Al-Qaradawi, the Egyptian Islamic scholar and presenter of the al-Jazeera programme ‘Shariah and Life‘ has recently emerged into the public sphere and issued a fatwa against participating in the Egyptian presidential elections which are due to occur on the 26-27 May. This is the latest occurrence in the regional diplomatic dispute over Qatar’s support of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Saudi Arabia has released its first ever list of terrorist organizations, which includes both domestic and external groups. The Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria and the Al-Nusra Front, who are both fighting in Syria, were included in the list, as was the Muslim Brotherhood, a decision which garnered praise from the current Egyptian government. The Saudi Interior Ministry also set a 15-day deadline for Saudi nationals fighting abroad to return to the Gulf kingdom, or face consequences ranging from 3-20 years in prison. Continue reading
A leader of Egypt’s Shi’a community believes that the popular coup of last summer saved Egypt’s Shi’a sect from Muslim Brotherhood rule, which spread a campaign of hatred between Sunnis and Shi’as. Salim Sabbagh claims that Mohammed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood government planned on fighting in the Syrian civil war against the regime of Bashar al-Assad, but were saved from that fate by the June 30th revolution. He is also calling for rapprochement between Egypt and Iran, especially as tensions between the US and Iran are calming. Continue reading
Russian media websites have revealed a secret United States report including a plan involving President Barack Obama to infiltrate the Egyptian Army and cause a civil war, eventually leading to the toppling of Field Marshal Abdel Fatah Sisi from power. Continue reading
Egypt continues it’s crackdown and enforcement of the anti-protest law, which was signed into legislation in November, as the Brotherhood and other groups battle to maintain ‘a public space’ under al-Sisi.
The son of late Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser says that Nasser’s family were among the first to call for General Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to run in the upcoming Egyptian presidential elections. Abdel Hakim Abdel Nasser says that the family wants a president backed by the people, as opposed to the Muslim Brotherhood, who seemed to be out for revenge. Continue reading
Egyptians are annoyed after al-Jazeera refused to broadcast the Chelsea-New Castle Game today. A further manifestation of the political tension between Egypt and Qatar following the fall of the Muslim Brotherhood regime.
A proliferation of small arms can be seen in recent clashes between Muslim Brotherhood members and local residents across Egypt. This incident in Ain Shams, Cairo, involved automatic weapons and bird-shot. The article does not note that some of the Brotherhood are likely to have been residents of the area.
The Muslim Brotherhood has denied reports that they sent a delegate to the Geneva II conference on Syria.