Shades of Russia 1917 as Muslim Brotherhood moves into vacuum
After having sat on their hands during the February revolution that overthrew the Czar, Russia's Bolsheviks were not going to let another opportunity slip by when October brought renewed strikes and unrest to Petersburg. They took over in a largely bloodless coup with relatively few men.
In post-revolutionary Egypt, where hope and confusion collide in the daily struggle to build a new nation, religion has emerged as a powerful political force, following an uprising that was based on secular ideals. The Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist group once banned by the state, is at the forefront, transformed into a tacit partner with the military government that many fear will thwart fundamental changes.
It is also clear that the young, educated secular activists who initially propelled the nonideological revolution are no longer the driving political force — at least not at the moment.