23: Egypt's Prospects for Democracy

Egypt is once again beset by rioting and calls for a new government. It started as a protest against the death sentences handed down to 21 men involved in a riot in which 74 people were killed. None of those sentenced were members of the security forces, which were proven complicit in the violence.

This injustice came only days before the second anniversary of the Jan. 25 revolution, and its attendant protests and gatherings.

It has only been about a month since the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party pushed through the new constitution -- itself an object of criticism for its failure to guarantee certain basic human rights.

And last week, in a move disturbingly reminiscent of the the Mubarak era, President Mursi declared a state of emergency in Ismailia, Suez, and Port Said.

23: Egypt's Prospects for Democracy

Uzi Rabi, director of the Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, and head of the Department of Middle Eastern History at Tel Aviv University, discusses Egypt’s prospects for democracy. 


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