Press Release no. 04 — #Egypt #OpEgypt


If you are a secular wannabe, just forget it. Don’t waste your time, unless you are getting paid well for it. Egypt’s law is largely derived from Islamic teachings and it will always remain so. The issue in Egypt, is neither about religious nor military rule, even if some people want it to appear so. It’s all about incompetence and slavery to Zionist money.

Operation Egypt​ sometimes shares news. This leads some people to think of it as a news source. It’s not. It’s a biased entity that only speaks/acts selectively. How can we talk about solidarity and be selective? Sounds not fair, or unclear. We are very aware of this, which is why we remind you. Repeatedly. If you choose to rely on our feeds as a news source, you will end up either with a single sided story, or even with no story at all. Popularity is not and will never be taken into consideration when sharing our opinions.

That said, we repeat our position again clearly. For us, Al-Sisi and Morsi are criminals who have a transient disagreement after 2.5 years of close cooperation. Al-Sisi outsmarted Morsi, and almost all of the Egyptian politicians. He had a plan and implemented it brilliantly. The abuses we see now are not different from those during Morsi’s time. Same torture to death in prisons, murder, unjust cases, etc. No criminal is better than the other. Morsi and the leaders of his group were/are sectarian, incompetent and traitors. His group’s leaders’ role model is Sudan, as they stated on TV repeatedly. In Arabic only of course. That’s the limit of their intellect.

If so, then which side are we on? We said before, the people. How come, given that we speak/act so little on that level? The answer is 4 years long. In short, we follow the situation closely, but silently, after realizing that the so called revolution does not exist, or is dead. If not, it must die. Why? Simply because it’s a lie. How come? Looking carefully back at the past 4 years, without political blurring, we see every incident as part of the whole plan to where we are now. The regime used the greed of the MB leaders, who fell for the bait as they did in 1952 in the same exact way.

Protests, especially with armed individuals, can’t change the regime in Egypt as it couldn’t in Syria. It can only increase the suffering of ordinary people and add more misery to those who believe in false hopes. “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.” – States the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. You can’t torture ordinary people and bring weapons within unsuspecting sit-in crowds, then say it’s all for liberty.

It’s easy for us to pretend heroism in front of you on the web, and not tell you what we really believe. We will not sell you any false hopes. We see it mathematically. There is no revolution without a leader and unity. Both requirements are clearly missing. Therefore, the revolution does not exist. Pushing the people’s livelihoods, painting false media images, hoping that Egyptians might rise up again is not only an inhumane strategy, but it will certainly fail.

Don’t misunderstand. We still have hope, that one day enough people will realize that struggling to educate the tens of millions of illiterate Egyptians comes first, then comes the struggle for the definition of freedom. There are many honorable Egyptians who already work on educating the people outside the government’s framework. This is the only first step we see on the way for a liveable, free, and safe Egypt.

 

Written by Operation Egypt on the 12th of March, 2015.

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Disinformation on #Egypt: Who’s Eric Trager (@EricTrager18)?


Operation Egypt’s recent self-review article sought to encourage other groups and individuals to take similar steps, however there are some to whom activism are just words. We will not be silent to those who hide behind empty words and hypocrisy. All of us contributed to the state Egypt has reached today, but some are still hiding behind their duplicity and need others to do it for them.

The current situation in Egypt attracts the attention of many analysts and commentators, each with their own motivation. The complexities of the region demands a lot of sincere and honest efforts to better understand it and to be able to portray it correctly and adequately to the world. Operation Egypt decided to take a closer look at these efforts in an attempt to aid those looking for credible sources.

Where to start? There is no specific order to our series – and anyone might find themselves under scrutiny. Who reports with integrity – and who has an agenda to push? Operation Egypt tackles its first, Eric Trager.

A brief introduction on Eric: He is that notorious sex symbol, one who doesn’t shy away from his chauvinist side. Having worked extensively in his university life to make his and that of other pro-Israel voices heard as a student in Harvard, graduating from (and featured by) the Bronfman Youth Fellowship in Israel (BYFI) – a program founded by billionaire zionist Edgar Bronfman.

As secretary of Harvard Students for Israel (HSI), Eric found it incumbent upon himself to eradicate anti-semitism – if he could find any. Working undercover, using false aliases and hoping to uncover students who may be critical of Israel’s transgression, an act he describes as monitoring anti-semitism.

Hailed by The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and The Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP) as an expert on Egypt, and privy to secret information on the MB (including the structure found on their website).

Despite posing as an expert and democracy advocate, he pushes for the idea that Mubarak’s generals are a good choice. And so they are – for Israel’s interests. Any other leader for Egypt is passed as a bad idea and for emphasis, blatant lies were told in his JSpace interview. No wonder Mubarak loving cronies endorse him.

Eric Trager has for years supported the right to freedom and democracy, on his own terms of course!

On the 6th of October, tens of protesters were brutally killed by the military as they sought to stifle all dissent and disperse protests. A figure from the Freedom and Justice Party tweets:

But who defines freedom? Let’s ask Eric.

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It would seem that Eric forgot in January 2011 people took to the streets for their popular revolution – but did he believe the protests then a suicide mission too?

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But it’s only freedom when Eric is in Tahrir.

