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"…But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. And Allah Knows, while you know not." — Qu’ran 2:216

BREAKING: Al Jazeera’s Cairo offices have been taken over by the military live on air and its staff have been detained. The offices and channels of many other TV channels in Egypt have also been taken over by the military including Egyptian state TV.

This is absolutely terrifying and the biggest affront to democracy that Egypt has witnessed since Mubarak’s dictatorship.

adamthenorman:

fattysaid:

يا مصر قومي وشدي الحيل كل اللي تتمنيه عندي

Praying for my brothers and sisters, and that I will find a way to help alleviate their suffering.  Kyrie eleison…

Although I think the current situation in Egypt is a nightmare I still love this country with every fiber of my being. We can’t give up on the country that has never given up on us. Please keep Egypt in your thoughts and prayers, please pray that the future only holds the best for Egypt.

(via thestrengthofyoursmile)

Let’s get something straight:

Just because it’s a popular coup does not mean that what we’re seeing in Egypt is not a coup d’état. Don’t be fooled by those who say that the army in Egypt has just “sided with the people.” What we’re seeing in Egypt is a military coup in every sense of the word. It’s a complete disaster and one which will have severe repercussions on the political process in Egypt for decades to come!

bloglikeanegyptian:

hey you guys wanna hear something funny

the military is late to their own coup

(at least we know they’re really egyptian)

hahaha!! In other news:

  • The military is currently in a meeting with members of the opposition and the Salafi Al-Nour party as well as the head of Al-Azhar and Pope Tawadros. No doubt they’re all licking the boots of El-Sissi trying to get the best position in the new government (biya2smo il torta).
  • The MB witch hunt begins with reports circulating about leading members of the MB being banned from travelling outside the country.

meenerhabi:

TW: Rape - Human Rights Watch’s report on sexual violence in Egypt

Egyptian anti-sexual harassment groups confirmed that mobs sexually assaulted and in some cases raped at least 91 women in Tahrir Square over four days of protests beginning on June 30, 2013 amid a climate of impunity.

Reports like these are imperative to finding a solution to the problem of sexual harassment in Egypt. The women speaking out about their attacks should be lauded for their bravery and those actively working on the ground to try and tackle this problem should also be praised for their efforts. The problem of sexual harassment in Egypt is very complicated but I have hope that things will get better in the future.

(via arabarabarab)

And if it is a despot you would dethrone, see first that his throne erected within you is destroyed.
For how can a tyrant rule the free and proud, but for a tyranny in their own freedom and a shame in their own pride?
Khalil Gibran (via oromi)

I’ve seen many comparisons being made between the situation unfolding in Egypt today and the situations that unfolded in other countries throughout history all the way from Chile 1973 to Algeria 1991 but the one date that many forget to mention is 1954 and more precisely, the military coup that took place in Egypt that year. 

Egypt will witness in the upcoming days a scenario which it has already witnessed. The opposition is welcoming the army with open arms. When the army eventually announces its take over, we’re going to see exactly the same jubilant scenes from 1954 being repeated:

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Morsi will be deposed, celebrations will erupt throughout Tahrir, "the army has come to save us, we got rid of Morsi, everything will be fantastic" they’ll say, as they said in 1954. The army will start pumping money into the economy, money they’ve acquired from foreign aid and investments. They’ll make people believe that they’re fixing Egypt’s problems "look" the army will say, "look at how we’ve managed to fix Egypt in such a short time, the MB had one year and they just ruined the country."

The MB will again be persecuted, many of their members will be imprisoned, as was the case in 1954 under Nasser. Even now in Egypt, any man with a beard and any woman wearing the niqab are  being assaulted and harassed because they’re accused of being members of the MB, regardless of whether they are or not. Apparently, it has now become a crime to be a member of the MB, a punishable one even.

The army has had a very long and troublesome history in Egypt. They blinded the people in 1954, made them believe that they were the saviours of Egypt. They are doing exactly the same thing today, and we are falling into exactly the same trap. Only in Egypt does going back to square one warrant celebrations. Let them celebrate, let them believe that they won but as long as the army is in charge then rest assured that things to come in Egypt will be very, very bleak.

So Morsi had a four-hour meeting yesterday with General General Abdel Fatah El-Sissi. He offered the following concessions:

  1. The formation of a national government representing all parties
  2. The formation of a neutral committee to change the constitution
  3. A call on the constitutional council to speed up the law on parliamentary elections.
  4. A new attorney general (he has already gone)
  5. Obliques hints that if a plan was put to him to hold a referendum on his presidency, he would agree to it.

