President under serious threat. Time is running out for Mursi and the Muslim Brotherhood. His collapse will have a huge impact on the regional tsrategy for political Islam.
Muslim Brotherhood was victorious in presidential elections yet it is desperate to bring stability to the most important muslim country in the region. Israel and its tribal supporters in the Gulf would want nothing more than to see the government of Mursi fail. A failed democratically elected Islamist party would go a long way to prove that muslims deserve to be ruled by iron fists. This theory would provide legitimacy to the corrupt governments occupying islamic lands. Muslim Brotherhood on the other hand wants to be like the AKP of Turkey. It wants to be accepted internationally as the islamic party of choice capable of governing a state. The Brotherhood wishes to prove that it is indeed the collective representation of its people. Why are they failing to do that?
More news from Cairo….
What was billed as peaceful protests to celebrate the second anniversary of the uprising against Hosni Mubarak’s dictatorship, degenerated into violence leaving at least 40 people dead in several Egyptian cities. The Egyptian paper, Al-Ahram also confirmed the number of dead (January 26). In Cairo and Alexandria, the rallies were supposed to be about the January 25 uprising but thugs hired by remnants of the old regime and rejected politicians went on a rampage and set fire to several buildings including the Ministry of Services, the old American University and a military storage facility.
There were two separate aspects of violence that were capitalized on by the discredited politicians. The first was the opposition rallies in an attempt to prevent the government of President Mohamed Mursi from carrying out its duties. The demands made by the National Salvation Front (NSF) that comprises almost all the rejected secular politicians gave the game away when among other things, they called for a “National Salvation” Government.
The other protests erupted on January 26 in Port Said after a court handed down death sentences to 21 people charged with killing 76 people during a soccer match in the city last year. The soccer riots were a black mark in the history of the game where fans usually get excited but not to the point of killing supporters of an opponent’s team. Fans of the local team Masry had attacked Ahly fans from Cairo when they prevented the latter from leaving the stadium after the match.
In the charged atmosphere, thugs were easily able to incite violence by playing on people’s emotions. Police stations were attacked in Suez City and Port Said as were offices of the Muslim Brotherhood. Violence erupted in Cairo, Alexandria, Beheira, Luxor, Kafr El-Sheikh, Gharbia, Sharqia, Ismailia and Suez. In the 48-hour period, 40 people were killed including several policemen and hundreds of people were injured. The opposition also escalated their attacks on President Mursi and demanded that the constitution that was approved by 64 percent of the people in December be scrapped.
Opposition politicians exploited the situation by blaming President Mursi and his government for failing to fulfill “the demands of the revolution” after assuming power. While the opposition and their foreign sponsors have been harping on “democracy” and “elections”, a survey by Pew Research showed that 82 percent of Egyptians wanted justice to be provided to all (Washington Post, January 25, 2013). This was the top demand, far ahead of any other consideration because the thuggish Mubarak regime had brutalized people through kangaroo courts for decades.
Despite the Muslim Brotherhood capturing the presidency, almost all institutions are still controlled by appointees of the Mubarak regime. This includes the discredited judiciary where most judges continue to block justice from being delivered to the people. The interior ministry as well as the security forces are dominated by the old guard. Under such circumstances, the government’s hands are tied, made worse by the economic plight and the rapidly deteriorating situation because of continued turmoil.
Given the violence and uncertainty caused as a result of riots and arson attacks, President Mursi cancelled plans to travel to Ethiopia to attend the African economic summit. On late Saturday evening, Egypt’s National Defence Council (NDC), headed by President Mursi, said it might consider declaring a state of emergency in areas of violence. The Council also called for dialogue with opposition forces over ongoing clashes in several governorates but the opposition as usual rejected the call.
Instead of agreeing to the dialogue, the National Salvation Front put forward five demands including its inclusion in the government and scrapping of the constitution. In the absence of a constitution, however flawed, the country would be put in political limbo. This is what the opposition wants: endless chaos so that it would force the military to intervene and overthrow an elected government.
The NSF also warned that if their “legitimate” demands were not met in the coming days, it would hold protest next Friday to topple the “invalid” constitution and to readopt temporarily the 1971 Constitution. The front also demanded an early date for new presidential elections even while declaring that it will not participate in parliamentary elections as stipulated in the constitution.
January 26, 2013,
Why is the US bending on Iran? Is it because the US is realizing Iran is not like Iraq or Pakistan. Iran is a country united by an ideology. This it seems America will find hard to beat. Anyways interesting quotes fro the US president for reading.
“A decade of war in now ending,” President Barack Obama told Americans on Monday, vowing to “show the courage to try and resolve our differences with other nations peacefully – not because we are naive about the dangers we face, but because engagement can more durably lift suspicion and fear.” That was widely taken as a reference to Iran, against which Obama has said he would be willing to order military action should that become necessary to stop Tehran acquiring nuclear weapons. But while the President’s inaugural speech underscored his preference for diplomacy, prospects for a breakthrough in negotiations with Iran remain gloomy. Indeed, Western diplomats have been struggling, since last December, to even get Tehran even to commit to a time and place for a new round of nuclear talks they had hoped to hold on Jan. 15.
