An Egyptian Winter: Where a revolution goes to die

At what point does a popular uprising turn into a dictatorship? In Egypt, I gather that time came around after the first free elections post-Mubarak. When Morsi took office, he did a lot of stuff. One of those things was declaring the Egyptian Parliament immune from “any possible court decisions to dissolve it” and gave himself a bunch of extra powers. Of course, at that time, Parliament was dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood.

Next up, the military performed a quick coup and suddenly Egypt plunged into the abyss of having no constitution. Now there’s a new Parliament and constitution. What comes next, you may ask? The new Egyptian government cracks down on protesters, the Muslim Brotherhood, and anything and everything that allowed the Arab Spring to free Egypt from Mubarak.

Here we are in 2014. It’s winter in Egypt.

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