In August 2011, Eric writes about the protests that rocked the country throughout SCAF’s tenure, and being a champion of democracy and the right of expression, it would seem that he believed then in the right of protesting and was able to justify their continuous presence.

“Given these realities, the only way for the protesters to stay relevant in the post-Mubarak era was to continue holding massive demonstrations.” — Eric Trager, August 5, 2011.

Strangely, it would appear that anti-coup protesters don’t share the same rights and instead, those taking to the streets are merely going there “to die” – being relevant isn’t for them.

Eric fully understood that in the climate Egypt was in (during Morsi’s time), there were legitimate concerns faced by the protesters, and that the violence being witnessed daily on the streets of Egypt is merely a reflection of the public’s frustration.

“Although the demonstrators are motivated by various grievances, the breakdown of order in cities across the country indicates a general failure of governance that threatens indefinite instability — a situation that would make Egypt an uncertain U.S. partner.” — Eric Trager, January 29, 2013.

Says Eric in January 2013. He adds:

“The extent of the violence reflects the public’s frustration with mounting economic woes and Cairo’s failure to meet many of the revolution’s demands, …”

“Specifically, Washington should tell Morsi that he cannot realistically prevent violent, destabilizing protests without a serious policy for resuscitating the failing economy, attracting investments, and spurring job creation.”

Obviously, any protester violence being witnessed now is not reflective of the the public’s frustration with mounting economic woes, and it would be seen that the current economic climate today isn’t enough of a reason for Washington to tell Al-Sisi that he cannot realistically prevent violent destabilizing protests.

As Eric states, it is only natural to assume that the breakdown of order in cities across the country is clearly indicative of the governance’s failure, and far be it from his tweets and articles to point otherwise.

“To promote these violent efforts, Muslim Brothers appeal to their supporters through social media, establishing violent Facebook groups that have attracted thousands of ‘likes’.” — Eric Trager, March 19, 2014.

Says the post-Morsi Eric. He also adds:

“Yet amidst a crackdown that has killed over 1,000 Morsi supporters, Muslim Brothers aren’t turning the other cheek. Armed with improvised weapons such as flaming aerosol cans and Molotov cocktails, they are directing a campaign of lower-profile violence against various governmental and civilian targets, aiming to stir chaos and thereby weaken the post-Morsi regime.”

The consistency in his principles don’t stop there however, having recently written an article whitewashing the crackdown against protesters that have not stopped since July the 3rd. Yet it would seem that anger is only reserved to some, not others.

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The Maspero march in October 2011 protesing against the military, after the demolition of a church, sparked significant outrage across Egypt as tens of protesters, mostly Copts were killed and protesters trampled upon. Eric writes, in understandable outrage:

“The October 9 march reportedly drew some 10,000 demonstrators and featured anti-SCAF chants. On reaching downtown, marchers were pelted with rocks hurled by SCAF-associated thugs, and — on approaching Maspero — attacked with clubs. For the uniformed authorities’ part, they at first responded to the procession by firing into the air, but soon afterward this restraint was punctured by two armored personnel carriers barreling into the marchers, with soldiers atop each vehicle firing into the crowds, a maneuver that accounted for most of the day’s casualties. As word of the attack spread across social networks, youth activists rushed to the scene to protect the Coptic demonstrators.” — Eric Trager, October 11, 2011.

The greatest state-led massacre in modern history leaving over 900 documented dead, and thousands injured however receive a few watered down tweets as Eric reflects on the domestic conflict.

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To better understand the work of Eric, and how exactly he reaches his conflicting opinions above,  you need to take a closer look at how he conducts his studies and the scientific methods he calls upon to base his assumptions on when analyzing the current political climate of Egypt and commenting.

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Hard to prove things in Egypt. Or is it?

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Of course the fact that the tweet in question was merely reporting violent acts not claiming responsibility is besides the point. After all, you can’t really “prove” anything in Egypt.

Eric only ever uses the most scientific methods to base his assumptions on, and repeating reports is sad and not befitting to a man of Eric’s caliber, who only ever uses authentic scientific analysis.

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He wouldn’t do that.

Observing the current state of affairs is no easy job, and at times Eric must advise Washington as he sees fit. He writes on Morsi, not known for his inclusive behavior, advising:

“It should also tell him that continuing his practice of noninclusive rule and power consolidation will leave the masses feeling disenfranchised, making more — and more violent — episodes likely.” — Eric Trager, January 29, 2013.

Making more – and more – violent episodes likely.

Yet upon Ibrahim Munir, a senior MB leader, issuing the same analysis, a different interpretation seems fitting.

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There are a few constants in Eric’s principles.

For one defending the violations committed by the Israeli army, “If you don’t believe Israel has a legitimate right to use its army amidst this clear threat, then you oppose its secure existence, and that’s anti-Semitic” it hardly seems surprising for him to share who the first people on the planet to put the word violence in the Oxford dictionary.

It would seem that Eric did not learn from his undergraduate days, whether by posing as an anti-semitic Fabian Cooper, or by passing himself as a German-Irish Unitarian Vegetarian in Lebanon to now interviewing people on the ground under a fake alias. All these incidents make you think Eric Try-Harder.

