Revolution Interrupted ? ... Egypt's President Morsi grants his office new powers above and beyond everybody else

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This was a surprising news story, which is a far cry from where things stood when I last updated the item below based on interviews with Democracy Now correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous back in June.

from the article below:

The Obama administration expressed dismay over Morsi’s action. Victoria Nuland, the State Department spokeswoman, noted that a core aim of the upheaval that toppled Mubarak had been to “ensure that power would not be overly concentrated in the hands of any one person or institution.”

Having congratulated Morsi earlier in the week for his statesmanship in fostering a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip, State Department officials said the United States was seeking an explanation for the new move, which removed all judicial checks over Morsi’s actions.


President’s decree of new powers divides Egypt


The earlier item from the message board:

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


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CAIRO - Egyptian journalists called on Sunday for a general strike to protest guarantees of press freedom in a draft constitution, amid a political crisis sparked by decree by President Mohamed Morsi granting himself sweeping powers.


Supporters of the Islamist group, from which Morsi emerged, argued that not enough members were present to conduct the meeting, citing syndicate bylaws. That sparked a heated debate on the technicalities of the meeting, which ended in a fist fight.

Without a constitution I don't know what foundation the judiciary has, but Wikipedia says this:


The Egyptian Judicial System (or judicial branch) in Egypt, is an independent branch of the government which includes both secular and religious courts.

The Egyptian judicial system is based on Europe and primarily French legal concepts and methods.

The legal code is derived largely from the Napoleonic Code. Marriage and personal status are primarily based on the religious law of the individual concerned. Thus, there are three forms of family law in Egypt: Islamic, Christian, and secular (based on the French family laws).

The judicial branch plays an important role in the political process in Egypt, as the branch is given the responsibility to monitor and run the country's parliamentary and presidential elections.

Emphasis mine. Also, it should be "European" not "Europe." Well, maybe the Carter center would have something to say about that except...they were kicked out last I heard.


Politically, the showdown with the judiciary could mobilize secularists and youth groups in the opposition that have been mostly divided since Mubarak’s ouster, though their unity will depend on their ability to cooperate in the longer term and win backing from the broader public, Hani Sabra, Mideast analyst at the Eurasia Group consultancy, said by phone.

More from Democracy Now today

More from Democracy Now today on these latest moves by President Morsi:

Protests continue in Cairo’s Tahrir Square after Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi issued a decree last week, seizing wide-ranging powers and protections from judicial review or oversight. Morsi made the move one day after he helped secure a ceasefire ending Israel’s assault on Gaza. More than 500 people have been injured in clashes between police and protesters since the decree was issued. Morsi has tried to reassure his detractors that the measure giving him sweeping new powers is temporary and not intended to concentrate power in his hands. He proclaimed the decision just a day after he brokered a deal to end Israel’s assault on the Gaza Strip. We go to Cairo to speak with Democracy Now! correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous. [Includes rush transcript]

After Brokering Gaza Ceasefire, Egypt’s Morsi Re-Ignites Protests With Decree Expanding Powers

The Washington

's Morsi softens his decision to take on near-absolute power:


"Clarification" by Morsi's spokesman appears to be an attempt to divide the forces against him  



Sharif has been reporting on

Sharif has been reporting on the events taking place in Egypt since the later days of the revolution, in addition to the reports on Gaza:

Follow Sharif Abdel Kouddous on Twitter: @sharifkouddous

Egypt mass protests challenge

Egypt mass protests challenge Islamist president

With Egypt's Morsi, US facing a familiar dilemma

from Democracy Now headlines

from Democracy Now headlines 11/27/12:

Egyptian Protesters Clash with Police amid Upheaval over Morsi’s Decree

Protests have erupted across Egypt today amidst ongoing upheaval over President Mohamed Morsi’s decree granting himself wide-ranging protections from judicial oversight. Clashes between police and protesters were reported Tuesday morning near Cairo’s Tahrir Square, where some activists vowed to remain until Morsi cancels the edict. The actions come a day after tens of thousands of protesters gathered in Tahrir Square to attend the funeral of a protester who died following violent clashes with security forces last week. Hundreds of people have been injured amidst protests since the edict was issued. On Monday, Morsi met with the country’s top judges in an effort to calm the crisis. Following the meeting, a Morsi spokesperson appeared to clarify last week’s decree, saying only "acts of sovereignty" were immune from review.

Yasser Ali: "What is meant by Article 2 of the constitutional declaration in relation to the executive orders of the President of the Republic, relates to issues concerning sovereignty matters, as well as the fact that it is a temporary measure until the formation of a new constitution."


Headlines 11/27/12

from  Democracy Now headlines

from  Democracy Now headlines 11/28/12:

Egypt: More than 200,000 Fill Tahrir Square in Biggest Protest Against Morsi

Clashes between police and protesters are continuing in the Egyptian capital of Cairo a day after more than 200,000 people flooded Tahrir Square in the biggest protest to date against President Mohammed Morsi. The crowds evoked reminders of Egypt’s popular revolution last year that ousted President Hosni Mubarak with some calling for the toppling of the new regime. A banner headline in Egypt’s Al-Akhbar newspaper Wednesday declared: "The Revolution Returns to the Square." At least one person reportedly died of a heart attack after inhaling tear gas while hundreds of others were injured. The mass protests were triggered by President Morsi’s decree last week exempting his decisions from judicial oversight but protesters issued a range of complaints.

