Egypt: the military hunker down

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Fast-moving developments in Egypt continue to leave both media comment and international reaction trailing behind. Over 1,000 people have been killed in the last week. 36 Islamists arrested by the military were killed "attempting to escape", and 24 policemen were killed in Sinai, according to some reports execution-style. Muhammad Badi, Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood …

Egypt: bloody confrontation

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The determination of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of the deposed President Muhammad Mursi to continue their protest in the streets, and the determination of the military to remove them, led to bloody clashes on 14 August and confrontation again on 16 August. Hundreds were killed, but the numbers quoted by the two sides differ wildly. The Muslim …

Egypt and the region

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The confrontation in the streets continues, with large numbers of pro-Mursi demonstrators refusing to give up. Reuters reports that the Muslim Brotherhood continue to reject pleas from US and European envoys to "swallow the reality" that Muhammad Mursi will not return as Egypt's president. We thank Beltone Research for this summary of the latest developments dated 5 …

Egypt: a pause

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The pace of events in Egypt has slowed down. Thousands of supporters of the overthrown President Muhammad Mursi remain in the streets in Cairo despite warnings from the military that they will be removed. Spokesmen for the Muslim Brotherhood have denounced the government and declared that they will remain. Following the highly publicised meeting between Mursi and …

Egypt: slipping under?

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The deaths of scores of protesters in Cairo on 27 July (65 according to the government, over 100 according to most estimates) have raised the crisis to a new level. As we write (morning of 28 July) the confrontation in the streets is not over. According to a comment by Conflicts Forum circulated before the news of …

Egypt: the wider picture

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The rise and fall of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt will have wider repercussions in the Arab world and its relations with America and other outside powers. Commentators in the Arab media are having a field day propagating theories and conspiracy theories. The first article below by James Dorsey of Nanyang Technological University in Singapore considers the …

Jordan: the impact of Egypt

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Well over half a million refugees from Syria are placing an enormous burden on Jordan’s resources. This follows the impact of refugees from Iraq after the 2003 invasion, reportedly about three quarters of a million (Jordan’s population is just over 6 million). Events in Egypt have had no such physical impact, but the political impact …

Egypt: a historic turning point?

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Events in Egypt in the last few weeks have divided opinion both in Egypt and internationally and are likely to continue to divide it for a long time. On the one side the narrative is of a democratically elected government overthrown by a military coup with considerable bloodshed, on the other it is of an incompetent …

Sinai

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The peninsula, largely desert and containing areas of impassable mountains, separates Egypt of the Nile Valley from the countries of the Levant. It is Egyptian territory and has a population of about half a million, largely Bedouin tribes. On the eastern side it borders Israel and Gaza. The southern part of the peninsula, physically divided by desert and mountains from the North, has become a major tourist destination containing both biblical Mount and Saint Catherine’s monastery and the seaside resorts around Sharm al-Shaikh. Northern has long been an …

The Arab spring: what next?

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Developments in Egypt have driven even Syria off the headlines, but it is clear that the major changes throughout the Middle East which began in Tunisia in 2011 are still working themselves out. Below are three attempts to take a broader view. The first by Max Rodenbeck Cairo-based chief Middle East correspondent of the Economist attempts a comprehensive survey and concludes that the current feeling that the scorecard looks overwhelmingly negative is only the end of the beginning. The second published on the London Review of …