By H.A. Hellyer
Amid the turbulence of the 2011 Arab uprisings, the innovative rebellion that performed out in Cairo's Tahrir sq. created excessive expectancies prior to speeding the hopes of its members. The upheaval resulted in a chain of occasions in Egypt that scarcely a person may have anticipated, and useful few have understood: 5 years on, the prestige of Egypt's unfinished revolution is still shrouded in confusion. strength shifted palms swiftly, first from protesters to the military management, then to the politicians of the Muslim Brotherhood, after which again to the military. The politics of the road has given strategy to the politics of Islamist-military détentes and the undoing of the democratic test. in the meantime, a burgeoning Islamist insurgency occupies the military in Sinai and compounds the nation's feel of uncertainty.
A Revolution Undone blends research and narrative, charting Egypt's trip from Tahrir to Sisi from the point of view of an writer and analyst who lived all of it. H.A. Hellyer brings his first-hand event to undergo in his overview of Egypt's test with protest and democracy. And by way of scrutinizing Egyptian society and public opinion, Islamism and Islam, the army and govt, in addition to the West's response to occasions, Hellyer presents a much-needed appraisal of Egypt's destiny prospects.
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I remember that first night on the 28th clearly, and how surprised I was when I went out onto the street to stand guard in the southern Cairene suburb of Ma’adi—instinctively to protect my family from escaped prisoners and delinquents who roamed free amid the police vacuum—and found that I was not alone. There were many of us. Most able-bodied men descended onto the streets around their homes and within their neighbourhoods and began to institute new codes—indeed, new laws—to protect themselves and their communities.
Because the on-going pace of change in Egypt makes it clear there are always other options. They are not always easy ones, to be sure, but they exist, and understanding what the different alternatives are provides the observer with a far clearer picture of what is actually happening in the country. Egypt is Egypt: while it is inevitable that there will be forces in different countries that will view it only through the prism of their own national interests, I do not take that stance in this book.
Circulation numbers are suspect, but Al-Masry Al-Youm, the first private newspaper launched in 2005, had likely eclipsed Al-Ahram, Egypt’s storied newspaper of (a certain) record. Still, the cards remained stacked against an independent press: state media maintained an upper hand on licensing and publishing production, while the businessmen behind Egypt’s new media ventures never structured them as sustainable and independent money-making enterprises. 15 â•… This is all to say that while new media was no doubt vital to the making of the revolution, it too came with ingrained limitations.