What to read on Egypt (post-massacre edition)

Noteworthy articles on Egypt from the last few days. Other suggestions welcome.


  1. Washington Post on  the US/European diplomacy to defuse the Egyptian crisis (US “leaned on the UAE to intercede with the interim government and the Egyptian military, and used Qatar as a go-between with the Muslim Brotherhood”)
  2. NYT excellent on how hopes for that diplomacy were dashed by the Egyptian regime’s utter contempt for the process and a helping hand from allies (“Western diplomats here said they believed the Emiratis were privately urging the Egyptian security forces to crack down”)
  3. The Guardian on where things stand and the question of dissolving the Brotherhood: “Government sources hinted at attempts to split the Brotherhood by coaxing the moderate elements to break away”
  4. The Telegraph on the ant-Brotherhood lynch mobs allowed by the government: “Armed with sticks and metal rods, the thugs, who some suspected of being drafted in by the government, were attacking men with beards, women in Islamic headscarves, and anyone else suspected of being a Muslim Brotherhood supporter, as well as foreign journalists”
  5. The National‘s Alive Fordham on Egyptian citizens arming themselves: “He added that the authorities were not currently issuing gun licences, but that he planned to buy one on the black market, estimating the cost at about 700 Egyptian pounds [$100]”
  6. AP documents Islamists’ attacks on Egyptian churches, with 40 looted/torched and 23 others attacked
  7. Global Post on the Egypt’s wrecked economy:”Right now, the country is spending its foreign currency at a rate of $1.5 billion a month”, with $18.8 billion in reserves in July
  8. Josh Hudson at Foreign Policy on how former Obama Administration officials are turning on his Egypt policy: “The worker bees are frustrated … Everyone knows it’s a coup”
  9. Mike Giglio at The Daily Beast on being beaten by Egyptian government thugs, just one example of systematic regime attacks on journalists: “There were several cops punching and slapping me in the head so I said okay and typed in the password”
  10. The Economist on comparisons with Algeria: “All this leads some liberals and centrists to fear that an éradicateur faction along the lines of that which the Islamists fear is already installed will indeed come to power. That would amount to a full-scale counter-revolution”


  1. Issandr el Amrani’s gloomy analysis last week: “analyses … that argue that such an insurgency is not possible any more are wrong – not only is it possible, but it is desired”
  2. Brian Whitaker at al-bab, on why the Tiananmen comparison flatters the Brotherhood, and why “the Brothers are playing the same cynical, unpatriotic game as the military”
  3. Adam Shatz at the LRB on the “triumph of the counter-revolution”
  4. Nick Cohen at the Guardian on the dissonance between our disdain from the Brotherhood and the reality of the coup: “It may be a foul religious right movement, but it did not abolish democracy or drive the opposition underground”
  5. David Aaronovitch at The Times: “This is how hope dies. Beaten to death by the stupidity of the Muslim Brotherhood and the brutality of the army”
  6. David Remnick in the New Yorker: “gestures and words matter, too. There comes a point when a thing demands its proper name. A coup is a coup. A despot is a despot. And a massacre is a massacre”
  7. Steven Cook at Foriegn Policy on why Mubarak still rules: “Egypt is as far away from the revolutionary promise of Tahrir Square as it was in November 2010 when Mubarak staged perhaps the most fraudulent parliamentary election since they began in the late 1970s”
  8. Jay Ulfelder at Dart-Throwing Chimp on the historical dynamics of mass killings: “In calling on the military to deliver them from that threat, however, [liberal] challengers seem to have struck a Faustian bargain that is now producing killings on a much grander scale”
  9. Juan Cole questions whether military suppression of Islamism has ever worked: ” the Egyptian generals are likely trying something that can’t be done in the long term, and can only be accomplished in the short term by genocidal techniques”
  10. My own piece at the Daily Telegraph on why critics of the coup were correct, and why everything is screwed.

2 responses to “What to read on Egypt (post-massacre edition)

  1. Pingback: 10 Monday AM Reads | The Big Picture

  2. nataliebyrom

    Reblogged this on Writing Injustice.

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