The notion held by many in the West that Egypt’s current president, the military strongman, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, is the only available option to lead the country is as erroneous as it is dangerous. The current regime’s repressive policies are stifling the public sphere, preventing the emergence of any political leadership and are leading to radicalisation and counter-violence. There are better scenarios.
Washington and Brussels seem to have accepted that there is no alternative to Sisi’s regime and the West must support Egypt economically. Once again they have got it wrong. This is exactly the faulty policy advice they gave for Ben Ali’s Tunisia and Mubarak’s Egypt before the massive popular uprisings that overthrew them both.… Seguir leyendo »
Egypt is spiraling toward instability and radicalization. Since last summer’s coup, the military-backed regime has used brute force to try to restore peace and manage its form of “democratic transition.” But its repressive strategy to physically eliminate political opponents, restore stability and end society’s acute polarization is backfiring.
More than 1,400 demonstrators have been killed since July, according to Amnesty International’s conservative estimate, while thousands of protesters have been arrested. And the violence isn’t abating.
During their one-year rule, deposed president Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood allies committed serious errors. They were, however, legitimately elected, and they should have been dislodged only through the means that brought them to power: the ballot box.… Seguir leyendo »