"A Coup in Cairo: As Muslim Brotherhood Claims Election Victory, Military Strips President of Power" ... from Democracy Now!

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This interview with Democracy Now correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous was on the Wednesday June 20th show. Sharif has been covering the Egyptian revolution pretty much from the beginning in 2011, and does not seem very optimistic that the military is going to allow the democracy movement to reach the goals the Egyptian people were striving for any time soon, if at all. The web page includes the video of the interview from Cairo, and a transcript. Since this interview was broadcast, the military has delayed the announcement of the winner of the presidential election.

http://www.democracynow.org/2012/6/20/a_coup_in_cairo_as_muslim

additional stories on Egypt that have appeared on Democracy Now :

http://www.democracynow.org/topics/egypt

home page for Democracy Now :

http://www.democracynow.org/

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What was that blood spilled in the Arab Spring for again? Good times for weapons dealers!

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Mona Eltahaway has been reporting from Cairo and she put the choices thusly: fascists with guns or fascists with god. 24% went for gun fascists, 25% went for god fascists. The majority want neither, kind of like the US.

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Nearly every time the Egyptians were heading for the polls over the last year or so since the "revolution", there have been candidates withdrawing from the election or groups announcing they were going to withhold their vote in protest of one thing or another. This just causes the interest in the election and the turnout to decrease even further, resulting in an even smaller percentage of the eligible voting population selecting their leaders and deciding other important issues that will affect their lives for years to come. This appears to be part of our democracy that the Egyptians have emulated, by choice or by accident.

They have not yet learned that a vote not cast is a vote for your opponent. Hopefully, they will learn that important idea, as I hope our eligible voters do eventually. The Egyptians have an excuse, they have only been dealing with some form of democracy for a little over a year (a form of democracy that it appears will be limited in scope, under the control of the military and Mubarak's supreme court justices) ... they are still learning. Our people do not have that excuse.

We have had characters like Paul Weyrich and ALEC and the current crop of republican governors doing whatever they can over the years to discourage people from voting, or actually suppressing the vote through restrictive or punitive voter ID laws, poll taxes, and robocalls or mailings that spread lies aimed at deceiving the lesser informed voters. It is hard to believe, but think about it ... if only half of the registered voters show up at the polls here in November, it would leave us in a spot where just over half of those voters would be needed to choose the winner of the presidential election ... in essence, 26% of the registered voters would decide who would be president for the next 4 years. What percentage of eligible voters even bother to register ? I have heard that in some areas, many people do not bother to register to vote because the voter list is used to send out jury duty notices. Having such a small percentage of eligible voters pick the winners does not sound very democratic to me.

For several days after the recent presidential election, the Egyptians were still waiting to hear who had won. This led Andy Borowitz to joke recently about the Egyptians inadvertently importing democracy from Florida ...

http://www.borowitzreport.com/2012/06/21/egyptians-dismayed-to-learn-they-imported-democracy-from-florida/

Between Mubarak's supreme court dissolving the new parliament, and the military council restricting the powers of the president, I do not know how much self determination the Egyptian people will actually realize.

Thanks, douglaslee, for mentioning the reporting of Mona Eltahaway out of Cairo; I had not seen her reporting for a while. One place you can find Mona is on twitter (i just found her there, thanks again to douglaslee) ...

@monaeltahawy

http://twitter.com/#!/monaeltahawy

blog for Mona Eltahaway can be found at http://www.monaeltahawy.com/blog/

Mona Eltahaway has appeared several times on Democracy Now with Amy Goodman :
http://www.democracynow.org/search?query=Mona+Eltahawy&commit=Search

miksilvr
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Here is an update from today's Democracy Now news :

Muslim Brotherhood Candidate Wins Egyptian Election

Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsy has been declared the winner in Egypt’s presidential race one week after the vote was held. Morsi picked up 13.2 million votes, or 51 percent, beating out former Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq, who received 12.3 million. Tens of thousands of people flooded Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Sunday after the result was announced. In his victory address, Morsy vowed to respect Egypt’s international obligations as well as human rights at home.

Mohamed Morsy: "We will respect agreements and international law as well as Egyptian commitments and treaties with the rest of the world. We will work to establish the principles of Egyptians and its civil identity as well as human values, especially freedom and the respect of human rights, the respect of women and family rights as well as children and to do away with any discrimination. I approach all of you on this day we are witnessing on which I have become, thanks to God and to your will, the president to all Egyptians. And I will treat all Egyptians the same and respect them equally."
Morsi will become Egypt’s first freely-elected president, but he’ll face major challenges under Egypt’s ruling military council. The council recently issued new restrictions on the incoming president’s authority, and will retain control of Egypt’s budget and legislation.

http://www.democracynow.org/2012/6/25/headlines#6250

For the sake of the Egyptian people, especially for women and those that are not Muslims, I hope that President Morsi actually performs his duties in a way that the above statements prove to be true. I hope that these do not end up being hollow words. Remember, George W. Bush promised in his first state of the union address to continue the fiscally sound ways of the end of the Clinton administration that led to the first balanced budgets in years. Thom has played that clip a few times recently, in which Bush promises to pay off the national debt within the next ten years ... we know how that really turned out.

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