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The War Within: Egypt’s Disintegrating Muslim Brothers

Since it was driven underground after the coup of the summer of 2013 and the massacres that followed soon after, what has happened to the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt? The vast and powerful century-old organization, survivor of so many cycles of repression and rejuvenation, has split and turned against itself, writes Ahmed Al Tellawi in Noon Post.

The conflict began around August, 2014,

Torture’s Victory

The local and international press reported this week that Egypt’s military regime was closing Nadim, a prominent center in Cairo that treats victims of torture. Nadim was one of the last lights flickering in the sea of darkness that Egypt under Sisi has become; the history of the center’s creation, the nature of its work, and the personalities of its founders all ordained its closure.

Magda Adly is not the type to be easily intimidated.

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.

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.

Facing the crowds in Brazil, the Extreme Violence of the Police

Brazil Arrests, September 7, Photo CC: Fernando H. C. Oliveira

Brazil’s larger cities have been in continuous upheaval for months, with strikes and massive demonstrations. Disgust with police violence seems to be on the rise.

On the night of Saturday, Sept. 28, the entire police force of Rio de Janeiro - or at least it seemed like every policeman in town was there- was busy hunting down protesters.

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?

Policing the Border Inside: Kashmir

Security patrol in Srinagar. Photo CC.

Much of the daily work of repressing rebellion in separatist-inclined Indian Kashmir is done by local Kashmiri policemen, rather than the Indian Army. As Kashmiris, their sympathies are often with the rebellious youth. Hardnews investigates the strange double lives of Kashmiri policemen on the Indian side of the Line of Control.

He is at the forefront of confrontations in the volatile state of Kashmir.