Voices of Protest from Tahrir

by Carl Finamore

Thousands of thousands of demonstrators fill Tahrir Square to mark the second anniversary of the Egyptian revolution.   (Photo by Carl Finamore)

Thousands of thousands of demonstrators fill Tahrir Square to mark the second anniversary of the Egyptian revolution. (Photo by Carl Finamore)

CAIRO: On the second anniversary of the Egyptian revolution, the scene at Tahrir Square was a dramatic example of the quandaries facing the country.

Tens of thousands of demonstrators poured into the square yesterday to celebrate the 18-day revolution that, two years ago, ended the corrupt 29-year rule of President Hosni Mubarak. But as Egyptians continue their struggle today, they find themselves divided over its goals and direction.

Though the huge numbers in Liberation (Tahrir) Square recalled last year’s demonstration, the composition of the crowd was markedly different.

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Military Lets Muslim Brotherhood Take the Heat Understanding Egypt in Year Three

By Carl Finamore

.workers and youth fill the streets leading into Tahrir Square after Mubarak resigned

Workers and youth fill the streets leading into Tahrir Square after Mubarak resigned(Photo by Carl Finamore)

The Muslim Brotherhood’s political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), gets most of the attention these days when discussing Egypt. Criticism flows easily and the FJP’s reputation has definitely been sullied and bloodied because of their numerous sectarian and undemocratic policies.

But, what appears most remarkable is that the military establishment has been relatively unscathed in the polarized battles that have erupted the last several months. In fact, this is not accidental. It is the result of very clever political maneuvering by the country’s military leaders.

It is certainly true that FJP leader, President Mohamed Morsi, made himself an easy target by recklessly misusing his extensive constitutional authority to appoint cronies and to issue unilateral decrees.

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