The Muslim Brotherhood, a terrorist organisation?


This piece initially published in The Globe and Mail

The designation of the Muslim Brotherhood group as a terrorist organization is the most recent example of a growing political agitation in Egypt, a new climax of an ongoing crisis that has shattered Egyptian society and its political establishment.

For months, since the ousting of president Morsi, there has been an open confrontation between the Brotherhood and the military-backed interim leadership. Both claim legitimacy; the Brotherhood claims electoral legitimacy and the interim leadership claims popular legitimacy after the June 30th uprising against Morsi. The outlawing of the Brotherhood is a bold move, albeit a risky one, by the interim government to assert its authority as the representative of the State and people of Egypt against a defiant group that still thinks it has the means and ability to challenge the State.

The attack on security headquarter in the Egyptian city…

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