January 2, 2014

Egypt Is Ready to Explode

Eric Trager, The Atlantic

The Associated Press

Nearly six months after the mass uprising-cum-coup that toppled Mohammed Morsi, the key cleavages of Egypt’s domestic political conflict are not only unresolved, but unresolvable. The generals who removed Morsi are engaged in an existential struggle with the Muslim Brotherhood: They believe they must destroy the Brotherhood—by, for instance, designating it a terrorist organization—or else the Brotherhood will return to power and destroy them. Meanwhile, Sinai-based jihadists have used Morsi’s removal as a pretext for intensifying their violence, and have increasingly hit targets west of the Suez Canal. Even the Brotherhood’s fiercest opponents are fighting among themselves: the coalition of entrenched state institutions and leftist political parties that...

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Is Egypt Headed Back Toward Civil War?
Max Boot, Commentary
If Egypt’s new military rulers–pretty much the same as the old, only more truculent–want to ignite a civil war, they’re going about it the right way. more ››
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Slow Progress for Egypt's Girls
Robyn Urback, National Post
In June of this year, 13-year-old Egyptian girl Suhair al Bata’a died in a village near Cairo after undergoing a circumcision performed by a doctor. Though female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) was made illegal by the... more ››
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A Cold Winter for the Arab Spring
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The Egyptian military’s latest moves to consolidate power should come as no surprise to anyone who has watched the promise of that country’s Arab Spring wither over the last three years. Ever since the Supreme Council... more ››
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Egypt's Military Criminalizes Opposition
Washington Post
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