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Roger Farinha

Founder, New American Spring

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What is the future of middle-eastern democracy, as implied in contemporary Egypt?

We see how the Muslim Brotherhood is frantically attempting to hijack Egypt's move to democracy, but the diverse people of Egypt will have none of it. I understand Islam as the traditional binding force of Arabs generally, a people who were formerly characterized by tribal diversity. Yet Egypt, perhaps for its long existence as a nation, has the more opportunity to get past tribal difference, hence perhaps for this reason making Islam less necessary for the cohesion of the people. The presence of the Muslim Brotherhood, however, shows the still significant pull of Islam. Do you feel that Egypt will cross the precipice of democracy, managing to develop a constitution truly representative of the diversity of its people; one, moreover, capable of assimilating the growing movement toward Western-like secularism, consumerism, and liberties in the Middle East?


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    Nov 30 2012: I think it stands as much of a chance as Israel doing the same.

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