Who’s Up for Another Egyptian Election?

Or riots, if you prefer, though one usually leads to the other:

A top Egyptian opposition leader Saturday urged a boycott of parliamentary elections in April, describing them as “an act of deception.”

Mohamed ElBaradei is one of the leaders of Egypt’s National Salvation Front, a coalition of opposition groups.

In a tweet from his official account, he called for the boycott, just like he did three years ago.

“Called for parliamentary election boycott in 2010 to expose sham democracy. Today I repeat my call, will not be part of an act of deception,” it read.

Guess who else isn’t loving the Brotherhood?

Following are excerpts from an interview with Egyptian Nubian leader Osama Farouq, which aired on Dream 2 TV on January 12, 2013.

Kitala emerged due to the increasing abuse by the Freedom and Justice Party, and its efforts to marginalize the Nubians, erase their identity, and embarrass them. Despite all the oppression, abuse, and marginalization that we have suffered over the past 100 years, we had hoped that the revolution would be successful and would bring to power a just leader, who would take care of our problems.

However, on many occasions, the Muslim Brotherhood has revealed that it is a colonialist movement. They did many things, such as shutting down this very TV channel.

In response, we have decided to say: We have behaved in a civilized manner for 100 years. No more.


Interviewer: What does kitala mean in the Nubian language – a warrior or fighting?

Osama Farouq: The word comes from “warrior,” or “battle,” and means the worst – it means that you should expect the worst, and respond accordingly.

But more importantly, the Muslim Brotherhood benefitted from the revolution, and did not contribute a thing to it.


Interviewer: Does the word kitala mean fighting the Muslim Brotherhood?

Osama Farouq: Let me respond in a few words: kitala means expecting the worst.

Interviewer: By “the worst,” do you mean an armed operation?

Osama Farouq: Think whatever you like, but honor is more precious to us than anything, more precious even than blood. I’d rather die a free man than live a life without honor.

Nubians are traditionally more dark-skinned than your average Egyptian, more African than Arab. And they have Obama’s intervention to thank for the Muslim Brotherhood.

With apologies to Kanye West, it’s President Obama, not President Bush, who doesn’t like black people.

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