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Mohamed Morsi

Poetry and Pestilence

How do you avoid plagues of burrowing parasitic mites in an overcrowded prison cell? How do you avoid catching them while you sleep, in the most contaminated wards of Egypt prisons: the “political prisoners” blocks? How do you deal with the itching and with the shame of the itching? With songs, with a mixture of euphemism and bluntness, and with endless endurance, writes poet and novelist Omar Hazek, who walked out of prison in Alexandria recently.

Scratch, Scratch, try just once to quit!

The Murder Factories of Egypt

Egypt has filled its prisons with some 40,000 people since the 2013 coup, the vast majority of them young activists of the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood subjected to torture and mistreatment. And so once again the country is turning out a new generation of violent radicals. In this illuminating history of the links between the country’s prisons and violent extremism, the complex history of the Sinai based ISIS affiliate that weeks ago blew up an airliner full of Russian tourists, murdering more than 200 people:

The present wave of arrests and mistreatment of detainees in today’s Egypt is nothing new for the country’s Islamists.

After the Knife in the Back, Saudis Extend a Hand to the Brothers

Just two years after helping orchestrate the coup which brought down the Muslim Brothers in Egypt, Saudi Arabia’s rulers are turning to the movement’s international affiliates for help in constructing a ‘Sunni front’ against the Shi’ite clients of Iran. A peculiar alliance, but explicable, writes Alain Gresh in Orient XXI.

In early February 2014, the Saudi press published a royal decree announcing a punishment of between three and twenty years in prison

Tamarod: A Linguistic Riddle

Linguist Yves Gonzalez-Quijano asks: Why does the name of Egypt’s anti-Muslim Brotherhood protest group roll so strangely off the Arabic tongue? The answer, he suggests, is that the name and the concept were imported from English; they ring like an advertising agency slogan. What language does Tamarod really speak?

It sure is hard to figure out what exactly is going on in Egypt! Especially since the media drowns out anything that doesn't fit into the mainstream narrative.

Exactly How Many Millions Were We, My General?

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 was used to justify the military coup which followed them. If anyone had actually cared what these numbers were, the Egyptian military gave them a simple tool: aerial overhead videos of the demonstrations.

Here is a reality check.

“Democracy Is Not For The Sheep”

Supporters of Egypt’s military coup are far too willing to dismiss and dehumanize their opponents, even as the situation tilts toward a bloodbath, writes Egyptian journalist Sarah Carr in Mada Masr.

Before I begin, let me state some facts, so that when people begin the ad hominem attacks they can try to rein them in within the following boundaries:

Egypt: The Algeria Scenario

The nightmare scenario following Egypt’s military coup against the Muslim Brotherhood government is a descent into a civil war bloodbath like the one that inundated Algeria for a decade after that country’s 1992 military coup. There are both parallels and contrasts to what happened in Algeria, writes Yassine Temlali, but the decisive turning points may be yet to come.

There is frequent talk of "a repeat of the Algeria scenario" in Egypt now.