“He is wise beyond his years, methinks. He has stats, facts and figures ... given that Egyptians of all ages have been maturing politically over the past years, I can see how he gained all this info. Yes, young people took to the streets in 2011 but they did not account for the fact that while they were disorganized, others weren't. The MB and the military are the most organized institutions in Egypt. The opposition have been plagued with in-fighting since Feb. 12, 2011.”
Kermit Blackwood on Jul 7, 2013 at 12:41:09
“What will you do to help support Ali Ahmed's career in diplomacy and politics? If everyone within a sphere of influence- any sphere of influence- were to reach out and support this young man's passion. Validate his genius- order will be restored. His is the most articulate reasoning. Ali Ahmed must be carried before the world and encouraged to participate.”
“I have found that in Egypt, children from less privileged backgrounds - 70% of the population live on or below the poverty line - mature very quickly. They come to know the social and political lay of the land very quickly - they hear from those older than them and then absorb and process the info themselves. I am not surprised ... parents took children to Tahrir so that they can learn about people power, democracy, etc. But Egypt's education system is in shambles; if you have money, you might be able to hire private tutors, which everyone depends on to get through high school. Child poverty and child labor are two issues that seem to have fallen to the backburner, unfortunately.”
Kermit Blackwood on Jul 7, 2013 at 11:35:41
“Thank you for this. I must continue to take you to task. You've still yet to acknowledge Ali Ahmed. I was born in Cairo. A good deal of my family still live there. I'm very familiar with the societal landscape. What I am curious about is how is it that young people defy fear and depression and lift a revolution into awakening only to have it hijacked by Islamists and self-serving opportunists.
How long will Egyptians continue to pat themselves on the back without giving just dues to the the youth?”
“The Muslim Brotherhood struggled for nearly 85 years to get to a point where they governed the country. But it started off badly. In 2011 the vowed not to field a candidate for the presidency, they said they weren't after power at all. Then they went back on their promises and fielded not one, but two candidates - Morsi was the second candidate when Brotherhood head was disqualified. For the first three months of his tenure, Egyptians were willing to give Morsi the benefit of the doubt. But none of his promises were fulfilled, and suddenly people were being arrested or silenced on Mubarak-type charges ... Egypt belonged to the Muslim Brotherhood. It was really theirs to lose. And lose it they did as I mention here - http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/firas-alatraqchi/egypt-morsi-removal_b_3546235.html”
Kermit Blackwood on Jul 7, 2013 at 11:03:37
“Firas, I note your own commentary on the topic but no acknowledgement of Ali Ahmed. What do you make of his assessment? What do you think the future holds for him?”
“In another interview on CNN's Situation Room, Israel's defense minister, Ehud Barak, told Blitzer that Obama's administration had done more to support the relationship between the two nations than any he could remember.
It's typical. Every US presidential candidate has to pay homage in Israel before November, make controversial statements (Obama declared Jerusalem undivided capital of Israel at an AIPAC meeting in early June 2008, didn't he?) which the media jumps on, followed by Palestinians throwing their arms up in outrage.
Am not making this up - the history and transcripts of the past three decades reveal this new American Election Tradition.
Wasn't Bush's first overseas trip to Israel in 2000?”
bespoken on Jul 31, 2012 at 01:23:02
“If I'm not mistaken, I think that was Bush's first overseas trip pretty much anywhere.”
“The US may have pulled out troops but it has thousands of former military personnel working as civilian contractors; the US has the larges embassy in the world in Baghdad (anyone ask why?) and has hired a gargantuan security force to protect it; since the Bush admin through to Obama and likely beyond, the White House continues to praise Prime Minister Maliki although a formidable array of political forces have been trying to push him out. Every time the US pats Maliki on the back what kind of message is that sending the other Iraqi political groups?
And let's not forget the huge arms contracts Iraq signed with the US - loads of F-16s on the way. Who do you think will train the pilots, etc?
Yes, US may have pulled out troops but it still has considerable influence.
Having said that, Sebastian Walker's report is excellent. Faultlines has since its debut been one of the best the network has on the air.”
who38 on Jul 25, 2012 at 22:56:04
“,,,,,,,and Feith got the oil contracts wrapped up. Guess who is going to profit from Iraqi oil exports?”
Jul 19, 2012 at 14:54:39
“Whether Canada is richer or not than its southern neighbor, there are many problems that continue from day to day. Infrastructure needs to be re-examined to make sure we don't get malls caving in on shoppers; we need some kind of gun control - year after year, violence is increasing. And one thing I noticed in Toronto recently is the flagrant rise of scofflaws. We pay taxes up the wazoo and still large cities like Toronto are in deficit. Canada is not what it was just a decade ago. A lil less chest-thumping and maybe a lil more integrity may help.
