Opponents of the coup that toppled Egypt’s elected president Mohamed Morsi in July warned Wednesday the country was headed towards civil war and urged the international community to pay attention.
“The present regime since the coup is pushing Egypt towards civil war,” journalist and former chief editor of the Al-Shorouk newspaper, [...]
Springborg predicted that al-Sisi, who has sworn to swiftly restore democracy after a nine-month transition, intends to keep real power for himself. Furthermore, Springborg warned of his “Islamist agenda,” saying that he would not likely restore the “secular authoritarianism” practiced by Mubarak, but would install “a hybrid regime that would combine Islamism with militarism.” Intriguingly, [...]
Egypt is currently caught in a downward spiral of political violence and propaganda, but there is hope for a better development in the long run. That is the analysis of Egypt expert Koert Debeuf, who believes that the economic realities may be what eventually force a proper dialogue.
Following the ouster of former President Mohamed [...]
With the world focused on the crisis in Syria and the possibility of a U.S.-Iranian détente, the fact that Egypt’s political situation is going from bad to worse has flown under the political radar. Much to the relief of the generals in Cairo — and likely also some members of U.S. President Barack Obama’s Middle [...]
When FRONTLINE producer Martin Smith arrived in Cairo this past July, it was clear from the moment he landed that Egypt’s revolution had taken a dangerous turn.
Below, Smith takes you inside the first 24 hours of filming Egypt in Crisis – FRONTLINE and
In the case of Syria, where there has been more wrestling and negotiation between international powers, Chinese netizens analyzed the foreign policies of the United States, Russia, and China. China has long opposed international intervention in the Syrian conflict. Jokes like “Putin has betrayed President Xi?” and “It is quite difficult [...]
“We did not hold prayers in the monastery on Sunday for the first time in 1,600 years,” Priest Selwanes Lotfy of the Virgin Mary and Priest Ibram Monastery in Degla, just south of Minya, told the al-Masry al-Youm daily.
He said supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi destroyed the monastery, which includes three churches, one [...]
U.S. intelligence agencies watching events in Egypt say the military is preparing for long-term authoritarian rule, a setback for both pro-democracy advocates and proponents of Islamist rule under the ousted Muslim Brotherhood regime.
The most significant sign of returning military rule was the announced release from prison on Wednesday of former President Hosni Mubarak. He [...]
Now that the military coup has taken place, Egypt’s political crisis has the secularist army pitted against the Muslim Brotherhood. While earlier violence in Sinai was attributed to independent extremists, violent acts such as Monday’s are now planned strategically by Brotherhood followers to retaliate against harsh and indiscriminate military attacks. Without Morsi or any political [...]
In the wake of the July 3 coup and the tragedy of Aug. 14, it seems possible that the military leaders never truly relinquished their hold on power after the overthrow of former President Hosni Mubarak two-and-a-half years ago. If that were the case, democracy in the country would be a failure. Yemeni Nobel Peace [...]