Egypt Newslinks 28-30 November 2011

30 November 2011 —

30 November 2011
Islamists lead in Egyptian elections – early results
Strategic Culture Foundation Today at 11:00

First round of Egyptian parliamentary elections begins
World Socialist Web Site Today at 09:42
Voting in parliamentary elections began Monday and continued yesterday in nine of Egypt’s 27 governorates.

‘Canned democracy’: Egyptian stevedores refuse US tear gas shipment Today at 09:41
Port workers in Egypt have refused to receive a shipment of tear gas ordered by the country’s Interior Ministry from the United States. They fear it will be used against protesters in Tahrir Square.

Egypt poll: A truly ‘general’ election Today at 05:45
Millions of Egyptians have voted in the first parliamentary election since the fall of President Mubarak. But many doubt whether it will change much, with the army generals who took over from the ousted president still…

Prabir Purkayastha, “Why Syria Matters: Interview with Aijaz Ahmad” (Video) Today at 05:42
Aijaz Ahmad: The Americans have known from the beginning, the West has known from the beginning, that their only chance in Syria would be if they could establish a so-called ‘liberated zone,’ preferably on the border with Turkey, which could become a kind of Benghazi . . . which could become a ground for intervention.

Egypt enters new political phase after parliamentary elections
Strategic Culture Foundation Today at 02:51

Egypt Election Results: Partial Results Show Muslim Brotherhood In The Lead
Huffington Post
MAGGIE MICHAEL 11/30/11 07:06 AM ET AP CAIRO — Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood
was leading in initial, partial results from Egypt’s parliamentary
elections but it was facing stiff competition in many places both from more
hard-line Islamic groups and from …

Egypt: Partial results show Islamist lead in vote
Albany Times Union
MAGGIE MICHAEL, AP Egyptian soldiers carry ballot boxes to a counting
center after polling stations closed in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Nov. 29,
2011. Egypt’s military rulers were quick to take credit Tuesday for a
strong turnout in the first elections …

American students abroad told to avoid protests
The Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Every year American colleges and universities send
more than 270000 students to study abroad and more of them are choosing
unconventional destinations, which in places like Egypt can entice students
to ignore well-meaning warnings …

Polls close in Egyptian election
Washington Post
Egypt’s military rulers were quick to take credit Tuesday for a strong
turnout in the first elections since Hosni Mubarak’s ouster, a vote that
appeared to be the country’s freest and fairest in living memory. (Nov. 29)
(/The Associated Press) …

In Egypt and Congo, Questions of Election Legitimacy Remain
PBS News Hour
Margaret Warner discusses elections in Egypt and Congo with The
International Republican Institute’s Scott Mastic, who’s leading an
election monitoring team in Cairo, and Soloman Moore of The Wall Street
Journal, reporting from Congo’s capital of …

Hamas Come Closer To Egypt
According to the Economist, Hamas leaders have proposed a free-trade zone
between Egypt and Gaza, still occupied by Israel, that would create jobs
and facilitate the movement of people and goods. Gaza’s crossings into
Israel are mostly unused, …

Egypt finmin Beblawi says not yet asked to stay on
CAIRO Nov 30 (Reuters) – Egypt’s Finance Minister Hazem el-Beblawi said on
Wednesday he had not yet been asked to stay in his post in a new cabinet
due to be formed by the end of the week. Asked if he had been approached to
stay on as finance minister, …

Inside Story: Are Egypt’s lines of control being re-drawn?
Al Jazeera
Enthusiasm undiminished as millions vote in Egypt’s parliamentary polls but
what kind of government will emerge? Inside Story discusses with guests
Hisham Qasim, Rabab el-Mahdi and Hisham Safei El-Din.

