Troy Carter, Political Editor

Stories from Troy Carter, Political Editor

Voting cards
Sunday, December 11th, 2011
A year ago the NDP won 91% of seats in parliamentary elections. Now, they're a finished chapter in Egypt's political history, remembered as the regime's patronage system. A new chapter was started recently, when millions of Egyptians voted in free and fair multi-party election.
Sunday, December 11th, 2011
After spending weeks in the street opposing Mubarak during the first uprising, AUC Alum, Samar Saad, accepted a one-year graduate scholarship to study development at Maastricht University in The Netherlands.

Without hesitation Saad demanded a leave of absence from the program last week, booked a flight to Cairo, and joined her friends in Tahrir Square, where a new round of demonstrations and conflict with police has the country looking very unst

Campaign posters still visible atop a polling station on Election Day
Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

The results of Egypt’s first round of elections for its lower house of parliament were announced by Chairman of the High Election Commission, Abdel Moez Ibrahim during a press conference Friday night.

Book Review
Saturday, November 19th, 2011
Astonishingly amateur is how journalist and author Ron Suskind portrays President Obama in handling the United States' financial crisis and his own staff.

In Confidence Men - his fifth book tackling high-risk US politics - Pulitzer Prize winner Suskind accuses high-ranking officials of deception and paints the White House as a men-only club that fails to reform the Wall Street practic

Qaddafi, right, met with Anwar Sadat shortly after the Libyan Revolution
Sunday, October 30th, 2011
After an eight-month civil war that ended with his death, Colonel Muammar Qaddafi, Libyan leader for 42 years, was buried on October 25 at a secret desert location according to government sources in the capital Tripol
Monday, October 24th, 2011

Interviews with SCAF will increase

Proof that public opinion matters, even in nondemocratic systems and that the regime is sensitive. The legitimacy of a dictatorship rests in part on popularity.



The Impossible Choice, Redux

As we looked at Hosni Mubarak’s face behind the metal bars of his cage the familiar question was asked again, what’s happening in Egypt now?



The Praetorian Problem

Because the democratic activists who scheduled the January 25th protests did not expect that it would lead to the ousting of Mubarak, they did not feel the need to draft reform plans, these were not revolutionaries, mores simply idealists. Since the mass uprising the reform movement has been running blindly into the transitional period and is at least partially responsible for the confrontation with the now ruling military council, the Praetorian guards.



Syria denies "mass grave" claims:

"Villagers say they have found 13 bodies buried on farmland near Deraa - but government says claim is 'totally false'."

The international community has no reason to believe that the Syrian government didn't do this. We know from the small amount of news coming out of Syria that they are certainly using deadly force. Then consider, if nothing else, the documented massacre at Hama in 1982.
If Bashar al-Asad and his cronys want to play dumb then fine but the rest of us should assume that its true until journalists are free to report. Al Jazeera's Dorothy Parvaz (who has American, Canadian, and Iranian passports) was recently abducted while working in Syria and taken to Iran (though Iran is still denying this). Update - Dorothy was freed from Iran on May18th.




Egypt Falling Asleep Again? :

In Cairo, Kamelia Shehata was on TV Saturday night to let the world know that she did not convert to Islam as was the rumor around Egypt. She's even managed to stay married to her loving husband who is a Coptic priest.

I say did not in the first sentence because she might soon given how rationale fundamentalist Muslims are behaving.

The actual rumor was that Shehata left her husband and converted to Islam but was then kidnapped by agents of the Coptic Church who were relentlessly moisturizing the zabiba that may or may not have formed. For a few months this story has been fueling protests by Muslim groups who were calling for her release.

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US Considers Violating Embargo to Arm Rebels :

President Obama and the anti-Qaddafi coalition are mulling over the idea of sending weapons to the Libyan rebels. What's the hold up? An Arms Embargo firmly entrenched in the same law that authorized the No Fly Zone (NFZ). They'd rather not violate the embargo but the rebels may be about to get beaten.

In London, Secretary Clinton said that the United Nations resolution on Libya allow for the ''legitimate transfer of arms'' to rebels, adding ''Our interpretation of [UN Security Council Resolution]1973 amended is that it overrode the absolute prohibition of arms to anyone in Libya … so there could be legitimate transfer of arms if a country chose to do that."

