The Trouble With Egypt

The Trouble With Egypt

by Karim Abuawad

Since the night the Tunisian people forced their dictator to flee the North African country, I’ve been hearing people anticipating that the same fate would fall on the Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. In fact, the similarities abound between the situation in Tunisia and in Egypt: Tunisia’s Zain Bin Ali ruled for 23 years, Mubarak has been in power for 29, both of them amassed enormous fortunes, both have created “royal families” that rule so-called republics, both of them have been indifferent to the high level of unemployment (especially among highly qualified people and university graduates), and, finally, both had governments which for years have been described as “governments of businessmen.”

It is also worth mentioning that Egypt and Tunisia are countries that have well developed civil societies that are politically mature. This is important because these ingredients could mean the difference between the establishment of more democratic societies and utter chaos. READ MORE

What Would a New Egypt Look Like?

What Would a New Egypt Look Like?

by Alejandro Moreiras

If Hosni Mubarak vacates his Presidential seat to make way for free elections in Egypt, what would a new government look like?

At the moment the figures most likely to capture a leadership position in such a scenario are Omar Suleiman and Mohamed El Baradei. Suleiman is an old hat, Mubarak just made him Vice-President (a post that did not previously exist) in the hope to appease the massive protesting crowds. People like him, he has the reputation of a moral man, and before these demonstrations he was considered a possibility for succession, he or the son Gamal Mubarak. But as recently as this was, it was another time. In the past two weeks the social and political climate in Egypt has changed dramatically. READ MORE