Egypt: Looking Forward

September 03, 2013

In seeking to understand Egypt's unrest, it may be helpful to reach back into US history. My friend network wrote a comment about my last article on Egypt quoting de Tocqueville, stating that political Islam was incompatible with democracy. A more accurate description might be that...

Egypt: A Coup or the Will of the People?

July 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,...

Egypt’s Revolution is Not a Liberal Conspiracy

July 23, 2013

Analysis on Egypt is often marred by a revisionist vision of history.  In response to Reza Pankhurst's article in Fair Observer, let me be blunt: “Liberals” do not make up a large percentage of the population in Egypt, no matter what his definition of the term is. In the main...

The US Bogeyman in Post-Coup Egypt

July 23, 2013

In Egypt, the US has become the bogeyman for both the revolutionaries and the Muslim Brothers. The Saudi-supported military overthrow of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi on July 3, 2013, following massive demonstrations against him throughout Cairo and Egypt, presented the United States with a...

Mubarakism Without Mubarak: The Struggle for Egypt (Part 2)

July 18, 2013

Call it a coup or not, but Egypt now has Mubarakism without Mubarak. This is the second of a three part series. Read part one here. In the case of Mohammed Morsi, the media campaign against him and the Muslim Brotherhood, most prominently on CBC and ONTV satellite channels (both owned by members...

Egypt: Liberal Hypocrisy is No Laughing Matter

July 15, 2013

The political leadership representing pro- and anti-Morsi supporters are not willing or able to meet public demand. Bassem Youssef is the kind of Egyptian that people in the west can relate to. He was feted in western media as a cause celebre for freedom of speech after an arrest warrant was...

When a Coup is Not a Coup

July 11, 2013

History suggests that Egypt’s troubles are about to get a whole lot worse. On July 3, Egypt’s military overthrew the government of President Mohammed Morsi. Having warned of its intention to intervene, the Egyptian armed forces seized control of state media, sealed the borders, placed...

Did Anti-Morsi Protesters Violate a Principle of Legality?

July 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...

The Coup D’état in Egypt

July 05, 2013

After Morsi's ouster, all political parties must receive equal rights in the next election. With the ouster of President Muhammad Mursi, the political transformation process in Egypt has seen a major setback. Of course, the military intervention accompanied by a suspension of the constitution,...

Al-Tamarod: Rebellion in Egypt

July 01, 2013

Any political transition in Egypt must be managed by the wisest and most humble parties. We are only now starting to understand what Egyptians mean by revolution. Whatever is currently happening in Egypt, it is a strong enough urge to send up to 14 million Egyptians — perhaps the...

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