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Post-second-Coup #OpEgypt and What’s Next | #Egypt


The collective named Operation Egypt (aka OpEgypt) always says it is guided by a set of principles. Were all of these principles adhered to during the few months following July 3rd, 2013 (i.e., the second coup by SCAF since 2011)? Apparently no, as this article is going to show. We have decided that it is about time for us to criticize our own crew’s performance in order to learn from our mistakes.

This self-review article is very important to us. It gives our crew more power, helps us avoid repetition of past mistakes, and encourages other groups and individuals to take similar steps. The latter is a bit unlikely for those who make a living out of “activism” though. Such step for them is probably never going to happen, unless someone does it for them.

Self-auditing:

We have issued our first post-July3 declaration of self-audit, on the 24th of July, as crew members became increasingly aware of OpEgypt’s overall non-adherence to its own principles, especially after July 3rd, 2013. Several similar self-audits have taken place before with varying magnitudes. That 24th of July one however passed largely not understood by some of the followers, but there it is for reference. So, to be clear, the current latest self-review by our crew is not the first one, and is certainly not the last.

What exactly went wrong with OpEgypt?

We spoke about some kind of deviation in the third post-July3 press release, without any further details. In this article, we elaborate a little bit by dividing our post-July3 deviations into two categories; position deviation, and behavior deviation. This article gives dozens of examples on these deviations and will act as a reference for ourselves before it can be a reference for other groups.

OpEgypt’s position and behavior since the beginning of the June 30 events have witnessed several mistakes. As we have illustrated earlier, different possible positions can be seen on what’s going on in Egypt (P.S.: OpEgypt has transited  from I to H through F). So, we can’t deny taking part of the July 3rd coup (the second coup) and the regime orchestrated demonstrations leading to it in June 30th. Therefore, there’s no use in trying to wash our hands form what is going on in Egypt right now. However, everyone has a responsibility to carry, and that includes those who led Egypt into this way from the beginning of February 11th 2011 (the first coup). No single party or group is responsible alone for what happened. All groups will not like to agree on this, while some will try to downplay the role of their party compared to others. However, that’s not our business.

Some might argue that the (so called) most organized should carry the most of the responsibility, while others would respond that the fake democratic opposition are the number one to blame. If Tamarud were the useful idiot used by SCAF to fill the squares with anti-revolution folks (in addition to misled pro-revolution ones) in June 30th 2013, then those who have actively helped SCAF clear the squares from pro-revolution peeps in February 11th 2011 must have been the masters of idiocy. Especially when it’s not their first time to do it, as we may have learnt from the 1952 coup. Fairly dividing responsibility and throwing blame is not the goal of this article. All we are saying is that no one is “not responsible”.

No “coupist” is better than the other. We all took part in this, no matter how some parties or groups would like to blame it all on the other side for a political gain. Those in the palace before June 30 thought they are so smart that they even supported the military deployment, thinking it’s there for their protection. We won’t even try to ask anyone for a self-review. All we can do is start with ourselves.

The first coup (February 11th, 2011) was a ‘necessary preparation’ for the second (July 3rd, 2013). The regime (SCAF) was going to stick all the post 2011 trouble to the most organized group anyway (guess who), but for that to happen that group had to be killed politically first, and the masses divided. So that’s what the period between coup 1 and coup 2 was all about. The regime is not too smart though, and it can be defeated for sure, but it’s us (all the groups) who are apparently so stupid.

What we did and what we didn’t do?

In the points below, let us take a look on what was a behavioral mistake, what was a position mistake, and what was not a mistake at all. Let us take a look on what we did and what we didn’t do.

Condone killing:

OpEgypt did not condone the killing of innocents by the regime or by anyone. Yes, OpEgypt did have a lot of terrible mistakes by crew members in 2013’s summer as will be presented below. However, despite of this, no one ever justified the killing of innocent people. In several publications, OpEgypt was clear about condemning all killing, no matter what. Also repeatedly stating that the killing of innocents cannot be justified, advising everyone to visit other outlets to get the full picture, and also asking for the people to post what they got.

OpEgypt was having almost all its resources focused in only one direction, which may have been a necessary decision at first, but one of the side effects was that it has gradually turned the collective’s engine into almost a state propaganda machine in many instances as will be shown shortly. Unfortunately, most people like to be fed the information with a silver spoon and our strategy of asking the public to bring the balance to our biased coverage was a big failure too.

Repeating false regime narrative, unverified content, and advertising for June 30:

OpEgypt did advertise for June30 protests against Morsi. However this kind of behavior really faints when compared to other types that we present in this section. Since July 3rd, OpEgypt has been critical of the media while in fact it was doing a terrible job itself in multiple occasions. Drifting repeatedly into repeating the false regime narrative. Not only that, but also publishing unverified content, and advertising for the July 3rd coup (the second coup).

One pattern of mistakes is stressing on isolated stories featuring unknowns and trying to stick it to the MB group or supporters of Morsi in blanket references. Such as here; Who does this man represent but himself? Who did really print this flyer? Spreading wrong conclusion without evidence, despite of claiming to investigate and verify everything. Repeating the MOI stories, here and here. Repeating SCAF’s meaningless stories, such as a report on grad missiles heading to Cairo! Really? Grad, and not Katyusha?! It can’t be used in such environment. And more of this regime narrative has appeared on OpEgypt in what appeared like a pattern, as in here, here and here.

