Mutual Understanding needed

SAMAR EL HUSSIENY, Egyptian testimonies

egypt.wikimedia.commonsTell me where you live, I will tell how you think. Living in the first modernized world is a privilege that I don’t have. Enjoying stable, secured democracies with fixed constitutional rules and institutions that could keep everyone accountable and promote equality – at least when it comes to law enforcement – are things that we cannot afford now in the third world. A welfare state that has social justice system or at least could afford basic needs for its citizens is on our dreams. Independent judiciary system, respect and commitment to human rights conventions is all we need.We want the “no taxation without presentation” principle but unfortunately as citizens in one of the third world countries we don’t have all the above! Czytaj więcej

How Morsi, Brotherhood lost Egypt*

BASSEM SABRY, Egyptian testimonies
photo: Gigi Ibrahim

photo: Gigi Ibrahim

I was in Tahrir when they announced Mubarak was ousted. I was in Tahrir when they announced Morsi had won. And I was also in Tahrir as they announced Morsi was ousted. Each time was a remarkably different experience for me, only united by roaring crowds, waving flags, fireworks, hugs from strangers and a big sense of relief. This time, the cheers were even more deafening. They were not just in Tahrir, but in other squares around Cairo and the country, all packed without any real organizational power behind them. The floods of people in the streets around Cairo appeared to me bigger than before, people seemed to genuinely believe they “took back their country,” and that the military was a hero doing all the right things. But perhaps what characterized this time in Tahrir for me was my sense of worry, deeper than ever before. Czytaj więcej

The 2nd phase of the Egyptian Revolution

LAILA EL SAEDY, Egyptian testimonies
photo: Gigi Ibrahim

photo: Gigi Ibrahim

It has been more than a year since Egypt had taken its first steps into the democracy through the presidential elections in 2012. Mohamed Morsi, representative of the Muslim Brotherhood has won against the representative of the old regime, Mohamed Shafik. The Egyptians decided to place their faith in him, believing that he would lead them to change but unfortunately this was not the case. In the past year Egypt has faced a slope down in different aspects: the poverty and the unemployment have increased, limits on the freedom of speech remained, the economy was almost on the edge of death, no stability was noticeable in the streets etc. During this year there were many conflicts between Pro and Cons of the regime.  Czytaj więcej

Egipt – kolejna odsłona rewolucji

ARTUR MALANTOWICZ, Program Azjatycki

EgiptWieczór 3 lipca 2013 roku. Po kilku dniach masowych demonstracji na ulicach egipskich miast, po wygaśnięciu 48-godzinnego ultimatum postawionego prezydentowi Mursiemu przez egipską armię, po konsultacjach z przedstawicielami opozycji i przywódcami religijnymi (muzułmańskimi i chrześcijańskimi), zapada decyzja. O 19.00 czasu polskiego minister obrony i zarazem dowódca sił zbrojnych Egiptu, generał Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi ogłasza w publicznej telewizji: Prezydent Muhammad Mursi zostaje odsunięty od władzy, zatwierdzona w grudniowym referendum konstytucja zostaje tymczasowo zawieszona, a urząd prezydenta ad interim do czasu przeprowadzenia nowych wyborów będzie sprawował Prezes Najwyższego Sądu Konstytucyjnego – Adli Mansour.

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