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The Arab Winter: amateur hour in Cairo

Precis: Egypt’s new constitution is a contradictory mess. Mohamed Morsi has made an autocratic botch of his slim mandate. The Egyptian military council (SCAF) bides its time, appointing regional governors, conducting secret trials, its vast powers still preserved in the new constitution. Morsi’s right-wing Muslim Brotherhood (MB), led by Muhammad Badie has bared its teeth…

Egypt is free?

Surprising news after yesterday’s speech from Hosni Mubarak: President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt turned over all power to the military, and left the Egyptian capital for his resort home in Sharm el-Sheik, Vice President Omar Suleiman announced on state television on Friday. The announcement, delivered during evening prayers in Cairo, set off a frenzy of…

Maps

Some people see this picture and say: Hey, look! Democracy is backsliding. We should do something. I see this picture and think: We’ve reached a stable equilibrium.  Europe, countries settled by Europeans, and countries colonized by Europeans for prolonged periods of time all enjoy market-oriented, liberal democratic regimes of varying degrees of stability. Here’s how…

Re-Wiring the Kill Switch

I have no clue about the accuracy of this, and I have no idea how to feel about what’s going on in Egypt (except my usual revulsion at violence), but I see no reason not to try to make the most of a possible way around the internet blocks there before the government realizes there’s…