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Dear Fox Cable News: Muhammad Morsi is not the new Prime Minister of Egypt (I know you don’t really care, just sayin’)

July 25th, 2012 Comments off

Egypt’s president, Muhammad Morsi, appointed a new prime minister today, Hisham Qandil.

Given that Fox Cable News spends its time falsifying video of president Obama and others, bullying its guests, and generally spewing falsehoods, it is not surprising that they can’t get the most basic facts in the news straight. They are owned by a criminal enterprise (News Corp) founded by the sleaziest press lord since the nineteenth century, Rupert Murdoch. Their colleagues in the UK have just been arrested en masse for hacking into people’s phones.

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Morsi Names Prime Minister: a Nearly Unknown Technocrat

July 24th, 2012 Comments off

The new Prime Minister of Egypt has a Ph.D. in irrigation and sewage. That may be a good thing; irrigation is vital if rather low-profile, and the PM is traditionally a fairly faceless technocrat. Usually not quite so faceless no one has heard of him, though. He was a member of the outgoing interim Cabinet as Irrigation and Water Resources Minister, and before that a bureaucrat in the Water Ministry.

The appointment of Hisham Qandil after a wait of nearly a month comes as something of an anticlimax, however: the delay had led to reports, which may be true, that SCAF and/or the Muslim Brotherhood leadership had vetoed certain candidates with a national or international profile.

He’s the youngest Prime Minister in Egyptian history, they say, and is said to have never belonged to any political party, but is rumored to be close to the Muslim Brotherhood. Note that he has a beard, but not a heavy one, The MB says he’s not a member.

His CV, in Arabic, is here. He’s US educated (North Carolina and Utah).

Right now that’s about all most Egyptians know. Few of them apparently ever heard of him either. More comment later perhaps.


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Jalal Amin

February 16th, 2011 Comments off
I recommend this Marxist economist to be the transitional prime minister of Egypt.  And he has a sense of humor.  I met him once only years ago.  Can you name an Arab leader with a sense of humor?  (I exclude King Fahd because he was hilarious when comatosed).

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Former Egyptian FM Ahmed Maher

September 27th, 2010 Comments off

Former Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher has died of a heart attack at age 75. President Mubarak led the funeral today.

In addition to serving as Foreign Minister 2001-2005, his diplomatic career included Ambassadorships to Moscow and Washington. He served in the then Soviet Union during its dissolution, and as Ambassador to the US from 1992 to 1999. He seemed both effective and approachable during his Washington tenure. His brother ‘Ali, also a diplomat, served as Ambassador to France.

Both men were grandsons of Ahmed Maher Pasha, Prime Minister of Egypt in 1944-45, who was assassinated on the floor of Parliament.


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