The Forgotten Middle East Pt 1

The past couple of days the news has been flooding reports to its viewers on the current situation with North Korea.  However, we have forgotten a part of the world that can only be described as being fragile.  One example of such instability involves Egypt where President Morsi will be reaching his one year mark as holding the seat that Murbark once held.  

So far the current situation remains unchanged as it was during the revolution that took place two years ago.  The countries current economic status is describe by the World Bank as follows

  “Egypt’s economy is still suffering from a severe downturn and the government faces numerous challenges as to how to restore growth, market and investor confidence. Political and institutional uncertainty, a perception of rising insecurity and sporadic unrest continue to negatively affect economic growth. Real GDP growth slowed to just 2.2 percent year on year in October-December 2012/13 and investments declined to 13 percent of GDP in July-December 2012. The economic slowdown contributed to a rise in unemployment, which stood at 13 percent at end-December 2012, with 3.5 million people out of work. Foreign exchange reserves have continued to decline and are now less than 3 months of imports.”

With aid coming from the United States, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund, Egypt must meet the conditions that have been set by these world organizations.  Currently in the region Egypt has seen secular violence between the Coptic Christians and those who practice the faith of Islam.   The confrontation resulted in the death of Coptic Christians and the death of Muslim male.  

To add to the violence going on in the country, the Port of Said has experienced its share of protest as well.  This resulted from a clash that happened at a soccer match between a club from Cario known as the Al- Ahly and a local club from Port Said called al-Masry.  After the match had ended the away team was attacked by the local clubs fan. As a BBC news article reports “Over 70 were stabbed, beaten, kicked and crushed to death.”  This resulted in those from Cario calling for strict punishment on those from Port Said.  

Residents of the port stated that the police just rounded up anyone who was at the game and even handed down death sentences to some of those who where at the game.  Resulting in a massive upheaval in the port. President Morsi has yet stabilized a government that has yet seen any source of structure.  The country was known to be a tourist attraction to everyone  now it is still facing tough economic hardships and a government controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood.  

People in Egypt have already called for the current president to step down.  Worries of a radical islamic state is in the minds of Egyptian citizens especially those in the minority group.  And with that violence between the Coptic Christians and Muslims with little action from the government can only enforce those fears.  Pope Tawadros stated  “Mohammed Morsi had ‘promised to do everything to protect the cathedral but in reality we don’t see this.’ He also said violence against Copts was unprecedented. He said the failure to do so “comes under the category of negligence and poor assessment of events’.’We need action not only words… There is no action on the ground,’ he said, adding that ‘the Egyptian Church has  never been subject to such [attacks] even in the worst ages.”

People must not forget those who sacrificed everything they had to attain the freedoms they long desired.  It all begins with the government and the President.  Many provinces in Egypt preferred military occupation in their cities.  Fearing of the corruption with in the police departments. I understand that the Muslim Brotherhood believes strongly in the Islamic religion.  However, there was a time where all people where treated equally.  Yes they had to pay a tax to practice their own individual religion but they were also included with in the government.  Everyone experienced the same tax system and the government provided social safety nets for the less fortunate.  

The country should not look at ways of alienating one group by preferably treating one better then the other.  If the Egyptian government can find a way to answer the demands of all its people and I mean all of its people then we may see a nation become the tourist destination it once was.  It may be foolish to look into a peaceful country as Egypt because of the powers that have taken over since Mubrak but sooner or later Morsi will realize that favoring one group will result in another revolution.  We see how the people of Syria are still in the fight for their freedom from an oppressed government.  

As with all things time will surely tell what will happen with Egypt but time is not on the side of Morsi.  With his one year in office and many calling for him to step down and no economic progress one can only imagine what will happen if the unemployment rate will stays or increases within 2013.  Everyone’s common interest is to have a job and be able to support a family.  And Egypt is not providing that for its people with project growth of 1.8% for 2013.  Instead of taking over judicial power and swiftly passing a constitution the president needs to seek a solution to a domestic problem affecting his people.  Morsi must work with the minority groups in the region to promote a nation of economic succession.  For that the nation can no longer be fighting one another instead it must work towards bettering a country which is an important ally to the United States and an important figure in the Middle-East in terms of maintaing the peace between Palestine and Israel.







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