Death Penalty Shoot-Out Latest: Egypt’s #ArabSpring ‘Misses All Five Kicks’!

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5 responses to “Death Penalty Shoot-Out Latest: Egypt’s #ArabSpring ‘Misses All Five Kicks’!

  1. Let us not forget reality. This is what power is really all about and those in power will fight to retain it. This is why protecting and promoting democracy is so important. However the Arab Spring is not over, it’s just bumping into the obstacles that were always going to stand in its way. Young people all over the world (including Russia, Turkey, Iran, and even the US) are thinking differently and will eventually change the countries they live in.

  2. This mass death sentence of 500 people by a military backed judicuary is shocking.

    General Sisi replaces Hosni Mubarak. Another 30 years of dictatorship and brutal suppression. Plus ca change.

    The Brotherhood were better than Hosni Mubarak’s oppressive regime and, while not faultless, can hardly be blamed for many failings in the state apparatus during their very short period in power. The Mubarak and Sisi supporting bureaucrats, who’d been running the show for decades, and the powerful military, were determined to not co-operate with the Brotherhood in the running of the country, make them look bad, and therefore bring them down despite them being democratically elected.

    • The tragedy about Egyptian politics is that for the moment it resembles a race to the bottom. The major players seem to be competing with each other in the centralisation, brutality and incompetence stakes. That said, although (ex-General) Sisi is powerful for now, the rules of the game have changed. The 2011 revolution happened with smartphone penetration of just 5%. When that gets to 25% or higher, structural changes will become almost inevitable. But the society as a whole has far-reaching problems which no one is going to solve anytime soon.

    • Let’s not be too kind to the Brotherhood here. They did not have the ability to bring all the parties together. Some form of coalition was possible, but they pampered to their own islamicist hardliners. For now the military (and for that matter the secularists) are a fact of life in Egypt. They cannot be ignored, and the Brotherhood should have recognised that fact.

      • By now it seems pretty clear that the Muslim Brotherhood disappointed even many of their most ardent supporters with their conduct in office (not just the presidency, but the FJP, too). Tunisia has shown that national reconciliation + respect is the only viable path forward.

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