That can start with putting an end to the tiring comparison with how the US performs.
Oh, and how about bringing the Stanley Cup home once in a while, eh.”
“Washington "experts" on Iraq should be made to pay a public fine every time they open their mouths and turn out to be wrong. Gee, what were all these highly-priced war advocates thinking when they allowed the Badr Brigade, the armed wing of the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, to enter north of Baghdad from Iran in February 2003? Did they miss that the Badr Brigade had since 1982 been fully supplied and funded by Tehran?
Alright, let's talk about Ibrahim Al Jaafari (Prime Minister in 2005/2006). From the Daawa party, he was based, housed and tutored in Tehran. His successor as PM, Maliki, was also Daawa party and bouncing between Syria and Iran prior to 2003.
Seriously? Either US analysts, from the CIA to the NSA to Naval Intelligence to the White House are the most stupid ill-equipped people to ever walk the halls in Washington or they are secretly in the pay of the Mullahs in Iran.
Every single US administration act since Bushco has been to strengthen Iran's influence in Iraq.”
“I can see Munro becoming a celebrity in some quarters. That's how it works now - step out of line by breaking some code or another (journalists who heckle should stay at home or never leave the office - such bad decorum!) and you start getting requests for interviews everywhere.
What a gimmick for the Daily Caller ...”
HunterHikes on Jun 17, 2012 at 11:17:55
“He's the new Joe The Plummer.”
ugotabkidnme on Jun 17, 2012 at 10:41:19
“That's why the next time anyone conducts an overt act of disrespect for the Office of the United States President, that person must be dealt with at the moment under no uncertain terms in a manner that will teach them that disrespect is intolerable and will no longer continue in our society. No matter what person is in the Office, the Office will not be disrespected.”
“It appears the boycott movement has gained a decent following. Some Egyptians have taken to invalidating their ballots by voting for both candidates or neither. Their has been growing disdain for the runoff since late May. But while the "revolution" might be dead, I'd like to think that a new breed of activism is in the offing.”
“What people need to understand is that the military has been in control of the narrative since Feb. 12, 2011. And maybe much earlier.
The military as far back as six years ago declared it was against Gamal taking over from his father.
But more recently, the first sign of what was to come should have come to full light when the military forced the country into a referendum on minor amendments to the constitution. Hardly anyone had read the constitution to begin with; 41 percent showed up to vote. The military has used that referendum as the backbone to justify everything it has done since then. There never was a revolution. The military kept saying it was safeguarding the revolution. Yes, the 1952 revolution. Happy 60th anniversary.”
“I'm a tad worried by the news reported here that Tunisian Islamists flew to Cairo to urge the MB to show restraint and implement power-sharing. The MB have long said they were not after power, until, that is, they fielded their own presidential candidate. Hmmm ...”
“I share Michael Hanna's belief that there never was a revolution; I'd rather use populist uprising. The Ministry of Interior was left intact as was the regime's propaganda machine in State Media. And yes, if we are to consider that the "revolution" has been unsuccessful, we must at the same time acknowledge that activism in Egypt has moved forward. I believe that there has been slow and painful political maturity. I believe we will see Activism 2.0 emerge as outlined here http://www.huffingtonpost.com/firas-alatraqchi/egypt-activists-20-not-re_b_1594141.html”
“Mubarak: Former Air Force Commander, Egyptian President, sustained by powerful military junta.
Shafiq: Former Air Force Commander, likely next Egyptian President, sustained by powerful military junta.
With the Ministry of Interior (the Enforcer) and State media (the Mouthpiece) still intact, it's as if the past 18 months never happened.
(No DeLorean was used in this time travel)”
scholasticus on Jun 14, 2012 at 21:46:12
“I was wondering what took the uniformed mafia so long to stage their coup d'etat.”
“I wholeheartedly agree with you, sir. The crackdown is not likely to lessen until one faction declares victory. This is an existential battle.
I think the economy as you rightly assert is the biggest battle, one that has been successively lost by the different interim governments that have taken the helm since Mubarak's ouster.
If the military-backed government can sustain growth and improve the lot of the majority of Egyptians, they’ll likely endure.
“Article lacks context, ignores Egypt's most recent history. One cannot define or defend democracy using absolutes - y'know - black/white, us+ them, and it's how the Bush administration forced people to accept the Iraq war. No surprise McCain is the paragon here.
