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The unprofessional coverage of the ‘coup’

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Sara Abou Bakr

Sara Abou Bakr

A coup d’etat is, according to Oxford English Dictionary, “a sudden, violent, and illegal seizure of power from a government”.

According to western media, this is what happened in Egypt on 3 July.

It’s all cut and dry for the all-knowing western media who decided to label what happened a “coup”, not caring for what many Egyptians themselves think happened.

In journalism school, we are taught that as reporters it is our job to report on what is happening, not to inflect our opinion, but it seems the western media, in particular the American media, decided that it knows better than the millions of angry anti-Morsi protesters who took to the streets since 28 June peacefully demanding the removal of Mohamed Morsi.

I personally, as a journalist, abhor parachute journalism where a news outlet sends a reporter to a “hotbed” of events and he/she is supposed to offer the audience in-depth coverage. This usually happens in developing countries and the mainstream international media does not give people their true voice, bombarding the audience with “expert” and “analyst” views on what happens with short sound-bites from “the street.” Parachute journalism at its worst!

CNN decided to lead the pack, first by choosing to cover what happened in Egypt on 3 July in the “little box” on the screen (since the Zimmerman trial is much more important!) then by dubbing what happened a “military coup” which shows extreme lack of good researchers on their team, to be explained later in this article.

Reports continued to air on CNN angering many Egyptians, who believed that biased reporting represented the stance of the Obama administration which backs the Muslim Brotherhood. Ms Christian Amanpour decided to put her two cents in: “If it’s proven and true that they’re running around issuing arrest warrants for all these people, attacking and closing down various media outlets, there’s very little you can call it other than a coup. As one analyst said to me… no matter what it’s called… it’s umpired by the army… it’s the army in charge no matter who they put there (in charge).”

Ms Amanpour, my teenage journalism-loving heart that fell for your coverage of the Bosnian war was shattered to pieces. This is not reporting; this is opinionated coverage. How did you feel when you saw the Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood give his speech from Nasr City on Friday, calling for bloodshed? He was not arrested it seems.

Did any of your team tell you that the arrest warrants are the result of formal complaints filed months ago against all Brotherhood leaders from people who lost relatives in Moqattam and the presidential palace clashes for killing unarmed civilians, but were put on hold because of the pro-Brotherhood Prosecutor General Talaat Abdullah? I guess not.

Young Egyptians are currently forming a petition called “CNN, shame on you!” that has over 32,000 signatures at time of writing. Democracy at its best!

CNN slightly changed it coverage two days ago with an interview with Mohamed ElBaradei, but the damage was done.

The Economist came up with an even more colourful headline, proudly posted on their Twitter account, “Egypt’s Tragedy”. It seems none of their team members informed them that millions of Egyptians were celebrating all night on the streets in different governorates. Or maybe they were told, but decided that instead of reporting, it is in the best interest of many of the Egyptian people to be told how to feel. Journalism with a twist!

TIME favoured the much debated word “coup” and it seems that Egypt is also “unravelling”. Egyptians, mark this very important term, for it seems we are “unravelling.”

NPR already began reporting on “post-coup” Egypt on 4 July. Egyptians are currently living in a post-coup phase, they just don’t know it yet.

The Huffington Post’s Jason Linkins slammed New York Times’ David Brooks, “…[He]arrives at a rather startling, derogatory conclusion: Egyptians just lack the fundamental brainpower to have a democracy, saying, ‘It’s not that Egypt doesn’t have a recipe for a democratic transition. It seems to lack even the basic mental ingredients.’”

So apparently we are also mentally challenged according to the all-knowing Brooks.

Linkins continues: “An observation worth noting, from Max Read: ‘Shall we note here, the day after Independence Day, that it took the United States of America 13 years after rejecting monarchy to settle on a stable constitutional form of government?’”

While the many American media outlets were floundering, Reuters and the BBC successfully walked the tight-rope of correct reporting; using words like “ouster” to describe what happened. They covered the different viewpoints of those who supported the ouster and those who were angry because of it. They called what is happened “a crisis” at times and described the jubilation and anger. Reuters even tickled our funny bone with the title Ousted from office, Morsi finds he and Egypt ’don’t mix’ in reference to a much publicised remark by Morsi “gas and alcohol don’t mix”.

The issue is not whether you are for and against the ouster of Morsi. What matters is the that as journalists, it is our job to report and dig deep to find all relevant information. Otherwise what is the difference between newspapers and yellow papers?

