Posted by vmsalama on April 6, 2012
Look who’s visiting Washington!!
Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Woos Washington
By Vivian Salama
The Daily Beast
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There was once a time when U.S. officials shunned Arab Islamist parties, frowned on their election victories, and denied them U.S. visas. But times are changing.
Delegates from Egypt’s Freedom and Justice Party, a group affiliated to the Muslim Brotherhood, are in Washington for their first official visit since Hosni Mubarak was toppled last year. Only days after announcing their party’s candidate in the first presidential election since the revolution, the visiting delegates have met with members of Congress and White House officials and held public discussions at Georgetown University and Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Outlawed under the Mubarak regime, members of the Muslim Brotherhood and more hard-line Salafist parties have emerged, not surprisingly, as a powerful force in the Egyptian elections, thwarting the secular groups that are believed to have been the drivers of last year’s revolution. As a group that founded itself on the principles of grassroots activism, the Muslim Brotherhood has long resonated with the people of Egypt, where at many as 30 percent of the population lives below the poverty line, according to the United Nations.
The delegates sent to Washington were all articulate English speakers, two of whom hold doctorates from U.S. institutions. They were non-evasive, answering impassioned questions from the Georgetown audience about religious persecution and Sharia law. The message was not specifically linked to Islam. They did not criticize—or even mention—Israel. They stressed that Egypt is open for business and encouraged free trade and foreign direct investment. (more…)
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Posted by vmsalama on July 19, 2005
DEFINITELY one of my favorite stories in a while!
CHICAGO (AP) — There’s a flip-flop controversy at the White House, and this one has nothing to do with President Bush and John Kerry.
A photo of Northwestern University’s national championship women’s lacrosse team, taken during the athletes’ visit to the White House last week, shows four of the nine women in the front row wearing flip-flop sandals along with their dresses and skirts.
The choice of footwear has prompted a mini-controversy — a flip-flop flap, if you will.
A front-page story in the Chicago Tribune included the headline “YOU WORE FLIP-FLOPS TO THE WHITE HOUSE?!” inspired by an e-mail sent to player Kate Darmody from her older brother after he saw the photo on the team’s Web site.
Family members of other players expressed similar dismay, insisting the summer footwear staple was too casual for a visit with the president.
“Don’t even ask me about the flip-flops,” said the mother of player Aly Josephs. “It mortified me.”
During an appearance Monday on NBC’s Today, Darmody and teammate Shelby Chlopak said players planned to auction off the flip-flops they wore to the White House, with the proceeds to go toward a fund for a 10-year-old girl with a brain tumor.
The women have defended their attire, arguing they wore a dressier version of the casual sandal.
“Nobody was wearing old beach flip-flops,” said Josephs, who wore a $16 brown pair with rhinestones.
Darmody, 22, added: “I tried to think of something that would go well with my outfit and at the same time not be that uncomfortable. But at the same time not disrespect the White House.”
In 2001, Bush’s daughter Jenna, then 19, wore black flip-flops in court, along with pink capri pants and a sleeveless black shirt, when she pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of being a minor in possession of alcohol.
The term “flip-flop” was used heavily during last fall’s presidential debates when Bush repeatedly accused Democratic opponent Kerry of switching positions on issues.
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