Archive for September 15th, 2012

15/09/2012

Egypt: ‘Morsi Meter’ Shows President Struggles to Keep Election Promises

Human Wrongs Watch

By Shahira Amin for RIA Novosti* – Having won the election by a mere 51 percent of the vote two months ago, Egypt’s new Islamist president Mohamed Morsi now has less than a month left to solve all the problems he promised to tackle in his first 100 days in office, and the Egyptian youth and press are not about to let him off the hook: a new Web site called the “Morsi Meter” has been launched to track the president’s performance.

Morsi. Credit: shirsoleiman20120614070613217.jpg. presstv.ir

The site’s findings leave much to be desired: the “Morsi meter” now shows Egyptians’ satisfaction with what Morsi has achieved so far at just 47 percent. Much of the evaluation has been negative, with critics lamenting that 61 out of a total of 64 electoral promises made by the president remain unfulfilled.

There is a “to do” list under each of the five areas outlined in Morsi’s “100-day plan,” but so far only three tasks have been ticked off as “accomplished,” while 23 out of the remaining 61 are marked “in progress.”

To be fair, Morsi is operating in dire economic conditions, as analysts warn that Egypt is on the brink of economic disaster.

A series of interruptions and strikes that have taken place since the revolution resulted in a marked drop in productivity, while political turmoil and the shaky security situation have scared off foreign investors and tourists. Unemployment in the country has soared to 20 percent, and foreign currency reserves are at a dangerous all-time low.

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15/09/2012

‘Middle East Confusion Has a Logic of Its Own’

By Fyodor Lukyanov, Gazeta.ru, RT*, 15 Sept. 2012The situation in the Middle East is so muddled that it is no longer clear who is fighting with whom or on whose side – a city where the NATO bombing of Libya was greeted with jubilation by the population just a year ago – only affirms the extent of confusion in the region.

Drawing by Niyaz Karim. Source: Russia Today

Neoconservatives approached the issue from two angles.

First, since the U.S. was a global superpower, steps to ensure its security would to be similarly global in character.

Secondly, the guarantee of stable global development was a tenet of democracy – the more countries embraced democracy, the more secure the United States would become.

The moves that followed – wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, elections in Palestine, and support for various “color revolutions” – were realizations of these goals.

The Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld doctrines were perceived as faulty, and Barack Obama’s presidential agenda sought to rid America of the legacy of his predecessors.

Ironically, it was exactly this series of neoconservative goals that became realized under the Obama administration.

When the Middle East awakened, the masses of its people began to demand real democracy, sweeping aside – sometimes independently, and sometimes with outside assistance – the rule of dictatorships.

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