Although past ‘uprisings’ have been quickly snuffed out, the latest calls for mass protests have been more strategically savvy and explicitly violent than usual.
The committee tasked last year by interim President Adly Mansour with investigating the violent consequences of the June 30 uprising released its final report today in an international press conference. The report focused for the most part on the dispersal of the sit-ins at Rabaa al-Adawiya and Nahda Squares, but it also featured sections considering violence on university campuses and violence faced by Coptic Christians.
The current U.S. strategy to destroy the Islamic State is likely doomed to fail. In fact, it risks doing just the opposite of its intended goal: strengthening the jihadis' appeal in Syria, Iraq, and far beyond, while leaving the door open for the Islamic State to expand into new areas.
Mohammed Tawfiq, a former leader of the Construction and Development party, recently asserted that the Muslim Brotherhood—which is banned as a terrorist organization in Egypt, Russia, Syria, and Saudi Arabia—has been using “porn actresses to stir up discord between Muslims and Christians ahead of November 28.”
Coptic Solidarity 2014 Conference
The Annual Conference was held in Washington, D.C. on June 26-28, 2014.