Derrik Sweeney talks about treatment under Egyptian police
Columbia Missourian
About being back home after his arrest by Egyptian police department,
Derrik Sweeney said “It feels very peaceful. I will probably get bored
pretty quickly. But it is better to be bored than be in prison.” ? Pinar
Istek BY Fedor Zarkhin JEFFERSON CITY …

Gangs strike out at Egyptian protesters at Tahrir Square rally
Anshel Pfeffer reports from Cairo, as clashes break out in Cairo’s Tahrir
square Monday night in the wake of Egypt’s historic election’s second day.
By Anshel Pfeffer and Reuters Tags: Arab Spring Egypt Reports began
emerging from Tahrir Square of …

Egypt’s Islamists demand power for parliament
Financial Times
By Heba Saleh in Cairo As Egyptians voted on Tuesday for a second day in a
landmark parliamentary election, Islamists, who are expected to emerge as
the biggest political force, called on the military to give more power to
the new assembly. …

From Spring to Winter: Explaining the Egypt Elections
New York Times (blog)
Overview | What is happening in Egypt in the aftermath of revolution? How
does the situation in Egypt compare with other nations that have
experienced uprisings in the Arab World? In this lesson, students get
updated on Egypt and then develop a series …

US finds reassurance in Egypt’s peaceful voting
Click here US finds reassurance in Egypt’s peaceful voting Originally
published: November 30, 2011 2:13 AM Updated: November 30, 2011 6:48 AM By
The Associated Press BRADLEY KLAPPER (Associated Press) (AP) — The Obama
administration offered tempered …

Egyptian police officer to be questioned over shooting protesters’ eyes
The Egyptian authorities have called in for questioning a police officer
accused of shooting out the eyes of protesters deliberately after human
rights activists said scores of people had been blinded. By Richard
Spencer, Cairo Lieutenant Mahmoud …

Elections In Morocco And Egypt: Window Dressing? – OpEd
Eurasia Review
Parallels with Egypt’s transition to democracy are strong: both youth
movements strongly criticised their respective elections as
window-dressing, leaving the real power (veto power over legislation,
cabinet appointments, and control of security) in …

Islamists expect gains in Egypt elex
Reuters Video
Nov 30 – Vote count is underway in Egypt after landmark election.
Marie-Claire Fennessy reports.

Egypt: calm voting soothes markets
Financial Times (blog)
After a week of dire predictions and market turmoil, Egypt’s equity markets
saw their biggest single day rise in almost two years on Tuesday. The
benchmark EGX index jumped 5.5 per cent as two days of peaceful polling
gave investors hope that a new …

What Do the Salafists Want? On Egypt, Sharia and Israel
The Awl
Today is the second day of voting in Egypt for the People’s Assembly, which
has 508 seats. All told, 24 days of polling will take place over the next
few months. In January, elections will begin for Egypt’s upper house, the
Shura Council, which has 264 …

Austinites rally to support Syrian, Egyptian protestors
UT The Daily Texan
Nermeen Mounier and her daughter Malak Tousson display the Egyptian flag at
a solidarity rally supporting the demonstrations in Egypt, Syria and the
Middle East. Members of Austin’s Middle Eastern communities and
demonstrators for Occupy Austin lined …

West greets Islamist advance in north Africa with caution
Polls in Tunisia and Morocco were won by Islamists, Islamist influence is
stronger in Libya after the fall of Muammar Qaddafi’s regime and this
week’s election in Egypt is expected to see gains by the Muslim
Brotherhood. Western powers had supported …

Egyptian Parliamentary Elections 2011
Vote counting started on Tuesday evening for the first phase in Egypt’s
parliamentary elections 2011. Right from the beginning, and until now,
preliminary results show that the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) is the
biggest winner so far, …

Egypt army sees ‘unprecedented’ turnout on day 2 of vote
Haaretz reports from Egypt / Military council expects turnout in first
stage of parliamentary elections to exceed 70 percent; elections commission
says millions participating peacefully in poll. Egypt’s military rulers
claimed victory Tuesday after the …

Visitor: Egypt ‘cannot go back’
Dubuque Telegraph Herald
Ali Said, who has been in Dubuque since August but soon will return to
Egypt, says no one can stop democracy in his homeland. The distance between
the Presentation Lantern Center on White Street in Dubuque and Tahrir
Square in Cairo is more than 6000 …

