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Over the past 19 months the brutality of the Egyptian Police reached new highs, not even seen or heard of during the Mubarak years. The European Parliament, the UN Secretary General, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, have all condemned the Egyptian security forces for the use of force leading to the death of hundreds of protesters and serious injuries of many more.
When talk show host David Letterman asked news anchor Scott Pelley on June 27, 2012 what happened to the "Arab Spring," the latter replied: "It's almost as if the revolution never happened."
This was what Omar Kamel, an advocate for social justice and civilian rule, feared the most.
What stance do I take on Egypt? I can defend the killings and support the military, but my voice will change nothing on the ground. On the other hand, I can condemn the killings, guessing but not knowing, that of the 900 or more estimated dead so far, most were not armed, not terrorists, some not even Morsi supporters.
I expect to see the new Egyptian government adopting tough economic policies backed by military might. That may allow it to shed the subsidies without forfeiting power. However, it will not restore investor confidence or win back the tourists who account for nearly 25% of the economy.
Even though we are no longer receiving minute by minute 24 hour coverage (as was in the case in the early days of protests in Cairo's now-iconic Tahrir Square) the struggles for democracy in the Middle East are far from over.
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