Had a column come out in the latest edition of New Humanist.
More than six months after the fall of Hosni Mubarak, politics in Egypt is dominated by three main contests, playing out in distinct if not isolated arenas, against the backdrop of elections scheduled for November, but already postponed once.
One is the ongoing battle on the streets. Tahrir Square has seen violent clashes since the fall of Mubarak as protesters battle with the military, police and the thuggish para-security force known as the baltagiya for control of the square. Other cities such as Alexandria, Suez and Fayoum have also been rocked by dissent.
Protesters want the prosecution of former regime figures and police responsible for violence, an end to the emergency law and the military’s ban on strikes and protests, and to the punitive military trials to which thousands of civilians have been subjected since the initial uprising. Those put through these courts have included hundreds of protesters and bloggers such as 25-year-old Maikel Nabil, who is serving a three-year term for writing online criticsm of the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF).
The SCAF have promised their reign is only a transitional step, but…
Read the rest here.