Toshiba’s profits in Egypt will have soared of late. With stern-looking military guards at the door of every polling station, confused first-time voters turn to civilian volunteers from the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party for guidance. No other political party was omnipresent across Cairo with party-supplied Toshiba laptops, makeshift information desks, campaign literature, and immediate, uncontested instructions for voters on: a) how to vote and b) how to vote for the Muslim Brotherhood.
I am not blaming the Muslim Brotherhood for their efficiency and monopolized presence, however, I do question the lack of a presence by other political forces in Egypt. The liberal, urban, and elite Facebook and Twitter generation of Egyptians may have led the January revolution, but they simply do not possess the real-world resources, unified thought patterns, and socio-political networks of their Islamist rivals.
So what happens next? As election fever grips a justifiably proud Egypt, I am concerned about the following: Read more »