JUAN COLE: A deeply polarized country must face the reality that Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood cadre have scored an overwhelming victory.
JUAN COLE: Some of the figures coming out of the constitutional referendum cause raised eyebrows at the least. But there are deeper problems.
CROSSROADS ARABIA: While they could hardly not report on it, I sense a lack of enthusiasm in Saudi media’s reporting on the clash between Egyptian President Morsi and the Egyptian judiciary.
JUAN COLE: One problem for Mursi is mollifying the Egyptians who are terrified of him, fearing he wants to turn their fun-loving country into a grim Saudi Arabia.
CROSSROADS ARABIA: Diplomat recalls and closure of the Embassy spells meltdown for Saudi-Egyptian relations.
RANIA AL MALKY: Muslim residents attacked the home and shops of Coptic tailor, Murad Girgis following a relationship between him and a Muslim woman.
JUAN COLE: If the military can depict the youth as wild men to the middle classes, it thinks it might remain in power, with a fig leaf of elections.
LUCY EMMERSON: By Egyptian standards, the chaos has been moderate. Today marks a good start to a process due to unfold over the next three months.
LUCY EMMERSON: The number of protestors is growing but we haven’t yet seen the numbers in Tahrir Square grow to the levels of January/February. Who, though, has worked out the next steps?
JAMES M. DORSEY: It’s looking likely that the authorities will, for the second time this year, postpone or suspend professional soccer leagues.
MANAR AMMAR, CGNEWS: The meeting between Mohamed Tantawy and Coptic Pope Shenouda III heralds positive change. Engagement is required.
M. LYNX-QUALEY: The pendulum between hope, denial and despair seems to be swinging ever quicker in Egypt. Literature however offers a longer view.
M. LYNX-QUALEY: The Arab Writers Union has listed the Top 100 Arabic novels. Puzzling, annoying, lists such as this are nevertheless fun.
DR H.A. HELLYER, CGNEWS: The recent constitutional referendum delivered a resounding victory for the ‘Yes’ camp. Both sides, however, have a vested interest in protecting the freer, more plural Egypt that has emerged.
JASON PETRUCCI: An impressive turnout, an engaged electorate, robust debate – the constitutional referendum in Egypt has given the people a taste of real democracy in action.
Like millions of others, I’ve been watching, transfixed, as the drama in Libya plays out. I’ve also been listening to pundits and politicians on various channels as they debate and comment on the current situation. There appears to be a wide consensus – Venezuela and Zimbabwe excepted – that Colonel Gaddafi and his regime have […]
JAMES M. DORSEY: Tunisian and Egyptian reluctance to restart football reflects the changing role of soccer and the sense of empowerment felt by fans.
ZEINOBIA: The changing face of Egypt’s official newspapers, and reports into the whereabouts of Mubarak’s millions…