Organizations Using the Internet
Modified 24 August 2005
- Almurabeton, Al-Jama'ah Al-Islamiyyah, and Hizb Al-Ikhwan Al-Muslimoon (Muslim Brotherhood Movement or Islamic Group) -- Hard-line Islamist anti-government movement(s) funded by Osama bin Laden (also see the al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden section). They may be the same organization, at the very least they have parallel goals and support each other. Much of the activity has been centered around Assyut. They operate mainly in the Al-Minya, Assyut, Qina, and Sohaj Governates of southern Egypt, and have support in Cairo and Alexandria, particularly among students and unemployed graduates. World-wide presence in the U.K., Afghanistan, Yemen, and Austria. Behind the massacre of tourists at Luxor in November 1997, earlier sporadic attacks on trains, and an assassination attempt on President Mubarak in 1995. Since words usually with a "j" sound in other Arabic dialects (e.g., jebel, meaning "mountain") have a "g" sound (gebel) in the Egyptian dialect, and since spelling Arabic words with the Roman character set is usually an approximation at best, these may be spelled in various ways. Al-murabeton were the Arab and Berber warriors that conquered Spain in the 700's.
- Save Egypt Front and al-Inqaz (Salvation) -- al-Inqaz is an anti-Mubarak radio program carried on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite, run by the London-based Save Egypt Front. The organization seeks constitutional and political reform including Mubarak's removal from office. http://www.saveegyptfront.org/
- Two organizations strongly criticizing the human rights record of the current Egyptian government:
- Narus, a major U.S. corporation, has sold the Egyptian government the equipment it uses to control and monitor telecommunications.
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