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Dear Readers: I am throwing up a two quick link summaries and a graphic that all caught my eye, as they deal with Egypt. First, the graphic:
It seems that it may still be “Egypt for the Egyptians” – Egypt opposition shuns Morsi move
Egypt’s opposition has rejected an attempt by President Mohammed Morsi to end an increasingly bitter face-off.
Mr Morsi annulled a decree that gave him huge powers, but vowed that a vote on a new constitution would go ahead.
Opposition leaders rejected the move and called for protests on Tuesday. Later, Islamist groups said they would hold counter demonstration
It seems that Egypt’s version of “The Daily Show” poked a whole lot of fun at the ‘merchants of religion’, too:
For a brief moment on Friday night, Egyptians got some respite from the ongoing political crisis tearing the country apart. The comic relief came courtesy of Bassem Youssef’s satirical news show “Al Bernameg“ (The Program) which has just decamped from one ‘secular’ privately owned Egyptian TV channel to another….
By unleashing a deluge of satire on Egypt’s leaders – to great comic effect – Youssef is not only making light of the situation but also openly questioning authority and holding elected officials to account.
When I spoke to Youssef, shortly after taping his latest show, he told me “I don’t criticize, I satirize. I make fun, which is even more shocking. Whoever is in authority will have to deal with our program.”
In the newest episode, broadcast on Friday Dec. 7, as tensions in country remained on a knife-edge, Youssef raised the bar significantly by calling out those he describes as ‘merchants of religion.’ After mixing politics with religion, they were now using violence and sowing hate in the name of religion, he said.
In a country where the lines are blurred between politics and religion, Youssef says he gets a lot of heat from Islamists whom he considers Egypt’s right wingers.
“Our right wing here in Egypt is different from the U.S. because people here are more emotional about religion, they can’t differentiate between politics and religion. The Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafis are the right wing, I don’t deal with them as religious groups but as political groups,” he said.
Other links of note:
- From Word Warrior – Egypt’s Draft Constitution: Religious Freedom Undermined
- Doo Doo Economics: Europe in double-dip recession.
- Beers with Demo recounts the best of the week, including Korean pop sensation Psy’s apology for his anti-American song 8 years ago.
- B-daddy: Deficit Agenda for Obama’s Second Term
Finally, Lonely Conservative offers the first bit of good news related to the administration post-election: Obama Admin Caving On Lunch Menus