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Sunday, 10 July 2016

“Demanding Order, El-Sissi Turns to Military to Rebuild Egypt” –New York Times

More significant and almost as widely picked up this past weekend was Hamza Hendawi’s “Demanding Order, El-Sissi Turns to Military to Rebuild Egypt” for the Associated Press. The story breaks no new ground in its review of the military’s involvement in large-scale infrastructure projects, but will be influential in Western circles (in the U.S. and Canada in particular) for having simply been an AP story. Representative quote from every journalist’s favourite US-flavoured Egypt analyst: “‘[El Sisi] wants to run the country like the military,’ said Michael W. Hanna, an Egypt expert with the New York-based Century foundation. ‘In that world, it is a question of order and execution, it is not a place for discussion, transparency or politics. They don’t want politics.’”

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