Tag: Egypt

  • Mass Protests Grow as Military Drags Egypt Back to Dictatorship

    The military-dominated regime that seized power in Egypt in July 2013 has escalated its attacks on freedom and democracy in the country. A series of pronouncements were issued in late December, including the banning of the country’s largest political movement – the Muslim Brotherhood. By all evidence, Egypt’s economic and military elite are taking the … Keep reading »

  • “Silence is complacency”: Against the Coup in Egypt

    The following article is based on a speech given by Roger Annis to a rally in Vancouver on August 17 that was convened by Egyptian-Canadians in the city to condemn the coup d’état in Egypt of July 3 and the police and military violence that has continued in the country. The original speech has been … Keep reading »

  • Graffiti in Egypt

    Bonapartist Coup in Egypt!

    The near equality in strength of the two camps contending for power in Egypt led the army to stage a Bonapartist coup. It is not only the recent episode of unprecedented crowds in the millions coming out on 30 June that has made the army move. This struggle between the Muslim Brotherhood government of now … Keep reading »

  • Aftermath of the Port Said Massacre: Ultras Strike Back

    From Beyond The Margins. On February 1, 2012, 74 people were killed and over 1,000 more injured in a stadium riot following a football match between rival clubs Al-Masry and Al-Ahly in Port Said, Egypt. Al-Ahly fans, also known as “Ultras,” directly blamed the Ministry of Interior for orchestrating the violence. Ensuing clashes in downtown … Watch video »

  • Egypt in Light of the Iranian Revolution: The restoration of a dictatorship?

    The new constitution submitted to referendum by Mohamed Morsi, the president of Egypt elected with the support of the Freedom and Justice party, i.e. the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, in addition to its properties of attacking working-class achievements as well as women’s and minorities’ rights, is preparing the legal ground for … Keep reading »

  • The Left in Time of Revolution

    The Arab revolutions are presenting the Left with a mixture of existential challenges and historical opportunities. The decisive factor will be the Left’s ability to learn from the rich lessons of its own past experiences and vast revolutionary legacy, in order to develop its own project and role in the coming period, and to work … Keep reading »

  • A People’s History of the Egyptian Revolution

    No matter how it unfolds, the Egyptian revolution will go down in the history books as a defining moment in the 21st century. Millions of Egyptians brought down one of the world’s most repressive regimes, that of the U.S.-backed Hosni Mubarak, in just 18 days. Their bravery, perseverance, and tactfulness in the face of the … Keep reading »

  • Egypt’s ‘Orderly Transition’? International Aid and the Rush to Structural Adjustment

    Although press coverage of events in Egypt may have dropped off the front pages, discussion of the post-Mubarak period continues to dominate the financial news. Over the past few weeks, the economic direction of the interim Egyptian government has been the object of intense debate in the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and European … Keep reading »

  • “Only the Names Have Changed”: The Continued Struggle for Democracy in Egypt

    Interview with Mamdouh Habashi, a Vice-President of the World Forum for Alternatives and an executive board member of the Arab-African Research Centre in Cairo, Egypt. On May 5, 2011, Constanze Knoche, correspondent and co-editor of Weltnetz TV, took advantage of Mamdouh Habashi’s recent trip to Germany to discuss the current situation in Egypt and the … Keep reading »

  • A Period of Revolutionary Fervour

    Just a week after the Tunisian revolution, at a conference in Beirut, an astute Egyptian social scientist was asked, would the Tunisian contagion spread to Egypt? And his answer was a categorical, ‘it is not likely, Egyptians are religious, conservative and the security apparatus has a good grip on the country.’ Not long after, of … Keep reading »

  • The Workers, Middle Class, Military Junta and the Permanent Revolution

    Since yesterday (11 February 2011), and actually earlier, middle-class activists have been urging Egyptians to suspend the protests and return to work, in the name of patriotism, singing some of the most ridiculous lullabies about “let’s build new Egypt,” “Let’s work harder than even before,” etc… In case you didn’t know, Egyptians are actually among … Keep reading »

  • Monument to Mubarak.

    Mubarak’s Folly: The Rising of Egypt’s Workers

    Rarely do our rulers look more absurd than when faced with a popular upheaval. As fear and apathy are broken, ordinary people – housewives, students, sanitation workers, the unemployed – remake themselves. Having been objects of history, they become its agents. Marching in their millions, reclaiming public space, attending meetings and debating their society’s future, … Keep reading »