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[Editor-in-chief Cornelis Hulsman: we received this analysis from a friend of Arab-West Report. It is an interesting analysis but I do not fully agree and made my remarks in the text below.
Days after a law banning trial of civilians before military courts was passed, Egypt's Justice Minister ‘Ādil ‘Abd al-Hamīd on Wednesday (June 13) gave the country's military police and intelligence agents the right to arrest civilians over wide range of suspected crimes. [Samar al-Jamal, ‘Alyā’...
Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court ruled on Thursday, June 14th about two major political cases that had been brought before court: Were the past parliamentary elections constitutional? Is the Political Isolation Law Parliament passed valid? This law bans members of the former regime from...
  The Islamic Jihād leader Yāsir Sa'd announced that a number of Islamic Jīhad members support presidential hopeful Ahmad Shafīq, former Prime Minister, in the coming presidential elections. He said that voters have a choice between a civil state represented by Shafīq and a religious state...
Aswan is nearly empty of any banners or placards of presidential candidate Ahmad Shafīq because supporters of his Muslim Brotherhood contender Muhammad Mursī are setting them on fire in a bid to intimidate his voters, who are working for Shafīq’s campaign in silence. [Muwaffaq Abū al-Nīl, al-Ahrām...
 As we stand on the threshold of the final round of the presidential race. The tug-of-war between the two finalists- the liberal Ahmed Shafik and the Islamist Mohamed Mursi – to win votes is at its fiercest. Voters realize, however, that the contenders may be obscuring their true colours behind the...
Shaykh Yāsir Burhāmī, the deputy leader of the al-Da’wah al-Salafīyah group, said the appointment of a Copt as vice president runs counter to the sharī’ah because a vice president could represent the head of state in many of his powers, adding the president’s faith must be compatible with the state...
Penetrating the Coptic boycott against Muslim Brotherhood’s presidential candidate Muhammad Mursī for the first time, two envoys of Bishops Bula and Armiyā, one of them a businessman, held a secret meeting with Secretary General of the group’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) ‘Isām al-‘Iryān. [...
  In a fierce verbal attack, Mahmūd al-Ghizlān, spokesman of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), accused presidential candidate Ahmad Shafīq of lying and representing the old, bloodstained regime. He totally rejected Shafīq's comments about the MB and its candidate Muhammad Mursī, denouncing them as “...
The headlines in the West will read, ‘Mubārak sentenced to life imprisonment.’ They may also say, ‘Egyptians take to the street in protest.’ Confused? Unless one reads more deeply the obvious connection must be that protestors wanted his head, literally. The reality is rather simple, just not...

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