Egypt is in the midst of a revolution (China Daily reporting "Egypt to finish constitution amendments in 10 days"), and everyone on the planet is genuinely curious how the country will evolve (The Economist ponders, "Where now for Egypt and the region?"). We should put things into perspective though. A new constitution and a newly elected government few months from now is … [Read more...] about What next for Egypt?
For the last three weeks, we witnessed something extraorgdinary in the Egypt. A unpopular leader is finally brought down by revolts in the street. A gallant people finally brought a hated tyrrant down to his knees. Yet, if one really think about it, even by the most optimistic of figures, at most (perhaps) one million people at one time or another added together protested … [Read more...] about The Narrative on the Egyptian “Uprising” / “Revolution”
The latest news out of Egypt is President Mubarak relaying his resignation through Vice President Omar Suleiman and relinquishing power to the Egyptian military. NPR reports with celebratory tone, and I can attest to it listening to it's radio this morning; all voices it carried were anti Mubarak: "It's the greatest day of my life," opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei told … [Read more...] about Mubarak resigns, Western media now sides against a “dictator” they once supported
With Egypt in turmoil and the U.S. officially "favoring" the protests (via Obama's indirect support), I've been scratching my head on what has happened to this once critical relationship. After the 1973 Arab-Israeli War, Egypt changed strategy 180 degrees to embrace the United States. Egypt then struck a peace accord with Israel, a critical step for the U.S. strategy in that … [Read more...] about Egypt’s foreign aid, a poison pill? Another lesson?
(With permission from author.) "F.A.Q. on U.S. Aid to Egypt: Where Does the Money Go - And Who Decides How It's Spent?" by Marian Wang ProPublica, Jan. 31, 2011, 4:53 p.m. The protests in Egypt have prompted renewed questions about the U.S.'s aid to the country - an issue that the U.S. government has also pledged to … [Read more...] about F.A.Q. on U.S. Aid to Egypt: Where Does the Money Go—And Who Decides How It’s Spent?