Thursday, July 18, 2013

The deep state in Egypt ...

8/7 deaths of at least 51 people near a barracks in Cairo ... The Muslim Brotherhood says its members were fired on as they staged a sit-in for ousted President Mohammad Morsi, while the army said it had responded to an armed provocation.

(14:59) A curious moment: just at the point where they are normally showing trailers, Al Jazeera English cuts live to a police and  army press conference. A man in a striped shirt is on his feet, saying, "We request the Al Jazeera Arabic reporter be forced out." Maybe soemthing that will slip through the cracks.
(15:20) The army spokesman says that images displayed on the website of one of the religious political parties of children killed, were the same as those on a Syrian website of children killed in Syria.

9/7  The roadmap is announced (00:15) The exclusion of the Al Jazeera Arabic journalist is mentioned again, with a statement from the channel. The more I think about it, this is the scariest moment of the whole day.

(BBC WS, Newshour, 21:14) Journalists at Al Jazeera Egyytian have walked out. These include their TV news anchor, interviewed here. He accuses the station of bias in their coverage, towards the islamists, giving them an open platform to convey messages encouraging (not inciting) violence. Also interviewed, Al Jazeera Egyytian's managing director, now in Doha but a few days ago in custody in Cairo: juurnalists facing intimidation; he himself was arrested after the station aired the video of Morsi which followed the statement ... (end)

Three questions: Egypt's 'Zero-sum' politics, Marwan Bishara, the senior political analyst at Al Jazeera
Today, Egypt has a deposed president, an ousted president and a temporary president. And soon it will have another elected president.
Interesting use of language: what is the difference between a deposed president (Mubarak) and an ousted president (Morsi) ? 
By June 30, it became clear that, despite claims to the contrary, compromises between the old partners in the revolution were no longer realistic. Morsi's critics cried for revolution, and his supporters responded with counter-revolution. It became clear that the conflict would end with one side victorious and the other humiliated, if no real attempts were made to bridge the differences. It was then that the military intervened, ousting the president and preventing any last minute efforts that would save face and pave the way  for constructive change, such as holding a referendum over the presidency or the building of a national unity government, leading to early elections.
Fair enough, apart from getting "revolution" and "counter-revolution" the wrong way round.

Behind Egypt's media crackdown -- Egypt: Mayhem, Morsi and the media: Under Morsi’s 12-month presidency, outlets that supported the Brotherhood flourished while journalists who dared to criticise – or in the case of Bassem Youssef, satirise – the president faced an unprecedented number of lawsuits. The president’s ouster has begun with the closure of outlets sympathetic to the Brotherhood as well as a raid on the studios of Al Jazeera’s Egyptian channel, Mubasher Misr, once a favourite of the crowds in Tahrir, more recently vilified for a perceived pro-Morsi bias. ... Our feature focuses on the closure of Egypt Independent, Egypt’s first independent English-language weekly. Was it a case of financial pressure as its owners insisted or was it – as its staff suspect – a sign of the danger of pushing political boundaries?

10/7 Lindsey Hilsum reports that the "deep state" is in control (C4N) Are some Egyptians’ lives worth less than others?
Yesterday I interviewed a young woman from Tamarod, the movement that got Egyptians out onto the streets to overthrow Morsi, and which has its roots in the April 6 and Kefaya group that spearheaded the 2011 uprising. The Brotherhood collaborated with foreigners, they were traitors, she said, who should be excluded from Egyptian society. Well, that’s about a quarter of Egyptian society excluded then.
11/7 US to go ahead with supply of 4 F16 fighter jets (BBC WS, 09:00)

Sudden Improvements in Egypt Suggest a Campaign to Undermine Morsi
since the military ousted President Mohamed Morsi, life has somehow gotten better for many people across Egypt: Gas lines have disappeared, power cuts have stopped and the police have returned to the street.

The apparently miraculous end to the crippling energy shortages, and the re-emergence of the police, seems to show that the legions of personnel left in place after former President Hosni Mubarak was ousted in 2011 played a significant role — intentionally or not — in undermining the overall quality of life under the Islamist administration of Mr. Morsi.

And as the interim government struggles to unite a divided nation, the Muslim Brotherhood and Mr. Morsi’s supporters say the sudden turnaround proves that their opponents conspired to make Mr. Morsi fail. Not only did police officers seem to disappear, but the state agencies responsible for providing electricity and ensuring gas supplies failed so fundamentally that gas lines and rolling blackouts fed widespread anger and frustration. 
13/7 Roula Khalaf, Egypt’s unravelling threatens the democratic experiment, great first sentence: "To the surprise of the rebellious youth of Tahrir Square, Egypt’s military issued a constitutional declaration this week without bothering to consult them."
 Egypt probes anti-Morsi complaints

14/7 Egypt 'freezes Brotherhood assets'


Anonymous Verna said...

This is cool!

7:52 am, August 14, 2013  

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