My Bookmarx 07/20/2013
20 يوليو 2013 بواسطة Tamer Mowafy
Vince Cable blocks sale of military and intelligence equipment to Egypt as protest death toll mounts – UK Politics – UK – The Independent
“Five arms export licences to Egypt have been revoked by Britain following continuing violent clashes in the country involving the military in which dozens have been killed.”
Egypt’s Wide State Reassembles Itself – By Nathan J. Brown | The Middle East Channel
“The Egyptian leviathan is difficult to control for some poorly understood reasons. The concept of the “deep state” does provide some guidance, though the term’s usefulness has been exaggerated. But the bigger problem for any kind of accountable governance in Egypt over the long term may not be the state’s depth so much as its girth.”
Shobaki brought up the Balkanization of the Egyptian state, the term that I had once used
to describe the way that various parts of the state apparatus operate autonomously and successfully insist that one from their ranks head the relevant ministry. (The minister of justice is always a judge; the minister of defense a senior general; the foreign minister a senior career diplomat; the minister of religious affairs a senior scholar from the official religious establishment; and so on). Shobaki made clear that he found the process troubling.
So yes, there is a deep state. But it might be a bit shallower and is certainly much less coherent than many of those who use the term imply. And while it is influential, there is much in the state that eludes its tight grip.
خفايا عزل الرئيس المصري.. مرسي حاول إقالة السيسي والجيش أمّن التمويل لـ’تمرد’
“ساد توتر عميق العلاقة بين الرئيس المصري المعزول محمد مرسي وقيادة الجيش المصري، ويبدو أن مرسي ووزير الدفاع عبدالفتاح السيسي خططا مبكرا لتنحية بعضهما البعض.”
وفي أبريل/نيسان، بدأ الناشطون الشباب في حركة تمرد بجمع التوقيعات على عريضة تطالب مرسي بالاستقالة. وعندما أعلنوا أن بحوزتهم مليوني توقيع في منتصف مايو/أيار، اهتم الجيش، وعمل من خلال أطراف وسيطة على ربط المجموعة برجال أعمال ليبراليين ذوي صلة بالمعارضة.
Halfhearted Labor Reform in Bangladesh – NYTimes.com
“Under increasing international pressure to address problems in its clothing industry, legislators in Bangladesh this week changed the country’s labor law to make it easier for workers to form unions. But the changes fall far short of what is needed and are unlikely to do much to prevent the fires, building collapses and other tragedies that have claimed hundreds of lives in recent years.”
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