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Saving the Egyptian Revolution

Revolutions’ final outcomes are seldom congruent with their prime movers’ intentions, says Shlomo Ben Ami. Will the relationship between Egyptian civilians and their military hold?

Former Israeli foreign minister and current Vice President of the Toledo International Centre for Peace, Shlomo Ben Ami says reform in Egypt must face the ghosts of its authoritarian past: “The question for Egypt is whether the agenda of a truly pluralistic democracy can prevail against the resilient forces of the past. Indeed, according to a Pew Research Center poll, only 5.5% of people have access to Facebook, while 95% want Islam to play a major role in politics, 80% believe that adulterers should be stoned, 45% are practically illiterate, and 40% live on less than $2 a day.”


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