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Archive for September 2011

Egypt and Turkey, an Axis against Democracy?


The Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan began his highly publicized “Arab Spring” tour in Cairo this month as part of an effort to strengthen relations with the new government following the ousting of President Hosni Mubarak. Thousands of Egyptians rushed to greet the Turkish Prime Minister, chanting “Egypt, Turkey – one fist”. Although plans … Continue reading

How the Embassy Protests may Harm the Palestinian Cause


In a previous article “A New Egypt and Israel’s Border Distraction” published on the 4th of September, I argued that Egyptians should not fall prey to the growing anti-Israeli sentiment. I explained that while I believed the anger on the street was legitimate it threatens to derail the primary objectives of Tahrir, and that Egyptians … Continue reading

Israeli Embassy Raid in Cairo, Pointless Setback for Democracy


September 9th was to be a day of protests in Tahrir Square not seen since prior to the month of Ramadan. Known as “correcting the path” amongst organizers, it was to express frustration at the military’s handling of the Mubarak trials and such. Here is a translation of the demands from a website (http://www.elshaheeed.co.uk/): Egyptians … Continue reading

Egypt – Neoliberalism versus Liberalism – are they the same?


Mubarak’s brand of Liberal economic policies has given Liberalism a bad name. However, Liberals, me included, insist that there is a difference between Mubarak’s economic model, and the liberal economics espoused by the predominant majority of developed countries in the World. I felt that the term Liberalism is not well understood and that a significant … Continue reading

A New Egypt and Israel’s Border Distraction


In his farewell address, George Washington, the first President of the United States, warned the leaders of his new country to “steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world.” As a new country, the greatest need was to pay attention to internal priorities which included political stability and economic independence. This … Continue reading

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