Suggested Reading: ‘You Can’t Eat Sharia’

Getting a little away from Europe again…

Mohamed Elbaradei wrote an excellent article, “You Can’t Eat Sharia,” which examines the issue of state failure in Egypt.  In his recent speech, Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi blamed his country’s protests on remnants of the old regime, Elbaradei’s article highlights that many Egyptian’s are more frustrated with the inability of the government to provide some of the most basic things a state should provide for it’s people: security and order.  Homicides have tripled since the revolution and, at least according to one of my colleagues who recently returned from Egypt, the police are just gone.  Not corrupt or incompetent – gone.

While you are over on the Foreign Policy website, you might also check out their 2013 Failed State Index and their related “Postcards from Hell” photoessay on these failed states.

From the "Postcards from Hell" photoessay, here is Egypt at #34. Photo by Daniel Berehulak (Getty Images).
From the “Postcards from Hell” photoessay, here is Egypt at #34.
Photo by Daniel Berehulak (Getty Images).

I’ll go back to covering European topics when Europe-proper’s (meaning “not Turkey“) news stories are more exciting than the EU budget or Berlusconi’s sex life.

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