Life Just Got Suspiciously Good in Egypt
Muslim Brotherhood remains defiant as Ramadan begins
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jul 11, 2013 7:53 AM CDT
Supporters of ousted Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi demonstrate after the Iftar prayer in Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt, July 10, 2013.   (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

(Newser) – Apart from all the political unrest and mass killings, Egypt has suddenly become a much better place to live—to a degree that the New York Times thinks is frankly suspicious. No sooner had Mohamed Morsi been ousted than the country's energy crisis seemed to vanish, with long lines at gas stations suddenly disappearing and power cuts ending. Police are back on the streets as well. Muslim Brotherhood supporters think the sudden turnaround is a sign that Mubarak-era personnel were sabotaging Morsi's Egypt.

"This was preparing for the coup," a Morsi administration spokesman said. "Different circles in the state, from the storage facilities to the cars that transport petrol products to the gas stations, all participated in creating the crisis." Meanwhile:

  • The Brotherhood disavowed involvement in an assassination attempt on a senior army commander, the AP reports. They vowed, however, to "continue our peaceful resistance to the bloody military coup."
  • The unrest is all playing out against the backdrop of Ramadan, the LA Times points out. Tens of thousands of Morsi supporters gathered last night for a mass demonstration, a sign that the holy month will not dissipate the tensions.
  • BBC correspondent Frank Gardner worries that all this could coalesce into a "holy war," as religious rhetoric flies, and guns seep in from Libya and the Sinai peninsula.

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Jul 12, 2013 1:32 PM CDT
looks like morsi was using obama`s tactics to control the people ! he`s gone now so things are returning to normal !
Jul 11, 2013 12:31 PM CDT
Goes to show WHY Democracy don't work in class society's where the biggest monkey rules. IF they lose, they simply gum up the works so nothin' works if they doin't get their way- its like Our Way or the HighWay Uh come to think of it, isn't that sorta' like how our 2-party system works here in the USA? too many Changos
Jul 11, 2013 11:25 AM CDT
Maybe they should replace our Christian Brotherhood and our oil prices would go down as well, along with everything else. Or maybe they want to squell the protest by giving them carrot. Look at Greece, they don't like something they take it to the streets and government has to listen. In America we don't like something we get on loptop and type comments and nobody listens.