Tuesday, July 2, 2013

News From Egypt, July 2

The title of this video is translated "Horror scene that Mohammed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood and push to force the military to leave Marina"
I'm not sure what that means, but I read a Twitter message earlier that videos were being released made from military helicopters. 
Blake Hounshell confirms...

Egypt’s Young Activists Rouse Protests, but Leave Next Steps in Hands of Public

CAIRO — Two months ago, five young activists at a Cairo coffee shop hatched a simple plot to capture the growing public frustration with the direction of their country: collect signatures calling for the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi and organize a protest at the presidential palace on June 30, the anniversary of his inauguration.

As happened once before, with the demonstrations that toppled the former president, Hosni Mubarak, the results ran far beyond the organizers’ expectations.

The campaign, called “tamarrod,” Arabic for “rebellion,” spawned branches across the country and rallied millions of Egyptians to join the protests this weekend that have infuriated the country’s Islamists, shaken Mr. Morsi’s grip on power and pushed the Egyptian military to threaten to once again take over the country.

The campaign’s success has made its originators — Mahmoud Badr, Mohammed Abdel-Aziz, Hassan Shahin, Mai Wahba and Mohammed Heikal, all 22 to 30 years old — heroes to those who oppose the Muslim Brotherhood. They are cheered at protests, hounded by journalists and sought after as guests on evening talk shows.

Their movement, however, underlines both the greatest strengths and the most glaring weaknesses of the youth groups that have driven many of Egypt’s most fundamental political transformations since the revolution, channeling public sentiment to political change but failing to transform it into sustainable organizations.

“While they are communicating for the people, they are not figuring out how to organize people within the political process itself other than calling on them to protest,” said Rabab el-Mahdi, a professor of political science at the American University in Cairo. Dr. Mahdi said that the group’s lack of a well-articulated political project likely means it will “vanish just like other youth coalitions because they are about what they don’t want, not about what they want.”

I have no idea who this person is, 
but this Tweet is too good to miss.... 

This Times editorial is like the weather rock. If it's wet that means it's raining. If it's hot, then the sun must be shining  D'oh... 

This next is not about Egypt but I don't want to miss it.
This is surreal. Hard to imagine any American thinks 
this behavior is anywhere close to acceptable. 
Guantanamo is a seeping cancerous boil. Those opposed to closing it are perpetuating an image of America worse than that of a drunk with shit in his pants and vomit on his shirt.  


Pro Morsi women march arriving #egypt

Egypt's former leader Hosni Mubarak watched 30 June demonstrations demanding President Mohamed Morsy stand down, well-informed sources have revealed.

The imprisoned dictator reportedly expressed astonishment at the number of protesters on the streets of Cairo, commenting that crowds dwarfed those that rose up against him in January 2011.

Sources said that Mubarak told his two sons Alaa and Gamal in their cell that those who revolted against him were much less than the millions that came out calling for the fall of the current Muslim Brotherhood--led regime.

Mubarak said he responded to the demands of the people and stepped down in order to save lives, sources added.

Sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Al-Masry Al-Youm that Mubarak appeared happy and that his psychological condition improved significantly.

The sources pointed out his condition improved especially after he watched comparisons between him and Morsy in talk shows, and the result always seemed to be in his favour.

Mubarak is currently imprisoned at Tora prison in Cairo's Helwan area, pending trial on charges of exploiting influence and killing demonstrators during the 25 January revolution, in addition to other corruption and public money squandering charges.

Mubarak stepped down on 11 February 2011, after 18 days of protests that swept the country demanding an end to his 30-year reign.

Rich, indeed! 

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