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Review: Op-eds analyse Morsy’s new constitutional declaration

Columnists continue to dissect Morsy’s recent constitutional declaration that some say sets the president up as a modern day pharaoh. Many writers believe his move was planned as revenge on the judiciary. Others believe he merely needed to reinstate the power of the office of the president after some political powers had refused to negotiate …

Fady Salah

One man, one vote, one time

By Philip Whitfield CAIRO: You’d die to be immortalised by a zinger, wouldn’t you? Like Ed Djerejian”s after Islamists and pro-democracy groups fell out in Algeria — condemning 30 million to decades of misery, penury and slaughter. Some counted 200,000 corpses. The killing hasn’t stopped 21 years on. That North African torment began with Morsy-like …

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Morsy strikes Mubarak cronies and liberals

Despite the western impression of Egyptians rejecting President Morsy’s constitutional declaration, the majority of Egyptians actually support it. The declaration looks to make the revolution “immune”, as the Constituent Assembly and the Shura Council become temporarily inviolable. The decision is supposed to protect the transitional period from falling back into the hands of the deep …

Fady Salah

Mr President, you win this round

“How did you get so powerful? They asked the Pharaoh. He retorted: there was no one to stop me.” At the expense of sounding cliché, this simple proverb about sums it up; the conception of Morsy’s latest omnipotence decree is firmly rooted in the notion that his opposition is too feeble to pose a serious …

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Review: Columnists debate new constitutional declaration and Mohamed Mahmoud protests

After President Mohamed Morsy granted himself sweeping new powers in a constitutional declaration on Thursday, columnists were divided for and against this bold move. On a related note, continuing clashes in Mohamed Mahmoud Street occupy more than one writer. Many commentaries denounce the clashes as meaningless, describing protesters as “thugs”.   The Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas …

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Shahira Amin

Anger over unmet expectations

It was as if the clock had turned back to those fateful days last November when youth revolutionaries had battled with security forces on Mohamed Mahmoud Street in downtown Cairo, in protests demanding an end to military rule. This week’s clashes between activists and riot police on the very same street were reminiscent of last …

Shahira Amin

Review: Media, Gaza and constitution debated in op-eds

Many columnists have discussed the recent attacks on Gaza, which occurred despite President Mohamed Morsy predicting an end to the Israeli aggression on Monday. Other commentators tackled the deteriorating media situation and the ongoing clashes around Mohamed Mahmoud Street.   The best eras of security vacuum Emad Al-Din Hussein Al-Shorouk newspaper Hussein denounces what he …

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Review: Assiut’s chidren memorialised in columns

Although the Assiut incident that left 52 children dead occurred several days ago, many columnists are still transfixed by the tragedy, its consequences and which institution is most to blame.   The spilled blood is the president’s responsibility Mohamed Essmat Al-Shorouk newspaper It is unfair to put the full blame on the former Minister of …

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