All reasonable concessions yet the military and the opposition rejected every single one of them. Instead, the opposition demanded the following:

  1. Morsi has to first resign
  2. The constitution and the upper house of parliament must be suspended
  3. Revolutionary courts are to established
  4. A presidential council should be established pending fresh elections.

I find no. 2 and 3 extremely worrying. If the opposition’s real problem was with the president then why must the constitution and the upper house of parliament be suspended? The constitution was passed through a referendum with 64% approval, it has absolutely nothing to do with with the president leaving. These are two completely different demands. As for the revolutionary courts: rest assured that those who will be tried within them are MB members and pro-Morsi supporters. The opposition want the MB completely out of the political scene. Many have called for the group to be disbanded and outlawed (as was the case with Nasser, Sadat and Mubarak.) If we see this happening, which it most likely will, then that will be the biggest affront to democracy that Egypt will witness after the revolution.

The military has also planned its own road map details of which have been leaked to Reuters:

  1. Place a military head of government to rule instead of Morsi
  2. Suspend the constitution and dissolve the upper house of parliament
  3. Install an interim council, composed of different political groups to run the country until an amended constitution is drafted
  4. Hold presidential elections to decide on a new president.

As you can see, the opposition and the military’s roadmaps are very similar. Indeed, the military has already had talks with the main opposition bloc, the National Salvation Front headed by El-Baradie as well as talks with the Salafi Al-Nour party. These two groups have most likely made a deal with the military and we shouldn’t be surprised to see El-Baradie being appointed head of government instead of a military man.

WE LITERALLY HAVE THE SAME OPINION EXCEPT I CHANGED MINE ABOUT MORSY STEPPING DOWN AFTER HIS LAST SPEECH. But we’re basically saying the same thing what is happening
LOL! I know, I know. The only thing we disagree on is Morsi stepping down. Like seriously I love you so much Deena and even though we disagree on that point I still respect your opinion.
Asker Anonymous Asks:
So you're pro-MB? What'd you think of Morsi's recent speech?
fattysaid fattysaid Said:

I am pro-Egypt and anti-everyone within it. Just because I am against Morsi stepping down doesn’t mean I am pro-MB. I am just trying to shed light on an alternative POV that the media is largely ignoring.

I haven’t made my mind up about Morsi’s recent speech. I am just waiting till tomorrow to see how things unfold but if the military take over then things will get very, very ugly.

Thank you for taking the time to send this question in. Hope you and your loved ones are doing well.

Here’s the picture that the media is trying to portray of Egypt: 

People are killing each other, BLOODDDD!!!!11!, pro-Morsi/anti-Morsi, CIVIIIILLL WAAAARR!1!!11, unverified reports of ministers in the government resigning, SINKING SHIIIIIP!!!!111!

Result?

We’re are being led to believe that the only solution is for the military to take over, the media is basically paving the way for a military coup in Egypt and we’re all falling for their narrative.

except people did raise their voices. they don’t have to be in the millions over the 30 years to count.
You’re absolutely right and trust me, there is no one more painfully aware of this fact than my family because they paid a heavy price for raising their voices against Mubarak and all the corrupt presidents before him.
The Egyptian people suffered so much for 30 years under Mubarak, he is the cause of most of the problems that are plaguing us today but we were also largely silent about these problems. We were silent about the failing economy, we were silent about the failing political process, we were silent about the failing foreign policy, we were silent when we saw our neighbours being dragged by the police from their homes and being tortured in prison for speaking out against the government.
We were silent about many things  but the revolution changed that because it wasn’t a few people who raised their voices against the government, it was many Egyptians, millions of them. I am not trying to belittle the voices of those who spoke out against Mubarak but millions do count. To claim otherwise would be to speak out of ignorance. 
What the sign is really trying to say is that we were silent against Mubarak for thirty years yet here we are expecting the impossible from Morsi in one year. We toppled Mubarak in 18 days and I am afraid people thought it would take just as long to sort out Egypt’s problems when the matter of the fact is that it’s going to take at least 10+ years just to sort out the shambles that Mubarak and his cronies left behind.

This picture was taken from a pro-morsi protest in Turkey. The sign reads:

"You didn’t raise your voice against Mubarak for 30 years, what do you want from Morsi in 1 year?"