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It's not about democracy versus Islamist theocracy in Egypt, right? The Muslim Brotherhood were democratically elected, which mean that even if they skew the political process to ensure they always remain in power, well, that's democracy, right? Right?

Big media newswires like Reuters would have you believe that the main conflict in Egypt is between counter-revolutionary Mubarak-loyalist (can there truly be such a thing anymore?) judges and a democratically-elected Muslim Brotherhood that is intent on changing the country for the better (even if the changes thus far mainly involve a consolidation of power that even the last dictator never had.

Surprisingly, Egyptians aren't buying this -- and may have finally figured out that Islam isn't the solution if the objective is extracting your country from hellhole status. They're still fighting back against Morsi's decrees.

Officers fired teargas at up to 10,000 demonstrators angered by Mursi's drive to hold a referendum on a new constitution on December 15. Some broke through police lines around his palace and protested next to the perimeter wall.

Sadly, 10,000 might not be enough:

Despite the latest protests, there has been only a limited response to opposition calls for a mass campaign of civil

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The Propagandist Magazine political commentary essays propagandaThe Propagandist's Allies are continuing the essential fight for your freedom... and the right to quaff a beer while wearing no pants while in the comfort of your own home. These are core values that must never be surrendered.

Here are the latest dispatches from the front:

We've never had any illusions about what the Muslim Brotherhood and associated Islamist theocrats mean for Egypt and the wider Middle East. Apparently, we're not alone. An excellent appraisal by Ben Jefferies in the Huffington Post:

It will not turn out so - despite the fervent prayers of some who seem to think Morsi is waging some sort of democratic jihad against the evils of the junta of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces. Egypt is not a flourishing (or even emerging) democratic state that respects human rights and the rule of law - despite the all the special pleading for clerical fascist Islamists being shamefully made by the Western left in the name of their long-time addictions to spurious theories of anti-imperialism and third-worldism. Bien-pensants may engage in wishful thinking as much as they like; but the simple facts are that the Muslim Brotherhood is not a moderate, democratic force for good and there is nothing progressive about the rule of clerical fascists who hate Jews, women and homosexuals in the name of their god.

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sharia law whip cane flog woman human rights egypt muslim brotherhood political revolutionThe Muslim Brotherhood may become a major political force in Egypt after this revolution is done. It may even become the dominant one. While Western commentators debate just how secular (not) or extreme (very) the Muslim Brotherhood is, there's no debating their commitment to Islamic sharia law as the blueprint for running society.

Sharia law based on (arbitrarily defined) religious injunctions is fundamentally opposed to the legal systems we have set up in the West. And while some will attempt to whitewash the practical consequences of sharia law wherever it has been imposed (eg. "This isn't real sharia. It's a cultural thing. It's being misrepresented), the examples of outrageous - some would say, barbaric - rulings by sharia-minded authorities around the world are too numerous to properly get one's head around.

For instance, in the latest example of sharia justice carried out this week in Bangladesh, a 14-year old rape victim was locked up and later tried for "immoral sexuality". She was sentenced to 200 lashes of the...More >>

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