You are here

Baheyya: Egypt Analysis and Whimsy بهية

Baheyya: Egypt Analysis and Whimsy بهية
Checked: 1 hour 36 min ago
Updated: 1 hour 36 min ago
Update every: 2 hours

Commentary on Egyptian Politics and Culture by an Egyptian Citizen with a Room of Her Own
Subscribe to Baheyya: Egypt Analysis and Whimsy بهية

The Specter of January 25th

Baheyya: Egypt Analysis and Whimsy بهية - Sun, 24/01/2016 - 9:06pm
Protesters in Suez attempt to enter hospital to retrieve body of dead protester, January 26, 2011

A Grand Entente

Baheyya: Egypt Analysis and Whimsy بهية - Tue, 12/08/2014 - 8:28pm
In the old days, when the Israeli military bombed and shelled Palestinians and sought to destroy their society, Hosni Mubarak used a well-worn formula, fully abetting Israeli actions while uttering pro-Palestine platitudes.

State Prestige Redux

Baheyya: Egypt Analysis and Whimsy بهية - Wed, 02/07/2014 - 11:45pm
(Anadolu Agency)When historians review this first year of Sisi’s rule, they will note that the military regime’s core priority was to crush popular mobilization.

Sisi's Challenge

Baheyya: Egypt Analysis and Whimsy بهية - Sat, 31/05/2014 - 3:23am
Abdel Fattah El-Sisi has certified his seizure of power with an electoral pantomime, and looks set to preside over a reconstructed Mubarakist system. The revolution appears as a blip in the stubborn tradition of one military dictator transferring power to another.

A Military Constitution

Baheyya: Egypt Analysis and Whimsy بهية - Fri, 10/01/2014 - 8:59pm

Now that the Egyptian military has ousted the first elected president, installed a government of civilian executors, massacred the former president’s supporters and sympathizers, and declared his organization a terrorist group, it is set to produce a document it calls a constitution that codifies military superiority over state and society.

Fetishizing the State

Baheyya: Egypt Analysis and Whimsy بهية - Thu, 08/08/2013 - 7:12pm
An old and pernicious idea is back in circulation since the July 3 coup.

Public Service Announcement

Baheyya: Egypt Analysis and Whimsy بهية - Sun, 28/07/2013 - 7:51pm

On the same day that Egyptian police shot dead at least 74 Muslim Brother demonstrators and wounded scores, the Interior Ministry released what it called its first animated short for children. A little boy and his grandfather (a retired police officer) sit on a couch in a spare living room, watching television footage of an earthquake in Turkey.

A Litany of State Violence

Baheyya: Egypt Analysis and Whimsy بهية - Sat, 27/07/2013 - 10:15am
Rabaa Sit-in Mass Shootings, July 27 2013 (AP Photo)A non-exhaustive list of organized violence by military and/or police forces against unarmed citizens since the January 25th revolution.

Military Tutelage, Egyptian-Style

Baheyya: Egypt Analysis and Whimsy بهية - Tue, 16/07/2013 - 5:37am
If there were lingering doubts that the military pounced on the June 30 protests to re-establish its political supremacy, Gen. El-Sisi’s Sunday address removed a lot of them. Using convoluted language and tortured logic, the speech’s organizing premise is that the “people summoned the armed forces for the mission of balancing the tipped scale and restoring diverted goals.” “The people” are mentioned 28 times, but their sovereignty is not once affirmed.

Fashioning a Coup

Baheyya: Egypt Analysis and Whimsy بهية - Fri, 12/07/2013 - 11:32pm
I understand the outrage of honest citizens who went out to protest against Mohamed Morsi on June 30 only to have their efforts branded a coup. When you’re in the middle of a crowd of boisterous humanity that stretches farther than the eye can see, nothing exists outside of that overwhelming reality.

On Morsi's Opponents

Baheyya: Egypt Analysis and Whimsy بهية - Thu, 13/12/2012 - 8:08pm

Morsi’s opponents in the “National Salvation Front” have garnered plenty of criticism for being obstructionists, sore losers, or bad faith interlocutors, depending on who’s leveling the charge. My own view is that their fault is more basic than that, having to do with their half-baked idea of what a political opposition is.

Death Knell for an Old Political Style

Baheyya: Egypt Analysis and Whimsy بهية - Sat, 08/12/2012 - 11:21pm
In his fatally belated public address on Thursday, Mohamed Morsi was a man reduced, reading awkwardly from an underwhelming script, mouthing stale words without energy or conviction. He looked very much like a party elder preaching to the faithful, not a president reaching out to a divided nation.

The Striver

Baheyya: Egypt Analysis and Whimsy بهية - Mon, 21/05/2012 - 6:06pm

In normal times and places, elections are moments of emotional overdrive. Egypt’s extraordinary elections take that intensity to a new level, evoking a welter of dizzying emotions.

Egypt's Extraordinary Elections

Baheyya: Egypt Analysis and Whimsy بهية - Thu, 10/05/2012 - 5:01pm

(Reuters)These are no ordinary presidential elections that we’re about to experience in two weeks, and not just because they’re the first real competition for the top job. They’re extraordinary because they’re being held in the shadow of an American-backed military junta.

The Aboul Fotouh Bandwagon

Baheyya: Egypt Analysis and Whimsy بهية - Thu, 03/05/2012 - 9:04pm
To kick off the official start of presidential competition, Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh’s campaign did a smart thing and showcased the most energetic part of his base: university students.

On the Trail of an Audacious Presidential Campaign

Baheyya: Egypt Analysis and Whimsy بهية - Wed, 14/03/2012 - 11:51am
As Egyptians are on the cusp of choosing their chief executive for the first time ever, the idea of popular participation is under attack. Revolution-fatigue is manufactured and promoted by the same intellectual peddlers who served Mubarak.

Fin du Régime

Baheyya: Egypt Analysis and Whimsy بهية - Sat, 12/02/2011 - 12:31am
In the end, they leave, with hollow eyes and a few plain words. Stripped of their ill-gotten power, they are miserable, ashen, and base. All of the rhetoric they spewed lingers like a bad smell, soon to evaporate in the fresh air of freedom.

Popular Sovereignty

Baheyya: Egypt Analysis and Whimsy بهية - Thu, 10/02/2011 - 7:22pm
A citizen outside the gates of parliament, 9 February 2011.
(AP Photo)

To Egypt, with love

Baheyya: Egypt Analysis and Whimsy بهية - Fri, 04/02/2011 - 6:30pm
Tahrir Square, February 1, 2011; "We've come from Aswan; neither Mubarak nor Soliman." Photo: Tamer El-Ghobashy

Pages

Subscribe to Baheyya: Egypt Analysis and Whimsy بهية