December 17, 2013

Egypt's Bleak New Draft Constitution

Michael Totten, World Affairs Journal

The Associated Press

A nation’s constitution should be a consensus document if it’s to have any kind of lasting legitimacy, but that’s not what Egypt is going to get. Instead Egypt is going to get the legal codification of a single faction’s political platform. We should not be the least bit surprised if Egypt gets several more before one finally sticks.

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December 12, 2013
The Destruction of Alexandria's Heritage
Iason Athanasiadis, Monitor
The penthouse of a multi-story, brick high-rise erected close to the city center yields up sweeping views across Alexandria’s historic bay and old town. The apartment on Sultan Husayn Street — a leafy boulevard... more ››
December 16, 2013
Is Egypt's Sisi-Mania Legit?
Trudy Rubin, Philadelphia Inquirer
The reasons many liberals - and a huge number of ordinary Egyptians - came to love a general reflect the huge obstacles to building a democracy in Egypt. But the Sisi story isn't over yet. more ››
December 17, 2013
Obama Is Losing Egypt to Russia
Jonathan Tobin, Commentary
As much as the president’s efforts to pull back from the Middle East may resonate with those Americans who are sick of conflict, a policy of retreat is not one that stands up to much scrutiny. Thus, although the public... more ››
December 12, 2013
Is Ukraine the Next Egypt?
Job Henning, The National Interest
The crisis in Ukraine is more of the same—but with perhaps even greater risks. This time, it was the EU that advanced a strategy that was overconfident, unrealistic, and premature, while the US looked on with a distracted eye. more ››
December 9, 2013
No, 100,000 Christians Won't Be Martyred
Tom Chivers, The Telegraph
A chilling blog post by my colleague Alan Johnson this morning documents the horror of religious violence against Christians: there have been brutal stories, recently, about attacks on ancient Christian populations, in Iraq, in... more ››