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Samer Soliman's Articles
A key criteria in evaluating presidents in democratic countries is that they should be honest and upright. The performance of President Morsi should be evaluated using the same criteria (2 December 2012)

An honest and civilised debate about the substance of the new constitution is a basic right we must all insist on

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The revolution showed that there can be more to politics than Machiavellian self-interest

Foreign aid has contributed to a breakdown of trust among political players. Without proper regulations for state bodies and societies to receive aid, it will continue to drain Egypt

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Egypt is in need of strong political parties, not informal political currents weak in structure and crippled in form

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Opening the case of Field Marshal Abdel-Hakim Amer’s death could be a positive gateway to investigating — and in time addressing — the ailments of Egypt and the 1967 defeat

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Egypt's new political regime should focus on tax reform to increase state revenue with which to help the poor; president Morsi, however, has his own reasons for postponing such a step

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While the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party appears to view the cause of Egypt's chronic problems as improper institutional frameworks, the party's platform – surprisingly – makes little mention of ethical reform

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Progressive opposition groups should launch a serious debate about their role in a democratic Egypt, consider a change in method and strategy to confront the Muslim Brotherhood

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The Morsi/Qandil government is a revolution against the ascension of technocrats - which characterised the last decade of the Mubarak regime - and represents a return to the practice of relying on bureaucrats

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Limiting freedom of religious practice to 'divine religions,' as some in the Constituent Assembly are intent to do, would be a catastrophe for Egypt and its revolution

It is not enough to agree on principles. Those who seek a 'third current' in Egyptian politics have to innovate with new methods of management and organisation

The role the judiciary is taking in Egyptian politics today is not a sign of the rule of law but of a weak political scene where law is used to settle political scores

For many the elections run-off choice between the military and the Brotherhood is unbearable and they prefer to boycott. Revolutionary forces should respond by focusing now on how to build a third way

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If the Islamic current - a conservative force - is changing, it should come as little surprise that Egyptian civil forces, too, stand on the brink of transformation

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Egyptians are suffering a dearth of inspiring presidential candidates due to decades of political decay and corruption - we must be patient until we get the politicians we deserve

The entrance of Omar Suleiman into Egypt's presidential race is an attempt to revive the alliance between capitalists and the military bureaucracy that was ousted by the January 2011 revolution. Will it succeed?

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The Egyptian revolution did not rid Egyptians of the chronic disease of sexual harassment, but it showed that it is not insurmountable

Writing a constitution is no simple matter that can be rushed; there are key issues about Egypt's identity and the definition and role of the state that must be addressed

The Egyptian regime was the original target of revolutionaries, but now the state itself must be reformed to better meet the demands of the people

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