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Dear Egypt . . .

Dear Egypt, Congratulations on your new day. “People power” swept away Hosni Mubarak’s 30 years of autocracy and repression. You ousted the regime without jihad, without “martyrdom operations,” without immediately spiraling into a more volatile situation akin to places like Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, or Gaza. You pulled it off without the ethnic divisiveness commonly

Christian Science Monitor: When All Else Fails, Trust IDF Superiority

I hope a strong, vibrant democracy emerges in Egypt. But if not, well, just trust IDF superiority to blow the bad guys to smithereens. That’s the approach this Christian Science Monitor staff-ed takes in selling the Muslim Brotherhood. Yes, an editorial board that doesn’t live here says I can manage to live with the consequences: The

State-Controlled Media Deserting Mubarak

You know Mubarak’s in trouble when the chief editor of Al-Ahram — the major Egyptian daily better known obseqiously supporting the government — writes a front-page editorial supporting the protest movement. The Daily Telegraph explains: In a front-page leader, the newspaper’s editor-in-chief, Osama Saraya hailed the “nobility” of what he described as a “revolution” and

Israel and Egypt’s Unrest: Rounding Up the Reax

• Are Bibi/Fayyad economic policies insulating the West Bank from the Arab protests? Joel Mowbray sees a connection: The West Bank has among the quietest “streets” in the Arab world right now. No doubt a primary reason is the robust economic growth the area has enjoyed recently. • Sharansky speaks. I’m glad Newsweek and the

What Happened to 21st Century Statecraft?

Early in 2010, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made news when she formally embraced social media and Internet-based diplomacy in the battle for hearts and minds around the world. The informal policy, known as 21st Century Statecraft, involves helping people living under repressive government gain access to communications tools to help them fight against

Israel Eyes Cyberwar in Egypt and Yemen

An “organization of international hackers which calls itself “Anonymous” is taking credit for shutting down some Egyptian government web sites. The NY Times writes: Anonymous, a loosely defined group of hackers from all over the world, gathered about 500 supporters in online forums and used software tools to bring down the sites of the Ministry

Neocons Split With Israel Over Egypt, Part 2

The Washington Post notes that the Israeli government’s shifting its stance on Egypt after an initial divergence with US neocons: Earlier this week, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu likened the situation in Egypt to that of Iran, making the menacing prediction that a post-Mubarak Egypt could join other “repressive regimes of radical Islam.” The sentiment has

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