Part III (and last part) of My Response to Khaled Fahmy’s “32 Reasons to Vote No” on the Draft Constitution

Dec 05

 This is the third and last installment of my detailed responses to Khaled Fahmy’s “32 Reasons to Vote No” on the Draft Constitution.  Here is Part I and here is Part II.  Here is a link to my general observation on his objections to the constitution.

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Criticism of the Proposed IMF Loan to Egypt, reprise

Nov 12

Civil society groups in Egypt have released a letter addressed simultaneously to Hisham Qindil, Egypt’s prime minister, and Christina La Garde, executive director of the International Monetary Fund (the “IMF”), expressing their opposition to the proposed loan.  

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The Draft Egyptian Constitution: The Communitarian Dimension, Part I

Nov 07

The Egyptian Constitutional Assembly has finally completed a draft constitution for post-revolutionary Egypt, issuing it to the Egyptian public for their consideration almost a month ago.  (An English translation of the draft may be found here.)  As is the case with everything in post-revolutionary Egypt, the draft has proven to be extremely controversial, and has elicited widespread criticism, particularly from human rights organizations for its failure to meet international norms with respects to rights of women, children and freedom of religion.  Ellis Goldberg, meanwhile, has published a lengthy and very thoughtful analysis of the draft text in two parts on his blog, Nisr al-Nasr (Part I and Part II).

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The IMF and the Egyptian Revolution

Aug 22

Christina Lagarde, head of the IMF, was in Egypt today to negotiate with the Egyptian government the terms of a new $4.8 billion loan.  Predictably, many Egyptians are suspicious.  An Egyptian economist, Wael Gamal, who has solid revolutionary credentials and is economically progressive, writes on Egypt’s economic affairs for al-Shuruq, a leading independent Egyptian newspaper.  He has come out strongly against the proposed loan, first, in a piece in the Shuruq, and again on his blog.

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Statement of Carl Zeithaml, Dean of McIntire School of Commerce and Interim President of UVa, resigned!

Jun 22

Things continue to move quickly in Charlottesville.  Carl Zeithaml, Dean of the McIntire School of Commerce, who had been named interim President of U. Va. following the abrupt dismissal of Teresa Sullivan, has now announced that he has suspended negotiations with the Board of Visitors and will not serve as Interim President.

The text of his statement is set out below.

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Statement from Helen Dragas on Why the Board of Visitors Sacked Sullivan

Jun 22

I received an e-mail today from Helen Dragas in which she explains why the Board of Visitors acted to remove President Teresa Sullivan.  I have reproduced the message below.  Upon my reading of it, it seems that the Board of Visitors is essentially saying that U.Va. cannot continue to finance itself if the liberal arts remain its principal focus.  It is amazing to me that UVa is so politically inept that it has consistently failed to get its fair share of appropriations from the General Assembly.

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