What happened on 3 July, when Defence Minister Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi read the statement ousting Morsi, has a very complex background of events that many western media outlets chose to ignore, so allow me to explain the point of view of anti-Morsi protesters.

Two months ago, a movement named Tamarod or Rebellion began working on a signature campaign asking Egyptians to sign their names and ID numbers on a petition under the same name asking for the removal of Morsi. Their aim was to collect 20 million signatures, more than those who elected Morsi, by 30 June. Over the course of the two months, many Tamarod members were beaten, harassed and attacked by Morsi supporters as the movement gained momentum, especially at the grass-roots level. The economic conditions, coupled with the fuel crisis and Morsi’s floundering government have caused resentment and anger among Egyptians who had much hope of a better life after ousting of Hosni Mubarak.

On 29 June Tamarod announced that they have collected over 22 million signatures and together with different political groups called nation-wide demonstrations asking for the removal of Morsi. The Egyptian people complied and millions were on the streets for over three days in what was a predominantly festive atmosphere except for some unfortunate clashes in areas outside Cairo, leaving several dead.

One of the demands raised by the people on the street was for the armed forces to side with the people and remove Morsi. That sounded quite strange to many westerners, who wondered, why bring the army back to political life after the adamant anger following the transitional period in 2011?

But you see, Egyptians have a very complex relationship with the army that I sometimes wonder about.  My generation has a black history with the army during the transitional period in 2011; the Cabinet clashes, the killing of Maspero youth and the stripping of the blue-bra girl among other incidents etched in our minds with the culprits still to be tried. However, many people believe-sentimentally-that the army belongs to the people and it is their right to call upon it for help. Yes, it does not make sense, but it is a fact of life in this country. I do not know whether it is because of the remnants of the army propaganda used in Nasser’s regime or Al-Sadat’s devious plan that got us back the Israeli-occupied Sinai in 1973, but many Egyptians have some sort of kinship with the army.

The millions called upon the army to “correct their revolution”. The people admitted to their mistake in choosing the Muslim Brotherhood and Morsi. They have suffered economically and politically; their sons and daughters thrown in jail for opposing him. Over 3,000 were detained in four months while Mubarak who was a certified dictator dared not to arrest over 600 yearly!

The army responded, met with opposition groups as well as the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Al-Tayeb and Pope Tawadros II and came up with a roadmap for a transitional period after Morsi refused to negotiate; the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC) to become interim president, a committee to “correct” the constitution and a new technocratic government.

People rejoiced and western media called it a “military coup” leading to a wave of anger among Egyptians.

The reason as a reporter I cannot call it a military coup is simple; according to the constitution the head of the SCC is currently the president. A government is being formed as I am writing this. I have witnessed first-hand the millions asking the army to take down Morsi so until Al-Sisi appoints himself president and the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces becomes the new ruler, I cannot in all faith call this a military coup.

In a couple of months if the military takes over, which is a possibility if the coming government fails, we shall name it thus.

But until this happens, and just because Egyptians are not acting according to western agendas, we call upon western media to stick to reporting and leave the “analysis” and “feelings” to the people of Egypt.

About the author

Sara Abou Bakr

Politics editor at Daily News Egypt Twitter: @sara_ab5

  • Emad Magdy

    Honest writer

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  • Thomas Grounds

    Not all Americans think this is a coup, and many think that the change in power will be good for Egypt in the end. But it is a confusing situation, since Mr. Morsi was elected by what was at one time the democratic majority. Nevertheless, it appears that the MB was turning Egypt into a modern fiefdom, rather than a new government for all of the people of Egypt – and that needed to be turned around. Having recently visited Cairo, I myself feel that Egypt is full of very bright people – a nation that almost seems to be filled with doctorates. Hang in there, we have more trust and faith in you than you know.

    • sam enslow

      “Coup” is not a word that implies morality. If it is good or bad depends on the final outcome. I have never heard of a coup that was not said to be in support of “the people” or done “for the people.” Just as I have never heard a general say, “We are going to war, but God is on their side.”

      • Samer

        Obama supported the revolution in 2011 & never said it’s a coup even though the military was in power….now the question is why you call this a coup now even though the military are not in charge????

        • sam enslow

          Obama has used every effort to aviod the word “coup” for legal reasons. He even worked with the Republican Congress not to use this word. Read a few facts. The only importance of thos entire fuss over “coup” involves the US legal system.

