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22 Feb, 2014

Asia Times Online: Egypt back to her old ways

LONDON – A catchy new tune is circulating in Egyptian social media pages. The song, which gives a symbolic description of current events, is sung by an artist who is known for his strong leanings towards the revolution of January 25, 2011.

Yasser Elmanawahly stayed true to his ideals even when they clashed with those in power following the fall of Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak. He was scathing about the reign of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, and he did not pull punches in criticizing the rule of the country’s first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi.

Today, following the coup that overthrew Morsi and the subsequent crackdown on dissent and on freedoms of conscience and speech, the stakes are much higher. When public and private media outlets sing the praises of the de facto ruling military regime under General Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, and when political disagreement with that junta could have you put behind bars on trumped up charges or simply six-feet under, now is not an ideal time to release a song about the emperor’s new clothes.

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