Planet Egypt: MB official website: Potatoes shaped like Rab3a appears in Port Said http://t.co/CZT7V8uICU
I have a friend who once rented an apartment to Bassem Ouda. Said he was the best/most honest tenant he's ever had. http://t.co/P83tiFF2g2
Data visualisation on global wealth inequality http://t.co/zz4nkPRptK via @aalamwassef
#Egypt: Public prosecutor makes Wikileaks blunder | Mada Masr http://t.co/LpBwah17uO
@kinggary's latest on censorship in China: state allows criticism, but censors posts w/ "collective action potential" http://t.co/ggIjWTbaEe
Rebel-made video tour of regime positions in Hama province. V useful in visualizing Syria's rural battlefields. http://t.co/96h4vA3Ggu
Why Egypt Needs Proportional Electoral System?
What's wrong with Single Seat Majoritarian System?
My appearance on Fox News to discuss attacks on Churches in Egypt http://t.co/JrqUHRo8yi
Gen Sisi's full Aug 18 remarks (video, ar): bookmarking. worth watching again http://t.co/ArdVMvYLD0
The interesting thing about this is certainly El Katatny wanting to destroy Israel. https://t.co/xzw0xMX8Wr
This article pretends that Muslim American Society's ties to MB debatable: http://t.co/7C6P41pYH8 But Egypt MB ldrs told me MAS = US MB.
"First: If reform is a matter of principle, why the long wait before demanding it, and why the previous conciliatory and accommodating rhetoric about the judiciary, including judicial figures now deemed controversial?
Second: If there is a genuine desire for purging and reform, where are similar plans and calls for the even more problematic Interior Ministry?
Third: With the country at its most polarized, with political-based violence on the rise, and the struggling economy gasping for air, is it really the best time to single-handedly attempt to take on such a controversial issue, with its deep and lasting reverberations, giving credibility to accusations of trying to dominate the state by forcing the judiciary into submission? Would it not be better to first try to build a strong national consensus on reform?
Fourth: Should the Shura Council be the institution responsible for judicial reform? Should such an effort be the responsibility of the forthcoming House of Representatives given that the Shura Council is an advisory body, was elected by around 7% of the electorate, has a “temporary” legislative role only in the current absence of the lower house of parliament, and is supposed to focus on urgently needed consensus legislation?
Fifth: Does touting slogans of judicial reform and independence bring into question one’s credibility when the mechanism used by the president to appoint the prosecutor general has been widely denounced as usurping judicial independence, has led to public, political, and judicial outcries, and the prosecutor general is at the heart of a national political conflict?
Sixth: The reasons for the more benign verdicts in a plethora of revolution-related cases were said to be the result of flawed and insufficient investigation, evidence collection and prosecution (whether intentional or otherwise) with blame from the judicial performance side often countered with fears of the consequences of politicized verdicts. With the president having installed his preferred prosecutor general, in office for months, why does little seem to have changed in this regard?
Seventh: A little more than two years after the revolution, amid deep national distrust and polarization, is it wise for the Brotherhood to float the idea of transitional justice and so-called revolutionary trials in some cases outside the traditional court system? With the Morsi administration growing increasingly unpopular, would such a move be widely viewed as an attempt to bring the state further under its control and remove any political threats?
Eighth: Egypt’s judicial system is already incredibly slow, inefficient, and understaffed. Cases can take months or years to adjudicate. The Brotherhood’s recent moves raise the question of how the system could manage to function after the dismissal of hundreds or thousands of judges. In addition, they raise the question of how these judges are to be replaced and by whom, with some accusing the Brotherhood of orchestrating these judicial cuts to bring more of its supporters and sympathizers into the system instead. "
That the handoff took place at all--following the first truly democratic presidential elections in Egypt’s history and without violence or bloodshed--was in itself remarkable. Peaceful transitions from military to civilian rule are very rare, and rarer still do they happen so quickly. It marked an auspicious start for Egypt as this ancient land stepped tentatively into the new territory of real, participatory democracy, with all the trials and tribulations that followed.
s Secretary Kerry said last week to our Congress, the Egyptian military deserves a lot of credit for turning over the government to civilians and returning to its core mission of protecting the country. And, there is no going back, either to military rule -- which the highly professional Egyptian military rejects -- or to an authoritarian ruler who interferes in the daily life of Egyptians and curtails their freedoms. Let me be clear: a military intervention is not the answer, as some would claim. Neither the Egyptian military nor the Egyptian people will accept it as an outcome.
isappointment in the democratic transition was predictable, I suppose, given the very high expectations: I remember looking at polls right after the revolution, which indicated that Egyptians believed both their well-being and their incomes would increase sharply
It is imperative that Egypt’s democratically-elected leaders do the same; that they work to find common ground with those who loyally oppose them in order to move forward and tackle the great challenges facing this country, not the least of which is a weakened economy. The future of Egypt depends on the ability of the Egyptian government to effectively represent all Egyptians.
No one said the democratic transition would be an easy one for Egypt or for any other country, and I am not suggesting that we be anything less than clear-eyed about the challenges ahead.
BBC video: #egypt revolution brings golden age for tomb raiders — http://t.co/5D5ayK4ncx #antiquities