          • Samer

            the fact says that millions of Egyptians went to the streets refusing the rule of MB just like what happened when millions of people went to the streets refusing Mubarak rules…same thing applies for both situation if what happened with Mubarak is a revolution then same apply with what’s happening now with MB

          • John Public

            Mubarak was a dictator. The MB was elected. Big difference, and why this is an illegitimate coup. Interesting to see how the US responds; is it principle, or is it power? I think I know the answer.

          • Inqilab

            Actually not true @Sam. To many Egyptians it seems to be humiliating to be called supporters of a coup rather than revolutionaries. That is why the author of this piece wrote it. She doesn’t care about America. She cares about her own reputation.

          • sam enslow

            There is no bad connotation to the word “coup.” This is why I cannot understand why people are upset about its use. The end results are what is important. There is nothing evil said about 30 June to call it a coup, revolution Part II, Enforced Recall Petition, or anything else. I fully agree with what happened. What I do not understand is the concern about the “coup” word.” The only ones I know who have taken any actions because of a “coup” are members of the AU. There is no reason for anyone to be humiliated. In fact, much of the world press has stopped employing the word.

        • Inqilab

          It was a coup too, but at least officially, Mubarak ceded power to the generals. The man who was removed did not say “I have been removed” like this time. In effect it may be the same thing but unless Mubarak himself claimed it, legally you can’t call it a coup.

          • sam enslow

            Inqilab, I have been thinking about the “humiliation” part. This words wa soften used during various civil rights movements in the states by people just coming into their rights. Anything said that was not praise was a “humiliation.” For several generations Egyptians have been told they are bad, stupid, evil and in need of control. I remember one Egyptian telling me, “We are a bad people. If it wasn’t for the police, we would go crazy.” Part of the “humiliation” problem may be that Egyptians are for the first time in a long time seeing themselves as good – and do not want anyone to challenge this new discovery.

            Once things settle in a bit, Egypt needs a national project not unlike JFK’s “In 10 years we will put a man on the moon.” Not only would such a project have economic importance, it would lead to the pride of real accomplishment. I have suggested a goal, make Cairo University and Alexandria University first class world universities. India did this. Progress can be measured not by the government but my the employers waiting to hire graduates.

          • Samer

            @disqus_qT3LRZ3jdM:disqus, the word coup is used to describe what happened in Egypt as it’s against Egyptians will which is completely not true… again what happened was that millions of people refused the MB rules…how come we call the people will’s a coup just because the military interfere & isolated Morsi….what i don’t understand why you people ignore the fact of Egyptian’s will

        • John Public

          El Baradei resigned. al-Sisi is the new Supreme Ruler. Everything else is optics. The truth is out, sorry – Mubarak elites are back in power.

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  • investeast

    Bravo – A clear condemnation of so much rubbish written in today’s newspapers.

    Like you, Sara, I looked up to some capable war correspondents over the last 30 years, Nic Robertson & Christian Amanpour spring to mind – BUT both of these were Parachute Journalists, who during their periods of fame were primarily reporting on events on the field of war, rather than interpreting a complex political situation.

    Now, I am going to comment, and will open myself up for your criticism.

    Unfortunately, the Muslim mindset almost demands a Religious rather than a Secular government.

    Egypt really has two choices.

    Elect an Islamic Dictator

    or

    Elect a Democratic Leader, who will control a consensus government, & who will work as the “Servant” of the people of Egypt.

    If the second option is to be viable, then two (and no more) primary political parties should be rapidly formed, Multiple parties dilute the people’s votes and lead to compromise governments.

    Finally, if the future Governing party, loses a legislative vote in Parliament, a new election is mandatory.

    It has seemed to me that Morsi’s government was anything but democratic – importantly, the Constitution was not prepared by representatives of all segments of Egyptian society. Finally, the power and authority of the Parliamentary opposition was absent, as this element is fundamental to any democratic government that only remains in power if the elected representatives of government retain majority votes in any policymaking legislation.

  • HappyDays

    There can be many definitions to things, like the one below, parts make it sound like a coup and parts make it sound like a Revolution.

    coup d’état [(kooh day- tah )]

    A quick and decisive seizure of governmental power by a strong military or political group. In contrast to a revolution, a coup d’état, or coup, does not involve a mass uprising. Rather, in the typical coup, a small group of politicians or generals arrests the incumbent leaders, seizes the national radio and television services, and proclaims itself in power. Coup d’état is French for “stroke of the state” or “blow to the government.”

