December 16, 2012

In Egypt, the Elite vs. the Unwashed

Haroon Siddiqui, Toronto Star

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Deep divisions between Islamists and secularists have brought Egypt to the brink of economic and social disaster. That’s the truth but not the whole truth. There are several other fault lines — civilians vs. those in uniform; democrats vs. autocrats; moderate Islamists vs. the ultra orthodox; and displaced beneficiaries of the old order vs. emerging new power brokers.

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