Saturday Reading List
Morsi May Be Gone, But Problems Remain
As much as analysts may celebrate the wrestling of power from Mohamed Morsi and his allies in the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, achieving their goals outside of the electoral process results is not without its own set of problems.
Steve Negus in The Arabist says one of the problems with ousting Morsi through a military coup is that it “reduces pressure on all actors to negotiate compromises and encourages them to use protest rather than elections as a path to achieve political change.”
In addition, it simply feeds the “cycle of using temporary political victory to dehumanize and crush your opposition going and, more disturbingly, risks teaching Islamists the lesson that using legitimate, electoral means to achieve their goals is pointless.”
In order to set Egypt back on course toward a real democracy, Negus advises that parliamentary elections be held as soon as possible, that members of the judiciary step back into their normal roles and out of politics, and the military must stop arresting members of the Muslim Brotherhood or taking revenge on them.
Violence has taken place in recent days that has killed at about 40 people to date, and it is likely to continue in the short term. However, the positive news for the international and regional community is that while Egyptian politics are complex and at times volatile, Egyptians are “not particularly polarized, inclined toward political suicide or seeking an apocalyptic entry into a new political era,” an editorial in The New York Daily News maintains.
WHO Forms Committee To Tackle SARS-Like Virus
The World Health Organization has announced it will convene emergency committee meetings from July 9 to 11 to discuss responses to the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) as a “precautionary measure.”
Globally, from September 2012 to date, WHO has been informed of a total of 79 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, including 42 deaths.
According to Voice of America, the committee examining MERS is the second such committee established since 2007. The previous emergency committee was set up to respond to the 2009 H1N1 pandemic.
Good news was reported in the British journal The Lancet last week. According to French researchers, the outbreak of MERS does not appear to hold the potential yet to become a pandemic.
The Economist reports on the rise of Islamic extremism in West Africa.
David Rothkopf offers his thoughts in a post on Foreign Policy on what makes a successful revolution.
In Israel, doctors put humanitarian concerns first in treating Syrians.
A new ebook released by Foreign Affairs collects the great intellectual debates of the 20th century together in one volume.