  • Inqilab

    Journalism requires showing all sides of the story. So before you publish a rant on journalistic ethics of your colleagues, at first perhaps you should ensure your own ethics meet the standards you are espousing. In this case, they do not. You ignore the fact that many Egyptians themselves think this is a coup, although they call it such in Arabic, inqilab. Perhaps you should explain to your readers the word inqilab and the way in which it is being used by millions of Egyptians who feel you and your ilk have conspired to overthrow their elected government. That is, if you want to present the balanced perspective you claim the Western media lacks.

  • Inqilab

    And I should also add that you are shortsighted. Just because the only American channel you get on your satellite is CNN, you are making gross assumptions and oversimplifications on the media approach in the United States out of ignorance. In actuality, in America there are many news outlets with different approaches and biases, just as there would be in Egypt if subsequent governments weren’t so eager to shut down channels it doesn’t like.

    • Inqilab

      And one last point. You complain of CNN coverage. Do you realize that the CNN you see in Egypt is not the same CNN that Americans in the United States are watching? It’s CNN International and the domestic CNN coverage does not always match what you see. So don’t judge what you think that Americans are seeing without knowing what it is.

    • Ibrahim Ben Nemsi

      What about the journalistic ethics of Egyptian journalists who kick out their Al Jazeera colleague from a press conference – and applaud the army spokesman, instead of asking critical questions ?

  • sam enslow

    I agree with many points in the article concerning the “events” that ousted Morsy. This is a problems that affects not only events in Egypt. It is based not on any bias toward Egypt. It comes from the “star” power of correpondents who become separated from the talents that made them “stars.” Air time becomes more important than detailed reporting. However, it should also be noted the the press in Egypt has been very irresponsible also. Rumors are reported as fact, events slanted to point of view, “facts” made up. No wonder Egyptians are being “made crazy.”

    Two things should be noted: 1. ElBaradi has been rejected by the Nour Party because he is the American choice. I would think Egyptians would get tired of this game. (I do support him). 2. I cannot think of one coup that was not done “in the name of the people.” There has been no revolution in Egypt because nothing has changed. Revolutions require a change in order. Nothing has really changed. Institutions remain the same. Egypt has changed faces.

    • sam enslow

      I watched Nile International’s Breakfast Show this morning and suggest there may be some problems with the knowledge of Egyptian journalists who suggested it was not a coup d’etat nor a coup de gras. I heard no one mentioning anyone getting shot in the head.
      This is a matter Egypt should have left alone since the entire fuss about the word is legal. Obama had this resolved the next morning by talking to Congress. However, the press fuss brought this word to the attention of Senator McCain, who lost to Obama. He is now attempting to make political hay out of the word. He will do anything to harm Obama politically.

      • John Public

        its a media whitewash by media connected to the Mubarak regime – its Mubarak Strikes Back, through al-Sisi, and the Americans and the rest of the world is afraid to call a spade a spade – because if they do, thats no more 1.5 BILLION a year for Egypts corrupt military.

        al-Sis gotr a guarantee from Saudi Arabia and the UAE, they will pay whatever money needed if the US pulls out, as long as they suppress the political power of the MB.

        Its a mess – one certainty is that al-Sisi is a tyrant and murderer – and that is how he will be remembered. El Baradei must be regretting his providing that strongman with legitimacy.

  • Ogmius

    This is what I have written to UK’s Observer newspaper in response to one of the most incompetent pieces of journalism I have ever had the misfortune to read:

    “For goodness sake! The Sinai situation is a million times more complex than the puerile comment in this article, and I quote: “but a lot of people in places like Sinai have already started rebelling against the military leadership.”

    What total, utter, tripe! Garbage, or “zibala” in Arabic.

    Sinai rose up immediately after the revolution, and it rose up just as much against Morsi’s rule, as the military today. You journos really need to get a grip, and stop feeding their fantasies and biases to a gullible public that know little of what is really going on in this country. I truly despair of you, truly I do….

    The modern history of Sinai, is one of dispossession. The dispossession of its indigenous Bedouin population of its rights, its landowning rights, its grazing rights, and its water rights. And by the way, the history of the Bedouin of Sinai just across the Israeli border is no better.

    This neglect and exploitation has been practised by every regime in the last 60 years, both Egyptian and Israeli.

