Can Egypt become an industrial country?
I have had several discussions with friends about the lackluster state of industrial development in Egypt. Most of those whom I talked to seem to think that the privatization drive that occurred in the last couple of decades is to blame for this.
Egypt’s flawed socialism
I have always had problems with the flawed way Egypt implemented socialism after the July 23 Revolution. In one of my previous posts, I talked about one of my pet peeves: inheritable rent controlled flats. As I mentioned in that post, the idea of inheritable rent controlled flats is very shortsighted; by fixing the rent of flats, and…
Do all dictators have the same scriptwriter?
As the wave of protests spreads across the Middle East and North Africa, a remarkable similarity in the way that governments respond to these demands for democracy has arisen. The world’s dictators seem to be reading the same script. Here is my attempt to re-create this script based on the responses of dictators I have seen.
Analysis of the Presidential Speech
The Egyptian president appeared on national TV yesterday and made a couple of concessions. Here is my attempt to summarize these concessions and provide an amateur analysis of the speech.
You’ve got to be kidding me
OK. I just watched the Iraqi minister of transport say that his country is providing an airlift for its citizens who want to leave Egypt because the situation over here is “unstable”. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. There are reports of terrorist attacks each day in Iraq, people die there on a…
When did nationalism start meaning loyalty to a certain leader?
I have been watching the National Egyptian TV for a different perspective on what is going on. What I have seen is a ridiculous and extremely weak attempt to silence the voice of the people. As thousands gather in Tahrir Square (with the opposition hoping to gather at least a million protesters), the national TV…