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Street Classes Return to Cairo (and thus AbuTawil returns to the Blogosphere)

Three months have passed since the last post decrying the strong causal link between violence and blog posts. As Egyptian politics calmed, daily life accelerated. An internship was begun at Ashoka Arab World whose understaffed office began to demand increasingly more quantities of time (more on this at a later date;) long-forgotten queries remerged in the forms prompting the continuous revaluation of a worldview; refuge was sought in journaling and books adding further questions to the already troubling queries; a left-wrist was broken making daily-Egyptian life both an adventure and a frustration; college friends came and went leaving behind shared laughter and memories; Morocco was visited, photographed, and pondered (more on this at a later date); and finally summer and fall unknowns caused much panic before becoming tentatively planned. And in the midst of this chaos, the blog was forgotten, neglected, and abandoned. Read More…

The Soccer Clashes…اشتبكات كرة القدم

One simply gets tired of writing posts on violence. Egyptian society has become emotionally exhausted over the past year as political reform has fizzled, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces manipulates the transition process to ensure the protection of its political and economic interests, and political parties play high politics at the expense of protestors advanced their desired reform in the streets. The results is a sense of latent societal frustration the equivalent of large pine forest after a ten year drought. All both need lack is a strike of lightning to burst into flames. Read More…

The Future of Egyptian Liberals…مستقبل المصريين اللبراليين

An op-ed I wrote on the future of Egyptian liberal protestors and politicians was picked up by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s Fikra Forum. To put it in brief, they are in danger of becoming marginalized as the transition process unfolds this spring. For those desire a more verbose version the op-ed is below:

Undeterred by their electoral failure and fearing their imminent marginalization in political institutions, liberal protestors marked the one-year anniversary of the revolution by demonstrating in Tahrir Square against the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) and its manipulation of the transition process. Yet while the liberals’ continued popular protest signals their unwillingness to passively accede to the status quo, the combination of a fractured society, durable Muslim Brotherhood-military alliance and imminent economic collapse requires that liberals revaluate their tactics. Keep Reading