    The demilitarisation of Sinai following the peace agreement with Israel has limited the Egyptian State’s ability to police Sinai, and consequently lawlessness has thrived. And since the revolution, when the State’s writ in Sinai became even weaker, we have seen a progressive takeover of Sinai by Hamas from Gaza, and Al Qaeda. The Bedouin, disenfranchised and dispossessed, have thrown their lot in with jihadist groups, and protect them – NOT because they are themselves jihadist at heart, but they see this as the only way to pressure the State into giving them rights.

    The situation is quite analogous with the Tuareg in Mali.

    Now, for a British journalist sitting lazily at work after a fine luncheon to be so intellectually lazy and dishonest – mendacious or incompetent – as to imply that the troubles in Sinai are a direct result of the ouster of Morsi, beggars belief. I repeat, it beggars belief, and I urge readers to do their own research and ignore these liars and incompetents – do your own research. The truth is not that hard to find….

  • Ogmius

    ..and by the way, it is not a coup d’état: it is a revocouption ;-)

  • Micah Shapiro

    Silly article. If it wasn’t a Coup, then why did African Union suspend Egypt’s membership? Obviously they think it’s a Coup too. Also, according to the definition from the dictionary you chose, it matches the description: there was violence and aggression (pro morsi rallies were clamped down by the gov and television channels shut down, while Ikhwan members were rounded up by the hundreds and arrested).

    And it was an illegal seizure because it disregarded the Egyptian laws that were put in place, most notably the constitution.

    You are the journalist trying to invert your opinion into the news coverage. A coup is a coup, and Egypt’s case was clearly as coup as it gets.

    • Baguette We Foul

      I didnt know that the African Union are all knowing gods…. Pathetic reasoning! I dont know where the hell you live but if you had one single channel that is encouraging the murder or minorities (Christians, Shia) as well as giving the green light to kill any protester who goes against the president, You would want an action taken.

      People who are not even Islamic scholars yet speaking in the name of islam and making infidels out of anyone who object them.

      It was worse than a tyranny it was a tyranny hiding behind a screen in the form of religion.

      When 33 million (of 90 million including majority of children) take to the streets in what was called the biggest protest in the history of mankind its really hard to not see that this was the peoples chosen will backed by the armed forces, NOT the other way around.

      SCAF didnt even give themselves any benefits or laws that protect their so called “coup” did they ??? in fact they did that after the ouster of MUBARAK when the whole world called it a REVOLUTION… No offense but you need to either battle your hypocrisy or your ignorance.

      • John Public

        Im not a supporter of the MB, however, they were democratically elected. When you overthrow a democratically elected government, thats a coup.

        What should have happened was to trigger new elections. Potentially the MB may have won again – if they did, thats the will of the people.

        What instead happened is the old Pro-Mubarak elites have asserted themselves and Egypt will slide into a dictatorship again.

        al-Sisi is a murderer of women and children; its disgusting.

  • Following Egypt

    the most sensible thing I have read on the whole situation, thank you.

  • Tim New

    There is no objectivity in US journalism anymore. It is all advocacy based on the political leanings of the owners. True journalism – one that covers all sides – has disappeared from the US Media.

    What occurred in Egypt was not a true “coup”. It is a process where the majority of the people have never been listened to since the beginning. How many votes did Morsi get? How many voted “No”? How many people boycotted? Why were just two candidates presented? Why was the Constitution drafted by 1 side and approved by a simple majority?

    Coup d’etat is defined as ” the violent overthrow or alteration of an existing government by a small group”.

    22 million signatures is a small force? Violent? What I heard was peaceful prior to the time after Morsi was removed when those seeking to maintain Morsi into power started using violence and calling for bloodshed.

    The situation is Egypt is complex. People united to get rid of a person they saw as a dictator. Following they were given just 2 choices for President, one who was a former Mubarak aide and the other Morsi. They rejected both but due to how the system was aligned, ended up with Morsi. Morsi promised to have a balanced government that represented all but then proceeded to create a MB government.

    If the overthrow of Mubarak was a “coup” then I guess you could call this a “coup”. It has the same elements. The people rejected the person asserting control. I think a new word is needed. Coup doesn’t fit a popular uprising to oust someone.

    But yes, there needs to be a renewal of journalistic ethics. Its demise in the world has led to biased media especially in the US but elsewhere. Freedom of the Press loses its meaning when the media becomes mouthpieces for special interests.

