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Libyans long for security year after Qaddafi killed

Source : AFP | 16 Oct 2012

Libya took a major step toward democracy this year by holding its first free elections but success has been marred by rising extremism, failure to disband militias and delays in forming state institutions.

And facing tribal conflicts, threats from former regime backers and high social demands, the new authorities seem not sure where to turn next, one year after deposed dictator Muammar Qaddafi was captured and killed in his home town.


Why the Islamists Are Not Winning in Libya

By Abigail Hauslohner | Time | 11 Jul 2012

Libya seems relentlessly committed to proving the pessimists wrong. When last year’s revolution quickly evolved into a brutal civil war, the international community — and indeed many Libyans — warned of a quagmire down the road. “God is great” served as the rebel battle cry in the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi, and the jihadists the dictator had once repressed rose to prominence as militia leaders and politicians in the vacuum left by his fall.


What Morsy Must Do to Avoid Being Egypt’s President in Name Only

By Tony Karon | | 26 Jun 2012

Egypt marked a milestone on Sunday by announcing the election of Mohamed Morsy as its first civilian president — but it’s a very early milestone on what remains a long, perilous journey toward democracy.


Egypt's chapter of Arab Spring ends not as scripted

Source : Reuters | Cairo | 19 Jun 2012

The Egyptian chapter of the "Arab Spring" ended not as it was scripted by the revolutionaries of Tahrir Square.

They deposed a military dictator, secured the first free presidential race in their history, and then may have lost it to a die-hard Islamist president. Not only this. The generals who had stood behind Hosni Mubarak remain firmly entrenched.


Perplexing Dilemmas - Reading the Egyptian Elections

By Esam Al-Amin | Counterpunch | 30 May 2012

The Egyptian people are still in shock ever since the announcement of the results of the presidential elections late last week. They refuse to accept an outcome that sees Gen. Ahmad Shafiq, the last Prime Minister of deposed dictator Hosni Mubarak, having received more than 5.5 million votes, or about 24 percent of the votes cast, less than one percent behind the frontrunner and Muslim Brotherhood candidate, Dr. Muhammad Mursi.


Islam and Sarkozy: The French election connection

Source : Al Arabiya | 09 Apr 2012

Ahead of an upcoming presidential election in France, policymakers are riding a wave of Islam-dominated issues that have unwittingly taken center stage in the country’s public domain.

Concerns over Islamic fundamentalism reached a peak in recent weeks when French police launched the latest of a series of raids on suspected Islamic militants, detaining 10 people across the country in predawn arrests.


Political Islam Without Oil

By Thomas L. Friedman : The New York Times | Cairo | 10 Jan 2012

With the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood and the even more puritanical Salafist Al Nour Party having stunned both themselves and Egyptians by garnering more than 60 percent of the seats in Egypt’s parliamentary elections, we’re about to see a unique lab test for the Middle East: What happens when political Islam has to wrestle with modernity and globalization without oil?


Political Islam and its supposed dangers

By Abdul Bari Atwan  | Middle East Monitor / 01 Dec 2011


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