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Ibrahim El-Houdaiby's Articles
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Events since the January 25 Revolution, including the Brotherhood's ouster and the revival of the outlines of the Mubarak regime, were not inevitable but the result of choices and mistakes made

Instead of mobilising against Morsi's ouster, the Brotherhood should be examining its mistakes over the last year, and looking to change its leadership

Not only is 'Islamisation' not new, going back to as early as 1805, its meaning has always been subject to differing interpretations, and no more so than now

In order for judiciary to perform its expected role, judicial reform should go hand-in-hand with reforming state institutions

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Stability in Egypt will only be born from justice, not the use of repressive measures by the country's current rulers or the rehabilitation of Mubarak regime remnants

The state has tried to dominate society along with institutions like Al-Azhar since the mid-19th century. Liberation, post-revolution, means restoring society as a leader not follower of the state

Politicians are fighting over the identity of the state; some claim it is 'Islamist,' others say 'civil,' while another camp argues 'Egyptian'

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Egypt is sliding into a cycle of societal violence and warfare, and building legitimacy based on justice is the only way out

The results of recent student and professional union elections show the pattern of support for the Brotherhood is changing

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Current crisis is a conflict between an authoritarian state that no longer possesses the tools to oppress, and a society that wants to change its relationship with the state but lacks the tools to do so

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Demands for the army to intervene in domestic affairs shows the bankruptcy of opposition currents and the failure of the country's leaders, opening the door for the former regime

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Categorising political forces into 'Islamist' and 'civil' camps does not help society face pressing challenges, or mean much on the positions of each camp on key issues

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Justice and transparency are key to building legitimacy, pressuring all players in turn to focus on the challenges Egypt is facing, and to find solutions

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Instead of only criticising, opposition forces should focus on what they would do if the Brotherhood didn't exist, to present an alternative the people can believe in

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Opportunist politicians who use the people as political pawns will only harvest the same disdain with which they treat Egyptians

Politicians, whether in power or in opposition, are woefully mismanaging the current crisis — deeming violence the work of thugs, or pressing demands that have nothing to do with unrest in the street

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The revolution made some progress in the last two years, but it still needs to deal decisively with the former regime and its practices

Instead of focusing on pivotal issues like economy and security, opposition parties are falling into the trap of reducing upcoming elections to a battle of identity between civil and Islamist forces

Egypt's new regime will be hard pressed to keep both its pledges: its promise to sustain the interests of powerful players and its vow to make changes in the public interest

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Now that the constitution has been approved and legislative and executive prerogatives are in the hands of those in power, there are no more excuses for their failures

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