“We proposed concrete dates and a venue in December,” Reuters was…
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Faith based schools are also the most expensive private schools. That sounds like a concept born in contradiction. The most expensive private schools in almost all the “free” countries of the west and the muslim majority “3rd world” are such schools as Catholic school, Jewish school, Islamic school or girls’ convents. I am not sure how charging exorbitant makes God happy?
All faith based schools should ideally be free of charge. Actually all educational institutions from the start to finish should be either free or highly subsidized to a great extent. My “free enterprise loving, capitalist, profit focused, bonus hungry” investment banker friend tells me thats not a feasible idea. He says its not “sustainable”. Oh yeah, I heard that buzz word before. Its the World Bank/IMF creation which basically tells us poor people that we are more of a burden for the capital managers of the world! Well, two words for my one eyed greedy friend, F.O.
Education was never a commodity in the Islamic East. Not only that. Islamic cities in the Abbasid and Ottoman eras built central universities where housing was provided free of charge to travellers and visiting scholars from other parts of the Islamic empire. Especial attention was apid to translators because they were instrumental to reviving the forgotten works of Greek philosophers, scientists and politicians.
Things have changed. We have the US Dollar as the international currency for conducting all our economic transactions. Let me ask, is this not a US hegemonistic economic policy? Why should the currency of one country prevail over all others? The concept of “freedom” and all its associated terms come to a dead end here.
3rd world countries (a super elitist theory in the term itself) were “allowed” to break away from the grasp of the British empire after world war II mostly because the US wanted it be that way. End of world war II put the US military might above the combined power of Franco-British empires. Old europe had to go. New American imperialism had arrived. And for that new power to establish itself British empire would have to make a humiliating withdrawal from the richest land in the world of that time, Hindustan which was the jewel of the Islamic world.
Half naked fakirs and the tight lipped barristers had very little if any at all to do with the big powers’ decision to end colonialism. USA had everything to do with “self determinism” and to place the final seal on a 200 year old empire. There was just one problem. The real powers behind the powers wanted more control by a new mechanism, not less. The US Dollar’s monopolistic attitude and the rise in nuclear dominance in strategic affairs left no room for weaker states. They had to remain at the mercy of the dollar owners (US) or the bomb owners (USSR – till its end).
Can the world ever break free from the neo-colonial control of the US Dollar?
Below is an interesting piece written by the Crescent Online:
Gold is making a comeback not merely for its rapidly rising price but also as a serious contender in the field of economics as part of the global power struggle. This situation has developed as a consequence of failure of the current financial order in the world led by the US. Not only its $16 trillion debt ceiling but also the fact that for a few days, the US government actually toyed with the idea of issuing $1 trillion platinum coin to bypass the Congress-imposed debt ceiling points to the deep structural problems in the western economic system.
Another indicator of this was an interview published by Asia Times on January 12 with Ansgar Belke, former Research Director for International Macroeconomics at the German Institute for Economic Research in Berlin. The point raised was the consideration by the EU Parliament to use gold-backed bonds. It is one of the major indicators that the current global economic set up is not functioning.
Belke states that “only a decade ago, it appeared rather old-fashioned to ever suggest that any investor would claim gold as collateral; in the era of cyber finance, securities such as treasury bonds tended to rule. However, over the past few months, groups like LCH, Clearnet, ICE and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange have to an increasing extent begun to accept gold as collateral for margin requirements for derivatives trades.”
Financial and economic tools designed by Western imperialist powers are obscure mechanisms and this fact is becoming a mainstream idea.
Gold has always been an important aspect of Islamic economic and financial concepts. The fact that the Islamic Republic of Iran uses gold as one of the tools to overcome the illegal imperialist sanctions is an indicator that by working with gold, developing nations can begin breaking free from the imposed obscure economic tools of Western imperialist powers.
Today the idea of non-ribah (interest) loans and other interest free financial tools is gaining mainstream acceptance. This factor provides an excellent opportunity for Muslim economists to put forward Islamic economic concepts as tangible solutions to the problems gripping the world. However, in the contemporary world no financial institution or concept can have a strong start and a productive future without a political will and systematically institutionalized mechanisms of implementation.
While the socio-political arms of the global Islamic movement have managed to come together and form a strong resistance to imperialism, in the economic field the global Islamic movement has a lot of catching to do. Independent Islamic intellectual centers can repeat the successful formation of strong Islamic socio-political power centers in the sphere of economics.
Information and opinion from mainstream economic centers indicate that gold can be one of the major tools to develop alternate forms of economic models. The fact that gold is a crucial and commonly used material in many developing societies means gold-based economics can accrue advantage to the developing world. This is augmented by the fact that gold is a mineral and cannot be manufactured. Similarly many developing countries have gold mines, thereby giving them an added advantage to overcome their current dire economic plight.
Indian youth look up to Rahul Gandhi as the Future Leader of the sub-con who has the qualities needed to transform India into something better. There are two things to understand from here. Firstly, young Indians are desperate for change. They are waiting for an honest and intelligent politician to hear their voice. A heart which can feel the pain. Rahul Gandhi has all the right ingredients. He is trustworthy at the outset. But as his great grand father, grandmother, and father found out democracy is more about bad guys becoming popular. Indian politics cant be cleaned up unless there enters a process of screening right from wrong. Removing elitism is a good start.