Search Results for "Mubarak" : 47

by / on November 6, 2012 at 12:01 am / in Middle East, World

Mudslinging in Denial

…ypt gained its independence from Britain in 1952, Egyptian presidents Gamal Abdel Nasser, Anwar Sadat, and Hosni Mubarak all used state-controlled media to entrench their own rule. Most recently, Mubarak manipulated and utilized public mood to two effects during his twenty-year reign. By fabricating and encouraging foreign conspiracy theories, Mubarak deflected criticism following domestic political failures and instead blamed foreign actors. Thu…

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by / on December 16, 2012 at 9:07 pm / in Middle East, World

Egypt’s Party Scene

…in Egypt. Egyptians should eliminate the first-past-the-post system to move away from an era of thinking between Mubarak cronies and the long-banned Muslim Brotherhood, and to make way for cooperation that transcends this binary. Given the original candidates, a final choice between Shafiq and Morsi – while not as polar as a choice between potential Salafi candidate Abu Ismail and Mubarak’s Vice President Omar Suleiman, would have left Egyptians…

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by / on June 20, 2012 at 7:56 pm / in Opinion, World

Egypt’s Military Coup: Take Two

…The decision of the Constitutional Court on Thursday has set the revolution back fourteen months to the days of Mubarak. The great disadvantage is that the prolonged transition period has temperered the aspirations of those who had sought a smooth transition after the fall of Mubarak. Hossam Bahgat, of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, puts it best. He notes that “Egypt just witnessed the smoothest military coup. We’d be outrage…

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by / on April 2, 2012 at 12:32 pm / in Campus

Political Minutes: The Egypt Symposium, Part I

…out of the selection vote was certainly not a good sign to that effect. Mesbah Qotb’s take on the revolution and Mubarak’s reign, “Economic Standstill and Egyptian Market Upheaval,” focused on what the economic discipline had to contribute. He outlined the major economic trends that ran throughout Mubarak’s rule and how they played a major role in both the consolidation of power and the livelihood of the nation. Interestingly, there seemed to be…

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by / on April 5, 2013 at 7:34 pm / in Middle East, Opinion, World

Egypt’s Authoritarian, Redux?

…ritics. In Morsi’s first 100 days, 4 times as many lawsuits were filed for “insulting the president” than during Mubarak’s entire 29-year reign. Meanwhile, the Egyptian economy continues to tumble, the opposition remains stunted by its own division, and the historic revolutionary passion of Tahrir has been substituted for a sense of disillusionment and apathy.  Morsi sure did replace Mubarak—one strongman for another. Yet unlike the era of Mubara…

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by / on November 18, 2012 at 11:21 am / in Middle East, Opinion, World

Israel and Gaza: One Size (Doesn’t) Fit All

…2006 Israel-Lebanon war left Hezbollah exhausted from conflict. But most importantly, on Gaza’s southern border Mubarak in Egypt was just as much suspicious of Hamas in Gaza as was Israel.  A time-old enemy of Islamist movements, Mubarak long suppressed the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt—of which Hamas is an offshoot—and preserved cordial security relations with Israel.  Not to mention, the United States still held a tight leash on Mubarak, ensurin…

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by / on May 4, 2012 at 2:19 am / in

On Economics

Illustration by Amalia Rinehart It is undeniable that the economic trends that ran throughout Mubarak’s rule played a major role in both the trajectory of his reign and the future of the nation. The popular “citizen Mubarak” who took power in 1981, declaring that “the coffin has no pockets”, slowly became the $70 billion dictator; at the same time, his early rule was characterized by a mish-mash of policies that leveraged one economic problem t…

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by / on May 26, 2012 at 9:52 pm / in Opinion, World

Run Off for Morsi, Shafiq Doesn’t Keep Promise of Egyptian Revolution

…this be problematic if Shafiq or Morsi are to assume power? A Future Reflective of the Past Let’s remember that Mubarak’s trial still awaits a verdict, and the election of Shafiq, a close member of Mubarak’s cabinet combined with the nature of the Egyptian judiciary, which is not entirely independent, would result in Mubarak being let off in a manner as not to serve justice for the families of those who died during the revolution. Shafiq’s rheto…

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by / on April 18, 2012 at 7:44 am / in Opinion, World

Desert in Bloom: Momentous Changes Sweeping the Middle East

…hairat el-Shater  of the Muslim Brotherhood (who I wrote about last column), Salafist preacher Hazem Abu Ismail, Mubarak-era opposition politician Ayman Nour, and Mubarak’s head of intelligence services and vice president Omar Suleiman, among six others. This throws the race wide open, as these candidates were widely perceived to be the frontrunners. The reasons for these bans ranged from conviction money laundering under Mubarak rule (el- Shater…

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by / on February 10, 2011 at 7:02 pm / in ACE Forum, Allegiance of College Editors

Egypt Forum V: The Return of the Google Executive

…better pay, and increased protection from the state; however, others demanded that the Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak, step down immediately. Though Mubarak has publically declared that he will not run for re-election, he also refuses to step down until the end of his term in September. In the mean time, he met with officials on Tuesday and appointed Omar Suleiman, the current Vice President, his immediate successor. As expected this concessio…

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