyptians don’t even recognize the names of the president or ...
The Political Future of the Muslim Brotherhood
MICHAEL GASPER and MOHAMED YOUSRY
In the immediate aftermath of the coup that deposed president Muhammad Morsi on July 3, 2013, it looked as though the Muslim Brothers had decided to embrace all options including violence. In the heat of the moment, some members of the Muslim Brothers and a number of thei...
Egypt During the Reign of the Lunatics
MOHAMED MALIK and MOHAMAD OMAR
Giza. Following our last dispatch from Giza on 14th August, after being brutally evicted from our protest camp in Nahda Square in front of Cairo Univ...
700 Dead and Counting in Egypt
JOHN GRANT
Watching the White House squirm over the on-going massacres in Egypt one doesn’t know whether to laugh, cry or resort to the vaudevillian method and throw rotten vegetables at them. President Obama’s “condemnation” of the Egyptian military’s massacre ...
Bloodbath on the Nile
ESAM AL-AMIN
In June 1967, it took Israeli forces only six hours to rout the Egyptian military and devastate its air force, inflicting the most humiliating defeat on the Arab world in the last half century. In the 1973 October war, the Egyptian army killed 2600 Israeli soldiers in 20 ...
Egypt is Bleeding, Thanks to US Dollars for Military Thugs
NORMAN POLLACK
Do I single out the New York Times?  No, it is a microcosm of the thinking, planning, and assumptions of US Imperialism, itself having invariably a Janus-faced position, looking and acting simultaneously outward and inward, mounting a global framework of political...
The Cairo Junta and Its Washington Paymasters
RON JACOBS
As we watch the Egyptian military and police forces kill and maim their fellow Egyptians we can wonder if Washington will cut off all aid to the Egyptian junta.  That’s what it is, a junta.  Even if it was a progressive military coup (which it is not), it would still ...
What Muslim Will Ever Trust the Ballot Box Again?
ROBERT FISK
The Egyptian crucible has broken. The “unity” of Egypt – that all-embracing, patriotic, essential glue that has bound the nation together since the overthrow of the monarchy in 1952 and the rule of Nasser – has melted amid the massacres, gun battles and fury of ye...
Following Pinochet’s Steps
DR. CESAR CHELALA
The bloody repression of Mohamed Morsi’s supporters in Cairo lifts the Egyptian military’s mask and shows them to be as bloody as Chile’s General Augusto Pinochet, and as anti-democratic in their ways. The Egyptian military attacks on defenseless civilians cannot be...
Egypt: Many are Dead, But We are Still in the Streets
MOHAMED MALIK and MOHAMAD OMAR
Giza, Egypt. A month since our last dispatch and 6 weeks into our peaceful demonstrations, the military junta in Egypt, led by Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi has launched it largest attack so far, this morning 14thAugust The Giza site has been surrounded and 1...
Hail the Revolutionary Coup in Egypt…Well Sort of…No, Not Really
ANDY LISBON
A recent article by the IWL (International Workers League) on developments in Egypt, entitled, ...
A Path Forward for Egypt’s Revolution
SHAMUS COOKE
The battle for the future of Egypt is underway, and it’s chaos. There has been violence on both sides of the divide, with the military inflicting the heaviest doses on supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood. The violence combined with any lack of long-term solution c...
Shadow of the Army Over Egypt’s Revolution
ALAIN GRESH
There may be surprise that an army source said 14 million Egyptians (some sources claimed as many as 33 million) demonstrated on 30 June, and that the army supplied the media with photos taken from military planes to back the claim (...
Egyptian Revolution Derailed, Contained
NICOLA NASSER
A fourth wave of the Egyptian revolution seems inevitable, until the revolution changes the regime or the regime emerges victorious, pending another revolution. The January 25 revolution in Egypt, which removed the former president Hosni Mubarak from power in 201...