Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
Display:
I find it difficult to believe that the Royal Army would stage a coup even if they could stage a successful coup, which is really hard to see.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Sat Dec 15th, 2018 at 11:18:36 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Remember how excited US American innerboob spectators were by 'Arab Spring' in Egypt? Many a petty landlord inexplicably defended the army (for teh peoplw, against Mubarak) and rejoiced when Field Marshall Tantawi condemned Mubarak, then deposed 'democratically-elected' Morsi in order to install Oxford-educated supreme commander-in-chief of the armed forces, el SiSi, who has proved to be a fine successor to Mubarak.

UK, too, could look forward to this power-vacuum kit but for the ceremonial status of its armed forces.

## Democracy is not well understood

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Dec 16th, 2018 at 05:29:56 PM EST
[ Parent ]
The "Arab Spring" had some [or rather many] footnotes ...

"Jesse James" Morsi was freed from jail by a posse of jihadists coming thru the Sinai desert with support of Hamas fighters early in 2011. Indeed Morsi was democratically elected in a power vacuum after deposed dictator Mubarak was thrown in jail. Instead of using his might of being democratically elected by the Egyptian people in the euphoria of Tahrir Square [grab a pussy], Mohamed Morsi became a puppet of the Muslim Brotherhood leadership. This power grab by religious fanatics was unacceptable to the Egyptian military. Their achievements by historical measurements are well rewarded as they profit from a 20% slice of the Egyptian economy. Protecting their assets and possession, el-Sisi took the step to reimpose a military dictatorship with support and funded by the Arab tribal states of KSA, Emirates and Kuwait. Even in record tempo the Suez canal was widened to boost the Egyptian economy - lots of Western nations and corporations earned the profits of this major investment. The roots of setting Qatar aside by the Arab states with support from Israel and the passive policy of the Trump regime. [MB alliance stretches from Egypt's Morsi to Erdogan's Turkey, Qatar and Hamas in the Gaza strip]

Just as in Western nations, the populace is left behind, have no real influence through elections and are put down by increased inequality. Didn't el-Sisi just block the production/sales in Egypt of "gilets jaunes". :)

Egypt jails human rights lawyer for possessing five yellow vests

Censorship in the modern digital age is just not possible, is it? Certainly not by American corporations like Facebook, Twitter and Google - thinking of the First Amendment. Hypocrisy.

Related reading ....

Secr. Clinton's Embrace of Erdogan, Muslim Brothers and Chaos
Classic Agitator: Preacher Safwat Hegazy Inciting Violence In Cairo
MB Axis Egypt - Turkey - Qatar Faces Defeat by Oui @BooMan on July 7th, 2013

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Sun Dec 16th, 2018 at 06:21:55 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Well, I know that.

My remarks are intended to illustrate ignorance and aspirations that surrounded 'revolutionary' people 'power'.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Dec 16th, 2018 at 06:33:46 PM EST
[ Parent ]
And as it unfolded, petty landlords also praised the 'revolutionary power' of Libyans opposed to Gadaffi. I've saved a bookmark from that period to remind myself of wide-spread 'optimism' or wtf. (Compliments another from defunct PressEurop, fingering Zapatero.)

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Dec 16th, 2018 at 06:46:10 PM EST
[ Parent ]

Display:

Top Diaries

A Swedish government appears

by fjallstrom - Jan 16
6 comments

What happens now?

by IdiotSavant - Jan 15
66 comments

Too little, too late

by Frank Schnittger - Jan 12
83 comments

A TITANIC success

by Frank Schnittger - Jan 7
36 comments

Perils of a No Deal BrExit

by Oui - Jan 7
110 comments

Review of 2018

by Frank Schnittger - Dec 26
43 comments

Occasional Series