    • HappyDays

      That is one definition of a coup. One I saw was:

      coup d’état [(kooh day- tah )]

      A quick and decisive seizure of governmental power by a strong military or political group. In contrast to a revolution, a coup d’état, or coup, does not involve a mass uprising. Rather, in the typical coup, a small group of politicians or generals arrests the incumbent leaders, seizes the national radio and television services, and proclaims itself in power. Coup d’état is French for “stroke of the state” or “blow to the government.”

      What happened in Egypt does not fit either a coup or a revolution it’s a mixture of both.

    • John Public

      No, its a coup. A democratically elected government – even if we dont like that government – has been removed from power by the military. The military has since slaughtered thousands of innocents. What a bloody mess.

      New elections should have been called. Instead, Egypt will slide into barbarism and very likely could be another Syria or Somalia.

  • nouheen

    very very silly article,like reading a fairy tale to small children,first of all we don’t trust media.because they are the puppets of politicians.you are telling about one side anti morsi camp but what about the other camp.why the military and the opposition are doing injustice to them.they are also the part of the revolution.they also give their blood n children for the sake of their country.it is not second revolution but part of dirty politics played by opposition and military.now we people become much smart we can observe what are the injustice were done.if the military is so powerful they can remove an elected president they can also take steps before, to control the protest and taking some solution by forcing the opposition n the government to sit for a table talk,the opposition always refuses any dialogue as they wanted to take short cut to come to power .believe me by supporting these dirty politics and injustices ur country will never progress, but these politicians take full advantage for their own means and desires.this is not democracy but hypocrisy to nation and own selves

  • nouheen

    very very silly article,like reading a fairy tale to small children,first of all we don’t trust media.because they are the puppets of politicians.you are telling about one side anti morsi camp but what about the other camp.why the military and the opposition are doing injustice to them.they are also the part of the revolution.they also give their blood n children for the sake of their country.it is not second revolution but part of dirty politics played by opposition and military.now we people become much smart we can observe what are the injustice were done.if the military is so powerful they can remove an elected president they can also take steps before, to control the protest and taking some solution by forcing the opposition n the government to sit for a table talk,the opposition always refuses any dialogue as they wanted to take short cut to come to power .believe me by supporting these dirty politics and injustices ur country will never progress, but these politicians take full advantage for their own means and desires.this is not democracy but hypocrisy to nation and own selves

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  • mattolejack

    “In a couple of months if the military takes over…we shall name it a [coup].” Or how about in a couple of hours, my dear? After the events of last night, are you ready to change your tune?

    Militaries are killing machines and cannot be wheeled in and out at the people’s will. That is why coups are always without exception bad. The Egyptian liberal left was insane to back this course of events for even a moment.

    You have my pity for what is coming now.

    • John Public

      Exactly. Civil war is what is next, with a ruined country. Idiots.

      al-Sisi – a COWARD and MURDERER. Lets not mince words.

  • Sadistor Succidoo

    Wow wow wow….Listen O ARABS, Egyptian Army are just like dogs who follow anyone that
    feed them to be their master – from Nasser Era, Mubarak Era and now they
    have a foreign master the American Kafir Harbi who feed them with 1.6
    billion US yearly!!!!

    AND Egyptians and Arabs generally fought each other
    shouting Allahu Akbar – Do Arabs have two ALLAHs? Disgusting race!

  • Roni Almoghazy

    I love all ur work. I wish there were more true reporters like you. I lived in Egypt during the revolution and was proud of the Egyptian people standing up. I couldnt understand why my family back home in the U.S.A was so worried about me and my children in alexandria, Now I’am back in the U.S. since febuary and as i watch the news for the past week especially after june 30th. I more then understand their fears. The U.S. media lies and lies and distorts all the news. My husband and son are still in alex and tell me its not as the media is saying. and it was definitly not a coup as U.S.A wants all to beleive. did you know usa gave 80 billion dollars to the brother hood to make a private deal to give the sinai to israel so that they can send the palistinian people there to live and that way israel can trully take over palistine. Its amazing how people are starving here in the U.S. and the government cant help their own people but bend over backwards for israel. I’am again very proud of the egyptian people and pray for peace and prospertity for my other country. I would love to move back and live in alexandria once everything becomes stable and police go back to policing the country the way they should. in shah allah egypt will be a great country once again.

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  • mark_john21

    Another classic Egyptian piece of trash journalism.

  • looperabu

    People are noticing clear difference between democracy and dictatorship

    - In last 365 days of Morsi no opponent leaders were Jailed or Arrested, but military dictators have arrested hundreds of opponents in just 3 week.

