Tuesday, November 29, 2011
PoliticsEgypt: Parliamentary Elections: Polls now closed, Christians fear Freedom and Justice party Muslim-Brotherhood-dominated Shariahist5s
Christian Science Monitor (November29,2k11)
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Every voter will choose two candidates from their governorate and one local list of candidates, often including candidates from multiple parties. The more votes a list gets, the more candidates on its list will be in parliament.
The Democratic Alliance for Egypt
The Democratic Alliance for Egypt, which counts among its members the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), was the first electoral coalition to emerge after Egypt’s uprising. The alliance extended an offer of membership to every party in Egypt, and began with 28 parties. Its membership surged to 40 at one point, but has since dropped to 11 [parties] and is now dominated by the FJP.
According to Egypt Elections Watch – produced by online magazines Jadaliyya and Ahram Online with the Arab studies programs at Georgetown University and George Mason University – the FJP tops the Alliance’s electoral lists.
The FJP is fielding more than 500 candidates in the parliamentary elections, compared with only 16 from Al Karama Party and 15 from Ghad Al-Thawra. These are the only significant parties other than FJP that are left in the alliance, according to Egypt Elections Watch.
Some prominent parties who were initially members left the coalition:
- Al-Wafd Party– this liberal party left the coalition in October, saying that there wasn’t enough room for both parties on the Alliance’s electoral lists; the incompatibility between the FJP’s Islamist agenda and Al-Wafd’s secular emphasis created problems.
- Al-Nour Party
– this Salafist party said it left because it was being “marginalized” by the liberal parties in the Alliance’s decisionmaking process; some observers say it actually left because the Brotherhood was crowding out its candidates at the top of the lists.
– this Salafist party said it left because it was being “marginalized” by the liberal parties in the Alliance’s decisionmaking process; some observers say it actually left because the Brotherhood was crowding out its candidates at the top of the lists."The Copts should blend into Egyptian society and there should not be a religious symbol (in politics) that would influence people's decision," said Emad Abdel Ghafour, head of the ultra-conservative Islamist Salafi Al-Nour party." -- See Reuters article below "Egypt’s Christians seek to be heard in election where Islamists favoured".
- Democratic Front Party– said it left because a partnership with Islamist groups violated its principles
- Al-Tagammu Party– objected to Islamist members’ calls for the establishment of an Islamic state and sharia
- Egypt vote is on, despite deadly protests. How will the Muslim Brotherhood do?
- As Egypt votes, a surprising calm. But real test still to come
- View all lists
Reuters Blog (November 29, 2k11)
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Egypt’s Christians seek to be heard
in election where Islamists favoured
PhilippinesTerror: Zamboanga: 'Predominantly Christian trading hub' sees pensioner budget hotel, 3 dead from bomb, 27 wounded
Huffington Post (November 27,2k11)
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My comment: The Philippines has been under terror-attack threat and actual attack for many years, mostly from the religio-ethnic Moros in the Southern Philippines, a nation of many islands. The society which the USA claims is its best friend in the Asian Pacific has had lots of trouble with its ruling elite, another former President now being tried for graft. Perhaps the terrorists, some 546 miles from the nation's capitol city of Manila, were atttempting to flank the current focus of attention by activists who are supporting the indictment, for trial before the country's Supreme Court, of former President, Gloria Arroyo.
In this situation of juridical and media focus elsewhere, the terrorists in the South who have long sawt an independent Islamicist state based on Shariah law, may have wanted to get in front of the news of the day and perhaps especially the h+level of focus on the activists. Becawz the Philippines has developed a relatively large-university educated middle class, the non-Muslim demographic that is traditionally Roman Catholic and increasingly Protestant has been a factor in seeking and supporting free news media, free enterprise, and civil rights.
However, there is a second source of terror to be found in the Maoist guerrillas that operate in areas where the largest demographic subsists, the urban and rural poor. Thus, the poor, who have not been able to struggle their way out of a rather squalid poverty, are the largest social concern constantly reminding civil society to seek more effective measures to release these neibors from the cycle of misery.
Atilano Pension House Explosion:
At Least 3 Killed, 27 Wounded
In Philippines Hotel Blast
Monday, November 28, 2011
Financial Times via iPolitics Canada (November 23, 2k11)