Egypt’s Coup Churns up Regional Politics (II) By Melkulangara BHADRAKUMAR

4 July 2013 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Part I

In the event, s series of concessions offered by Mohamed Morsi during his four-hour meeting in the presidential palace with General Abdul Fatah al-Sissi, head of the Egyptian army, didn’t prove sufficient enough. The political concessions offered by Morsi were, according to the Guardian newspaper, the following: Continue reading

Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood Will Not Capitulate (I) By Melkulangara BHADRAKUMAR

3 July 2013 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Egypt is on the brink, and, paradoxically, it is probably going to continue to remain that way in the near term. 

The narrative we hear is far too simplistic. It goes something like this: an elected government turned out to be not only inept but arrogant and crudely insensitive toward the imperative need of inclusive democracy; a stagnant economy; rising prices; fuel shortages; power cuts – discontent is boiling over. 

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Bonapartist Coup in Egypt! By Sungur Savran

4 July 2013 — The Bullet • Socialist Project • E-Bulletin No. 848

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 deposed President Mohamed Morsi, on the one hand, and the opposition, represented by the National Salvation Front, and more recently by the Tamerod (Rebel) movement, on the other, has been going on since last November. This is, in fact, the third wave of spectacular demonstrations by the opposition within a cycle of the Egyptian revolution that has been going on since November.

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Why millions of Egyptians wanted Morsi out By Abayomi Azikiwe

3 July 2013 — Pambazuka News Issue 637 

The only real hope for Egypt is the formation of a government of national unity where the progressive forces are at the centre of the emerging political dispensation

STOP PRESS: Following mass protests, Egypt’s army has ousted President Mohammed Morsi from power, placed him under house arrest, suspended the constitution and pledged to hold early elections. The top judge of Egypt’s Constitutional Court, Adly Mahmud Mansour, has been sworn in as interim leader.

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Iceland Congress puts forward bill to grant Snowden citizenship By Patrick Henningsen

4 July, 2013 — 21st Century Wire 

One day before members of the Icelandic Parliament are due to break for summer vacation, leaders of three political parties have submitted a special piece of legislation which would make NSA whistleblower and fugitive, Edward Snowden, a citizen of Iceland. Continue reading

Mandela's Democracy by Andrew Nash

April 1999 – Monthly Review Volume 50, Number 11

 

[I first read this essay back when I was living in South Africa and what with all the fuss over the Old Man, I remembered this essay and how it helped explain the contradictions of Mandela, the ‘peacemaker’ indeed, what made him a peacemaker and its limits.  Andrew Nash does or did teach Political Studies at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. WB]

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