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Message from Egypt: Neither Morsi or the protesters represent most Egyptians

Egypt Protests 2012
Flickr, El Mosquito Queretaro

My good friend and Cairo-based journalist Nadia El-Awady is a lovely person, very gentle in manner and soft-spoken. But she is also an incredibly forceful and insightful thinker who never minces words, or suffers fools. Here is a blog post from Nadia about the current, disturbing, state of affairs in Egypt.

Nadia El-Awady
Nadia El-Awady

Nadia supported the original revolution, Egypt’s Arab Spring, that deposed the dictator Hosni Mubarak. She has not been happy with President Mohamed Morsi or the Muslim Brotherhood. Yet she is not supportive of the current protest movement aimed at forcing Morsi from office. Nadia sees chaos ahead if that happens:

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets yesterday. It was quite impressive. But what of the tens of millions of Egyptians who did not? The only way to know what Egyptians really want is to go back to the ballot boxes and ask them. It is those ballot boxes that I fought so hard for during the January 25 Revolution. Do NOT take them away from me.

What most Egyptians want is rule of law and a functioning democracy. The revolution, she argues, was to establish democratic rule – not perpetual mob rule, or military rule. Read her post today in full here….


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Tom Paulson is founder and lead journalist at Humanosphere. Prior to operating this online news site, he reported on science,  medicine, health policy, aid and development for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Contact him at tom[at] or follow him on Twitter @tompaulson.