Democracy is messy

Democracy is messy - graphic by Brian Hartwell

As Egypt rejects the stability created by the reign of Hosni Mubarak, people who have never lived under a true democratic system are casting off the shackles of a strong police state, for the unpredictability of democracy. As dictators around the Middle East are falling, the United States must be asking itself what it will mean for our interests in that region. One of the main reasons our foreign policy supported such dictators in the past was because as long as we greased their palms, we knew what we were…

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The youth of Egypt rise up for hope and change

The Two faces of Wael Ghonim

On January 16, 2011 a young middle east based Google executive, Wael Ghonim tweeted: “Governments shouldn’t be fooled by the ‘stability’ they are bringing to a country by oppressing its citizens using security forces. #Egypt,” As a part of Google, Wael was more likely to understand what less mobile Egyptian youth could not, that the world of freedom is better than the stability of their current government. He tweeted that he was “sleeping on the streets of Cairo, trying to feel the pain of millions of my fellow Egyptians”. Even…

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Put Mubarak on a time table | how the Egyptian President may step down peacefully

Hosni Mubarak's portrait is shredded in Alexandria during protests. Photograph: AP

First the Egyptian Army said Mubarak would go, and they Mubarak said he will stay until September until a peaceful transition can occur.  Meanwhile America stands on the sideline both supporting a change to more direct democracy and supporting the stability that Mubarak represents. It is probably best that Mubarak stays and actually makes the changes to the Egyptian Constitution that will make the democratic elections even fairer than they would be under current law. Changes to the current articles are necessary before September 2011 Article 76 – limiting who…

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