NEWS + ANALYSIS
NOUH EL-HARMOUZI

NEWS + ANALYSIS

SOURCES OF THE EGYPTIAN CRISIS

July 8, 2013 | by Nouh El-Harmouzi

What has brought 17 million Egyptians into public squares throughout the country and prompted 22 million to sign a denunciation of President Mohammed Morsi? Why does the website of the Egyptian grassroots protest movement, Tamarrod (rebel), "demand that President Morsi leave office by Tuesday, July 2, at 5 p.m." and allow early elections, or else face "complete civil disobedience." And why has the Egyptian military given Morsi an ultimatum: Resolve the crisis in 48 hours or it will. This turmoil has its roots in the economic and political failings of the Morsi administration—failings that stem from a lack of appreciation for individual freedom, including economic freedom, the indispensable source of prosperity.

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