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Three Pieces on the developments in Egypt

January 31, 2011










related links:

FAQ: U.S. Aid To Egypt

Phyllis Bennis – Tunisia’s Spark and Egypt’s Flame

Gideon Levy (Haaretz) – Egyptians Won’t Play Israel’s Game

Hellan Cobban – Why Washington Was So Blind To Egypt

Pepe Escobar – The Brotherhood Factor


Haider Khan: Egypt: What’s Next

Haider Khan

Events in Egypt have unsettled the media pundits and Western academic advisers alike.  After all, how can the recipient of the largest amount of U.S. foreign aid in the Arab world and a close U.S. ally be in such dire political trouble from within?

As a CNN pundit put it recently, “among Arab nations Egypt enjoys a near-unparalleled relationship with Washington.”

But now Washington is worried. to continue… click here

note: Haider Khan teaches at the University of Denver’s Korbel School of International Studies

Jesse Myerson’s Blog: Dispatches From My Couch

Jesse Myerson

On January 25, as the Egyptian revolution began, President Obama was ascending to the podium to deliver his second State of the Union address. Understandably, there was not much by way of foreign policy discussion in that piece, but Obama did, in response to the recent Tunisian uprising, echo President Bush’s second inaugural address, proclaiming “tonight, let us be clear: The United States of America… supports the democratic aspirations of all people.” At press time, as we enter yet another period of defied curfew in Cairo, the most radical defense the U.S. has mounted of the Egyptian people’s democratic aspirations was this morning’s call from Secretary of State Clinton that General Mubarak engage in a national “dialogue” about reform. Well, I’m sorry, madam, but the Egyptians have had their dialogue, and it has sounded variously thus: to continue…click here

Jesse Myerson: up and coming political commentator; theater producer and director; contributor, `The Busy Signal’

Juan Cole: Egypt’s Class Conflict

Juan Cole

On Sunday morning there was some sign of the Egyptian military taking on some security duties. Soldiers started arresting suspected looters, rounding up 450 of them. The disappearance of the police from the streets had led to a threat of widespread looting is now being redressed by the regular military. Other control methods were on display. The government definitively closed the Aljazeera offices in Cairo and withdrew the journalists’ license to report from there, according to tweets. The channel stopped being broadcast on Egypt’s Nilesat. (Aljazeera had not been able to broadcast directly from Cairo even before this move.) The channel, bases in Qatar, is viewed by President Hosni Mubarak as an attempt to undermine him. to continue…click here

Juan Cole is a professor of Middle East Studies at the University of Michigan…he has done much to reorient the field of study to make it more objective, more scholarly. He writes `Informed Comment’ – one of the better commentaries on Middle East affairs.

Demonstration for Egyptian and Tunisian Democracy. Denver, Colorado. January 30, 2011. photo credit: Mourad Ksouri

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