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The Muslim Brotherhood and IS are not the same thing

Dr Walaa RamadanThis article is the second of our series on The Brotherhood vs. ISIS: MEMO reopens debate on contemporary political Islam. Read the first one here.

Today, amidst the turmoil in Gaza, Syria and Iraq, and the ongoing events in Egypt following the military coup against the democratically elected president and the all out crackdown against his political party and the Muslim Brotherhood, the debate of equating all Islamists under the same umbrella is becoming more and more common. This is particulary so with the Muslim Brotherhood; Palestine's Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood; and the Islamic State (IS), formerly known as ISIS or ISIL. However, the implications of such conflations are potentially catastrophic and may prove detrimental to hundreds of millions of moderate Muslims worldwide, who would be incriminated by such judgments.


Sisi's rule... 100 days in prison

At this time two years ago, hundreds of young revolutionaries were protesting in Tahrir Square to hold the then President Mohamed Morsi accountable for his actions during his first 100 days in office. By this time last year he had been overthrown by a military coup. His successor, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi is totally unaccountable for what he has and hasn't done in his first 100 days. Now, indeed, the revolutionary youth attend their court hearings in wheelchairs and no one can even reach Tahrir Square.


Morsi reversed: The hypocritical legitimacy in Libya and its surroundings

Dr Abdul Wahab Al-EffendiIn Egypt, the elected president is suffering in jail and his supporters are arguing that he is the sole legitimate president, while the members of the elected parliament have either been imprisoned or displaced. There is also a president who used the force of arms to appoint himself as president, and he does not recognise any legitimacy other than the legitimacy of the rifle. However, this same president, along with other countries that do not even pretend to hold elections, all support the "legitimacy" in Libya, back the "elected" parliament, and reject any opposition to its "legitimacy".


Prison letter from Dr Mohamed El-Beltagi about Al-Istiqama case, the coup and its repression

Dr Mohamed El-BeltagiThe military coup authority assumes that with the passage of time we shall forget about the root of the despicable crime it perpetrated: kidnapping the elected president, dissolving the elected parliament, suspending the constitution, murdering thousands of innocent people, imposing military hegemony and reincarnating the military state that brought disaster after disaster upon the country for the past 60 years.


International regulation of counter-revolutions

Wael QandilYou don't have to let your imagination go far or even delve deep into the world of conspiracy theories to see that there appears to be an organised movement of counter-revolutions in the Arab world. You will not have departed too far from the truth if you were to believe that the remnants of the old regimes each now have a counter-revolutionary movement that brings down Arab revolutions under the false pretext that they are sympathetic to the Muslim Brotherhood. These counter-revolutionaries act will full confidence, almost as if there is an international system that supports and backs them in every step that they take and provides them with an organisational framework.