December 4, 2012

Will Egypt's Liberals Ever Win?

Tarek Masoud & Wael Nawara, Slate

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After working with Egypt’s president, Mohammad Morsi, to broker a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas last month, President Barack Obama reportedly came away impressed by his fellow former university professor’s pragmatism and “engineer’s precision.” But whatever the Egyptian president’s intellectual gifts, a good memory is clearly not one of them. After having barely eked out in a victory in last June’s presidential election, with a significant assist from liberal and left-leaning revolutionaries who saw Morsi’s opponent as a throwback to the old regime, the new president has thumbed his nose at his erstwhile allies and his promises of democracy. On Nov. 22, he issued a decree granting himself extraordinary, unquestioned...

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Michael Wahid Hanna, Middle East Channel
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November 25, 2012
Mr Morsi's Grab for Power
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November 25, 2012
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November 25, 2012
Morsi Wields a Clumsy Hammer
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