Al-Sisi blames the violence on the Muslim Brotherhood much like a violent husband will accuse his battered wife of running into his fists
There is a legend about a Viking leader and 11th century King of England who thought he was so invincible that he could even control the sea. The deluded King Canute had his throne taken to a beach and as he sat down he commanded the tide to turn back in order to stop the waves crashing onto his land. He got his feet wet. The first written account of this episode was provided by chronicler Henry of Huntingdon, who lived within 60 years of Canute’s death (1035 AD). I was reminded of it today while watching Arab TV as waves and waves of Muslim Brotherhood members and their supporters, as well as ordinary patriotic Egyptians, took to the streets to reclaim their revolution.
It goes without saying that the modern-day King Canute of Egypt is none other than the former general who overthrew President Mohamed Morsi in a military coup last year. Sadly, there is nothing benign about General Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi; his orders are backed up with bullets and brute force as we saw when more than 1,000 innocents were massacred in Rabaa Square. The killings were described by Human Rights Watch as the most “serious incident of mass unlawful killings” in modern Egyptian history.
Al-Sisi is, however, as deluded as King Canute; and while the old Viking leader eventually acknowledged the power of nature the general has yet to accept that the power of the Egyptian people is just as unstoppable as the sea that washed around Canute’s throne.
Egypt’s prisons are already bulging at the seams with Muslim Brotherhood supporters, journalists who merely told the truth and others who are outraged that their democracy has been stolen. Now hundreds, if not thousands more, swept up in Friday’s day of action, look set to join them.
According to the movement’s website the leadership “solemnly salutes this patriotic mobilisation to preserve the nation’s unique identity, for which the Egyptian people, including the Brotherhood, have long fought. Indeed, the nation’s identity is the source of its rejuvenation and the basis of its liberation.”
It is quite clear that there will be more mobilisations and more days of action to come until Al-Sisi’s military junta, its corrupt media and his cronies fall. Perhaps the most shameful of all in this cabal are the scholars for dollars who have sold their integrity by legitimising the killing of innocent women and girls, the destruction of mosques and burning of the Holy Qur’an.
Meanwhile Al-Sisi blames the violence on the Muslim Brotherhood much like a violent husband will accuse his battered wife of running into his fists. In truth, it doesn’t matter how many dissenters of all backgrounds he locks up (some of the non-Brotherhood leading lights of the 2011 Tahrir Square uprising are also behind bars) the people will continue to reclaim their revolution.
More nationwide rallies are expected in the coming weeks and months to topple the government by peaceful means. Despite unfounded accusations by the Egyptian authorities, the Muslim Brotherhood leadership has always insisted that supporters should only adopt peaceful resistance. It is these peaceful protests which will eventually topple the dictator Al-Sisi just as it did his ideological soul mate and predecessor Hosni Mubarak. The fact the current president’s supporters could only muster 20 people in Tahrir Square for a counter-demonstration after Friday prayers speaks volumes.
Even the mighty King Canute recognised defeat in the face of an unstoppable force. When it was obvious to him that his orders were being ignored by the sea, he pronounced: “Let all the world know that the power of kings is empty and worthless and there is no king worthy of the name save Him by whose Will heaven and earth and sea obey eternal laws.”
Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi still shows no signs of such enlightenment, wisdom or humility. Nevertheless, it is becoming increasingly clear that his days are numbered. Who, though, will dare to tell him that he is not invincible and that the power of the people will eventually swamp him and his failing regime? The tide is turning for Egypt and its people.
Syed Abdul Muqsith
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Egyptians mobilise against coup regime in new ‘Youth Intifada’
Shoks Mnisi Mzolo – Cii News | 05 Safar 1436/ 28 November 2014
Thousands of Egyptians are taking to the streets today to protest against continued state violence and oppression, the way of life since the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi, the North African country’s first-democratically elected leader. Having suffered decades of Washington-supported dictatorship, pre-Morsi, Egypt degenerated into chaos of worst kind when the coup d’état regime, under Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, propped by British-led West colonialist project, took power.
El-Sisi’s forces are bracing themselves for widespread, youth-driven anti-government protests throughout Egypt. Contrary to previous reports, the protest was not initiated by Salafist Front (but grew organically from the ground, along the lines of the Arab Spring) nor is it a religious but about erosion of Egyptian identity and human rights issues, explained Prof Sakr Nidal, chairperson of March for Justice in an interview with Cii this morning. “Muslim Brotherhood has recently endorsed this uprising of the Egyptian youth and, now, it’s become like a grassroots movement with many people joining,” Nidal said.
Obviously, the Muslim Youth Intifada will not bring El-Sisi down today. However, March for Justice, an anti-coup regime and pro-democracy grouping, sees it as a renewal and catalyst. Nidal said he was hopeful the youth-initiated and mass-followed movement could help break the fear barrier, which has helped sustain the coup regime, but will go a long way towards shaking the dictatorship.
