Le Figaro on the crackdown on the MB

Tangi Salaun has a good article about the crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood in Le Figaro, looking it the regime's fear that the MB could become a legitimate interlocutor for foreign powers, notably the US, as one explanation for the crackdown. This aspect of things, even if not a prime motivation for regime-MB relations, is often overlooked in the US media. He also highlights the widespread condemnation in the independent media and among prominent state press columnists, who have been calling for the state to adopt a more intelligent and conciliatory attitude towards the MB (I am talking here about people like Magdi Mehanna and Salama Ahmed Salama, who are not at all MB lovers.)
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Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.