Under Morsi: Red Lines Gone Gray (Part 2/2)

Oct 11, 2013

Political cartoons are useful survey instruments for mapping permissible speech in Egypt. This is the last of a two part series. Read part one here. Throughout Mohammed Morsi’s year, artists performed new acrobatic feats along the red lines. Operating within (and around) explicit and...

Under Morsi: Red Lines Gone Gray (Part 1/2)

Oct 04, 2013

Political cartoons are useful survey instruments for mapping permissible speech in Egypt. This is the first of a two part series. The job of political cartoonists is to push the envelope. But what happens when the size and shape of the envelope changes? That, in effect, is what has been happening...

Egypt: A Coup or the Will of the People?

Jul 30, 2013

Morsi's ouster shows that the march towards democracy is far from linear. Background Egypt's political history was turbulent in the 20th century. After the failure of the “liberal experiment” in the 1940s, the Free Officers Movement, led by Colonel Gamal Abdel Nasser,...

Did Anti-Morsi Protesters Violate a Principle of Legality?

Jul 05, 2013

To analyze events in Egypt, the unjust legal or constitutional arrangement needs to be explored. Several months ago, a group of young Egyptians began a petition to remove elected President Mohammed Morsi from office. This campaign culminated on June 30 in massive protests that raised the same...

Morsi: How Valid is the Criticism Against the President?

Mar 05, 2013

The Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is being heavily criticized. However, the complicated situation in Egypt urges the observer to take a closer look. Stephan Roll scrutinizes the five most important points of criticism. First: Morsi Placed Himself Above the Law Last November, Mohammed...

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