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Thoughts on Egypt

I have to confess, I'm not thrilled that Morsi got in, but obviously it's not exactly my decision! But I'd rather wait & see what happens, than be all doom and gloom about how this will affect the Dance world and the Arts generally in Egypt. My hope is that the priority will be to bring peace & prosperity back to Egypt, and maintain the democratic processses that have been set up.

I'm just waiting now, to see how work goes for the dancers I know in Cairo, and all the people who rely on them being in regular work: not just the musicians and the costumiers, but all the people further down the chain.

Inch'allah, it will be seen that there is a benefit in permitting all the musicians and dancers to keep working. There is a significant tourist industry that has been holding back while the upheaval has been going on. I hope that things can calm down properly, and return to Good Times.



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Jun. 25th, 2012 12:49 am (UTC)
His party has campaigned on, among other things, keeping tourism a major source of income, and being moderate, so I don't know whether people are just freaked out because the Brotherhood have Muslim in front of their names, or whether there is really genuine cause for alarm.

I do hope that the party is moderate. I don't like the fact that they said Copts and women wouldn't be allowed to be ministers in cabinet. But on the BBC last night there was a Nubian woman who said many women had backed the Brotherhood and now it was time for it to stop treating them as second-class supporters.

Who knows? Nobody...
Jun. 25th, 2012 01:52 am (UTC)
As a knee-jerker and a hand-wringer I was initially all NOOOOOOOOOOOOES, DOOM!

And then I realised that, much as we love her, Egypt isn't "ours" to be concerned about. I'm worried that realistically only 25% of Egyptians voted for this person. I'm concerned about the reputation the Beards have, but how much of that is true? I have no way to tell.

I'll stop wringing my hands and wait it out, with baited breath and with much hope. I think if there's one thing Egyptians have shown us in the last while, it's that they have a clear idea of what they don't want governing their country, and if it goes badly it'll be from within that the strongest resistance starts.
Jun. 25th, 2012 07:09 am (UTC)
I am as worried about the powers the generals have just given them selves, as I am about Morsi getting in.
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