Morsi, more Yeltsin than Putin?

✚ The Terrible Twos - By James Traub | Foreign Policy:

Egypt's revolutionaries have begun to think of President Mohammed Morsy as their Putin, consolidating power and crushing dissent. But it's much more likely, as Sestanovich observes, that Morsy will prove to be Egypt's Yeltsin, presiding fecklessly over weak institutions and an increasingly fragmented polity. Yeltsin's Russia resisted demands for market reform from the United States and the International Monetary Fund (IMF); Morsy's government has spent months putting off an agreement with the IMF even as foreign exchange reserves dwindle down to a three-month supply. Morsy has been unable or unwilling to curb the hated security forces directed by the Interior Ministry, deepening the outrage at his high-handed political tactics. We should remember that Yeltsin was first seen as a bully, and only later as a weakling. Morsy's own position is hardly secure; he may react to his growing unpopularity by becoming more autocratic, which will in turn provoke more protest.

Some interesting thoughts on comparing the post-Arab uprisings situation to the former republics of the USSR. Limited relevance, but some more things to worry about...

Links 7-9 February 2013

Today you get a twofer. Nour the intern writes in (mostly Arabic links):

The usual links:

Links 6-12 January 2013

Above, a recent performance by an Umm Kulthoum hologram in front of a live audience. Quite remarkable. I'd go if they did this with the historical concerts.

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Links 5-6 December 2012

Di-sas-ter. I am still on the road, hope to post something longer on the crisis. Too much rush judgement nowadays.

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Links 19-24 November 2012

  • The Good, The Bad, The Elazul: Egypt: A "Civil War" is here.
    Interesting speculation on the MB's numbers game in Cairo and governorates.
  • Meet Egypt’s Mr Mursi: a president without checks and balances
    level-headed, comprehensive rundown on #Morsi declaration by @hahellyer
  • BBC - Radio 4 iPM - 24/11/2012
    BBC's Jehad Mashrrawi on his baby Omar killed this week. "He only knew how 2 smile"
  • Raid on Egyptian Island Fuels Discontent With Army, Morsi - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East
    Deadly army raid on Nile island provokes memories of the days of Mubarak:
  • Press release: EU should freeze European financial assistance to Egypt
    EU should freeze European financial assistance to Egypt: EUMP @MarietjeD66
  • Muftah » Freedom of Expression Under Threat – an Open Letter from Ganzeer
  • Syrian Refugees Struggle in Egypt - Al-Monitor
    Girls marrying for financial support to families.
  • Absolute Power: Morsi’s Decree Stuns Egyptians - Al-Monitor
    Bassem Sabry.
  • English text of Morsi's Constitutional Declaration - Ahram Online
  • Mali : L'Algérie ne veut pas d'«une guerre dans son voisinage immédiat»
  • Ghozlan: Morsi Constitutional Declaration in Line with Popular Will and Revolutionary Demands - Ikhwanweb
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