by Mark Bebawi
Itâ€™s rare for us to have guest articles, but Pacifica Radio host of The Monitor, Mark Bebawi, has insight into an issue where to be dumb is to be deadly. Â Mark, born and raised in Cairo, wrote his masterâ€™s dissertation at Oxford on the Egyptian Brotherhood. Â George Bush sent me his copy. Â (Or was that The Pet Goat?)
So, to cut through the crapola about doings in Cairo, Iâ€™ve asked Bebawi to write a short â€œEgypt for Idiotsâ€ about the election today, a special for our readers. Â
For all the talk of revolution and the Arab Spring, what happened last year in Egypt was not regime change. It was more of a clothing change â€“ a suit was removed and a military uniform was donned in a country that went from a nominally civilian dictatorship to a military council. But fundamentally the same people are in charge now as were during the Mubarak presidency.
In spite of this, the presidential election in Egypt is historic. It is the first time the outcome is not predetermined. Â There are 13 candidates on the ballot and none of them will get a Mubarak-like 90 plus % of the vote. So who will people be voting for …more