By no means everyone believes that the NDP's effort to create a semblance of democracy will eventually lead to the real thing: a genuine multi-party system with alternation of power. A couple of astute observers in Cairo last week suggested a different process is at work. The party's ability to co-opt people into its web - even vociferous critics - should never be underestimated, they said. In effect, its moves towards modernisation may simply be a way of way of stealing the opposition's thunder and perpetuating its monopoly. … [Read more...] about How Mubarak won the election
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Mubarak, who is believed to be seriously ill, has ruled the Arab world's most populous nation for almost three decades and has remained a close ally of the west, despite reports of systematic human rights abuses at the hands of his extensive security apparatus, and slow progress on political reform. … [Read more...] about Egypt’s rulers tighten grip amid claims of election fraud and intimidation
At age 78, Bloomberg is a product of the pre-#MeToo era and hasn’t learned how tone-deaf it sounds when he says that he won’t release women from NDAs because the contracts were “consensual”. And his signature achievement of reducing crime in New York City has become a liability because it was achieved in part through stop-and-frisk. Bloomberg might be tempted to point out (as he has in the past) that minorities, who are disproportionately victims of violent crime, were the greatest beneficiaries of his crime reduction efforts. But even conservatives who once advocated stop-and-frisk have conceded that crime rates have continued to fall in New York since the practice was discontinued, and further that since the vast majority of those who were stopped and searched were innocent of any crime, the practice unnecessarily and unjustly humiliated those who were subjected to it. … [Read more...] about Democrats are being swept up in idealism – but are they ignoring political realism?
It is unclear if there will be a similar response this time. Donald Trump’s administration has backed many of Israel’s claims to the Palestinian territories. While the UK government has repeated that settlements are illegal, it has also praised Trump’s intentions for the region. … [Read more...] about Netanyahu announces new settlements days before Israeli election
But Sisi and his supporters may still be alarmed that the turnout has not matched their optimistic forecasts. In an interview conducted in the days before the polls opened, Sisi said he hoped for a turnout of 40 million to show that "there is a consensus on a national level" – an ambitious figure that would far outstrip turnouts in other post-2011 elections. … [Read more...] about Egyptian election extension harms vote’s credibility, says poll observer