OpEgypt has Even went on to spreading a false context such as this one, where the protesters would have used another route of many if their plan was reaching Tahrir as OpEgypt claimed. Repeating the regime’s fantasies about the numbers of protesters, which were taken from the regime’s mouth and spread by the MSM. In addition to repeating the narrative of the regime controlled media without a real investigation. What used to be praised in 2011 as a revolutionary act, was strangely later condemned. Other actions are not really verified and could be done by police agent provocateurs or false flag black operations. So it’s a shame trying to stick it to one side while claiming accuracy.

Present and adopt third narratives to the story:

Stressing on the fact that Egypt’s military regime is a US funded state within a state. Trying to raise awareness about other categories of dissent in Egypt that go missing from the MSM narrative, as well as some facts about the military industrial complex. Feature balanced opinions on the alleged MB violence, and adopting a non standard perspectives about what’s going on. Other efforts including attempts to challenge the MSM false labels. Despite of supporting June30 in multiple publications, and despite of the various mistakes, yet OpEgypt has adopted a non-standard position regarding the situation in Egypt, especially after the unprecedented massacre by the regime in Rabaa square.

Challenge false narrative by anti-coup and other made up reports:

No one likes to be exposed. One doesn’t claim peacefulness in English speaking media and then publish a list of unverified allegedly murderer cops names on an official local Arabic speaking website inciting the ordinary people and those wronged by the police and have not seen justice yet, to harm them, without proof, or celebrate the riots especially when the page is run by people on the run in Turkey, London and elsewhere, and so fear no consequences for their wrong actions.

Here’s another example for the unacceptable rhetoric by some high level anti-coup folks, which cannot be justified or condoned as it has grave consequences. Will they ever apologize? Similarly shooting at the police from within a peaceful demonstration is nothing but a provocation of a massacre. Even if we assume that the militant was not affiliated to the group, how come didn’t his action provoke the hundreds of protesters surrounding him to take action against him? Why was this scenario seem to have been repeated..? Some questions require answers.

If Robert Fisk is telling the truth, long before the terrible Rabaa square massacre, then why was this detail not considered until it became too late? Why weren’t the innocent people warned? Not to mention, why did the police kill all these innocents? There’s no excuse.  Anti-coup have been suffering from a lot of issues related to news fabrication.

That doesn’t mean the incidents reported didn’t happen, or that people didn’t die, yet using fake evidence to prove it is self-harming to say the least. Similarly when you use a wrong photo to say the police is brutal, the brutal police should send you a thanks letter for the free service! It’s even more harming to claim peacefulness while every now and then, from your luxurious hotel, inciting ordinary people to go die for you, and then deleting your inciting quickly.

Other exposed anti-coup mistakes include, sectarian language, denied torture, denied presence of any sort of weapons, overly exaggerated reporting, out of context reporting, condoning or denying any attacks on journalists, impersonating military officers, not explaining this, or this, or saying what you won’t dare to do. Our crew did focus on exposing such mistakes and more to people who can’t read Arabic.

Challenge other false narrative by some anti-coup:

Those who are against the MB policies, or even against the so called Islamists in general are of a variety of kinds. They have different reasons. No one can deny that some percentage of them are Islamophobic, however the story by some of a war on Islam by Egypt’s tyrant regime is only a recruitment tool. It distracts from the real problem. When did the Muslim Brotherhood apply religion anyway? SCAF uses religion more than they did. It’s all about power and money.

It all started as the regime versus the people united, however opportunists and fake democrats have ruined it for years, if not decades, to come. The so called democratic Islamists and the tyrant regime are two faces for the same coin. The regime brutality didn’t return after the July 3rd coup, simply because it hasn’t been anywhere since the end of January 2011, and obviously before that.

Challenge misconceptions about the nature of dissent:

This image helps a lot in explaining the situation in Egypt between February 11th 2011 (the first coup) and July 3rd 2013 (the second coup). The green background has the MB logo in the middle and the word constitution all around it. In the foreground is the “bearded” military regime, wearing Uncle Sam’s boots, crushing dissent, strangling workers, pressing the poor, chaining media, repressing expression, manipulating justice, controlling economy, arresting and torturing opponents. However, before the February 2011 military coup was not much different from after the July 3rd one, where the image is the same, except with no beard and a little different background image.

In the media you never hear about the third current or the third square, not to mention the difference between them! The fight in Egypt is neither pro-Morsi vs pro-military, nor pro-secular vs pro-Islamic reference, as the media presents. Away from the MSM labels, supporting Morsi or SCAF doesn’t imply much about how religious a person is. For many, Morsi and SCAF are the same regime freak no matter how much the face changes.

