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Egypt

The Egyptian Revolution’s Next Barrier

When the Egyptian army first began its offensive against the Muslim Brotherhood, many speculated that such an assault would likely be extended to the same revolutionaries who demanded — in massive demonstrations — that President Morsi be evicted from office.

Egypt’s Revolution After the Smoke Clears

 In times of crisis people strive for easy answers to complex situations. In Egypt this has resulted in absurdly digestible sound bites, where one side is labeled “good”(the Muslim Brotherhood), the other “bad” (the army), and the revolution as a whole is condemned as an atrocity. But the situation in Egypt is especially contradictory, and untying the social-political knots of the revolution requires avoiding pre-packaged catchphrases.

A Path Forward for Egypt’s Revolution

 The battle for the future of Egypt is underway, and it’s chaos. There has been violence on both sides of the divide, with the military inflicting the heaviest doses on supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood. The violence combined with any lack of long-term solution could bode poorly for Egypt’s future, but the situation is in extreme flux, and by no means anywhere settled. There is still abundant hope for most Egyptians to achieve a better world, though time is of the essence.

What’s Next for the Egyptian Revolution

 Egyptians are making history at a frantic pace. After the largest protests in Egypt’s history initiated the downfall of the first Muslim Brotherhood government, a military-led massacre of Muslim Brotherhood faithful quickly altered the political dynamic. Everything is in flux.

How Egypt Killed Political Islam

 The rebirth of the Egyptian revolution ushered in the death of the first Muslim Brotherhood government. But some near-sighted analysts limit the events of Egypt to a military coup. Yes, the military is desperately trying to stay relevant — given the enormous initiative of the Egyptian masses — but the generals realize their own limitations in this context better than anybody else. This wasn’t a mere re-shuffling at the top of society, but a flood from the bottom.

Egypt’s Revolution Stumbles

 The call for a new constitution was a key political demand of the Egyptian people when they overthrew the thirty-year dictatorship of Mubarak. Motivating this was the desire to begin dismantling the repressive bureaucratic state machinery they had suffered under and replace it with a democratic government that would be guided by their needs and hopes. Such aspirations served to unite the divergent forces that made Egypt’s political revolution and encourage their grassroots organizing efforts.

Austin Indymedia 2011 Year in Review

 

Austin activism in 2011 saw an upsurge in activity throughout the year with the mantra of change in the air. With the revolutions in the Arab world acting as a spark, people lit the fire that was once at the heart of social change in America. Activists for human rights involved in a whole rage of issues joined forces to fight the system of injustice seen all across the United States and the world.

 

Jason Brownlee Talk on Democracy, Diplomacy, and U.S. Interests in Egypt

 

UT government professor Jason Brownlee discusses the implications of the events unfolding in Egypt and throughout the Middle East. Brownlee is on leave in Washington, DC, this year, researching a book on U.S./Egypt relations. In writing and appearances on U.S. television and Al-Jazeera, Brownlee has urged the U.S. government to support real democracy in Egypt. “If U.S. officials don't want Egypt to be Iran 1979 [the Iranian revolution], they should prevent an Iran 1953 [when the U.S. re-installed the Shah and deposed the democratically elected Mohammad Mosaddegh],” he said. “All it would take is cutting their client-military loose and supporting indigenous democratization.” 

 

The talk was sponsored by the Social Justice Committee at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. For more information, contact Robert Jensen at 471-1990 orrjensen@uts.cc.utexas.edu 
 
Filmed, Edited & Produced for Austin Indymedia by Jeffry Zavala 
 

Austin Activists Stands with the Egyptian Revolution

 

 

 

Filmed, Edited & Produced for Austin Indymedia by Jeffry Zavala
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God Cop, Bad Cop, Once Again

Sadly, we are again watching the ages-old game of subverting a popular uprising to ensure that the old power elite remains rich and powerful by taking advantage of the shifting sands.

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