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James Dorsey - Jan 2013 Sunday, January 27, 2013


James Dorsey of Senior Fellow at the Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore makes his second appearance on the show to help us break down the situation after renewed violence erupted in the wake of a number of death sentences handed down from the Egyptian judiciary in response to the incident at Port Said. The accused Al-Masry fans were charged in the deaths of 74 fans from Al-Ahly soccer club during a match in Port Said last February, a day after the two year anniversary of the revolution that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak. James provides the kind of deep dive analysis and insight into this tragedy, the challenges and objectives of a post-revolutionary government struggling to reform its institutions and how long-standing perceptions both in terms of that judiciary and the security forces help shape public opinion and deep seated internal turmoil based on decades of repression. We examine how the issues in Egypt will serve as a series of challenges for the Morsi government and what some of the options may be while also being cognizant of the prejudices and historical comparisons with another Muslim country in Turkey where actual reform and serious change took not years, but decades itself. We also examine the concept of what dignity looks like for the ultras and protesters in the street, how perception can only be altered after many deeds over a long period of time and why Morsi will have some key domestic choices and international relationships to manage in the coming months. These

measures would seem to include new legislation that would enforce independence of public prosecutors and separate them from investigative authorities, an independent commission to investigate cases of death and serious injury caused by police and security forces, while regulating the use of force and firearms in a nation left largely broken on the heels of revolution. We close on the matter of examining what steps Morsi and the government could do to avert further riots and demonstrations on March 9th, when the sentencing of another 54 defendants is handed down, including the former officers. As always, there are few that can provide the level of context and perspective that James Dorsey can, so if you want to seriously understand the ramifications inside the country, this is a serious subject matter expert with some fabulous insight.




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