This is a long article about the various forces behind the coup that brought down the Muslim Brotherhood president Mursi of Egypt:
Talal Asad, Ayça Çubukçu: Neither Heroes, Nor Villains: Egypt After Morsi (Jadaliyya)
Patrick Kingsley: Egypt’s army chief calls for show of support from citizens (Guardian)
Egypt’s army chief, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, has called for millions of citizens to go out on the streets on Friday to back the military and police, prompting concerns that he is seeking a popular mandate for a violent crackdown on supporters of the overthrown president, Mohamed Morsi.
Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood movement has already planned 35 mass Islamist rallies for Friday. Sisi’s intervention creates the possibility of a bloody factional showdown that evening, and stokes fears that it is the army general, rather than the civilian government he installed, following Morsi’s removal on 3 July, who now has the greatest influence in Egypt.
Agencies: More than 100 Morsi supporters killed in Egypt clashes (Guardian)
Al Jazeera’s Egypt television station reported that 120 had been killed and some 4,500 injured in the early morning violence near Cairo’s Rabaa al-Adawia mosque.
Reporters at the scene said firing could still be heard hours after the troubles started. … The clashes started after police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of Morsi supporters who tried to extend the sit-in in eastern Cairo. … Well over 200 people have died in violence since the overthrow of Morsi, most of them Brotherhood supporters.
Patrick Kingsley, Peter Beaumont: Egypt: scores killed as army launches offensive against Muslim Brotherhood (Observer)
Over 100 supporters claimed dead as soldiers are accused of shoot-to-kill policy to clear protest urging Morsi’s release
Patrick Kingsley: Egypt restores feared secret police units (Guardian)
Police brutality also went unchecked under Morsi, who regularly failed to condemn police abuses committed during his presidency. But Ibrahim’s move suggests he is using the ousting of Morsi – and a corresponding upsurge in support for Egypt’s police – as a smokescreen for the re-introduction of pre-2011 practices.
Ibrahim’s announcement came hours before Egypt’s interim prime minister was given the power to place the country in a state of emergency – a hallmark of Egypt under Mubarak.
“It’s a return to the Mubarak era,” said Aida Seif el-Dawla, a prominent Egyptian human rights activist, and the executive director of a group that frequently supports victims of police brutality, the Nadeem centre for rehabilitation of victims of violence and torture.
“These units committed the most atrocious human rights violations,” said el-Dawla. “Incommunicado detentions, killings outside the law. Those were the [units] that managed the killing of Islamists during the 1990s. It’s an ugly authority that has never been brought to justice.”
Martin Chulov: How the Middle East and US have reacted to Egypt’s post-Morsi regime (Guardian)
Despite ruling a conservative Islamic society, underpinned by sharia law, Saudi’s leaders have jumped on the demise of Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood constituency, offering $5bn (£3.2bn) in aid and loans in recent weeks. The rush to offer charity stands in contrast to the past year, when next to nothing flowed from Riyadh’s coffers to Morsi’s government. The democratic process that brought Morsi to power was not welcomed by Riyadh …
The UAE has pledged $3bn in aid, a mix of deposits, grants and support for Egypt’s gas and oil sector. Kuwait has structured its support in a similar fashion. Abu Dhabi and Kuwait had been at best deeply suspicious of the Brotherhood movement, and uncomfortable with political Islam generally. …
Doha has clearly lost a significant constituency with the Brotherhood’s exit from power, having swung its formidable petro-wealth wholeheartedly behind Morsi, the only Arab state to offer such support.
Ramzy Baroud: Hated in Egypt (CounterPunch)
Among all the pretenses that the military junta could have conjured up, they chose to imprison Morsi for ‘links’ with the Palestinian movement Hamas. The leveling of such an accusation is quite telling. Gone are the days where Arab leaders were condemned for their ties with Israel, or affiliation with this western intelligence or that. The fact that Egyptian media and commentators would repeat the ‘accusation’ without any one raising the question “so what?”, is equally expressive of the state of political degeneration that exists in Egypt today.
Savath Pou: Cambodia on the road to civil war (Asia Times)
Cambodia’s thousands-strong community of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have almost universally pledged allegiance to the CNRP and some have even sworn to sacrifice their own lives for the opposition if need be. They are, in fact, an extremely dangerous UXO (unexploded ordnance) planted in Cambodia by the West in general and by the United States of America in particular, to destabilize and destroy the CPP once and for all whenever the opportunity arises.
For instance, CNRP vice president Kem Sokha, a potential prime minister if the opposition wins the election, led the USAID, British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and European Commission-funded Cambodian Centre for Human Rights before entering mainstream politics in 2008. He has since been frequently accused by CPP surrogates of serving as a stooge for Western interests. …
As long as the CNRP is run by Sam Rainsy, the biological son of the same Sam Sary who allegedly plotted with the US Central Intelligence Agency to kill then Prince Norodom Sihanouk in 1959, and Kem Sokha, a rights defender-cum-politician who has consistently used the country’s poor and desperate for his own political ends, the risk of renewed conflict will remain in Cambodia.
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Slavoj Žižek: Trouble in Paradise (London Review of Books)
And here’s a short history of the Iraqi Communist Part. (It strangely glosses over Soviet support for the establishment of the state of Israel, which is probably the heaviest burden for communists in the Arab world.)
Raza Naeem: The Coup That Destroyed Revolutionary Iraq (CounterPunch)