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In Egypt Follow the Advice of President Theodore Roosevelt

In Egypt Follow the Advice of President Theodore Roosevelt

“It turns out societal fault lines, interpersonal rivalries, and long suppressed power centers do not move at Internet speeds,” Sarwar Kashmeri observes in a new article in the Huffington Post commemorating the first anniversary of Egypt’s uprisings. Americans and local revolutionaries must be patient about the revolution’s transition to governance …

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The Egyptian Football Tragedy

The Egyptian Football Tragedy

At a time when all of the continent’s and indeed the world’s sporting attentions should be focused on the African Cup of Nations being played in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon instead they have to look away toward Egypt where

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News Roundup

News Roundup


Here are a few stories that I’ve been thinking about in recent days:
A new report from the Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS), Africa and the Arab Spring: A New Era of Democratic Expectations, the first …

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On Events in Egypt

On Events in Egypt


Five weeks of pretty much nonstop travel has taken its toll on, among other things, my posting and editing here at the Africa blogs. Redemption starts now! I was interviewed the other day by a reporter for The Christian Post on …

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The Ibrahim Index

The Ibrahim Index


The Mo Ibrahim Foundation has just released its 2011 Index of African Governance. I’d encourage you to follow the link and download to your heart’s content. For most of you the …

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Ranking Customer Service

Ranking Customer Service

At The New York Times Magazine, Nate Silver decided to try to apply his analytical chops to the question of “where to get the world’s best service.” He basically …

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Africa Links Deluge

Africa Links Deluge

Lots of stories have been cavorting around my head, with commentary as I see fit:
The disaster in the Horn of Africa represents what the Mail & Guardian calls “a crisis in …

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Conditionality Confusion

The Obama Administration’s refusal to condition Egypt’s military aid on political and human rights reform is congruent with Bush Administration’s policy. It is a good move, aimed at maintaining the strategic relationship.
In interviews in Egypt, Hillary Clinton and

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US Defense Secretary visits Egypt. Will he discuss defense?

US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates arrived in Egypt today in the first stop on a week-long tour of Egypt and Saudi Arabia. I suspect that Gates will make some unannounced stops in the region (to Iraq, perhaps), but I can’t verify that.

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Culling and Clashes

It’s no surprise that the residents of Egypt’s Manshiyat Nasser (also known as “Garbage City), the vast majority of whom are poor Copts who make a living in part by raising swine (as well as sorting and selling garbage), did not …

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"Barren American Policies" – Salaama Ahmed Salaama

Here is a translation I did of a March 2009 article by Salaama Ahmed Salaama (of Al-Ahram fame, now at Al-Shorouk) about recent US policy in the Middle East and America’s relationship with the Israel lobby. It’s no surprise here that despite Salaama’s comfortable relationship with the Egyptian government, he …

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Blogger Interview and Egypt Video

Check out Matthew, Nathan’s, and my interview on Egypt with the FPA here. You can also check out the FPA Great Decisions video, “From Pharaos to Facebook: Egypt Today” here.

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Opportunity in Crisis – Israel/Palestine

“Opportunity in crisis” isn’t so much rhetoric in the first days of the Obama Administration. The financial meltdown that began in Wall Street and spread to America’s working class has knocked top-ranked financiers out of a comfortable context where risk was appropriately and indefinitely hedged. Most of middle class America …

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April 6 – Where Do We Go from Here?

April 6 – Where Do We Go from Here?

The Associated Press has all but declared today’s much anticipated April 6 Youth Movement general strike a failure.
The movement had been hoping to stage numerous protests and demonstrations in the wake of last year’s April 6 strike, which led …

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AUC and NAMRU-3

A recent story in the independent newspaper Al-Masri Al-Youm has the American University in Cairo up in arms after it insinuated that AUC was providing the US Department of Defense with “information about Egypt,” i.e. “spying,” through the US Naval Medical …

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