Challenge false narrative by pro-coup and the regime:

Pro-coup activists too are consistently trying to twist the image of their opponents, often in a dirty way by Photoshopping media to defame and waste the rights of peaceful protestors.  Even by calling for the “extermination” of a whole sector of the Egyptian society. Accusing anyone who tries to speak against the militaristic single narrative situation, in Egypt, especially in the media, or anyone who protests, of being a member of supporter of the MB, which is the organization that they are trying hard to stick the terrorism label to it with no evidence. Terrorists are those who kill innocents en mass and never face justice. The MB didn’t do that, or at least, there’s no evidence that has been presented so far but merely political rubbish. Their logic is highly flawed and you realize that whenever you try to argue with a pro-coup individual.

OpEgypt has been a supporter of June 30, and did occasionally get involved in the false narrative business, and this has been gradually corrected after long crew discussions. From early on, we have repeatedly recommended several other English speaking anti-coup outlets that have been actively focusing on reporting regime violations and crimes. The promised investigations over the mass murders that took place by the police after July 3rd were a big lie. They ended up blaming it on the protestors. So why would the regime lie if its side is clean?

Challenge media misreporting and stress on ignored stories of the time:

Misreporting varies from repeating a false narrative to fabricating, trimming, or twisting by stressing on misleading keywords. The whole story of an old regime fighting against the new regime is not true. It’s always the same regime, that is manipulating the opportunists who chose to cooperate with it against the winds of change. But MSM folks are too lazy to learn about similar points. It’s not about democracy. They are even too lazy to do a little more effort to realize their on screen mistakes. However, on screen mistakes are nothing compared to trimming stories and selective reporting of incidents.

Some people deliberately take stories out of its context in order to get a few more retweets as a reward. Or perhaps hide in a nice cafe a few blocks away from the developing situation and start tweeting incorrect info. The bias in the MSM can not be explained when it comes to exposing repression. Based on what do they define repression?

However can these mistakes be compared to the current MSM mistakes on what’s going on in Egypt? That double standard when they call the thugs attack anti-SCAF protesters, they are called “residents”, while any anti-SCAF protesters are called MB, who are called “terrorists” while terrorists are called “police”.

Conclusion:

The collective of OpEgypt has no political drive. It does not fit under any political label and it cannot. We support whoever sides with the people regardless of political reference. OpEgypt suffered from serious issues after June 30. Namely; position confusion, deviations from standing with the oppressed principles, and deviations from the accuracy principles. Some of the issues aren’t worth a dedicated article to be addressed in, while others were just too wrong to be ignored. Gladly OpEgypt is not an individual. It is a dynamic collective, guided by a set of principles. Self-correction is one capability we are proud of. Our crew is ready to receive the readers’ feedback on this article as it will be all taken seriously.

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Understanding Possible Political Views on the post-Morsi Egypt


This is a bird’s eye view mapping the categories of possible opinions within the Egyptian political theater. The map depicts only the period from June 30th 2013 onwards. The names of certain groups or parties are intentionally not included and so are left to the reader to think for a moment where the party in question does fit now, months ago, and possibly in a year later.

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Venn Diagram that helps in Understanding Possible Political Views on the post-Morsi Egypt

The relative sizes of these shapes do not represent their categories’ actual weight on the ground. Similarly, the colors are only picked for better visibility and have no hidden reference to anything. One party or group fits nicely inside a single category, while another can span over more than one category or even makes a transition between two categories over time.

Why is this Important?

To understand what’s really going on, it helps to remove all labels and construct a clear map of the scene. In addition, we have noticed that many people face a difficulty conveying their opinion correctly or without being misunderstood. So this classification will certainly help at least some people to illustrate their position, whether they belong to a political party or not. It is also a useful reference to be used by those interested in debunking the plethora of false narratives out there in the media within the local, international, and social spheres.

The Complex Scene

A group of people (i.e., categories A, E, I, and F) believe that the demonstrations of June the 30th, 2013, were a genuine revolution against Morsi and his group (or just him). The common ground between categories A and I is that they both don’t think that July 3rd can be described as a military coup. The difference is that group I thinks that the involvement of the generals in politics is wrong, yet the current involvement for them is only an undesired but temporary measure. As for group A, it doesn’t matter if the generals get involved in politics indefinitely, just as they have been doing for more than 60 years. On the other hand, groups E and F think this revolution of June 30th , which they supported, was followed by a military coup in July 3rd 2013, which they oppose. Those too are split. One of them (F) believes that the generals must not get involved at all in any sort of political game. The opinion of the other category (E) regarding this matter is a bit opportunistic though, i.e., it depends on whether they get a piece of the political pie or not.

That’s not all. There’s another group of people (i.e., categories B, H, G, and C) who also have their own unique understandings. They all share the common opinion that July 3rd was a military coup while June 30th was merely an artificial pretext to it. However they too become split when it comes to further details. Groups B and C are the opportunistic folks who would not hesitate to let the generals play politics, as long as they are not excluded from the game. Perhaps by making a fresh deal similar to that of 2011. The only difference between these two categories is that one (C) insists on Morsi’s return to presidency, while the other (B) believes that it’s not a realistic condition and that other alternatives can be accepted. Relatively, categories H and G are a bit more revolutionary in the sense that they both agree that the generals should strictly stay out of both the visible and hidden corners of the political theater. Yet those too are split on whether the return of Morsi to his pre-July-3rd post is a realistic demand or not.

