December 21, 2012

Egypt's New Constitution Enshrines Socialism

Bill Frezza, Forbes

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It isn’t every day that the world gets to watch the birth of a new constitutional democracy. As the political drama in the land of the Pharaohs unfolds, the Western commentariat seems totally focused on the extent to which Egypt‘s new constitution will be informed by Sharia law. Alas, nary a peep can be heard about a far greater threat to Egypt’s freedom and prosperity.


The drafters of the new Egyptian constitution are blessed with having the history of two centuries of constitutional democracies to study. Evidence abounds on what works and what doesn’t, of which economic policies lead to rapid growth and which to stagnation and bankruptcy. Yet with all this information at their fingertips, the Egyptian people appear set to go to the polls to endorse …...

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December 16, 2012
In Egypt, the Elite vs. the Unwashed
Haroon Siddiqui, Toronto Star
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... more ››
December 16, 2012
So, What Did Egyptians Really Vote For?
Dina Samak, Ahram Online
With turn out at just 33 pct in the first phase of Egypt's constitutional referendum, Ahram Online's Dina Samak says Egypt's political elite have lost the support of the man on the street. more ››
December 18, 2012
Muslim Brothers vs. the Liberal Street
Mike Giglio, Newsweek
As demonstrators massed outside Cairo’s presidential palace last week, 20-year-old Mohamed Shawky—a veteran of Egypt’s revolution with scars to prove it—was caught up in an angry crowd, pressed against a tall concrete... more ››
December 15, 2012
Obama Walks Fine Line in Egypt
David Kirkpatrick, New York Times
Tanks and barbed wire had surrounded Egypt’s presidential palace and crowds of protesters were swarming around last week when President Obama placed a call to President Mohamed Morsi. Mr. Morsi and his allies in the Muslim... more ››