What is far less acceptable, however, is when leading experts of Egypt policy in Washington can offer so little in terms of a constructive approach for putting Egypt on a modernist path of reform in this time of transformation. The central assumption of the CSIS's Egypt in Transition: Insights and Options for U.S. Policy is that the United States has a very limited role in Egypt and, as such, can basically not do much apart from watching on the sidelines and occasionally making a point here or there. The assumption is inaccurate and leads to a dangerous conclusion of inaction.
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Egypt has qualified to participate in just one World Cup soccer tournament since 1934. This, notwithstanding the country having a highly talented player pool, one of the oldest soccer federations, largest populations and most passionate fan bases on the continent. The reasons for this failure are educational in observing the ebbs and flows of events in Egypt since last January.
Like the mass demonstrations of Tahrir, there is real energy, passion and potential in Egyptian football that can make an impact, but there is also chronically haphazard organization, unstable leadership and a tendency to allow emotions to overtake performance holding things back. There is always a "what-if" feeling about how some young star or group of players could have been great, but for being ill-nurtured by the surrounding chaos. The forty day league stoppages to allow a group of junior players to prepare to play a friendly match, ad-hoc club decisions to pull out of tournaments, nutty decisions to grant “exclusive” licenses to televise matches to half a dozen stations, and players bowing in prayer after scoring goals on handballs or breaking down into uncontrollable bouts of tears after an adverse decision or insult from the even more emotional crowd, have all contributed to a record of underachievement.
Monday, January 23, 2012
Cause is Effect. Effect is Cause.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
In all of the desperate grasping for how Egypt can be saved from the abyss of an impoverished, Islamist tyranny, the long overdue turn of the Egyptian government to the International Monetary Fund presents an opportunity for the world to help Egypt help itself. Apart from plugging a hole in the country’s finances – caused largely by haphazard decision and indecision of the successive interim governments over the past year – IMF-linked structural reforms offer an avenue for sustained change in Egypt.
Friday, January 13, 2012
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
|Another Jewish Rabbi in Egypt|
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Even when he tries to appear accommodating to a Christian community whom he has dangerously undermined through his wrong-headed policies, he gets it wrong. In offering Christmas greetings to Coptic Orthodox Christians, President Obama is specifically excluding all non-Orthodox Copts also celebrating Christmas on January 7, and reinforcing the very prejudices that he claims to want to help Egypt overcome. Copts are Egyptians, and Egyptians are Copts, not just Orthodox, and not even just Christians. All are celebrating the birth of Jesus.
Who is advising this guy?
Who is advising this guy?