Finally, remains a perhaps small category of folks who refuse to fit under any of the mentioned categories. Those are the people in category D who didn’t support June 30th. Maybe out of suspicion of those who called for it, or because they could estimate the consequences of ousting a president that early, etc. These are just examples for their possible reasons, while there could be other reasons for them not to support June 30. Anyway. So how come don’t they consider July 3rd as a military coup? In this regard they are similar to those under category I. They also believe that Morsi’s ouster was going to happen sooner or later. According to this view, the military’s role in July 3rd was necessary and temporary despite being undesired.

Who’s Demonstrating?

The mainstream media narrative fails to correctly answer this question. If you follow the news headlines, you will notice how all protests are either labeled as “pro-Morsi” or “pro-Muslim-Brotherhood (MB)”. Doing so, the mainstream media wipes out any trace of the independent and non politicized student struggle demanding justice for their comrades. They also (the media) give a false link between opposing the regime in Egypt and being affiliated to the MB. In fact, there exist a sector of activists that openly opposes the MB and regime before and after June 30, but those are constantly ignored by the western media for some reason. Ever wondered why the western media is doing this?

On the other hand, you will sometimes face some fake Egyptian activists who get so angry when you describe the current almost daily demonstrations as “anti-regime”. That is despite of them being idle and doing nothing for months to express any opposition to the regime! The only explanation to such reaction is that they don’t feel comfortable when others are called “anti-regime”, because it exposes what they are not. For them the mainstream media narrative is very comforting as they can keep claiming being anti-regime while remaining silent at home as the real “anti-regime” folks get slaughtered in the streets.

Conclusion

So this is how different groups in Egypt think after June 30. Who is right and who is wrong is out of this article’s scope. We’re interested in reading your feedback. Could this map make things more clear to you? Did we miss a category? Where do you find yourself within this map? Did you make a transition in the past months from one category to another? What is your reasoning? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below.

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#Freedom4Braves: Speak up for the Egyptian Detainees!


Since July 3rd 2013 over than 22,000 Egyptians of different ages,and social and political backgrounds have been a target of a brutal crackdown by the state.

Many calls and actions were made for the arrest of the international journalists and celebrity activists. However, the international community and the international media demonstrated an unexplainable bias in their type and amount of coverage and solidarity when it came to the ordinary Egyptian detainee, the school student, the mother, the grandfather, and all the Egyptians who have been victims to this oppressive crackdown.

#Freedom4braves is a an online campaign that was initiated to raise awareness about this important issues.

#الحرية_للجدعان

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Innocent Youth in #Egypt’s Prisons


Since July 3rd, 2013, thousands of Egyptian citizens have been victims of random arrests. Thrown in unbearable security camps and prison cells, and treated in the most inhumane ways.

In this gallery, we try to bring a few of their stories, that we are able to verify, to non-Arabic speakers who are being trapped in the mainstream media information bubble.

This gallery only matters to those who are sincerely pro-Humanity. Those who stand for justice and human rights no matter what. Other folks with conditional solidarity policies don’t matter anyway and may pretend seeing nothing and move along with their fans.

To be updated..

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Israeli Apartheid Week 2014


Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is an international series of events that seeks to raise awareness about Israel’s apartheid policies towards the Palestinians and to build support for the growing Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.

Read the full call out, find out more about how to participate and check out the list of events.

Many supporters of BDS have submitted their messages to the world. You can submit yours too. Via Jews for Palestinian Right of Return and Christians United For Palestine, and I Acknowledge Apartheid Exists.

Read the full call out, find out more about how to participate and check out the list of events.

UK and US: February 24-March 2
Europe: March 1-8
Canada: March 3-11
Palestine: March 8 – 15
South Africa: March 10-16
Brazil: March 24-28
Arab world and Asia: TBA

For more, please visit http://apartheidweek.org/

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Mainstream Media Disinformation on #Egypt (2)


Egyptian activists have published a video on Feb 14, 2014 exposing another “mistake” by the controlled mainstream media.

The video translates an important part from the recorded conversation between the deposed president, Dr. Morsi, with his lawyer Dr. El-Awa, which was leaked to Al-Watan newspaper.

The conversation was twisted by the AP coverage through their Egyptian reporter. In her article, she claimed that Dr Morsi views the protests as “useless”.

Blindly, the misleading reportage was repeated in Time, The Times, The Telegraph and many other famous international mainstream media.

Regardless of whether you think the protests were really “useless” or not. Listen carefully to the leaked conversation and find out yourself whether Dr Morsi said that the protests are useless, and whether Maggie Michael, the AP reporter, was honest.

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We are All Machiavelli | #Egypt


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Dr Bassem Youssef

Article by Dr Bassem Youssef, originally in Arabic, published by ShoroukNews, on Tuesday, February 11, 2014. Translated to English by Operation Egypt.

The week preceding July the 30th.

Anxiety, tension, fear of the future.

A foreign journalist asked me: “What do you think will happen next week?”

I repeated my favorite answer: “If there’s anything that we have learned from the last two years, you must make sure that you can’t predict what will happen in Egypt”

Then I added what was really concerning me: “I do not know what will happen but I can tell you that if June 30 passēd without a real change, the Brotherhood will be more emboldened against us”.

