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“If you want to free a society, just give them internet access. Because people, the young guys, you know, are all going to go out and see biased media, see the truth about other nations and their own nation and they’re going to be able to contribute and collaborate together.”
“These basic details are not the main issue — the issue is who will be able to get all parties within Egypt to confer on the basis of such principles. Few in the country, if any, qualify as institutions or individuals that have the potential to bring the parties together. Al-Azhar University may qualify, as Azhar’s Grand Imam voiced opposition to and dissent against the forced dispersal of the pro-Morsi sit-ins by the government — but the Muslim Brotherhood will regard him as suspect, considering his support for the military intervention on July 3. Nevertheless, Ahmed al-Tayeb carries substantial weight — and in the midst of such a polarized society, he is probably one of the few Egyptians left who has the respect of the state’s institutions, and stood against the violence of the last few days. If he hosts an initiative with one of his most senior advisors, Hassan Shafei (a noted scholar in his own right who has been deeply critical of the last few weeks), this may be a venue for constructive dialogue. Within that dialogue also present will likely be Amr Hamzawy (a liberal politician who has been consistent throughout), Mohamed ElBaradei (the now former vice president), Selim al-Awaa (a more centrist Islamist figure), Nabil el-Arabi (the secretary general of the Arab League) and the former Muslim Brotherhood figure, Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh, who can act as decent mediators between the multiple sides.”

August 20, 2013, 2:07pm  0 notes

tho the current Egypt’s political upheaval is

Really like something Japan went through in latter part of 1860s. 

What happened to Japan (and this is probably different from what’s actually going on in Egypt I guess but nonetheless) was it really killed and erased all the best minds Japan had for maintaining its political unity, cohesion, atmosphere - 

  • talented people with capacity of real listening to different views/opinions, 
  • people who had sense about domestic cohesion is necessary for minimizing the malicious interference and interventions by foreign powers 
  • people who had ideas about what Japan has to carry on into the Westernizing process - from tradition, from previous period’s wisdoms 
  • Open to learning from foreign powers 

Crazy madness, insanity of political upheaval created the atmosphere in which all these brilliant people were all targeted - and massively assassinated (from ‘crazies’ on either side, any side, all sides.) 

That turmoil lasted like 10 years, and when ‘the Revolution’ ended, some people lamented that Japan lost all the necessary human talents which was necessary for shaping, facing and planning the most challenging period - facing Westernization and surviving in the modern international world. 

There was a lament about Japanese temper - ‘Why Japanese people got so into rivalry, killing, murdering each other’ - and erased brilliant leader class minds from the list one by one. 

(And then that ‘toxic’ temper - now formed as ‘ideology’ ‘school of thought’ (became established and disseminated among population) - remained and lasted, and prepared another round of madness Japan faced in 1930s - towards participating, blindly descending into World War 2.)

August 20, 2013, 1:50pm   1 note
“In my expectation, I think that this regime will completely end its relation with Egypt within a week and will end its relationship forever within the region […]”

Muslim Brotherhood’s reign in Egypt will end within a week: ex-PM | Reuters

So this was July 1st 2013, Monday - Ahmed Shafik answering interview to Reuters. 

Brotherhood’s reign (Morsi Presidency) will end in Egypt very soon (in a week) - and also, ‘Within the region’ - Brotherhood will lose its - stand/relevance - 

very prophetic, and it came exactly to what he said a month and half in advance.

I think I remember reading this but didn’t really weight it as much of anything. 

But re-reading now, it’s just amazing. It’s really Shaflk openly telling Brotherhood, declaring that your organization is done already. 

August 18, 2013, 3:06pm  0 notes

Simply put basically 1000 people were killed in basically ‘one clash’. 

And we have no ‘experts’ about this kind of loss. We don’t. Even religious experts (priests, monks, or what …) aren’t upto this. They have no tools no competence nor willingness. 

And that’s also not a job of our politics experts or journalistic experts - 

not even literature types. 

There is no one, no profession or specialization really in charge of this - brutally lost, taken-away lives. about its brutality, desensitizing quality, and how we are puzzled and silenced. 

side of people being slaughtered - and side of people who were commanded to slaughter - 

senseless. but there is no expert among us to really get us, our daily existences, out of this senselessness. 

August 17, 2013, 2:10pm   1 note
▸ Egypt Considers Brotherhood Ban, VoA news

Egypt’s prime minister has proposed disbanding the Muslim Brotherhood of ousted President Mohamed Morsi, the government said on Saturday, raising the stakes in a bloody struggle […]

Aug 17, 2013, 12:11pm  1 note      

August 16, 2013, 9:41pm   2 notes

Ref: Egypt, Fatih Mosque siege, livestreams

August 16, 2013, 9:25pm   1 note
▸ Back to the Future for US Policy In Egypt and Syria - Vali Nasr, Al-Monitor

The Russian position is that if the goal is the rout of extremists, then Assad is best positioned to do the job. Washington is not ready to admit that, but by buying into the same argument in Egypt and standing back for Assad to defeat the opposition, it could signal that it is open to embracing a future for the Middle East in its past. First Egypt, then Syria, will be back in the corner of the containment of Islamism strategy, a destructive and dangerous dance between ruling dictatorships and extremist oppositions. In Egypt last month, the Arab Spring came full circle, and now US Middle East policy is poised to do the same.

Published 15 days ago. But explains. 

Really abstract and compressed (to my eyes) - but - Vali Nasr’s speculative knack - almost reads like he was predicting the current Egypt’s situation. (Worth reading in full. Though without much background reading, it’s … bit too mechanical.) 

Policies or choices are made - and ‘phenomenons’ - symptoms look ghastly. But - … 

But thing is: it may not be so certain. That’s next Time piece. 

Aug 16, 2013, 7:47pm  0 notes      

▸ [Egypt - Sinai] Battle for the Sinai, Sophia Jones, Daily Beast

Slightly older piece from July 15h, but while others are poking on only about ‘what group’ ‘what weapon’ - this piece is about Sinai local population and what they need - want - 

Such perspectives also existed in older Time articles about Sinai, also Egypt Independent. 

Aug 10, 2013, 12:21am  0 notes      

August 04, 2013, 12:57am   2 notes
▸ McCain, Graham heading to Egypt at president's request

Graham said the idea originally came from Secretary of State John Kerry, who thought it was important for military leaders to hear first-hand from members of Congress, especially members of the president’s political opposition, that key players in the U.S. are on the same page. Graham and McCain met several times with members of the Muslim Brotherhood in the past.

“They want it to be someone from the Congress, not just the executive branch, so we can make it real to them that Congress is not going to tolerate a military takeover and throwing everyone in jail,” Graham said.

He said their message will be that they “expect you to move to a democratically elected government sooner rather than later, and putting people in opposition in jail is not sustainable.”

Graham said it is still unclear when they will go and who they will meet with in Egypt, but that’s being worked out by the State Department.

  • Not from executive branch but from Congress -
  • timing isn’t decided (kind of ‘yikes’)

Jul 30, 2013, 8:02pm  0 notes      

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