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A Seismic Assassination in Cairo

Massacred and driven underground or into exile following the 2013 coup, Egypt’s Muslim Brothers are nevertheless an extraordinarily resilient organization. But when security forces in Cairo this week killed one of the group’s most important leaders, a widening rupture between two major factions in the Brothers broke to the surface, writes Ahmed Al Tellawi in this very perceptive analysis:

In a Tuesday press release, the Egyptian Interior Ministry announced that it had liquidated Mohamed Kamal.

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!

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

An Egypt Where Jews are Good, Islamists Bad, and Palestinians Don’t Exist

The most talked about Egyptian TV series this summer, a historical drama with Jews as the heroes: hard to imagine a fresher angle than that, right? But as Orient XXI’s Celine Lebrun writes here, Harat al-Yahoud, which explicitly exchanged as ‘bad guys’ Jews and Zionists for the Muslim Brothers, was transparent propaganda for the country’s new military rulers.

With sensationalist title, the subject of the TV series by Egyptian director Medhat el-Adl seemed a risky gamble for this summer’s Ramadan month season.

First, They Came for the Islamic Modernists: Book Burning in Cairo

The most curious thing about the list of books burned in an official ceremony organized recently by bureaucrats of Egypt’s Education Ministry is the list of titles: it reads like a syllabus on Islamic Modernism, the Enlightenment-inspired movement that swept Egypt and the Arab world at the end of the 19th century.

Islam and and the Foundations of Governance, by Ali Abdel Raziq. Jamal al-Din al-Afghani, the biography by Uthman Amin.

Remembering Rabaa

It has been six months since the Egyptian army and police massacred over a thousand civilian protestors in Rabaa al-Adawiya square, in Cairo. They had camped in the square for two months, demanding the reinstatement of President Mohamed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood leader who had been overthrown in a military coup July 3.

Despite the savage repression, supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood have taken to the streets.

On the Run With the Muslim Brothers

Life underground with the Muslim Brothers in Cairo: call-in television shows to denounce the neighborhood ‘terrorists’; the predawn knock at the door; the terror and confusion of now-leaderless protestors. Scenes from post-coup Cairo by one of France’s finest feature reporters, Florence Aubenas.

On the television, the show has just begun. One of those talk shows that Egypt's new private channels love so much: on this one, viewers can call in to denounce 'terrorists,' live on the air.

In Cairo Morgue, Egypt’s Revolution Waits to be Buried

In Cairo morgues, the bodies are piling up, and not merely due to the scale of army massacres. Almost unbelievably, the government is trying to force unwilling families to sign falsified death certificates: their murdered children ‘committed suicide.’

Zeinhom morgue has become an obligatory destination here, though it is a dreaded building that people in Cairo once refused to drive past, shied away from even mentioning by name. Today, they stand outside it in long lines, frantic to recover the bodies of loved ones.

Egypt Bishop: We Called, but Police, Fire Trucks Wouldn’t Come

Egypt Bishop of Minya, Abba Makarios

In Egypt, Coptic churches and institutions are always guarded by security forces. But on the day that the military began killing Islamist demonstrators in Cairo, churches and other Christian institutions around the country were oddly unguarded, and calls for protection went unheeded, says the bishop of Minya, Abba Makarios, in this interview with Egyptian satellite channel Al-HayaTV.

Al HayaTV: With us on the telephone we have Bishop Makarios. Welcome to the program sir.

Tariq Ramadan: Egypt’s Only Solution, A National Civic Alliance

Tarek Gafawy, Roz El-Yusef, August 8, 2013

Grandson of the assassinated founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, Tariq Ramadan is a prominent Swiss academic and intellectual, particularly concerned with the role of Muslims in the West. In the following interview, he contemplates the fate of the movement his grandfather founded now that the Egyptian military has opted for violent repression following last month’s coup.

Le Parisien: Are you surprised what has been happening in Egypt?

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