That was the general feeling. Whether you are happy about deposing Morsi, or had objections about what happened later, I am confident that this was the prevailing sentiment: What would the Brotherhood do to us? Even the opponents of military intervention in politics were concerned about what might the Brotherhood do if they crossed the “ambush” of June 30.

I remember that in the last week in June, I have watched a video on YouTube filmed and produced by Brotherhood youth. That was clear from the name of the producer, which has filmed other clips in favor of Morsi, as well as, of course, the obvious dullness and the Brotherhood’s killer sense of humor.

The video shows someone looking like “scum” who is supposed to represent those who would respond to the “rebel” campaign. Whenever he chanted against Morsi, a young Muslim Brotherhood with a well built body and well groomed clothes emerges to slap the June 30 supporter. The video goes on until the young religious man eliminates the other guy in a way that is supposed to be “funny”. However it is a clear incitement of violence and even murder. But in fact they were not in need of this video, as the climate in the presence of Morsi was already charged with threats and intimidation. Their programs were filled with accusations of apostasy that spared no one.

I remember the private media condemning and deploring this aggressive and inciting style. I remember how “our” channels used to rise up to attack those popular assemblies, the incitement of violence and murder in the name of religion.

I also remember how “our channels” used to ridicule the use of religion in favor of the Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood. Sentences such as “God have sent Morsi to [save] Egypt” and “What could the Prophet do in a hundred days so that you question Morsi now” and “He’s the grandson Omar ibn al-Khattab” and others were the subject of mockery and strong criticism.

Today, what a surprise, the image is completely flipped. However you do not find private channels (frankly, it is the only ones remaining) moved by the spreading calls of murder and incitement and without any evidence.

Today religious scholars and preachers come out to say so confidently that voting “yes” on the constitution is a religious obligation, and that God has sent Field Marshal Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi for us. That anyone opposing him is a sinner and that the constitution “pleases God and his messenger”. That Al-Sisi is of the descendants of “Al-Hussain” and that he and the Minister of Interior are from the “Soldiers of God”.

These statements get to pass while “our channels” are as if not there. It seems that after confirming that Morsi is not the grandson of “Omar ibn al-Khattab”, maybe they are still investigating the possibility that the Field Marshal is the grandson of “Al-Hussain”.

I remember the incidents of the cabinet sit-in when Khalid Abdullah (Morsi supporting preacher and broadcaster) used to broadcast leaked videos from security surveillance cameras there to defame the protestors and those in the opposition. So, a man in the media displays videos supposedly from surveillance cameras controlled by the security authorities, and displays it to the public in blatant violation of privacy, is a clear conviction for the authorities that allowed the display of these clips.

Today our channels do not mind if the propagandist broadcaster, close to the authorities, violates the privacy of the same people and in a filthier manner. So if the authorities leaks surveillance videos for the bearded guy yesterday, why not leak private phone calls to today’s propagandist. In both cases their argument is caring about the country.

We did not mind throwing Molotov cocktails at the palace of Morsi, but we will not tolerate those who raise their hands with the four fingers gesture (Rabia).

We have mobilized channels and analysts to attack the constitution written by the Brotherhood, however we will not allow anyone to show his opposition to the current constitution.

We turned the world upside down about the Nile dam in Ethiopia, and Morsi used the subject for domestic (political) consumption and mobilized his supporters in a conference that’s not less idiotic than his handling of the crisis. In the end, we got nothing from it but a headache and a few nice jokes about them.

Today the authorities tell us that the Ethiopia dam issue is just fine and there comes out a strategic analyst and says that Ethiopia was terrified of our Constitution, and once again we use the dam crisis for domestic (political) consumption, but in style.

In the meantime, the construction of the dam continues in full swing while our media is not there.

The Brotherhood who now complain to everyone of repression did not care about the killing of opponents in front of the presidential palace of Ettihadeya or in Mokattam, and have we been in their place after June 30th, they wouldn’t have spent a single tear on us. Then they would have used the argument by the British Prime Minister, which is now being used against them: “it is related to the national security don’t talk to me about human rights”.

By the way, they have used this argument before in their programs, so this is not some kind of a crystal-ball revelation or prediction.

Also by the way, this argument is taken out of its context.

Although we are all talking about ideals, the fact is that each and every one of us has a small Machiavelli inside. Ideals and ethics concern us only when we are the weaker party.

We like the U.S. newspapers when it attacks the Brotherhood. We highlight the investigations by Fox News about terrorism and extremist groups. However, we accuse the same U.S. media of treason and bias and unprofessionalism, whenever it criticizes the current interim government and the repression of the police.

You attack this writer or that one, then you use their articles that attack your enemies on your Facebook page, when the content matches your mood.

Brotherhood said that I am a clown and that sarcasm is forbidden by religion, and “do not make fun of other people”, yet now they publish my content on their pages when it serves their case. Now their youth are using sarcasm “which was a taboo”, insults, and even improper words against the military and against those who are described as coupists. On the other hand, those who stood by us during Morsi time, today accuse us of being clowns and traitors because we did not take their path.

The Brotherhood used to attack their opponents and accuse them of burning their headquarters and of attacking the police, during Morsi time because it abuses of the prestige of the state. Yet now their pages proudly publish videos where police cars are being burnt and Molotov cocktails are being thrown at police officers in their armored vehicles. To hell with the prestige of the state until Morsi is back.

