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Morsi: the symbol and the man

The deposed head of state proved an ineffective president, has he found his calling as a silent symbol of the Brotherhood he wasn’t fit to lead? Despite official visits from the African Union Delegation and the European Union’s Catherine Ashton, Morsi has not yet appeared publicly, nor has his location been released since his ouster. …

Rasheed Hammouda

Watching Egypt crumble

  An acquaintance several weeks ago was in shock, “I got my daughter a bicycle which she parks on the street. Last night I found an old man trying to break its lock. I couldn’t believe it!” Confronting the petty thief, the old man fumbled, cried and apologised telling my friend that he needs the …

Sara Abou Bakr

Op-ed review: Ikhwan-oriented media and Islamists during the revolution

One columnist addresses the authorities’ control of media apparatus, and the other discusses how people deny the role of Islamists in the revolution. Yasser Abdel Aziz ‘Ikhwanization’ of national media Al-Masry Al-Youm Columnist Yasser Abdel Aziz discusses the penetration of Muslim Brotherhood policies and practices into public media bodies. He recalls that many fellow journalists …

Thoraia Abou Bakr

The popular myth of the ‘unpopular Ikhwan’

By Dr Mohamed A.  Fouad We all know it or seem to think we know it; we like to advance several pieces of evidence to suggest this infamous statement: “The Muslim Brotherhood’s popularity is going down the drain!” However, we never seem to follow this notorious assumption with an important question: So what? If only …

Daily News Egypt

Seif pharmacies, racism and bringing down the Ikhwan

On Wednesday, Egyptian activists were in a frenzy. One of the most well-known pharmaceutical chains in Egypt, Seif Pharmacies, was in deep water after one of their appointed pharmacists refused to take money from a Nubian Egyptian for “being black”. Unfortunately for him, it was outspoken Nubian film director, Nada Zatouna. She went online and …

Sara Abou Bakr

Myths

Egypt is a country where people operate on myths instead of facts, which is one of the primary reasons why we never seem to get on with the country. Between the 7,000 years of civilisation (of which 2,000 we were under occupation), the army that never gets defeated (except in every war it actually partakes …

Mahmoud Salem

The future of the Muslim Brotherhood

Almost nine months have passed since Mohamed Morsi was declared President. Nine months went by with the Muslim Brotherhood on top of state institutions, state authorities and in charge of political policies. Last summer when Morsi went to Tahrir Square for the first time, I was debating with a friend whether this experiment would be …

Ziad A. Akl

Review: Op-Eds voice anger against Muslim Brotherhood

After the attacks by Muslim Brotherhood members on reporters and media professionals in front of the group’s headquarters in Moqattam, several columnists have expressed their frustration with the group’s intolerance of others’ views and perspectives.   Islam’s morals Amr Al-Shobaki Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper Looking at the background of the Muslim Brotherhood’s structure, Al-Shobaki states that …

Daily News Egypt

Brothers in alarums

By Philip Whitfield Morsi’s durability dips daily. After losing any goodwill he had among democrats, his powerbase is crumbling. He’s no use to the Muslim Brotherhood now that he can’t dictate election outcomes. On the street, former MB youth fight it out with MB holdouts in the canal cities, the Delta and, more recently, in …

Daily News Egypt

Dr H.A. Hellyer

“The Revolution continues”: No longer a slogan

When the crowds swelled in the Square of Liberation in January 2011, the chant of al-sha’ab yurid isqat al-nidham (‘the people demand the fall of the regime’) was a pithy slogan. By the time Hosni Mubarak was pushed out of power eighteen days later, Tahrir Square had become much more than simply a place where …

Dr H.A. Hellyer

On the youth and the revolution

For many, the early days of the revolution served as a political coming-out for a number of underground organisations, some weak, others strong, and individuals, all out to prove their revolutionary worth and zeal. Hailing almost exclusively from the country’s middle and upper middle class youth, from within the ranks of these revolutionaries quickly emerged …

Farid Zahran

The legitimacy of Morsi

Wikipedia defines political legitimacy as “the popular acceptance of an authority, usually a governing law or a regime”. The keyword here is “popular”. The voting system was concurred as a way to gauge public acceptance of a person or government. The tallying of ballots is used as a means to assess the will of the masses. …

Sara Abou Bakr

Sexual harassment, the Ikhwan and castration

“Suddenly I found my pants down, a hand between my legs. I did not know how he unbuckled my belt without me feeling him…” This is a typical statement beginning Egyptian women’s tales of sexual harassment. They almost always focus on “the belt” the first time they tell their stories as if the belt was …

Sara Abou Bakr

A useful idiot

  Egyptian political theatre never fails to entertain, and its latest clowns and the sheer absurdity of their demands made for quite a show in these last few weeks. Mohamed Abu Hamed’s call for a “revolution” to end the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood and what he dubbed as the “ikhwanisation of the state” is …

Mohamed El-Bahrawi

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Mohamed Badie looks on under the group's logo during his first press conference in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010 (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

The unseen hand

He is described as the unseen hand of an incredibly hierarchal and rigid organization. The Muslim Brotherhood’s General Masul, the General Guide, Mohamed Badie is a man in the shadows, who some believe will have the last word.

Maryam Ishani

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