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Egyptians have been walking the road to hell over the past few weeks, characterized by a frightening polarization between Islamists and non-Islamists and a harsh battle of wills between the president and the judiciary. President Mohamed Morsy’...
  Among the supreme ironies of the legacy of US policy in Egypt is that the economic reforms Washington invested in for decades are at risk of unraveling due to the lack of serious political reforms. The United States aggressively pursued...
The Tunisian uprising raises so many questions that it is difficult to focus on only one or two, but one of the intriguing aspects of the January 2011 events is that they simultaneously strengthened and smashed several longstanding pieces of...
Egypt’s 28 November election and its 5 December run-off solved one problem for the ruling party--by removing the Muslim Brothers from the parliament--and created a host of others, including draining nearly all remaining credibility from the...
As Egypt heads toward elections for the lower house of parliament on 28 November and the presidency in 2011, Cairo’s officials have got their story straight and they are sticking to it: This proud nation needs no international observation of...
Among the intriguing scenes playing out in the lead-up to the 28 November parliamentary elections has been the throngs of would-be candidates vying for nominations from the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP). More than 3,000 members have...
International observers are for newly independent states without the institutions needed to run elections--unlike Egypt--according to Moqbel Shaker, vice chairman of Egypt’s National Human Rights Commission. Shaker reportedly provided this...