“Today’s going to be very instrumental in terms of breaking that (fear) barrier (in ordinary people’s minds). It’s going to be decisive in terms of (instilling fear) in the hearts of the regime and its police and its soldiers. I think it’s going to shake the coup very strongly. I believe that, Insh’Allah, it’s going to be the beginning to an elaborate decisive campaign. We’re not only planning not only for November 28… that’s the beginning,” said Nidal. “We pray that November 28 will be the beginning of the end.”
Notwithstanding threats from El-Sisi’s generals the marchers were unrelenting. Interior minister Mohamed Ibrahim Moustafa has notably threatened that coup regime’s forces will unleash deadly violence and shoot at protesters. The threats don’t surprise Nidal who, in an interview with Sabahul Khair, argued that this regime “knows nothing but blood, nothing but murder”. Cairo’s record, and ever-mounting death toll, speaks for itself.
“Since when does the El-Sisi regime not use live ammunition? It’s the only response that we have seen from the Sisi regime since the coup regime (took over). We’ve seen people being killed every single day, everywhere, on the streets, on university campuses, and not to mention, of course, the torture and deaths in jail,” the academic said, describing Moustafa’s threats as “nothing new”.
In addition to drawing young and old ordinary and apolitical Egyptians, from different parts of the religious spectrum, the Muslim Youth Intifada has received some backing from the Salafist Front, Al-Asala, Islamic Jihad, Jamaa Islamiyya and the Muslim Brotherhood.
Turning to links between Zionism and El-Sisi’s regime, itself is a product of the West, which in turn is as guilty of the protracted holocaust-powered subjugation of, notably, the people of Palestine, Nidal said the Cairo militarist was now “outperforming the Israelis, the Zionists and the Americans in fighting Islam and Muslims, including Egyptians.” The March for Justice leader dismantled the security risk theory often retailed by El-Sisi to assault Sinai and put down the dictator’s actions to the coup system’s obsession to break Hamas in the blockaded Gaza Strip – in Palestine.
“At the same time he’s trying to make Sinai a safe haven for the Israelis,” said the Egyptian of his autocratic leader whose rule has returned Egypt to oppression and re-transformed the neighbouring Gaza into the world’s largest open-air prison. El-Sisi has turned out to be a perfect puppet for the Zionists behind the protracted genocidal project to exterminate Palestinians, a Semitic grouping. “He’s committing crimes that Israelis themselves could not even commit in Sinai,” Nidal said of El-Sisi’s reign of terror. “It is serving the interests of Israel to have him in power.”
Mubarak verdict fuels protests and mockery
Published — Monday 1 December 2014
CAIRO: Protests erupted at universities across Egypt on Sunday, condemning a court decision to drop criminal charges against Hosni Mubarak.
Hundreds of demonstrators gathered at Cairo University, waving pictures of Mubarak behind bars and demanding the “fall of the regime.”
Police stood ready at the gates to bar students that sought to take their demonstration into the streets.
Two people were killed and nine were wounded on Saturday evening, when security forces fired tear gas and birdshot to disperse about 1,000 protesters who attempted to enter Tahrir Square. Police closed a Cairo metro station. Clashes also erupted at Zagazig University in the Nile Delta, and Al-Ahram said 11 students were detained after setting fire to a building.
“Down with Hosni Mubarak, down with every Mubarak, down with military rule” said one Facebook page that called for protests against the ruling.
The verdict has also prompted a deluge of online cartoons about the return of the old guard. One animated video begins with a group of Mubarak-era politicians in a darkened cell facing an array of charges. One by one they are released and end up celebrating their freedom with their ex-president, singing “yes, we are back.”
Mubarak could be released early after having served two-thirds of a corruption sentence and seeing murder charges dropped, his lawyer said.
Egyptian doctors top medical-error list
tian doctors top the list of hospital staff committing medical errors, with almost 50 percent of them being held accountable for nearly half of such incidents that occurred in Kingdom.
Out of the 512 erring doctors in the country, 219 were Egyptian, which makes 42.8% of total cases, according to a report from the Ministry of Health.
The report also mentioned that Saudi doctors were placed second with 70 doctors out of the 512, making it 13.7 percent. Syrian doctors (59) were placed third with 11.5 percent, followed by Indian doctors with 41 physicians that translates into 8 percent of the medical errors.
Jeddah tops in medical errors, with gynecology and maternity cases taking the top slot, according to a local media report. Hospitals in the city area recorded 132 out of 512 medical errors reported in the Kingdom, followed by the Eastern Province with 100 cases and Riyadh with 70 patients dying due to malpractices or medical lapses.
The report also said that gynecology and delivery related cases have the dubious privilege of being at the top, while general surgery stood second and internal medicine third.
Even if it results in the death of the patient, conviction rate by competent authorities is small in proportion, the report added. However, legal procedures involved in the investigations are making it harder for expatriate health professionals in the gynecology field to get away with mistakes.
The immediate threat they face is a travel ban until the trial is complete, according to sources. It’s not only the doctors, but the entire team from the lab technician to duty nurses faces the probe, the report explained.
The situation is somehow better for health professionals working in private sector. Erring physicians at public facilities are suspended immediately and salaries are not paid until the inquiry is over.