    - In last 365 days of Morsi no body died in the protests against Morsi, but in military dictators killed hundreds of people in just 3 week.

    - In last 365 days of Morsi no media channels were closed, Military dictators have closed 7 TV channels in just 7 days.

    - In last 365 days of Morsi no office of opposition parties were burned but military dictators have burned all the office MB in just few days.

    - Morsi never called rallies to get mandate for crushing opposition like Nazi military dictator is doing right now.

    These military dictators are the getting support from other dictators in the region who do not allow free speech, they imprison people for year for just criticizing them.

    Its time for decision for middle east , if they want dictators and thieves or legitimate leaders.

  • Islam Maged

    why don’t we say that Egyptian fascist leftist media has decided that they know better than millions of people who decided to vote for the president morsi and till now they still support him

    what happened is an anti revolution led by the sectarian church that holds grudges against the Islamic movement in Egypt just like the failure leftist parties and the ousted Mubarak regime symbols like all of them know that they will never reach authority except by a military coup and stamping down their opponents by force
    this is the modern fascism

    • John Public

      theyre going to end up with another Iran because they cant see the forest for the trees, idiotic foreign manipulation – the Saudis, UAE and Israelis simply CANNOT leave Egypt be and had to bribe the military into a new dictatorship. They do not want a strong Egypt.

  • MUHAMMAD YASEEN

    LOL.THIS IS LIKE ISREAL CRITICISING THE WEST OF ANTISEMITISM FOR NOT SUPPORTING THEM ENOUGH AND CALLING ISRAELI OCCUPATION OF PALESTINE AS AN ‘OCCUPATION’ EVEN THOUGH WE ALL KNOW THE ROLE OF THE WEST IN AIDING ISREAL TO OCCUPY PALESTINE. THIS SARA ABOU BAKAR IS SUFFERING FROM A COMPLETELY BANKRUPT MIND WHILE THE WHOLE WORLD IS OUTRAGED N SHOCKED BY THOSE SO CALL LIBERALS WHO R SUPPORTING THIS COUP.
    THE REASON WHY SOME WESTERN MEDIA IS CALLING THIS A COUP IS BECAUSE, THOUGH THEY HATE FOR THE BROTHERHOOD TO BE IN POWER, AT LEAST THEY STILL HAVE SOME DECENCY LEFT IN THEM BECAUSE NOT CALLING THIS A COUP WILL SEVERELY AFFECT THEIR CREDIBILITY. NEVER IN THE HISTORY OF MANKIND , HAVE AN ELECTED PRESIDENT BE REMOVED, BUT THEN KIDNAPPED N IMPRISONED , WITHOUT ANY REASON , N FINALLY BEING CHARGED OF HAVING LINK WITH HAMAS.LOL. MORE OBSCENE THAN THIS, U DIE.
    U BETTER STOP WRITING ARTICLES MISS SARA, BECAUSE U R TRYING TO GIVE THE IMPRESSION THAT MOST OF EGYPT THINK LIKE YOU. EGYPTIANS WILL END UP BEING A LAUGHING STOCK FROM THE WHOLE WORLD IF U CARRY ON. LOL MAHMOOD BADR, EL BARADEI AND NOW YOU, R INSULTING THE INTELLIGENCE OG MANKIND. EVEN THE ARCHITECT OF THE COUP, AMERICA, IS GETTING EMBARASSED!

  • RayMetcalfe

    The article below was written in an effort to persuade American voters, and more particularly, Alaskan American voters, that there is a fairer way to vote than the method used in much of America. In that article I used Egypt as an example of what can go wrong using a top two runoff system, a system recently adopted by the State of California. I thought your readers might be interested.

    By Ray Metcalfe,
    Anchorage Alaska USA
    907-344-4514 [email protected]

    Vote by Mail, Ranked Choice, Instant Runoff, Advantages: Excepting that
    ballots would be sent and returned through the U.S. mail, Ranked Choice,
    Instant Runoff effectively implements the same process the U.S. Senate uses in the selection of its leaders; it is used
    because it is the fairest, most inclusive, and democratic method Congress could devise.

    In example; if there are five candidates for the same seat, a paper
    secret ballot is circulated with all five names. If no candidate receives
    more than 50 %, the lowest vote getter is dropped and a new four candidate ballot is circulated, giving those who supported the candidate with the least support a second chance to influence the ultimate outcome. If no candidate receives over 50%, on the second ballot, the lowest vote getter is once again dropped and a three candidate ballot is circulated with the remaining three candidates. The process is continued until the candidate with the broadest possible support (50% plus 1 vote) emerges. –– In this way, the need for a primary is eliminated.

