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Hebronite

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  • Why Tunisia's Transition to Democracy is Succeeding while Egypt Falters
    • Juan is right on most counts; however, he made a slight hash of some figures. Egypt's economic growth rate was 2.3% under Morsi (vs. 1.2% under SCAF) and tourist arrivals have risen 13% under him versus SCAF (and contrary to popular belief he never banned alcohol or bikinis).

  • States with Highest Infant Mortality Rates most Opposed to Obamacare
    • Great post. Juan's next graph should be the one that shows that red states, with all their moaning about the federal government, receive more federal money than taxes they pay.

  • The Revenge of the Leftovers in Egypt
    • I normally like Juan Cole's blogs, but this one is quite poor - Its seems that he prefers secular dictatorship to a democratically elected parliament where Islamsts win. His comment that the 1/3 of seats were set aside for independents in order to avoid Islamists and felool winning is wrong- the revolutionaries wanted full PR so that the felool could not reinvent themselves as independents. Having 1/3 of seats being first past the post was a sop to allow NDP officials in rural areas to keep their posts as independents and partly to have some stability by having a winner takes all section to the parliament (Germany runs a similar system).

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