Scott Horton Interviews Adam Morrow

Scott Horton, December 21, 2011

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IPS News journalist Adam Morrow discusses his article “Muslim Brotherhood Looks Beyond Tahrir;” the Islamic political parties sweeping Egypt’s parliamentary elections; continuing protests from Egyptian liberals, frustrated at getting trounced in the polls; the meeting with US Ambassador Anne Patterson, Senator John Kerry and the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party; and whether Egypt’s second-place – and very conservative – Islamic party will inspire more paranoid talk of a burgeoning Islamic caliphate, poised to conquer the world and convert your children.

MP3 here. (20:01)

Adam Morrow writes for Inter Press Service News Agency.

7 Responses to “Adam Morrow”

  1. EGYPT DEMOCRACY — DICTATORSHIP BY 51% MOST WEALTHY

    Adam Morrow
    “This relatively small incident of a few hundred protesters is overshadowing a much, much, much more important developments of these unfolding elections, which actually represent the first free elections that Egypt has had in at least 30 years. This is an incredible, incredible watershed for democracy which I would expect the US media would focus on that much, much more then they would on these small violent clashes.“

    During all the years of Mubarak, there was the 50% thinking-class, the 50% laboring-class and you can guess which half owned all the wealth with all enjoying good jobs, quality homes and decent healthcare. But then, if you believe the fairy tale that 95% of Egypt lives on $2 a day, then you have this illusion floating around in your brain that 95% of Egypt is squalid broken down slums.

    So, the Muslim Brotherhood being most conservative in politics, establishing that they are all of the 25% most wealthy in society, to protect their excessive wealth surely they need a big military to rule over society.

  2. Just wanted to say that I look forward to hearing Adam Morrow's perspective. He seems like someone who knows what he's talking about.

  3. I'd like to see where you got the statistics about who is voting – i.d., that they lower classes haven't voted. The Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafis have worked for the poor all along – providing food, medical care, etc., out in the streets. That's why so many people support them – and because they are not corrupt.

  4. ummabdulla
    “where did you get the statistics… that they lower classes haven't voted.”

    (1) Normally only 40% of eligible voters in Egypt go to the poles.

    (2) The thinking half of society, the 50% most educated and wealthy who own all wealth and power, they have everything to loose in an election and most are sure to vote.

    (3) The manual laboring half of society, the 50% who have always been impoverished, they have nothing to gain by voting and not so fool are they as to waste time voting for their set of dictators.

    (4) You are of the 50% most educated and wealthy. That is why you refuse the light.

  5. ummabdulla
    “The Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafis have worked for the poor all along – providing food, medical care, etc… That's why so many people support them – and because they are not corrupt.”

    (1) The Muslim Brotherhood are stanch conservatives like the generals, are of the 25% most wealthy exactly like the generals and were the only religious party that the generals allowed to participate in politics

    (2) “The new electoral law favors the former members of the Mubarak regime, but also the richest political parties… including the Muslim Brotherhood…” http://www.asianews.it/news-en/The-new-electoral-

    (3) For only one reason do over a billion children in the world suffer hunger, the 25% most educated and wealth hoard excessive wealth.

  6. Muslim Brotherhood — Best choice

    Over 80% of Egypt is Muslim, a harmless religion from what I have seen as they are pacifist except when attacked and faced with mortal danger.

    So, a giant step toward true democracy would it be if the Muslim Brotherhood were to rule Egypt. Still, the laboring class lower half of society would continue to suffer want, for the 50% most educated and wealthy always vote in a way that best allows them to accumulate wealth.

    Democratic perfection would be to not allow the 25% most educated and wealthy to vote or fund politics, as that would give the lower half of society half the vote, half the power and equal control of government.

  7. FRIDAY PROTESTS — MASSIVE

    From the balconies in Cairo overlooking Tahrir Square, tens of thousands of laboring class people as far as the eye could see. “There are also protests in other cities, in Suez and Alexandria. Lots of different demonstrations, but one clear message: that the SCAF needs to hand over power to civilians,” she said. And most were in agreement, that voting with the dictatorship in power was to be a traitor to the Revolution.

    Also in a different part of Cairo there were several thousand from among the 50% most educated and wealthy, as all they talked about was the need for “stability… stability… salability…” And not hardly a one who did not vote.

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