Abdel Hamid Ramadan: "The people are tired. I swear to God the people are tired. Unemployment is increasing and people are tired; the people who they’re calling old regime remnants in the square, all these people are civilized, university students, doctors, and they’re all exceptional people. What the government is doing is unacceptable. The police are firing at us without any of us throwing one stone; I am a witness. I swear to God, right now they fired without any of us throwing a stone."

from Democracy Now headlines

from Democracy Now headlines 11/29/12:

Egypt Clashes Shut Down U.S. Embassy; Panel Rushes to Vote on Constitution

Clashes between police and protesters in the Egyptian capital of Cairo have forced the closure of the U.S. embassy amidst ongoing upheaval against President Mohamed Morsi’s decree granting himself wide-ranging powers. At least three people have died and hundreds of thousands have taken to Tahrir Square since Morsi’s action last week. The fresh protests come as a special assembly is rushing to vote today on a draft of the country’s new constitution. The turmoil is expected to continue with the Muslim Brotherhood announcing they will hold a rally in support of Morsi on Saturday.

from the Democracy Now

from the Democracy Now headlines 11/30/12:

Egypt: Protests Continue as Panel Approves Draft Constitution

Egyptian President: Decree Granting New Powers Is Temporary

Egypt's highest court

Egypt's highest court suspends work after Islamist protest

Top judges in Egypt override

Top judges in Egypt override boycott

12/5/12 - sent to Anonymous'

12/5/12 - sent to Anonymous' twitter account approx 1:15 pm et:




12/5/12 - Pro-, Anti-Morsi

12/5/12 -

Pro-, Anti-Morsi protesters clash in Egypt

12/9/12 -  Egyptian

12/9/12 - 

Egyptian opposition remains defiant after Morsi annuls decree

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"He used it to protect an

"He used it to protect an Islamist-dominated constitution-writing panel from dissolution by Egypt’s highest court, enabling the panel to pass a draft charter that the opposition said fails to enshrine the rights of women and minority groups, or limit the powers of the president." -Egyptian opposition remains defiant after Morsi annuls decree.

"For example, how many virtuous women have been dishonoured? And how many young girls, liberated [by Islam] have been offended in their dignity by road accidents? One man bargaining for his own honour, another taking advantage of her weakness, a third manipulating her emotions… especially when he knows that the poor girl is embarrassed by the situation, and does not wish for her husband or her tutor to be informed.
This is why the provisional Military and Civil Councils of Aleppo have explained the situation to the inhabitants of Aleppo, and have decreed that women are now forbidden to drive. Any person who disobeys this order will be punished until they renounce the practice, if necessary, by the use of force. The Committee to Command Good and Prohibit Impious Acts is charged with the application of the present act." -quoted in
Welcome to the "Liberated Zone" of Aleppo, By Thierry Meyssan
Hard to believe they could enforce this, but I guess they do in Saudi Arabia. Seems like it wouldn't go over will either in Syria or Egypt. I think in both cases "moderate" and other women Muslims were among the demonstrators. Then again, it was another 150 years after the French and American revolutions for the modern women's civil rights movement to emerge successfully. Especially in the former case at least they played a big role in the streets. So its no wonder they would want assurances.

12/9/12 -  More Egypt

12/9/12 - 

More Egypt protests called after Morsi concession

Opponents of Egypt’s Leader Call for Boycott of Charter Vote

Egypt opposition groups reject Morsi's overture

Egypt crisis: Morsi orders military to keep order

1/25/13 -  Deadly protests

1/25/13 - 

Deadly protests roil Egypt on anniversary of revolution

On anniversary of revolution, unrest in Egypt leaves 7 dead, hundreds injured

Angry protests leave 7 dead on Egypt anniversary


There He Goes Again: Egypt's Morsi Stuns U.S. Senators In Meeting With 'Jews-Control-Media' Slur

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A soccer riot killed fans

A soccer riot killed fans from both teams this past spring. Morsi's court held 74 for trial and sentenced about 25 to death. The fans for the Cairo team are rioting for a quick execution. Fans of those condemned are rioting over the sentences, killing 2 police.  They got an election for the first time and they turned into American style electorate. Screaming, seeking death for opposition like the NRA does, like the lynchers before them. Rabid gun owners today were the proud lynchers before them and tey hated giving up lynching. The Muslim Brotherhood wants their executions now, too. Just like Red Staters wanted their lynching and want their bazookas and machine guns. Muslim Brotherhood is so like the KKK and survival militias. KKK is Christian Brotherhood.

You just don't see too many militant Atheist Brotherhood movements.

Irgun was the old Jewish Brotherhood or Zionist Brotherhood in Palestine pre 1948. Begin was an Irgun militant, as was Rham Immanuel's dad.The Jewish Brotherhood got a sovereign state, the Muslim Brotherhood did, too. The Christian Brotherhood hasn't yet. Some libertarian Randians want an island in the middle of a river somewhere, I don't know how it's going.

I haven't seen a Buddhist Brotherhood militant group either.

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1/28/13 - 

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1/29/13 - 

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2/15/13 -  The recent deadly

2/15/13 - 

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