Egypt labour activists battle to progress
Financial Times
The independent candidate for parliament tried to woo voters in Egypt’s
parliamentary elections with calls for better working conditions in
factories, expanded job opportunities and reduced air pollution.
“Everyone should have work,” Mr Sadeq said as …

Mubarak’s personal photographer wrote novel about corruption
Mourad’s novel “Vertigo,” which sold 11000 copies in Egypt, features a
society photographer who witnesses a multiple murder in a Cairo nightclub
and is then forced to go into hiding in the ensuing cover-up. It “exposes
the seedy underbelly of life in …

Dirty warfare ignored by mainstream as Egypt votes — RT
Millions of Egyptians have voted in the first parliamentary election since
the fall of President Mubarak. But many doubt whether it will change much,
with the army generals who took over from the ousted president still
holding the reins.

Egypt’s Election Gets Underway | Center for Media and Democracy
By Sara Jerving
From these elections, Egypt’s first democratically elected parliament will
be created, which will be tasked with crafting a new constitution for the
nation and laying the groundwork for a presidential election in 2012. The
elections are occurring …

Egypt imports 21 tons of tear gas from the US, port staff refuses to …
By jwz
The arrival of 7 and half tons of tear gas to Egypt’s Suez port created
conflict after the responsible officials at the port refused to sign and
accept it for fear it would be used to crackdown on Egyptian protesters.
The gas used has angered …

Egypt Elections « Africa is a Country
By Sophia Azeb
Egypt’s parliamentary elections are underway despite the intense violence
that has rocked the nation over the past few weeks. While we all watch and
wait (and vote!), a friend reminded me of this song (originally by the
legendary political …

Eunice Roque: Egypt’s Elections: Owning the Revolution
By Eunice Roque
For Egyptians, Tunisians, and anyone who has ever experienced life under a
dictatorship, the sight of people lining up to vote is cause for jubilation
and the most reassuring sign that the revolution is working.

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood wants parliamentary majority to form …
By Tom Perry
The Muslim Brotherhood believes a majority in the new parliament should
form a new government, the head of the group’s political party said on
Tuesday, a position that could set the Islamists on course for a row with
Egypt’s military rulers.

Egypt Votes, Ctd – The Dish | By Andrew Sullivan – The Daily Beast
By Andrew Sullivan
The first day of Egypt’s elections yesterday appears to have gone
remarkably smoothly, with some caveats. The voting will continue for
several months, as explained in this neat Al-Jazeera infographic. Tony
Karon thinks the biggest winners are …

Tahrir protesters bitter over Egypt’s successful first vote | McClatchy
The irony of Egypt’s successful parliamentary vote is this: With every vote
cast, chances dimmed for Tahrir Square protesters’ demand for immediate
civilian rule.

Rising Brotherhood Darkens Democratic Hopes in Egypt – Inside …
Egyptian polls opened on Monday following days of unrest that has rocked
Tahrir Square in Cairo.

Egypt’s military takes credit for election turnout | Firstpost
Egypt’s military rulers have been quick to take credit for a strong turnout
in the first elections since Hosni Mubarak’s ouster, a vote that appeared
to be the country’s freest and fairest in living memory.

What Is So Special about Elections in Egypt (15 pics) –
By Voodoo
You’ll be surprised to see the ballot papers and election posters in Egypt.
They are way too different from the ones used around the world. You’ll be
surprised to see the ballot.

Arab News Blog » Egypt: A Few Early Thoughts After Round One
By Journalist
The two-day Egyptian first round of the first phase of elections has
ended.Until the votes are counted it will be hard to draw any conclusions,
except the obvious one that things were (largely) peaceful. Given the large
number of parties and …

Pro-regime rally denounces Egypt’s ‘enemies’ | World news | The …
Mubarak supporters and revolutionaries unite against Tahrir Square’s
‘naive’ call for junta to cede power.

Egypt protesters get US support for power transfer – World news …
Tens of thousands of Egyptians demanding an end to military rule converged
on Cairo’s Tahrir square Friday.

