Thursday, February 10, 2011

Changing times

It appears that the army has chosen sides and the rumours of the impending resignation of Mubarak has propelled Egypt back into the lead story on the news. The protests may have been growing but the coverage shrank, assuming that people have the attention span of a gnat. Meanwhile the conservative commentariat have been brushing up their pessimism and talking up the threat of a new Iran in Egypt. So this interesting piece of analysis is well worth reading.
...the ascendant socio-political power of a new national-development-oriented coalition of businessmen and military entrepreneurs, as well as the decisive force of micro-enterprise and workers’ organizations consisting of women and youth -- a force that portends well for the future of democracy and socio-economic inclusion in Egypt
Read it all and, if it really is the endgame, celebrate a people's ability to overthrow a tyrant.

Keep the champagne on ice.

HT Nick

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