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Egypt in the Era of Hosni Mubarak by Galal Amin

By Galal Amin

A brand new, provocative e-book from the writer of Whatever occurred to the Egyptians?

Galal Amin once more turns his cognizance to the shaping of Egyptian society and the Egyptian nation within the half-century and extra that has elapsed because the Nasserite revolution, this time targeting the period of President Mubarak.

As traditional, he orders his chapters thematically, addressing such urgent concerns as corruption, poverty, the plight of the center classification, and naturally, the economic climate. alongside the best way, he directs his penetrating gaze towards the Mubarak regime's uneasy courting with the really unfastened press it has inspired, the vexing factor of presidential succession, and Egypt's family members with the Arab global and the us. Addressing such topics from the viewpoint of an energetic player in Egyptian highbrow existence in the course of the period, Galal Amin portrays the Mubarak regime's stance within the household and overseas arenas as a great deal a made from heritage, which, whereas now not exonerating the regime, definitely is helping to give an explanation for it.

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It revolved around the liberation of the Egyptian economy from foreign domination, rapid economic development, the reduction of class disparities, and extending support for Arab movements outside of Egypt in combating colonialism and particularly in supporting the Palestinian struggle against Zionism. In the Sadat era, all this came to an end: the struggle for complete British withdrawal had ended, the struggle to free the Egyptian economy of foreign domination and the nationalization of Egyptian industry were abandoned, and so was the support for other Arab movements of liberation from colonialism and Zionism.

This asceticism was sure to reflect on the men directly around him, because Nasser would neither imagine nor accept that one of his men might become rich with public money. The fear of their president was enough to curb their selfish ambitions, if they had been unable themselves to resist the temptation of wealth. A friend of mine working in the Egyptian embassy in Rome in 1959 told me about a time he was assigned as an aide to Sadat on a tour of the streets and shops of Rome, long before Sadat became president.

Indd 42 3/9/11 9:24:59 PM status. This created fertile ground for law-breaking, while the political changes at the highest levels severely weakened the patriotic sentiments of these segments of the middle class as they became ever more immersed in the problems of day-to-day life. As examples of violations of the law increased and people heard of one example of corruption after another in various spheres of life, they grew accustomed to it and stopped expecting anything different. ” Bribes, large and small, have come to be widely expected, and are paid and received in the open without any embarrassment; more and more employees have come to consider them as part of their monthly salaries.

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