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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...
Hated in Egypt
RAMZY BAROUD
When I left Gaza for the first time on my own, twenty some years ago, I was warned of a notorious officer who headed Egypt’s State Security Intelligence at the Rafah border. He “hates Palestinians,” I was told. My friends and neighbors in Gaza warned me not t...
Immutable Egypt
NICOLA NASSER
Gaza will remain a matter of national security for Egypt. And regardless of who is in charge in Gaza, Egypt will also remain a strategic asset for Gaza, a lifeline for its people, and a mainstay of its peace and stability. These are the irreversible facts o...
The Grand Scam: Spinning Egypt’s Military Coup
ESAM AL-AMIN
Every coup d’état in history begins with a military General announcing the overthrow and arrest of the country’s leader, the suspension of the constitution, and the dissolution of the legislature. If people resist, it turns bloody. Egypt is no exception. ...
A Continuing Revolution and a ‘Civil Society Coup’
BRITA ROSE
Since April 2013 the Egyptian opposition group,”Tamarod” (rebellion), had been planning peaceful demonstrations to oust their de-legitimized leader, though discontent had been brewing for more than a year under Morsi rule. What transpired in just four days may...
Requiem for a Revolution that Never Was
AJAMU BARAKA
“Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. An...
On Those Protest Numbers in Egypt
JACK BROWN
Estimates of how many people demonstrated against Mohamed Morsi in Egypt at the end of June have varied by tens of millions of people. Is it really so hard to quantify such gigantic masses of human beings? The numbers are important because the size of the demonstrations w...
Winning the Rank and File Soldiers in Egypt
CARLOS BORRERO
The Western media has focused considerable attention on the semantic debate over whether or not the toppling of Mohamed Morsi must be called a coup d’état. This is more a reflection of the public relations dilemma faced by the Obama administration than any real concern...
The Grand Dilemma
URI AVNERY
Perhaps you are facing the same moral dilemma as I am: What to think about Syria? What to think about Egypt? Let’s take Syria first. When it started, the choice for me was clear. There was this evil dictator, whose family had mistreated t...
What’s Next For the Egyptian Revolution
SHAMUS COOKE
Egyptians are making history at a frantic pace. After the largest protests in Egypt’s history initiated the downfall of the first Muslim Brotherhood government, a military-led massacre of Muslim Brotherhood faithful quickly altered the political dynamic. Everyth...
The Coup in Egypt
PAUL GOTTINGER
Abdullah Al-Arian is assistant professor at Wayne State University. His research interests include Islamic social movements, globalization and the Muslim world, and United States policy toward the Middle East. His writing has appeared in Foreign Policy and Al Jazeera...
Fomenting Civil War in Egypt
ERIC DRAITSER
The killing of more than 50 peopleat a demonstration in support of oust...
Egypt at the Crossroads
CARLOS BORRERO
Egyptian society finds itself at a crossroads. The violence unleashed in recent days appears to be just the beginning and the repercussions for the entire region are apparent to all. To better understand what is currently happening it is important to place the poli...
How Egypt’s ‘Revolution’ Betrayed Itself
RAMZY BAROUD
“The revolution is dead. Long live the revolution,” wrote Eric Walberg, a Middle East political expert and author, shortly after the Egyptian military overthrew the country’s democratically elected President Mohammed Morsi on July 3. But more accurately, the ...
Three Cheers For Coup Democracy
JOHN GRANT
It was a typical US government response to favorable facts-on-the-ground rooted in violence. Once the military coup in Egypt had been accomplished and the first democratically-elected president of Egypt and many of his allies had been arrested and all sympathetic radio st...
Class Warfare in Egypt
SEAN F. McMAHON
Cairo. Egypt is at war. More accurately, Egypt is experiencing yet another battle in its ongoing class war. The battle is so fierce because the primary combatants are the two most powerful social forces i...
How Egypt Killed Political Islam
SHAMUS COOKE
The rebirth of the Egyptian revolution ushered in the death of the first Muslim Brotherhood government. But some near-sighted analysts limit the events of Egypt to a military coup. Yes, the military is desperately trying to stay relevant — given the enormous initiat...
In Egypt the Military is Supreme
ESAM AL-AMIN
The Generals have done it again! Egypt’s president, Mohamed Morsi, was deposed one year after being democratically elected by the Egyptian people. For those opposed to Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), the move by the military is seen as supporting a popular...
The Brotherhood Has Failed
URI AVNERY
Let me come back to the story about Zhou Enlai, the Chinese Communist leader. When asked what he thought about the French Revolution, he famously answered: “It’s too early to say.” This was considered a typical piece of ancient Chinese wisdom – until somebo...
Transcending Sectarian Differences
NORMAN POLLACK
Navigating through the recent events in Egypt requires more factual material (the specifics of Morsi’s record) and more intelligence (than I possess) to evaluate what is happening from a broad theoretical perspective about the nature and meaning of democratic processes ...
The Implications of the Egyptian Military Coup
BINOY KAMPMARK
Military coups are no reason to celebrate. They derail the very idea of democratic institutions and sentiment. And it so happens that democracy gave Egypt the now deposed President Mohamed Morsi, an option that his opponents found contentious. The Egyptian military, in it...
Egyptian Military: a State Within a State
BARRY LANDO
In ousting Egypt’s first freely elected president, Mohammed Morsi, the Egyptian military have certainly not acted to preserve democracy. They’ve never shown much interest in that. They’re determined to put a break on the mounting political and economic chaos that is...
Turning Up the Heat in Egypt
CARL FINAMORE
The incredibly massive June 30 protests of millions in dozens of cities across Egypt exceeded expectations of supporters and adversaries alike. The protest demands were “to withdraw confidence in President Mohamed Morsi, to uphold the goals of the revolution and to call...
Is the US Playing With Gas in Syria?
EVAN TAYLOR
Istanbul is rioting, Syria is enflamed, and the Palestinians still do not have a state, but it may be that the real catalyst for action in the Mediterranean is coming from miles under the sea.  Based on discoveries made in the last five years, Israel, Cyprus, and other s...
The West Reserves the Right to Interfere
RAMZY BAROUD
The distance between Cairo’s Tahrir Square and Istanbul’s Taksim Square is impossibly long. There can be no roadmap sufficient enough to use the popular experience of the first in order to explicate the circumstances that lead to the other. Many have tried to i...
Egypt’s Fateful Day
ESAM AL-AMIN
Egypt is imploding. The old revolutionary groups are at each other’s throats. The unity of purpose displayed during the incredible eighteen revolutionary days in early 2011 is not only long gone, but it has been replaced with mistrust, acrimony, and hostility. Al...