Egypt’s Next Chapter

With the likelihood that former Egyptian Defense Minister Abdel-Fatah El-Sisi will win the upcoming Egyptian Presidential election, remarkably little is known about his views or what policies he will adopt. In the West, most of the commentaries written about him are by those who opposed the removal of the Morsi Government and are at best skeptical of the transition plan instituted by the transitional government.

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The Spoiler on Egypt’s Elections

The preliminary results signal that the Sisi era is here, but don’t discount the January revolution after just three years

 

Former Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has achieved an overwhelming victory in the early (preliminary) results of the presidential election’s expat vote.

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Sisi: A New Nasser or a New Sadat?

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has repeatedly been compared to former Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser, but his own words suggest that the late president Anwar al-Sadat – who won popularity early in his tenure but ended his life unpopular and resented – may be the more instructive comparison.

In the first of Sisi's televised interviews, he was asked if he saw himself as a new Nasser.

"I wish I was like Nasser," he replied. "Nasser was not, for Egyptians, just a portrait on walls but a photo and voice carved in their hearts."

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The Tyranny of Blasphemy Laws

Lawyer is murdered for defending a poet accused – without evidence - of insulting the Prophet on Facebook

 

“I used to feel my life was too straight, too linear.”

The speaker was Junaid Hafeez, a young poet and Fulbright scholar from the south of Pakistan, telling a radio show host in 2011 why he had given up studying medicine for a life in literature. Today, he is in jail on a blasphemy charge that carries the death penalty, and is mourning the lawyer who was murdered earlier this month for defending him.

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The Muslim Brotherhood Thinks It’s Winning Again

The dangerous delusions that will determine Egypt's future

Since the uprising-cum-coup that ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi last summer, Washington has encouraged the Muslim Brotherhood and the military-backed government to pursue “reconciliation.” Nearly a year later, however, neither side appears interested in conceding anything to the other. 

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