Egyptian Court Bans Muslim Brotherhood

On Monday, an Egyptian court outlawed any and all activities of the Muslim Brotherhood in the country and ordered that the group’s assets to be frozen and seized by the government. “The court bans the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood organization and its non-governmental organization and all the activities that it participates in and any organization derived from it,” the judge said.

The Muslim Brotherhood, the party of the recently ousted President Mohamed Morsi, has been under increasing pressure from the military-backed government. Morsi was elected in the country’s first free elections, in 2012, following the Brotherhood’s winning a plurality in the Egyptian parliament. After the July coup that pushed Morsi out of power, military forces killed hundreds of Brotherhood supporters and arrested thousands more.

The Brotherhood was outlawed by Egypt’s President Nasser in the 1950s, a ban that stood until 2011, though the government had allowed it to be an increasingly active political force.

Most Popular


Romney Is a Misfit for America

Mitt’s back. The former governor of Massachusetts and occasional native son of Michigan has a new persona: Mr. Utah. He’s going to bring Utah conservatism to the whole Republican party and to the country at large. Wholesome, efficient, industrious, faithful. “Utah has a lot to teach the politicians in ... Read More

Fire the FBI Chief

American government is supposed to look and sound like George Washington. What it actually looks and sounds like is Henry Hill from Goodfellas: bad suit, hand out, intoning the eternal mantra: “F*** you, pay me.” American government mostly works by interposition, standing between us, the free people at ... Read More
Film & TV

Black Panther’s Circle of Hype

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) first infantilizes its audience, then banalizes it, and, finally, controls it through marketing. This commercial strategy, geared toward adolescents of all ages, resembles the Democratic party’s political manipulation of black Americans, targeting that audience through its ... Read More