Egypt Joke

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Egypt’s current situation can be summed up by one jokey quote doing the rounds just now:

“Nasser, Sadat and Mubarak all tried to get rid of the Muslim Brotherhood. Only Morsi succeeded.”

UPDATE: Yesterday, the army gave President Morsi 48 hours to resolve the crisis before they would “take responsibility.”  They later denied this would amount to a coup, but it has been speculated that it would involve removing Morsi from power – perhaps replacing him with a technocratic government before holding new elections.  It’s a fair bet to say that the Muslim Brotherhood would find their popularity diminished in such hypothetical elections.  These protests have been seen as a setback for – and perhaps even a rejection of – political Islamism in the region. Either way, the next day will be crucial for determining the direction of Egypt’s future.

You can see a live stream of Tahrir Square, the focus point of Egypt’s protests, here.

Russia Quote

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“If there is one single factor which dominates the course of Russian history… it is the principle of autocracy.”

Just read this quote by Hugh Seton-Watson in The Russian Empire 1801-1917 (quoted by Eric Wilmot in The Great Powers 1814-1914).  He wrote this in 1967 and it is still relevant nearly 50 years later.  It’s as if Russia is allergic to democracy; even with the establishment of a multi-party system it had snapped back within a decade to strongman rule under President Putin.  I look forward to the day that this quote is no longer relevant.

 

The Picture of Dorian Gray

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“If it were I who were to be always young and the picture to grow old… I would give my soul for it.”

A fascinating quote from The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, discussing the themes of age, hedonism and mortality – among others.  I would recommend reading it.