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EGYPT: Tahrir-ICN statement on the designation of the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization

27 December 2013

On 25 December the military regime declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization in the latest of a range of repressive measures used to crack down on political opponents. Punishments for those associated with the group include a five year prison sentence for anyone who participates in Muslim Brotherhood protests, is proved to be a member of the group, promotes them either in writing or speech or is caught with materials from the Muslim Brotherhood. Those in a leadership position could face life imprisonment or even the death penalty. Part of the justification for this designation was the recent bombing in the city of Mansoura which the regime has attributed to the Brotherhood, even though another group, Ansar Beit Al Maqdis has claimed responsibility. Read the rest of this entry

Coprolalia on Syria, European pseudo-Leftists, and Žižek

11.12.13 by Leil-Zahra

I was a bit disappointed when I read Žižek´s article on Syria. It is true that the people in Syria have no excuse for not making a revolution, but compassion is a virtue. Maybe if “comrade” Žižek could´ve taken the time to scribble them a manual of “Revolution 101″ they could´ve been brought to their senses. Possibly a syllabus of recommended readings? Žižek has a lot to teach the people in Syria and Egypt. The European Left as a whole has much to share itself. I mean, Europe has been revolting for decades and the victories of the European Left are a source of global envy. Žižek himself has lead the barricades and put a stake to the heart of neoliberalism in his own country.

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Exposed: Globally Renowned Activist Collaborated With Intelligence Firm Stratfor

02.12.2013 by Carl Gibson and Stave Horn

EGYPT: Why I left Tamarod

November 19, 2013

Original statement in Arabic:

My testimony on Tamarod and why I defected them on June 24th

Ghada Muhammad Naguib

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EGYPT: Statement by Comrades from Cairo: We Don’t Need Permission to Protest

[The following statement was recently released by Comrades from Cairo]

We Don’t Need Permission to Protest!

To You at Whose Side We Struggle:

November 26 2013, we saw the first implementation of a new Egyptian law effectively banning any and all protest not approved and regulated by the Ministry of Interior. This is the same Interior Ministry whose soldiers have killed thousands of protesters, maimed tens of thousands and tortured unknown others in recent years. This security apparatus is acting with renewed arrogance since the July coup that returned the Egyptian Army to a position of direct authority. Around noon on November 26, riot police attacked a protest commemorating the murder of Gaber “Gika” Salah one year ago. Announcing that the protest was illegal, police fired water cannons and then baton-charged demonstrators, arresting several. Hours later, the ¨No Military Trials for Civilians¨ campaign organized a protest against the new anti-protest law as well as the inclusion of military trials for civilians in the constitution currently being drafted. This time, the police beat and arrested dozens, among them some of Egypt’s most renowned activists, the same people who fought the injustice and oppression of Mubarak, the SCAF, the Muslim Brotherhood, and now Abdel Fattah al Sisi and the puppet civilian government in place since the coup. Read the rest of this entry

EGYPT: Ultras in Egypt: state, revolution, and the power of public space (Part II)

by Connor T. Jerzak

From subversive to revolutionary

Uprisings in Tunisia provided the spark for the 2011 Egyptian Revolution. Much media and scholarly attention has focused on the role of middle class youths and social networking technologies in the Revolution (Aitamurto 2011; Howard and Hussain 2011). Fewer commentators noted the crucial but unexpected role of Ultra groups. Indeed, Ultra groups became a surprisingly central protagonist in the Egyptian Revolution by bringing their organizational unity, fighting experience, and rebellious ethos to demonstrations. As they played a central role in the Revolution, Ultras became increasingly politicized, seeking to eliminate the presence of the authoritarian state in public space through large-scale demonstrations. After all, as Egyptian blogger Alla Abd El Fattah stated in a 2011 interview, “The Ultras have played a more significant role” in the Egyptian Revolution “than any political group on the ground” (Zirin 2012b). Read the rest of this entry

EGYPT: Ultras in Egypt: state, revolution, and the power of public space (Part I)

by Connor T. Jerzak1

In this article, I explore the relationship between organized soccer fans—Ultras—and the Egyptian state. I argue that Ultra groups became politicized as they sought autonomy in public space, but faced resistance from Egyptian security forces. To make this argument, I trace the history of Ultra groups. I show how Ultras made relatively few political statements in the first years after their 2007 inception. However, these groups become increasingly politicized in reaction to police harassment. This harassment was motivated by the fact that Ultras subverted state control over public spaces. The events of the 2011 Arab Spring further politicized the Ultras and transformed them into revolutionary actors by giving them the opportunity to delegitimize the authoritarian state’s entire presence in public space. However, the greater public visibility of Ultras came at a cost, partially fracturing Ultra groups and giving state forces a desire for retaliation that was realized in the Port Said massacre. Despite these challenges, Ultra groups have continued to seek autonomy in public spaces, protesting authoritarian tendencies in the post-Mubarak era. I conclude with an afterward, explaining how Ultras not only defy authoritarianism in Egypt, but also dominant narratives about Egyptian society. Read the rest of this entry

EGYPT: After long absence, revolutionaries return to the square

19.11.2013 by Mada Masr


The absence of so-called “revolutionary” demonstrators from Tahrir Square has been apparent for some time. After some of their numbers helped depose former President Mohamed Morsi this summer, few returned to downtown Cairo after July 3. So why did they return in high numbers on Tuesday, the second anniversary of 2011’s brutal Mohamed Mahmoud clashes? Read the rest of this entry

عودة الأخ الأكبر في مصر

بقلم هاني نعيم

السيسي.. الأيقونة التي لا تقهر!

السيسي.. الأيقونة التي لا تقهر!

يعمل الحكم العسكري في مصر، بقيادة القائد الأعلى للقوات المسلّحة عبد الفتاح السيسي، على إصدار قانون يُجرّم الذين يقومون بأعمال الغرافيتي بعقوبة تصل إلى سجن اربع سنوات مع 6000 جنيه (ما يُعادل 870 دولار أميركي) كغرامة ماليّة. يأتي هذا القانون تحت مسمّى “تشويه الحوائط والمنشآت العامة والخاصة”. Read the rest of this entry

EGYPT: Anarchists in Egypt, will the real Black Bloc please stand up?

image1382603544-18912-PlaceID-0_s660x390(Note from Tahrir-ICN: Whilst we don’t share all ideas here, and do not think Black bloc Egypt represent Egyptian anarchists,  we find it an informative article on the internal formation of Black Bloc in Egypt which has attracted a lot of Western media attention)

Core members of Egypt’s Black Bloc hardly ever give interviews, adding to the mystery and confusion that surrounds the group. Your Middle East’s Goos Hofstee was able to get one such rare talk. Read the rest of this entry