Brotherhood were strongly cheering for the Minister of the Interior. They even said that he has presented his approval credentials by suppressing the opposition demonstrations. Those anti-Brotherhood accused him of belonging to the Brotherhood, and even accused Al-Sisi of the same thing too, long before falling in love with them now.

It’s all about who the majority are and who has the power. It has nothing to do with ethics or ideals. It’s a jungle where the country, the region, and the entire planet are for the triumphant.

We love human rights, but for which humans? We love democracy, but which democracy?

The humans who is on our side and the democracy that only brings us to power.

I will not be fooled by the Brotherhood, their bragging, whining, or their false apologies such as: “let it go this time and we will be nice”. The only difference between them and the current authority is that they had not been well enabled yet.

I will not be fooled by the pretenders of liberalism and freedom. Their tailored liberalism and selective freedom. If they dispute they transgress, just like their Islamist enemy.

I’m not criticizing or attacking you. I am just like you, and I don’t try to brag with false idealism. Maybe if I was in charge I would have turned into another Machiavelli. Maybe I was going to coat my fascist actions with sweet talk about patriotism or religion. As I told you, we are all Machiavelli. Banners that we raise about our love for Sharia and Liberalism, are nothing but attempts to beautify ourselves in the mirror and a justification to please our consciences with, while breaking the most basic principles of Sharia or the finest degrees of liberalism.

Maybe it is better to stop pretending. Maybe it is better to try to justify our actions by appending a description to the sentence that describes Egypt, such as an Islamic state or a civil state.

Maybe it is better for us and for future generations that we change our name to “The Machiavellian Republic of Egypt”.

The name alone explains a lot.

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Press Release no. 03 (10-2-2014) #Egypt #OpEgypt


Unlike what the mainstream media says, the regime in Egypt has never changed since January 2011. Back then, millions of Egyptians thought their dream of a dignified life is finally becoming possible. They followed calls for demonstrations organized by not much known folks, from which a selected set of personalities were later polished and called “revolutionary icons”. After 18 days of struggle, came the core of the regime, with the help of the Muslim Brotherhood elites and other opportunists, and implemented a deal to kill the popular protests and split the bounty.

The supreme council of armed forces (SCAF) removed Mubarak by force, put him on a series of farce trials, and unconstitutionally appointed itself as the new head. They tried in several ways to avoid handing power to the people and remained in power for about 18 months during which serious violations to human rights took place in several events against those who tried to speak up and challenge their ruling. Under pressure they orchestrated a farce presidential elections under no parliament or constitution.

It wasn’t long until the newly elected president became hated by a broad sector of the people. Everything he said or did was self-destructive. Once again, millions of Egyptians were mobilized to demand a new president via early elections. At this time the core of the regime has repeated its 2011 coup once again with the blessings of the western powers. All the change the people of Egypt get is in the labels only.

Many people were happy with the removal of Morsi, just as they were happy to see Mubarak removed. However the situation is much more complicated than that. Now the regime is more ready to do anything to protect its bounty. Killing hundreds more and detaining thousands of innocents while justifying its acts as patriotic via the fraud mainstream media and with the help of those in the “free world”. They promised full independent investigations over the massacres that followed the second coup. Seven months have passed and the doubts about their lies became more obvious.

About time

Egypt will only see stability when there is justice. However real investigations and realizing justice appears to be not on the agenda of those in power. Why would a killer willingly bring himself to justice?

Since July 3rd 2013 we have been busy on multiple fronts including closely monitoring both sides, the pro and anti coup. However our focus then was centered on exposing lies presented by the anti coup which were being mostly ignored and misreported by the English speaking mainstream media. In the meantime, several other English speaking anti coup outlets that we previously recommended have been actively focusing on reporting regime violations and crimes.

We admit that Operation Egypt has deviated from its fundamental principles in multiple occasions in the past months.  However, we have the courage to confront ourselves and the ability to correct our direction to once again become inline with our core principles. Especially in standing for justice even as against ourselves.

The true face of those so called “revolutionary icons” and western journalists who claim neutrality has become more obvious despite their continuous denial of their hypocritical selective solidarity and their justification of double standards and bias. When three of “their” fellow activists embark on hunger strike in jail and so do dozens of “other” innocent activists the double standards becomes unmistakable.

It’s about time for more efforts to come together in order to identify and extend bridges between real revolutionaries who are still out there struggling peacefully to strongly confront the ugly regime and its fellow hypocrites.

That said. From now on, the focus of Operation Egypt will Re-expand to include the following:
– Stressing on the state of justice in Egypt from a human rights perspective.
– Confronting the hypocrisy, lies and fabrications of both the Egyptian and western media.
– Exposing the hypocrisy and mistakes of the western powers in regards to their stances on Egypt.
– Challenging the misconceptions in the non-Arabic mainstream narrative about what’s really going on in Egypt.
– Reporting on the stories that go missing in the western media.
– A few other things that you don’t want to know about..

We call upon the free people of the world to join us and help the people of Egypt realize their dreams via peaceful struggle.

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