Monday Musings

In Egypt, Party May Be Less Important Than Ability To Meet The Nation’s Basic Needs
Rami Khouri of Lebanon’s Daily Star makes the case that in Egypt politics is less important than a leader’s ability to return normalcy to the country. He notes that tens of millions of Egyptians before 2011 “were already straining to make ends meet and give their children a decent future” and conditions have only worsened since 2011.

“Whether Sisi runs for president or not seems to me not the main issue; more significant is whether the existing interim government and this power structure that it mirrors has the capacity to meet the needs of the 85 million Egyptians and the 2.4 million being born every year. Nearly 7 million new Egyptians have been born during the last three years of transformation and turbulence.

“In the past three years,  Egypt has been ruled by four different types of leaderships that have all faced the same challenges to improve the day-to-day lives of the Egyptian population in terms of jobs, income, services, opportunity and hope,” he writes.

Why Are Religious Tensions Rising Globally?
The Pew Research Center reports in 2012 religious hostilities reached six-year highs as more nations become diversified and less homogenous.

Miroslav Volf a Yale Divinity School professor and founding director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture, tells The Christian Science Monitor the “because it can be misused, but, he adds, globalization may help reduce those tensions.

“For instance, when Muslims from a variety of different cultural background meet in a place like New York City, they discover that there is more than one way to practice their faith, Volf says. Likewise, they are frequently exposed to individuals of different faiths and can be surprised to learn that they may share many values.”

Does China “Own” The US?
New data published in the American Enterprise Institute–Heritage Foundation China Global Investment Tracker show that China continues to invest heavily around the world. Outward investment could reach $100 billion annually by 2015.

US-China Could Join Forces On Largest Hydroelectric Project In Congo
Heather Timmons looks at a proposal between the US and China to join forces on the largest hydroelectric venture located in the Congo.

The Inga 3 dam is one part of a complex of 11 dams and six hydropower projects on the Congo River and the project would dwarf the world’s biggest dam, China’s US$28 billion Three Gorges Dam, which has a capacity of 22,500 MW, reports The South China Morning Post.

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