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Better Believe It Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-12-11 10:30 PM
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If you want to find out what is really happening in Egypt read "Egypt After Mubarak"


Egypt After Mubarak
By Paul Amar
This article appeared in the May 23, 2011 edition of The Nation.

In the weeks since President Hosni Mubarak was forced to resign, on February 11, the same coalition that led the uprising in Tahrir Square has frequently and vigorously taken action to continue the Egyptian revolution. Labor federations, student movements, womens organizations and new liberal-leaning Islamist youth groups have forced out Mubaraks allies at television networks and newspapers, shuttered the hated State Security and police ministries, confiscated police files on dissidents, triggered more cabinet resignations and pursued indictments against perpetrators of police brutality, state corruption and religious bigotry. They have established new political parties, fended off attempts to circumscribe womens rights, expanded the millions-strong independent labor federation, reclaimed university administrations and staged the first truly free elections for university councils, professional syndicates and labor unions in Egypts modern history. Mubarak is under arrest in a hospital; his sons languish in Tora prison (Cairos Bastille); and a dozen oligarchs have had their assets seized. And yet, most of the Western press seems not to have noticed these political achievements and social struggles.

Instead, the New York Times and Western commentators at Al Jazeera have asked Is the Arab Spring losing its spring? and Could Egypts revolution be stolen? Hillary Clinton warned that the revolution could end up a mere mirage in the desert. The Western press dwelled on the results of the March 19 referendumin which 77 percent of voters approved a set of hastily written constitutional amendmentsto conclude that an old guard alliance of the army and the Muslim Brotherhood had come together to turn back the peoples revolution. Prepared largely in secrecy by a committee of army officers and a judge attached to the Muslim Brotherhood, these amendments set the stage for parliamentary elections in September and presidential elections in November. But they did not suspend the emergency decree or limit the overwhelming power of the presidency, as much as opponents had hoped.

Its true that the Muslim Brotherhood and remnants of Mubaraks NDP supported the amendments while liberal, leftist and Christian organizations lobbied against them. But the result cant be read as a signal that three-quarters of the Egyptian people intend to vote for Islamist parties or that they support elements within the army still linked to the Mubarak regime. As Egyptian youth organizer and author Amr Abdelrahman said, Some within the army misinterpreted the yes vote on the referendum as a vote against protesters and for the army, rather than as a vote celebrating both groups at the same time. In other words, Egyptians were motivated to vote yes for democracy, yes to launch a newly open political system and yes to thank the army for protecting the people from violence.

Indeed, soon after the referendum, public opinion turned strongly and quickly against the tentative alliance between the army and the Muslim Brotherhood. Public protests soared to levels not seen since February 11. Tens of thousands demonstrated and held sit-ins on university campuses; thousands of farmers in the rural south rose up to organize against the repressive tactics of the military council; and even the people of Sharm el-Sheikh (the Red Sea beach resort and location of Mubaraks exile villa) took to the streets to insist that the army hold former regime leaders accountable for their crimes. There was ample evidence of internal dissent within the armed forces, and key youth and liberal leaders within the Brotherhood began talking of moving in new directions. This post-referendum crisis reopened veins of conflict, but in a good way, pressuring the army to identify withnot againstthe revolutionary youth.

Read the full article at:

http://www.thenation.com/article/160439/egypt-after-mub...
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gateley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-13-11 12:50 AM
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1. Thanks --I'll check it out. I've been out of the loop lately, but I heard
Edited on Fri May-13-11 12:56 AM by gateley
something about the Muslims and Christians going at each other in Egypt. Do you know anything about that? It made me so sad because I remembered how they protected each other from the Musharraf goons during the uprising. :(

Oops. Meant Mubarak, not Musharraf. Confusing the despots.
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