    In an Ranked Choice, Instant Runoff, the voter picks their candidates in
    order of preference. If no candidate receives more than 50% in the first
    computer count, the computer then recounts. For those voters who selected the lowest vote getter as their first preference,their first preference is stricken from their ballot and their second
    preference is counted as though it had been their first preference. This method of count and recount is carried out under the watchful eyes of interested parties until the candidate with the broadest possible support emerges. Paper ballots are retained and hand counted if necessary to settle any disputed computer count.

    Ranked Choice, Instant Runoff will cut the cost of holding an election in half by eliminating the need and expense of a primary election. Vote
    by Mail will reduce costs even further by eliminating the expense of
    Election Day polling stations. As it did in Washington, and Oregon, Vote
    by Mail will bring about a dramatic increase in voter participation, and thereby guide political control closer the center. The Ranked Choice, Instant Runoff effect will insure the election and representation by only those with the broadest segment of our political spectrum supporting them and thereby facilitate more bipartisan cooperation among elected officials.

    Alaska’s closed Republican primary will be eliminated. Right wing
    conservatives worked to close the Republican primary so they could be a
    relatively larger fish in a smaller pond. Wherever possible, they have
    succeeded in eliminating pro choice and/or moderate Republicans with
    any inclination to work with Democrats. In a state with more Republicans than Democrats, the closed primary nomination system simply works out to favor the election of right wing Tea Party candidates.

    Coupling Vote by Mail, with Ranked Choice, Instant Runoff, will make it
    impossible to purge the voter rolls of minorities and poor people through
    photo ID requirements.

    Adopting the ballot tracking and vote counting system used and perfected
    by the State’s of Washington, and Oregon, those vote counting issues raised by Diebold Election Systems, Inc., will become a footnote in Alaska’s history books.

    Anchorage Tea Party Candidate Don Smith would never have been elected to the Anchorage School Board under Ranked Choice, Instant Runoff. One of his two mainstream opponents would have won.

    The runoff of the top two vote getters in the Egyptian election turned
    into a disaster for Egypt. –– Following a primary election in which the three mainstream candidates were eliminated sharing 52% of the vote while extremists at opposite ends of the Egyptian political spectrum were nominated to run against each other with 24% of the vote each. The outcome of Egypt’s primary left it mathematically impossible for
    Egypt’s voters to elect a president with the genuine support of a majority of Egypt’s voters. Had Egypt had a Ranked Choice, Instant Runoff system of voting, it is highly probable that one of the three mainstream candidates would have come out on top. Egypt’s new democracy would have never elected a candidate from the Muslim Brotherhood had they selected their president using the Ranked Choice, Instant Runoff method of voting.

    Many democrats were in a snit over Democrat Harry Crawford’s primary run against Democrat incumbent Betty Davis. Under Ranked Choice, Instant Runoff, it wouldn’t have been an issue. Anyone voting for Crawford would likely have chosen Davis as their second choice. In either case, the voting public would decide which of the two would have had the best shot at beating their Republican opponent Anna Fairclough.

    Ballots mailed along with two pages of explanation for each issue in a
    Tabloid Sized Voter’s Guide would go a long ways toward better informing the voting public. Access to an inexpensive “Voter’s Tabloid” would have a leveling influence on the playing field between rich and poor, and between incumbents and non-incumbents. Today’s Voters Pamphlet is seldom taken to the polls for reference. With a Voter’s Tabloid next to an election ballot on the kitchen table, voters could familiarize themselves with candidates and issues they hadn’t heard of, they could pause to consult with friends, and they could make voting a family event.

  • John Public

    Its a coup. The history books will remember a coup and the slaughter of innocents. If al-Sisi had listened to the US, to ElBaradei, and the voice of reason, new elections could have been held.

    Instead, the Mubarak elites are back and will hold another military dictatorship – which was the intent of the many theocratic Gulf states that promised al-Sisi financial backing to crush the Muslim Brotherhood.

    al-Sisi is a brutal murderer of woman and children who will be remembered as a tyrant and killer of democracy. Just another greedy, grasping scumbag.

    A sad day for Egypt. Civil war looms. I am sure Israel is happy, probably why al-Sisi has been in long consultations with Israel.

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