Egypt round-up


After this week’s violence in Egypt and the overload of news, it’s sometimes hard to make sense of the situation. Here is a round-up.

– Live blogs

The NYT Lede

Al Jazeera Live blog

Good interactive timeline of the situation

Key events in Egypt’s uprising and unrest – Associated Press

The 23 Twitter accounts you must follow to understand Egypt – Max Fisher

– To get an idea of the chaos:

Egypt – A Fire That Will Burn Us All | Transitions – Mohamed El Dahshan

 “Reconciliation becomes increasingly difficult as interests are obscured; buried under political posturing, narrow interests, and more frightfully, vengeful impulses.

The leaders of both the army and the Muslim Brotherhood should be taken into orbit so they can see with some distance what their actions are reaping.”

– On Democracy

Democracy’s Losing the Streetfight –  Bessma Momani

Momani asks the hard question about democracy, mass protests and elections. How can one make democracy more accountable to the needs of the people? “This critical discussion can’t and won’t take place in the streets and squares of a capital near you. It is time to realize that there is simply no app for democracy.”

Egyptian ‘Liberals’ Are Out for Blood – Lee Smith

“It’s understandable that many Egyptians are concerned about the Muslim Brotherhood’s religiously fundamentalist and paranoid worldview. But the fact that people who describe themselves as liberals want to see their neighbors’ blood shed suggests that their liberalism isn’t what we typically mean by a political doctrine that prizes individual freedom and seeks as little interference from the state as possible. The reality is that Egypt’s liberals have aligned themselves with the military — the very same regime that they protested against during the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.”

Local views

Egypt’s press blames Islamists for violence

Egypt’s press holds the Muslim Brotherhood responsible for violence during the operations against protest camps but other newspaper elsewhere in the Arab World are more critical of the authorities for the bloodshed.

 Witness Accounts of Sectarian Attacks Across Egypt – Liam Stack

Bloggers and activists compile information and evidence of sectarian attacks thanks to media platforms, such as Twitter and Toutube. This is a good example of citizen journalism

United Nations and international reactions

Statement of Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General on Egypt condemning attacks on churches, hospitals, and other public facilities. “ (…) political clocks move only forward, not backwards. He calls on all Egyptians to resolve their differences peacefully in the interest of moving forward.”

UN Security Council has called for an end to violence in Egypt

 Statement by and Mr. Adama Dieng, United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, and Ms. Jennifer Welsh, United Nations Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect, on the situation in Egypt

The two advisers condemn sectarian attacks on Christian churches and institutions.

 Reactions to developments in Egypt – Associated Press (lots of hot air)

– US and EU diplomacy

“How American Hopes for a Deal in Egypt Were Undercut” – David D. Kirkpatrick, peter Baker and Michael Gordon.

On European and US diplomacy and aid: “Where is the threshold of violence for cutting ties?”

On America’s role in Egypt:

 Democracy in Egypt Can Wait – Charles A. Kupchan

“The United States should do what it can to shepherd the arrival of liberal democracy in Egypt and other parts of the Middle East. But the best way to do that is to go slow and help the region’s states build functioning and responsible governments. Democracy can wait.”

Egypt’s Army Crosses The Rubicon – Patrick Buchanan

 “Perhaps lowering our profile and shutting up would serve us better. This part of the world will be decades sorting out its future in light of the political, religious, ethnic and ideological forces unleashed by the Arab Spring and the rise of Islamism.”

“A phrase from the America of a century ago, when Mexico was in turmoil, comes to mind. Why not a period of watchful waiting?”

Egypt’s ‘special responsibility’ to end the stalemate – The Washington Post

 “The United States, too, has a special responsibility to work for a political settlement that restores democracy in Egypt, given its long-standing ties to the armed forces and $1.3 billion in annual military aid.”

Egypt challenges Obama’s Arab Spring philosophy – Julie Pace

“The president’s philosophy of limited engagement is facing perhaps its toughest test in Egypt, where the nation’s first democratically elected president was ousted by military forces with deep, decades-long ties to the U.S.”

What does the conflict in Egypt mean for Europe?

Egypt: disaster on Europe’s doorstep  – The Guardian

The international community is starting to grasp the dimensions of what is unfolding. Europe is on Egypt’s doorstep and if it descends into civil conflict, as it still might, the displaced will travel north across the sea if they can.

On what’s to come: where is Egypt headed?

AP Analysis: Egypt is in dangerous territory, facing possible long bout of violence – Hamza Hendawi

“With astonishing speed, Egypt has moved from a nation in crisis to a nation in real danger of slipping into a prolonged bout of violence or even civil war.”

It only gets worse from here – Issandr El Amrani

Smart analysis from Issandr El Amrani “In their strategy against the July 3 coup, the Brothers and their allies have relied on an implicit threat of violence or social breakdown (…) , combined with the notion of democratic legitimacy, i.e. that they were after all elected and that, even if popular, it was still a coup. On the latter argument, they may have gained some ground over time both at home and abroad. But on the former, they got things very, very wrong: their opponents will welcome their camp’s rhetorical and actual violence, and use it to whitewash their own.”

Vigilantes emerge as menacing force in Egypt as mosque siege ends – Jeffrey Fleishman and Raja Abdulrahim

 “The siege at a Cairo mosque Saturday highlighted the specter of Egypt spiraling into civil strife and factional bloodshed among the army, Islamists and bands of vigilantes who are emerging as a dangerous third force in the nation’s turmoil.”

In Egypt, Reconciliation Fades Further into the Distance – Bessma Momani

Reconciliation recedes into the distance as the “us vs. them” narrative becomes stronger in Egypt. The military and Muslim Brotherhood vilify each other.



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