A trip through Brotherhood websites

Bitterness and conspiracies are abundant on the front pages of a number of Muslim Brotherhood websites that are not only dedicated to rebelling against the current pro-military regime and military institutions, but also against political leaders who choose to support them.

The Muslim Brotherhood-affilated Freedom and Justice Portal reported “the most dangerous secret in the current electoral battle” on Tuesday’s front page. The story, citing Al Jazeera’s Ahmed Mansour, describes presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi, the main rival of Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, as hesitant to pursue his campaign.

According to the portal, however, Sabbahi is also concerned with pulling out from the contest, in which results are “predetermined,” because “he is being threatened with legal action on corruption cases that the judiciary has ignored for the last three years.”

The portal, using Mansour as a source, said that Sabbahi has thought of pulling out but was threatened with these cases, which can allegedly send him to prison indefinitely. Thus, Sabbahi is forced to remain in the running in order to “continue the show” of what they called the “presidential referendum.”

The same website moves on to attack the Salafi Nour Party spokesperson Nader Bakkar on the party’s choice to support the military in an attempt to remove the Brotherhood from power.

The headline of the story reads, “a new hashtag the size of Bakkar,” and refers to an interview where Bakkar condemned Brotherhood leader Mohamed al-Beltagy of running away from the Rabea al-Adaweya sit-in the day it was forcibly dispersed by the police, leaving his daughter behind shortly before she was killed.

The story purports that the youth on Twitter have started a hashtag to mock the young leader, which has become the number one hashtag in Egypt. “Bakkar’s comment has caused fury among the youth of Facebook and Twitter who condemned him strongly,” the piece stated. It is unclear where the hashtag ranking came from.

Political leaders aside, Brotherhood websites moved on to address issues that activists are raising against the current regime. One example is the campaign to stop the government from using coal as a source of energy due to its polluting effects.

The Ikhwan Online website cited a study shared by political analyst Steven Cook, who works with the Washington DC-based Council on Foreign Relations, highlighting the dangers of coal for energy production. The study explains how coal will harm the environment and won’t be conducive to real economic development.

The same website mocked the Electricity Authority campaign dubbed “turn off the lights,” which is a call to crowd source reports about streets where lampposts are lit in daylight. “The Coup Regime thinks that this way they are managing the situation and presenting a solution to a crisis that each household suffers from,” the piece read.

Moving on to criticizing the state of society under military rule, the Freedom and Justice portal reported on how the Alexandria Library will start a learning program for contemporary dance. “The program has witnessed controversy, as some see it as another way of distracting Egyptians from serious issues, and as a form of moral decay that is pursued by the authorities of the coup.”


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