This just in on the BBC:
Egypt protests: Muslim Brotherhood 'to join talks'
Egypt's most influential opposition group, the Muslim Brotherhood, says it will enter talks with officials on ending the country's political crisis.
The group told Reuters the talks would begin on Sunday and would assess how far the government was "ready to accept the demands of the people".
The negotiations would be the first ever to be held between the government and the officially banned Brotherhood.
President Hosni Mubarak has rejected protesters' demands that he quit now.
Mr Mubarak - who has been in office since 1981, tolerating little dissent - has said he will not stand in elections due in September. ...(More here)
Organization: The Muslim Brotherhood has gone through several incarnations. It was founded as a youth group that used education and propaganda to spread its messages. In 1939, the organization was organized as a political party. In 1942, the group created a created a militia called the "Secret Apparatus." that used terrorist tactics within Egypt. It was outlawed by the Egyptian government in 1948, recognized in 1950 as a religious group, and banned again in 1954. In 1984, it was recognized as a religious organization but it still has not been recognized as a political party (members in parliament ran as independents).
A number of groups and figures who espouse terrorist tactics were taught or influenced by the Muslim Brotherhood, such Ayman Al Zawahiri, who founded the Egyptian Islamic Jihad (in part because he wanted an organization that would make more effective use of violence in the service of jihad), and Hamas, the Palestinian group that began as a branch of the Muslim Brothers.
However, currently, as Robert Leiken and Steven Brooke point out in the March/April 2007 Foreign Affairs magazine, "jihadists loathe the Muslim Brotherhood … for rejecting global jihad and embracing democracy."
A Powerful Social Welfare Organization: The Muslim Brotherhood has always provided social welfare to poor Egyptians, from health care to books and subsidies for university students. [all emphases mine] (source)
Doesn't that all sound terribly familiar? It does to me... Today I have been reading that the Muslim Brotherhood is not on the US State Dept list of banned terrorist groups. Some people have gone to great lengths to paint them all as benevolent social agencies. But there could well be a good reason why there is no listing of the MB on any US terrorist watch list. From Canada Free Press - and this is not a recent article:
This year a friend of mine from the CIA, named Bob Baer wrote a very good book about Saudi Arabia and terrorism, it's called Sleeping with the Devil. I read the book and I got about a third of the way through and I stopped. Bob was writing how when he worked for the CIA how bad the files were.
He said, for example, the files for the Muslim Brotherhood were almost nothing. There were just a few newspaper clippings. I called Bob up and said, "Bob, that's wrong. The CIA has enormous files on the Muslim Brotherhood, volumes of them. I know because I read them a quarter of a century ago." He said, "What do you mean?"
Here's how you can find all of the missing secrets about the Muslim Brotherhood -- and you can do this, too. I said, "Bob, go to your computer and type in two words into the search part. Type the word "Banna," B-a-n-n-a. He said, "Yeah." Type in "Nazi." Bob typed the two words in, and out came 30 to 40 articles from around the world. He read them and called me back and said, "Oh my gosh, what have we done?"
What I'm doing today is doing what I'm doing now: I'm educating a new generation in the CIA that the Muslim Brotherhood was a fascist organization that was hired by Western intelligence that evolved over time into what we today know as al-Qaeda...(This article, titled The Muslim Brotherhood, Nazis and Al-Qaeda, has as it's sub-header 'Read it and weep.' It IS a must read here.)
Hamas IS on the Public Safety Canada current listing of 'terrorist entities.' Go take a look, here. No the MB is not specifically listed, (and Hamas is) but it is no surprise since much of what the MB do is "secret."...
For those who would shrug and say that what happens over there is nothing to do with us, I offer this from TerroristPlanet.com:
The Muslim Brotherhood In AmericaMany American Commentators have labeled the Muslim Brotherhood as "radical Islamists" deeply hostile to America. Hostile to any government that is unwilling to convert to Islamic Law and governing. So why in the 1960's did the organization establish a chapter in the United States? After all America is a democracy. There was not a strong Muslim presence in the United States. America is friend and ally to Israel the arch enemy of fundamental Islam. Well the answer is complex but we will do our best to shed light on this very secretive movement that has changed the face of American Islam.
During the 1960's an influx of Muslims arrived in the United States to study at American Universities. Some of the students were members of the Muslim Brotherhood in their homelands and decided the best way to create unity among Muslims in America and to recruit from this pool of possible candidates for the Muslim Brotherhood was to create the Muslim Students Association in 1963. The main concentration was in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan schools. They hoped to spread the Brotherhood's ideology with other Muslims in America and provide support for the new Muslims arriving yearly to take advantage of the American education system and to gain life experience. To many the transition from the Muslim world to American culture was too dramatic and they felt too isolated due to their beliefs. The purpose of creating these types of organizations in America was to make the transition for Middle Eastern Muslims easier.
There was not a lot of attention paid by Americans to the influx of the Muslim students arriving more and more frequently as each year passed. Many believed it was an educational and a cultural exchange. To many Muslim students this was exactly what it was. However much light was revealed on the organization at the university level of the Muslim Brotherhood Chapter in the United States. In government exhibits presented in the United States of America vs. Holy Land Foundation it presented the following information:
This is a very interesting article for the scope of MB in the US. Go here.
In Canada? You betcha. Found an interesting article:
Muslim Brotherhood infiltrates Canada with lawfare — and RCMP approval