Changing of the Guard in Egypt
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Egypt's elected President Mohammed Morsi has suddenly seized new powers, thrown out veterans of the Mubarak dictatorship and even replaced the editors of state-owned newspapers. What does it mean for democracy, the Muslim Brotherhood, and relations with Israel and the United States? Also, the campaigns get testy in swing states, and redesigning the toilet.
Banner image: Retired former Egyptian Defense Minister Field Marshall Hussein Tantawi (L) shakes hands with Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi at the Presidential Palace in Cairo on August 14, 2011. Reuters
The Campaigns Get Testy in Swing States ()
Yesterday on the campaign trial, Mitt Romney broke form and issued an angry denunciation of President Obama. "Take your campaign of division and anger and hate back to Chicago and let us get about rebuilding and reuniting America." Vice President Joe Biden created a stir of his own. "He [Romney] said in the first 100 days he's going to let the big banks once again write their own rules, unchain Wall Street. They're gonna put y'all back in chains." Chris Cillizza, editor of the Washington Post, was reminded that presidential elections are not won on issues alone.
The Arab Spring Gets a New Look in Egypt ()
After last year's revolution in Egypt, Generals from the ousted Mubarak regime disbanded the elected parliament and limited the powers of incoming President Mohammed Morsi. This weekend, Morsi struck back. He fired the top two generals and seized powers they had taken for themselves. The world is asking whether it's democracy in action, the establishment of a new and different dictatorship or a deal worked out behind closed doors. How is it related to the crisis in Sinai, where Islamic militants are making the border with Israel increasingly tense? What's the view of liberal reformers who don't want Hosni Mubarak replaced by the Muslim Brotherhood?
- Kareem Fahim: New York Times, @kfahim
- Thanassis Cambanis: Century Foundation, @tcambanis
- Ehud Yaari: Washington Institute for Near East Policy
- Marc Lynch: George Washington University, @abuaardvark
Caltech Wins Competition to Reinvent the Toilet ()
When Bill Gates said it was time to think about toilets, researchers around the world paid attention and eight universities got grants worth $400,000 apiece. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundations says 2.6 billion people lack access to toilets. One and a half million children die every year from diarrheal diseases. In Seattle yesterday, the California Institute of Technology won their "Reinvent the Toilet Challenge" by designing a solar-powered toilet. Professor Michael Hoffmann headed the Caltech team.
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