Monthly Archives: November 2014

Cracking Down on the Brotherhood

This week I chose to focus on the the new claims and regulations that are bing put into play regarding the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organizations. Although Egypt labeled the Brotherhood a terrorist group last December, it wasn’t until recently that they are being recognized as such. The first article I read this week talks about The United Arab Emirates decision to group multiple groups as being extremists organizations . The article talked about how the Emirates, along with Saudi Arabia and the kingdom of Bahrain see the Brotherhood as meddling in other nation’s affairs and shaking up the regions. The second article I read focuses more specifically on the laws that are now being enforced. It is interesting to see how it has taken so long for Egypt to allow millitary coups to try civilians who have damages facilities like the al-Azhar University in Cairo.

Up up and hopefully away

Thirty-three security personnel were recently killed during a attack on the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, and many are pointing fingers at the Muslim Brotherhood. The Muslim Brotherhood however have made several remarks, denying such allegations. Ever since Mohamed Mursi of the Brotherhood was ousted in July 2013, the government has been bringing the hammer down on Egypt’s oldest Islamist movement (Muslim Brotherhood). In light of all of these allegations, it seems that the Brotherhood finds itself on a downward slope. However, it is unlikely that the Brotherhood will just up and vanish. Many people have proposed which direction the Brotherhood will go at the end of all this madness. I believe that the Muslim Brotherhood has a lot to prove to the world before it will ever find its footing again.

Removal vs. Exile

This week I am focusing on how recent events in Egypt have led to the removal and permanent exile of many Muslim Brotherhood leaders. Qatar, the wealthy gulf state was recently forced to heed to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates agreement to permanently remove any exiled leaders of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. Despite the constant denial from the Brotherhood, many parties see the Brotherhood as the source of the bedlam taking place in and around Egypt. Many also see the Brotherhood as being directly related to the dangerous Islamist militant parties. In May a retired Libyan general proposed a “cleanse” of the Muslim Brotherhood from Egypt. According to the renegade general the Muslim Brotherhood should be blamed for the lawlessness that has infested the country.

From Eyes to Lens

For this post I am focusing on the ways in which Western media both skews and warps the ways in which we view the events taking place in the Middle East, along with the individuals involved. According to the Muftah article, many individuals are be underrepresented in the media. Media sources either fail to provide diverse viewpoints, or they gloss over important details and facts. Muftah is devoted to taking back the media from the West in order to show whats really going on in the Middle East with the revolutions. Although, the west is not the only ones to blame. According to the article Islamism beyond the Muslim Brotherhood, Egyptian media outlets are also responsible. Egyptian media and other media outlets in the Middle East are constantly shaping and reshaping the ways in which different individuals and parties are portrayed. 

History and Demise of the Muslim Brotherhood

For this post I am focusing on the history of the Muslim Brotherhood. Andy Warner’s article is interesting because it talks about the Brotherhood’s rise to victory over the government that it struggled with for so many years. The Lin Noueihd article about Egypt banning the Muslim Brotherhood seems to piggy back off the previous article. It is interesting to see how the Brotherhood took so long to rise up on both a governmental and ideological level, and then suddenly be eradicated. It is also interesting to see how the younger generation took up the Muslim Brotherhood ideals and tried to assimilate them in the Noueidh article.