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Sarah Carr

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Boxed In

[2 June 2012, Mohamed Mahmoud Street. Image originally posted to Flickr by Hossam el-Hamalawy.]

I (very) briefly grappled with whether to vote, or boycott this referendum but after the experience of covering the Sisi popularity contest Tuesday, I will not be ticking any boxes.  I did a little straw poll on Facebook to see what others were doing. The overwhelming majority are also boycotting, because they are mostly all lefty traitors and spies. Various reasons were given why:  “I did not go anywhere on 30 June or sign the Tamarod petition ...

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Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Coptic Church in Hurghada, Egypt. Image originally posted to Wikimedia Commons]

Minya church attacks unfold with little to no security intervention.MINYA - It was the same scene everywhere: blackened walls, floors littered with detritus, empty spaces where everything was ripped out and taken. When police forces dispersed the Rabea al-Adaweya and Nahda Square sit-ins calling for the reinstatement of deposed President Mohamed Morsi on 14 August, the repercussions were felt most acutely hundreds of kilometers away—in Upper Egyptian churches. Mobs of men, ...

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An Account of the Ramses Violence

[16 August 2013, protesters created a barricade under the Six of October overpass near Ramses exit, Cairo, Egypt. The chaos continues to ensue in the streets of Cairo after the crackdown on Morsi supporters on 14 August 2013. Image originally posted to Flicker by Mohamed Azazy]

The protest at Ramses Square was large and exuberant. A group of young men bounced up and down in a circle to the rhythm of a tabla—ultras style—promising to give the Interior Ministry hell. A middle-aged woman reassured someone on the phone that she was not the only woman at the protest, and that it was calm. At this point the only assault was coming from men spraying water at people’s faces. Thousands of supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi planned more than ...

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The Popular War on Terror

[12 October 2012, the Arabic reads:

Today in Egypt, supporters of a deposed president who has not been seen or heard from in twenty-one days spend some of their time holding “parliamentary” sessions in a small mosque events hall, while the leader of the Armed Forces, in all his medaled glory, calls on the general public to hold protests to authorize the army to fight violence and terrorism. Slick in sunglasses and full dress uniform, Colonel General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi appeared in front of the nation on ...

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On Sheep and Infidels

[Pro-Morsi protester. Image by Sarah Carr]

Before I begin, let me state some facts so that when people begin the ad hominem attacks they can try to rein them in within the following boundaries: I voted for Mohamed Morsi in the second round of the presidential elections (to keep out Ahmed Shafiq). I am one of the administrators of a blog called “MB in English” that features English translations of awful statements of a sectarian, conspiratorial, or bonkers nature that the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) intends for domestic ...

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Army is the Only Answer, Say MOD Protesters

[Pro-SCAF protests back in 23 June 2012. Image originally posted to Egypt Independent by Mohamed Abdel Ghany]

Protesters calling for President Mohamed Morsi’s resignation descended on the Ministry of Defense on Sunday afternoon, in what is their most direct appeal for military intervention yet. A man in an army uniform and another in police clothes where hoisted onto protesters’ shoulders, who chanted “the army and the people are one hand.” Some present at the demonstration claimed only the military could undo the damage Morsi had done during his presidency. Morsi must be removed ...

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Uncle Morsy

[Marching on the presidential palace on December 4th. Image originally posted to Flickr by Hossam el-Hamalawy.]

The past two weeks, since Morsy announced his Hitler powers, have been the bleakest since the revolution began. The day after Morsy’s Constitutional Declaration, the attorney general held an emergency meeting and opponents of the decree gathered outside the high court, where they were attacked by mystery plain-clothed attackers using teargas moments after the police quietly withdrew. When I arrived some twenty minutes later, the air was still pungent with the gas and riot ...

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A Firsthand Account: Marching From Shubra to Deaths at Maspero

[Protestors in Maspero. Image originally posted to Flickr by Hossam el-Hamalawy.]

The march from the Cairo district of Shubra was huge, like the numbers on 28 January. In the front row was a group of men in long white bibs, “martyr upon demand” written on their chests. A tiny old lady walked among them, waving a large wooden cross: “God protect you my children, God protect you.” The march started down Shubra Street around 4:00 PM, past its muddle of old apartment buildings, beat up and sad but still graceful compared with the constructions from the ...

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April 6: Genealogy of a Youth Movement

[Egyptians demonstrate during the April 6th, 2009 strike. Image by Ahmed Abd El-Fatah/Demotix.]

Go to any protest outside Tahrir Square today and you will inevitably hear onlookers grumbling about “April 6 youths destroying the country” — even when the group has no presence at the demonstration. The April 6 Youth Movement’s reputation doesn’t so much precede it as outstrip it. Loyalists of former President Hosni Mubarak vilify the group’s leaders as foreign-funded traitors intent on (and more to the point, capable of) using their cadres to destroy Egypt as part of a ...

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Photos of Women's March Against Military Rule

[Far left sign:

[A day after soldiers brutally attacked and stripped a woman protestor in Tahrir Square in Cairo, thousands of women and men marched on 20 December from Tahrir Square to the Journalists' Syndicate and back to condemn the violence. Sarah Carr reports in Al Masry Al Youm that, "There was pervasive anger against the army, with frequent chants for the SCAF to leave power... 'Tantawi is the supreme commander of harassment and violation of honor,' one ...

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Walls Go Up

[Image by Heba Afifi.]

There are now not one, but four walls in downtown Cairo. Huge cubes of round-edged cement are clumsily stacked on top of each other, as if by a child. Hours after its construction, the Qasr al-Aini wall was almost completely covered in graffiti on the protesters’ side. Tens of silhouetted army soldiers stood sentry behind the cubes, visible through the gaps between them. Two young boys stood next to the wall and made obscene gestures at soldiers on the building behind the ...

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