There are Egyptians who want genuine change, a third option other than the 85-year-old rivalry between the military and the Brotherhood. Calling them zealots is disingenuous.
The author does not mention the spat between the UAE and senior Muslim Brotherhood officials (El-Erian) who threatened that the leaders of the UAE would one day fall.
Since Morsi's tenure, economic situation has gotten so bad that people increasingly rummage through garbage for food. And this happens everywhere. Crime surged to unprecedented levels with people mugged in broad daylight. We can talk about ballot box, but to define democracy as only about voting, and ignoring representational democratic principles is ridiculous. Morsi was hoarding power, doing away with checks and balances, taking over the judiciary, making constitutional declarations that no one could overrule him. More on how Morsi lost the country - http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/firas-alatraqchi/egypt-morsi-removal_b_3546235.html”
1Europa1 on Jul 9, 2013 at 18:04:19
“Agreed. the article is filled with inaccuracies and factoid-shuffling to justify the usual sloganeering beloved by American liberal fringe.”
“I think we should prepare for this becoming the norm, not the exception, in the years ahead. Canada, perhaps more than other places, is going to face floods on epic scales. The economy will have to adapt, governance will have to change, and we will have to struggle with new realities. Brave in the face of a new world thanks to our excesses.”
CONSSEECLEAR on Jul 9, 2013 at 17:06:27
“and you know this because.............? or is your crystal ball perhaps cracked?”
Jul 8, 2013 at 14:25:40
“"That "normal democratic process" is not direct democracy but representational democracy." - BANG!
That's right to the heart of the problem in Egypt. I lived through the slow decline in living conditions, watched people who voted for Morsi turn against him. The economy was asphyxiating; living conditions were battered as daily crime, brazen crime rose - people mugged in the streets. Foreign direct investment took flight from the country and many other issues which the Muslim Brotherhood and Morsi bungled, as I mentioned here - http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/firas-alatraqchi/egypt-morsi-removal_b_3546235.html
Egyptians have been a little taken aback that most media have ignored the context of what brought millions of Egyptians to the streets June 30. This did not occur in a vacuum. It has been steadily boiling for some time.
Am going to share this article everywhere ...”
Nat Pop on Jul 8, 2013 at 21:48:21
“"Slow"? Morsi has only been in power for a year, I know in this day and age of instant gratification we expect everything to happen instantaneously but come on, NOBODY could turn any country around in one year, let alone the disaster that Egypt was a year ago. (not that I'm endorsing Morsi, btw)”
“I think the military is now taking on more that it can chew. My friends in Egypt are worried they might be slipping into a situation akin to Algeria of the 90s, a vicious civil war between the military and Islamists which left tens of thousands dead. Others think that could never happen ...
In the meantime, we must not lose sight of context behind Egypt's political impasse. I'm happy that in his dilemma, Mr. Zepps addresses some of that. NYT correspondent David Kirkpatrick wrote of how Morsi brushed aside US and Arab mediation for compromise. At the same time, I strongly believe that the Muslim Brotherhood and Morsi could have been accepted and respected if they were inclusive, but they isolated their political opponents, called the media hostile, and were unable to tackle the country's biggest problem - the economy, which I mentioned here ... http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/firas-alatraqchi/egypt-morsi-removal_b_3546235.html”
Sothern Cross on Jul 8, 2013 at 15:45:51
“The Brotherhood failed to realize that governing is far different from be revolutionaries or Terrorists, It takes skill and hard work to Govern. also, it helps to Care about who you are attempting to govern”
“One has to be very careful about reports from social media regarding culpability in today's violence in Egypt. Earlier video which appeared on a Muslim Brotherhood Facebook page showed two children killed by the Egyptian military. One of the children was shot through the head. A few minutes later, the video was discredited as being an old clip of fatalities in Syria. Anyone following events in Egypt must take such misinformation in account. I just watched Russia Today footage of a man hiding behind a wall firing a pistol at military police in riot gear. Lina Attalah, a prominent editor in Cairo, says gathered reports from "third-party" witnesses verify neither the military nor the Brotherhood versions of what happened today. Am still waiting for concrete evidence from either party. In the meantime, we must not lose sight of context behind Egypt's political impasse. NYT correspondent David Kirkpatrick wrote of how Morsi brushed aside US and Arab mediation for compromise. At the same time, I strongly believe that the Muslim Brotherhood and Morsi could have been accepted and respected if they were inclusive, but they isolated their political opponents, called the media hostile, and were unable to tackle the country's biggest problem - the economy, which I mentioned here ... http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/firas-alatraqchi/egypt-morsi-removal_b_3546235.html”