Posts Tagged: islamism

Lessons from the Arab Spring

Part of an online talk I gave few months ago, organized by Marx21, on lessons from the first wave of Arab revolutions. I discussed five points:– Revolution is a process.– You cannot take over the state institutions. You have to smash them.– The need for a revolutionary organization.– The question of Islamism.– The street, ballot

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Ansar Beit al-Maqdas

I’ve just finished watching the gruesome new video released an hour ago by Ansar Beit al-Maqdas. The video on YouTube went viral, but it was taken down after being reported by users. However, it’s already there on DailyMotion and other sites. The links are disseminated widely via Twitter, Islamist forums and Facebook, etc. It’s ironic,

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The MOD sit-in: Sometimes with the Islamists, Never with the State

During the Monday march in solidarity with the Abbassiya detainees, a young comrade I know from Cairo University, a medical student who was among the field hospital doctors during the MOD sit-in, approached me, and told me the story of a Salafi woman in niqab, who kept on kissing the Revolutionary Socialists red flag during

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Religion in service of the state

Just like in April 2008, and 25 January 2011, both Al-Azhar and the Coptic Church, the two main arms of the state’s religious establishment, have come out to denounce the calls for general strike and civil disobedience planned on 11 February 2012. Add to the list of course, the Muslim Brotherhood. Their leadership did not

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