UPDATE: Egypt imports 21 tons of tear gas from the US, port staff …
Egypt’s al-Shorouk newspaper reported that upon the arrival of the
shipment, massive disagreements broke out between employees, where five
employees …

29 November 2011
Kadima’s Black Flags and Israel’s Image Problem

Dissident Voice Yesterday at 16:00
Israel is currently experiencing an internationally visible collapse of its ‘liberal democratic’ camp, raising significant problems for a state whose underlying theocratic and apartheid features have historically been partially covered from international view by liberal democratic pretenses.

Egypt Holds Historic Election As Military Council Resists Calls To Transfer Power To Civilians
Democracy Now! Yesterday at 13:21
Egypt is in the second day of its first elections since the ouster of longtime president Hosni Mubarak earlier this year. On Monday, Egyptians waited in long lines across the country to choose their first ever democratically elected parliament.

Egyptians Debate Elections as Protests Continue
The Real News Network Yesterday at 12:11
Voters torn between boycotting elections until demands are met, and voicing their concerns at the ballot box

Egyptian polls enter second day
BBC News Yesterday at 10:56
Voting continues for a second day in Egypt as the first poll since President Mubarak was overthrown seems to be heading for a record turnout.

21 tons of ‘Hillary Douche’ blocked at Egyptian border
Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert Yesterday at 09:27
Egypt imports 21 tons of tear gas from the US, port staff refuses to sign for it

Egyptian voters boycott boycotts Yesterday at 07:28
Egypt’s first free parliamentary elections are entering a second day, with turnout after the first day described as very high. But the voting is still being boycotted by many, who are demanding the military rulers step…

In pictures: Egypt vote in first post-Mubarak election
BBC News Yesterday at 05:15
First election since Mubarak was toppled

Carlos Latuff, “Free Elections in Egypt” (Cartoon) Yesterday at 03:27
Carlos Latuff is a Brazilian cartoonist. Cf. ‘As with Morocco, with the outcome largely predictable, the most interesting aspect of the results will not be the allocation of seats but the turnout.

28 November 2011
Sam Husseini, David Ignatius: Who’s the ‘Real’ Journalist?

Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting 28/11/2011 at 19:47
Sam Husseini asked a tough question of a member of the Saudi royal family at a National Press Club event–which got him into some trouble with folks at the Press Club. (Good news–his suspension has been lifted.)

North Africa: Tunisia, Egypt and the resumption of the long walk to end a system
Mathaba News Briefing (Alerts) 28/11/2011 at 18:01
Komla Kpogli, Secretary General of the United Youth for Democracy in Africa (JUDA) and the Online Journal

Egyptian Protestors Vow to Resist U.S. Made Toxic Gas
The Real News Network 28/11/2011 at 17:11
Jihan Hafiz reports that in Cairo government forces unleash a powerful new form of tear gas against protestors

Mosireen, “Sayed Mohsen Abdel-Ghani, 17 Years Old, Tortured by the Egyptian Army and CSF” (Video) 28/11/2011 at 16:12
On Sunday, 20 November, Sayed was arrested on Mohamed Mahmoud Street. For four days, the Central Security Forces and the army tortured him.

Egyptians head to the polls
Morning Star 28/11/2011 at 14:40
Egyptians formed long queues at voting stations today in their country’s first parliamentary elections since the popular uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak.

As Egypt Holds Vote, Journalist Mona Eltahawy Recounts Beating, Sexual Assault By Egyptian Forces
Democracy Now! 28/11/2011 at 13:44
Egyptian-American journalist, Mona Eltahawy, was detained for 12 hours by Egypt’s security forces last Wednesday near Cairo’s Tahrir Square, during which time she was brutally beaten and sexually assaulted. She has just returned from Cairo and joins us in our studio.

Egypt’s weird and wonderful party logos
BBC News 28/11/2011 at 11:01
Voting is under way in Egypt, in the first elections since President Hosni Mubarak was toppled in February. There is a long list of parties, each with its own logo, such as a food blender, a traffic light and a vacuum cleaner.

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