Morsi’s announcement has exacerbated the indignation of the
opposition which is under the impression it is being blackmailed: either it votes
yes on the constitutional referendum, or Morsi keeps unlimited powers.
The opposition, the liberals and seculars at Tahrir need to avail themselves of the new spaces that they could use to mobilize people, through demands and slogans better suited to the historical moment in which we live and better calculated to have a broad appeal.
After President Morsi’s
Constitutional Declaration providing him with unprecedented sweeping powers,
the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt faces unprecedented protests. Is this a sign of its
What happened on January 25, 2011 was not a revolution. What happened last week was reminiscent of January 25, but led by people who see a closing window of hope for their struggle. Maybe history of a different kind is finally in the making.
Why isn’t anybody doing anything? Attempting to curb sexual harassment by targeting the harassers is
very challenging in Egypt since the driving forces are complex and
compounded. We need to focus on the
bystander, says Eba’a El-Tamami.
Morsi has shown that his policy on the Palestinians is no more imaginative than Mubarak-era policies and, partly as a result of US approval, he has undertaken a democratic rollback that has ignited Egypt’s streets.
eighteen day uprising saw Egypt’s men and women equally contribute to the
greater good of the country and fought side by side in the face of violence and
drastic uncertainty, women’s rights are being undermined.
The rulers of Saudi Arabia and Qatar insist that Bashar Assad step down
or be removed by force because the Syrian people want him gone. Yet, they
ignore the fact that the Arab peoples want them all gone, not just Assad.
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