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Egypt Eyes Legal Restrictions, Military Measures after Sinai Attacks
By Reuters

Egypt is considering expanding the jurisdiction of military courts and displacing thousands of residents to enlarge a military buffer zone near the border with the Gaza Strip following an attack on security forces in the area.


Mubarak Nostalgia Is the Winning Strategy in Egyptian Politics Right Now
By Eric Trager

In 2007, Suleiman al-Hout had a problem. Local officials in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia refused to license the food-cart from which he sold kebda, or fried liver, a common Egyptian street food. At first he asked a relative who sat on Ismailia’s local council to intercede on his behalf, but to no avail. So Hout took matters into his own hands. He walked into the local headquarters of then-President Hosni Mubarak’s National Democratic Party (NDP) with one simple question: “How can I vote for you?” 


Democracy Is Often Misunderstood, with Tragic Results, Says Stanford Classicist
By Veronica Marian

Drawing from ancient democracy and modern game theory, Stanford classics and political science Professor Josiah Ober warns that contemporary assumptions about democracy can lead to unrealistic expectations of what democracy can deliver.


Less than a decade after Iraq became a democratic state, the country is once again battling nationwide violence and terrorism.


‘Political Order and Political Decay,’ by Francis Fukuyama
By Gerard De Groot - WP

Book review: POLITICAL ORDER AND POLITICAL DECAY: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy, By Francis Fukuyama, Farrar Straus Giroux. 658 pp. $35


A few years ago, I rented a house near Naples in Italy. On handing over the keys, the landlord cautioned me not to drink the tap water. Apparently the Mafia, which controlled trash collection in the area, had buried rubbish illegally, causing toxic waste to leach into reservoirs. That explanation was followed by a characteristically Italian shrug, suggesting fatalistic acceptance of an insoluble problem.


At Least 31 Soldiers Killed in Sinai Attacks, National Mourning Declared
By Ahram Online

Three security personnel killed at a checkpoint in Al-Arish just hours after 28 soldiers die in a car bomb attack in Sheikh Zuweid

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