Posts Tagged ‘Morsi’

Mubarak Miss Me Yet

Dear Readers:  Engaging with Beers with Demos in a little twitter exchange, I came across this tweet:

Egypt Tweet

The following image from the Egypt Daily News will give you a feel for the crowds, which are totally the envy of any Tea Party.  Perhaps I have a larger following in Egypt than I suspected?

Egypt Crowds

Unsurprisingly, Morsi remains defiant:

The Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi, has vowed there will be no second revolution in Egypt, as thousands planned to gather outside his presidential palace calling for his removal after a year in power.

In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, Morsi rejected opposition calls for early presidential elections and said he would not tolerate any deviation from constitutional order. He said his early resignation would undermine the legitimacy of his successors, creating a recipe for unending chaos.

Four are reported dead, with the worst clashes in Assiut:

In Assiut, the site of today’s most deadly clashes, army and police have been deployed at the governorate headquarters and at the Freedom and Justice Party headquarters, located 100 metres apart, reports Ahram’s Osama Sediq.

Police are firing teargas in front of the FJP headquarters, where clashes are still ongoing and sounds of gunshots can be heard.

Clashes started when an anti-Morsi demonstration of several thousand passed by the FJP office. The FJP youth, who were forming a human shield to protect the office, thought protesters were attacking them, so they fired birdshot and live rounds, reports Sediq.

For my American fans who want a better understanding of the origin of this phase of Egyptian unrest, time to go to Big Pharaoh. This was posted June 29th and is clearly prescient:

Will June 30 be big?

Depends on who will join. If we had the same middle class crowd that took to the streets last December following the constitutional decree, then nothing much will happen. These folks demonstrate till 10 pm. If we had a newer segment of the society, namely the lower social economic class, then we’re talking. Judging from events in the Delta during the past days, do expect a new kind of protesters. I don’t know how they will look like, but I know for a fact they won’t look like the neat middle class protesters you all loved on January 2011.

What will happen?

Cairo – clashes might happen if the number of demonstrators was massive and they decided to occupy Cairo. In other words, occupy the institutions of power to force the regime to abdicate. If that happened, the Islamists stationed in Rabaa el Adaweiyah will react and the mini civil war will commence.

Delta – This region has been boiling in the past days and will be on fire on June 30. It is controlled by no one. It will be MB vs pissed off apolitical locals who are not affiliated with any political organization. Both are armed and it won’t be nice there. Living conditions will drive people out to the streets and I expect that people from the rural areas, MB strongholds, will participate as well.

Alexandria – we’ve seen a rehearsal today in Sidi Gaber. Live ammunition was used and 2 persons were killed including an American who was taking pictures of the clashes. Just like Delta, Alexandria might witness very fierce clashes.

The Canal cities – there will be mass protests especially in Port Said, however the 3 cities there will remain relatively peaceful. The army is in total control there and MB presence in Port Said in almost nonexistent.

Upper Egypt – There will be demonstrations fueled by the deteriorating living conditions but I am not expecting clashes there nor massive demonstrations.


UPDATE 2: Looks like one of the country’s governors is reassessing his career options:

Egypt Tweet 2


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Jon Stewart on Egyptian satirical TV show as captured foreign spy

It seems the only thing to laugh about in Egypt today is on its TV.

Hot across the Shrine wires is a notice that a noted historical site in Matariyya / Arab el-Hisn was damaged in the nationwide demonstrations (a translation of the following this piece)

Today thugs set fire to the gate of Ramses II, in plans to completely overtake the site during the protests of June 30th. The gate got completely burnt today.” [FB]. This happened after volunteers had removed 9 tons of garbage from the site to help restore its archaeological status.

It seems American comedic pundit Jon Stewart stopped by a show based on his American version while in the country.  It seems that President Morsi has become an international-level joke:

Jon Stewart took the guest’s seat Friday on Egypt’s top satirical TV show, modeled after his own program “The Daily Show.”

Stewart was brought to the set wearing a black hood and introduced by host Bassem Youssef as a captured foreign spy.

Stewart, wearing a scruffy beard, spoke briefly in Arabic as the studio audience gave him a raucous welcome.

“Please sit down, I am a simple man who does not like to be fussed over,” he said in Arabic to laughter.

Youssef, host of the show “Al-Bernameg” and one of Egypt’s most popular TV presenters, has been questioned by prosecutors on accusations of blasphemy and insulting the president. Stewart defended his counterpart and friend in one of his monologues after Youssef was interrogated earlier this year, and Youssef has appeared as a guest on the popular New York-based show.

Stewart, who is on a summer-long break from anchoring the Comedy Central fake newscast is in the Middle East making his first movie. He expressed admiration for Youssef in Friday’s episode, which was recorded earlier this week during a visit to Cairo.

“Satire is a settled law. If your regime is not strong enough to handle a joke, then you have no regime,” Stewart said, adding that Youssef “is showing that satire can be relevant.”

True to form, Youssef began the weekly show with a series of jokes about Islamist President Mohammed Morsi’s appearance and address at a rally last weekend hosted by his hard-line Islamist backers.


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Welcome Instapundit readers! If you like ancient Egypt, please check out my post on 2 other Egyptian Queens – Ahhotep and Tausert. Fans of Medieval History will like Deadliest Blogger’sAge of Arthur” series and superb podcast.

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:

10 Plagues of Egypt

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.

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Finally, Lonely Conservative offers the first bit of good news related to the administration post-election: Obama Admin Caving On Lunch Menus

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