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Reforming Egypt's Media:

The republican state depends on an independent and active press to keep those functionaries of government acting on our behalf and in our interests accountable to the principles that we lay down as their mandate. The press is the vanguard of liberated people, uncensored journalism a bulwark against the worst in ourselves. Without it we are vulnerable.

Egypt's revolutionary moment could slip by without having affected much if journalists aren't allowed unfettered access to view and record the proceedings of the regime. The military in particular needs to be meticulously monitored during this transitional period. To understand more about what young Egyptians want we took to the streets of Cairo to speak with them.

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Sunday, October 23rd, 2011
Their children walk kilometers to decrepit schools, their water is unclean, and ironically cooking gas is hard to come by. Others might have disappeared, but the people of North Sinai have outlasted even old Mubarak. After fighting deadly battles with his police they're asking, "Where is our revolution, where is the change?"

A tank now sits in the driveway of the private Sinai University and at every major intersection in El Arish, Sheikh Zuweid, and Rafah.

Many Syrians in Egypt and elsewhere want an end to dictatorship
Sunday, October 23rd, 2011
The League of Arab States met at its Cairo headquarters last week to discuss the Syrian government's crackdown on protests, which human rights groups say has killed more than 3,000 civilians.

But as in previous conferences, the 22-member organization failed to agree on

Carnage in Maspiro
Monday, October 10th, 2011
At least 25 people were killed and 300 wounded on Sunday as Egypt’s Coptic Christian minority marched to the Egyptian State Television building in downtown Cairo.

The protesters had been calling for an impartial investigation into the tearing down of a church in Aswan, south of Cairo, and were demanding the sacking of that province's governor.

Military: PA Elections
Sunday, October 2nd, 2011


The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) announced last week that November 28 would be the official start of voting for the People's Assembly elections in Egypt.

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

Last month I reunited with a classmate from AUC, but in Canada not Cairo. After an eventful year in Egypt I manage to afford the flight back to the US.

As we looked at Hosni Mubarak's face behind the metal bars of his cage, we asked ourselves the same familiar question, what's happening in Egypt now?

I spent a week in my home state of Montana then drove north to Bruno, Saskatchewan, population 750 says the general store's manager.

Referendum Pic
Sunday, September 25th, 2011


Last Sunday, representatives from 47 political parties emerged from a meeting about upcoming elections with General Sami Anan of the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF), with some saying the discussions were "vague" while others regretted the "waste of time".

The elections have been tentatively scheduled for November 21.

Erdogan Opera House
Sunday, September 18th, 2011
“Erdogan, Erdogan, a thousand greetings from the Muslim Brotherhood,” they chanted as the Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, the new champion of the Arab street and leader of Turkey’s Islamist-rooted AK Party, arrived at Cairo International Airport on Monday night.
Erdogan Fall 2011
Tuesday, September 13th, 2011
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister of Turkey and head of the Islamist-rooted AK Party, was greeted at Cairo International Airport Monday night by thousands of Muslim Brotherhood members who chanted and waved signs.

Erdogan and his wife are expected to stay in Egypt until Wednesday.

Ahmet Uysal
Monday, September 12th, 2011
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish Prime Minister and leader of the ruling AK party, arrives in Cairo on Monday marking the first day of his 'Arab Spring tour' a series of visits to Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia.

The goal of the diplomatic tour is to strengthen relations in places where a wave of populist uprisings are transforming regional politics.

Ground Zero
Sunday, September 11th, 2011
"We're going to war," said the drill sergeant on September 11, 2001.

It was surreal for the young man, a boy really, who had been persuaded by a recruiter to join the Army just three weeks earlier.

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

Central Security Forces (CSF) fired tear gas and live rounds in hopes of dispersing the hundreds of protesters who had stormed and ransacked the Israeli embassy Friday night.

The unrest at the Israeli embassy began late in the night after a relatively calm day of protests at Tahrir Square and the Ministry of Interior behind the American University in Cairo's downtown campus. Hundreds of protesters later marched to the embassy to take part in tearing down the security wall that Egypt's military erected last week.