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A Fine Journalist Vanishes Into Egypt’s Gulag

There are not many Egyptian journalists like Ismail Alexandrani. A sociologist by training, he was always drawn as a writer and journalist to those who are marginalized in the excitable hurly burly of Egypt’s press and popular culture: Nubians, disabled people, the Sinai Bedouins. This week, his expertise and erudition have dealt him a grim fate: he has been arrested and is being held incognito on improbable charges of supporting terrorism.

Forced to live abroad since last year, Alexandrani tried to slip into Egypt under the radar this week to visit his ailing mother.

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.

“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 Brotherhood: This is Democracy, Love It or Leave It

Alexandria, June 30, 2013. Photo Alaa al Basha.

Millions have demonstrated across Egypt, demanding that Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsi step down. In a frank interview, Brotherhood spokesman Gehad el-Haddad concedes that his group’s government has made mistakes, and has remained too secretive and opaque. But he says that big causes of recent unrest are the country’s corrupt bureaucrats, and the fact that there was no parliament to give voice to competing political viewpoints.

There have been attacks on Muslim Brotherhood offices in Alexandria and the Nile Delta.