One year into Morsi’s presidency, Egypt faces yet another day of protest. As thousand take to the street to either call for Morsi’s resignation or to support the president, Morsi himself vowed there will be no question of another revolution.
In Tahrir square supporters of the opposition are calling for Morsi to leave office accusing him of being to autocratic and process being too slow. On the other hand Morsi supporters are gathering around the Raba El-Adwyia Mosque in Nasr city saying they will defend the president’s legitimacy until the end. It’s this use of strong language that has many Egyptians feeling anxious towards what the now peaceful protests may develop into.
The military has claimed it has stayed out of politics since Morsi came into power but that it will not let the country slide into chaos.
The protesters on Tahrir square plan to march for the presidential palace. The site of the palace has been reinforced by security forces and Morsi supporters plan counter demonstrations in support of president Morsi. Fear is the collision of these parties may spark a violent reaction.
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Tomorrow’s announced protests will mean another standoff in Egypt. This time however it will be between president Morsi from the Muslim Brotherhood and the opposition. The opposition accuses Morsi of hijacking the revolution, Morsi on the other hand accuses the opposition to be consisting of remnants of the old Mubarak regime. Al Jazeera’s Hoda Abdel Hamid talked about feeling a lot of anxiety among Egyptians concerning whom may prove victorious in this conflict between the two parties. The opposition seems to be well organized having pointed, among others, a task force for the protection of protesters and one protecting women from sexual harassment.
What the role of the army will be in tomorrow’s events has to become clear. Army official did state the military force would not stand by and watch the country slip into chaos.
Whatever happens tomorrow will be yet another day of unrest and uncertainty, yet another opportunity for the Egyptian people to write its own history.
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Who am I? Maybe a bit of a too philosophical question to start with, but let’s try to answer it anyway. My name is Tim. Starting this blog I’m twenty-five years old and I live in Leiden, a small city in the Netherlands. The Netherlands is, in its turn, a small country in Europe. And Europe is far away from the Middle East. So why start this blog you may ask?
First of all this region of the world intrigues me. In a banal way; I like the food, the music and its movies. But my interest in the region lies even more in its people, its culture, its landscapes and its history. This history seems to me to be one of many struggles and injustices. A history of Injustices in which many including the west and for a large part Europe has left its mark. From the first world war and the creation of the Sykes-Picot agreement, the occupation of Palestine, the many wars that develop from the divisions in the region, the meddling of western powers defending there interest’s to the invasion of Iraq and the birth of the Arab spring. Many things happen in the Middle East, good things and bad things. It is precisely this turbulence that leaves me wondering about the region, wanting to increase my knowledge. This I have done by reading books and news, watching documentaries and movies and by trying to talk with people from the region.
While getting to know more about the Middle East I was also getting more and more bewildered about the attitude, or the lack of any attitude towards the Middle East by western media. A region where so much is happening and where many people are suffering. Especially now with the war in Syria. The lack of self-criticism on part of the west. Being indecisive when a country, for example Syria, needs help and being so fast to intervene when its own interests are involved. Superficial coverage on the regions developments and the way the Middle East was depicted in western media led me to scavenge the internet for more useful sources of information on the actualities in the Middle East. For some time I had a long list of Arab news sites where I would get my information. Getting the information I find interesting proved to be a bit of a task. That’s why I decided to start a blog where I would post the news that I found to be most interesting. This way I could keep myself informed and hopefully, as a bonus, keep other informed about what happening in the Middle East.