(American Center for Democracy) -- While the world’s attention is on Obama’s twists and turns on Syria, there are important developments in Egypt. It appears that the military, with help from Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states, is busy successfully suppressing the Muslim Brotherhood.
Egypt’s interim government has announced that 40,000-55,000 unlicensed imams who deliver the “khotba” (Friday sermons) have been stripped of their right to preach and will have to reapply for their licenses. All those without preaching certification from Al Azhar University will not be allowed to preach. Al Azhar, depoliticized but operating under government pressure, will serve as the arbiter of which religious voices will be heard in Egypt on Fridays, and those who are Brotherhood advocates will be ousted.