Nov 3, 2013–Tomorrow, a military prosecution of Egypt’s elected president Mohamed Morsi begins. The show trial is being staged by the country’s new military rulers. Morsi is charged with the “murder” of protesters outside of the presidential palace in December 2012. He will defend himself, as he refuses to recognize that the military tribunal before which he will appear has any legal or constitutional authority.
US Secretary of State JohnKerry arrived unexpectedly and unannounced today in Cairo. The U.S. has refused to name the overthrow of Morsi as a coup. The U.S. has curbed certain sales of military equipment to Egypt since the coup, but it calls that event a step in a “democratic process” that it hopes and expects to continue. It recognizes the regime in power and it’s been business as usual since July 3. Several thousand opponents of the July 3 coup in Egypt have died from the police and military repression that followed. supporters of
Egypt’s Anti-Coup National Alliance has called for a day of protest tomorrow in Egypt as well as internationally.
Notwithstanding the widespread repression in Egypt today, a leader of the Egyptian Socialist Party, Mamdouh Habashi, writes in a recent e-mail commentary, “The uprising of millions on June 30th 2013 which led to the fall of the Muslim Brotherhood, we see it as the beginning of a new wave of the revolution…”
An informative article in The Guardian today by its correspondent Patrick Kingsley examines the politics underlying the Morsi trial and the tense political situation in Egypt today.