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Oh yeah, Egypt: Don't look now, but there's another crisis coming

Forget the revolution. The real problem in Egypt is the country's terrible economy.
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Egyptians ride their camels past the pyramid of Khafre in Giza, on the outskirts of Cairo, on November 30, 2010. (Patrick Baz/AFP/Getty Images)

Revolution is a tricky thing.

There's a lot of noise. Yelling in the streets. Flags wave energetically. Television news anchors descend like a pack of well-coiffed lemmings, spouting platitudes about hope and history.

And then reality sets in. Cold, hard and, yes, very depressing reality.

That's pretty much what's going on in Egypt these days, the most populous country and one of the most important economies in a very troubled Middle East. And, if you're not paying attention, you should be.

In short, Egypt's economy is a mess. And it's only getting worse.


Egypt may replace police with private security companies

CAIRO — A police strike has given rise to alarming calls by officials for “popular committees” — or militias — and private security companies to both legally and informally assume police duties to fill the vacuum.

Sexual violence mars Egypt’s once idealistic revolution

CAIRO — It starts off with a single grope, an unfamiliar hand reaching for a buttock, or maybe a breast. But before there is time to react, the one hand turns into many — grabbing, tearing, stripping, biting — raping. This is Cairo’s famed Tahrir Square. Once the epicenter of Egypt’s peaceful uprising, where activists plotted an idealistic future, the immense plaza in downtown Cairo is now also something much darker — a hub for mass sexual assaults against female protesters and journalists.

Egypt’s revolution 2 years on: under construction

With controversial power grabs and continued social unrest, Mohamed Morsi's presidency has done little to stabilize Egypt in a post-Mubarak era.
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An Egyptian protester wears a mask of the Anonymous movement during a protest in Tahrir Square to call for the fall of Islamist President on Jan. 24, 2012 in Cairo. (Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images)
Where is Egypt two years after Mubarak's departure?

Egypt's economy is still a mess

CAIRO — Financial experts worry President Mohamed Morsi lacks a sound plan for pulling the country out of its economic slump. Few economic measures have been enacted, and many Egyptians are suffering under growing debt.

Egypt constitution: The good, the bad and the ugly

CAIRO, Egypt — Egyptian lawmakers released this week a partial draft of Egypt’s highly anticipated constitution, a document meant to embody the spirit of the Tahrir Square revolution. Here's what democracy activists say are the five most positive — and most negative — articles included in the latest draft.

Egypt: Morsi frees Tahrir Square revolutionaries

CAIRO — Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi attempted to bolster his revolutionary credentials this week by granting a blanket amnesty to prisoners and defendants charged with crimes related to the January 2011 uprising. But even as Morsi moved to uphold one of the revolution’s primary goals, he came under fire for what critics say is the leader’s political opportunism and selective sense of justice. 

Is China 'buying' Egypt from the US?

CAIRO — The United States is suddenly competing for influence over its most stalwart ally in the Middle East. Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi chose Beijing for his first official visit outside the Middle East and Africa last week and came back with unprecedented financial and political support from Chinese leader, Hu Jintao.

Mohamed Morsi vs. Egypt's Press

CAIRO — An Egyptian court has remanded the editor-in-chief of a local newspaper on charges of “insulting the president” in a move that's reminiscent of the authoritarian regime protesters ousted last year.

Nightmare on Tahrir Square

CAIRO, Egypt — For the revolutionary youth of Tahrir Square, Egypt’s presidential election is the stuff nightmares are made of. Following a first round of voting on May 23, they must now choose between a figure from the regime of the leader they ousted, Hosni Mubarak, and an Islamist contender whose party already holds a majority in parliament. For the largely secular, liberal activists who spearheaded the anti-Mubarak uprising — but have so far failed to translate their support into any electoral gain — it is a difficult and some say demoralizing predicament.
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