A chicken and egg dilemma…

Indeed it is: which should come first a constitution or elections? Should the writers of the constitutions be elected? Or nominated? Or should they contain an elected component and a nominated one? What if elections are conducted and then the resulting parliament has a majority which is considered ‘undemocratic’ or not mindful of the rights of some minorities?

It is a headache. On a related note, I was surprized to discover today Continue reading

Poll: Military coup or a genuine popular uprising?

The future of Egyptian democracy truly depends on the chances of the truth to surface, in the midst of the current chaos. Personally, I believe that this is a fully orchestrated and illegitimate military coup. There is no other way to describe how Al-Sissi proceeded, no matter how some might want to dress it up. Even if we take into account Continue reading

Been there, done that…

When will it ever end hey? Are we (the Arabo-Muslim nation, if I may still call it so) doomed to military coups and pseudo ‘popular democratic republics’ forever? Why? What is wrong with us? When will we learn that power and social control can be safeguarded more effectively by CCTV cameras, sophisticated computers and DNA chips without the need for heavy military artillery and moronic narratives of terrorism and ‘foreign conspiracy’ theories?

I do not consider myself a democrat because I have become disillusioned by the horrible acts of self-claimed democrats, I have no particular sympathy with Islamists because I consider that they have part of the responsibility of what happened in Algeria during the 90s. In fact, I have become what might best be described as Continue reading

The Politics of Prayer

This news story is quite interesting on many accounts, not just the purposeful image of uninterested and dosing Salafi MPs that Reuters chose to append to the linked article. I was particularly fascinated by the indignation it caused in Egyptian media circles and even the Islamist Speaker himself who reprimanded the culprit quite forcefully. The ‘culprit’ is Mamdouh Ismail; a Salafi MP in the recently ‘elected’ Egyptian Parliament. He is accused of irrespectfully breaking into the Muslim formal call for prayer (a’then) during a parliamentary session. Ismail later said that this wasn’t as purely provocative as it might first appear, as he had asked on many previous occasions, together with other MPs, that prayer times should be respected according to the Islamic tradition but was systematically ignored. He said that what he did was Continue reading