Egypt, energy, corruption and realpolitik

Today, the Arabist promotes this Al Jazeera documentary as a must watch. I did and I fully agree. Anyone interested in Egypt and the Middle East will find it extremely interesting. I would even argue that it’s importance transcends the regional arena. It is a well researched and easy to understand example of one of the mechanisms for siphoning off huge sums of public money by a particular ruling clique (my fancy for corruption issues). But even more importantly were the measured observations of the US diplomat who served as his country’s ambassador to both Egypt and Israel in the 1990s. His realpolitik world view was absolutely fascinating. So totally understandable, so clearcut in what matters (most) and what is to be taken as unfortunate givens. I am leaving this part of the world very soon, and although I am certain to remain more interested in its politics than before, I’m pretty sure my focus is going to move elsewhere (again). But this documentary is a big reminder that the impression one derives from being a daily news consumer and what might be really driving the developments, anywhere, are two very different things.  And it is a great reminder even if  Al Jazeera’s analysis turns out to be only half true and/or biased.

About roger henke

Still figuring out the story line that would satisfy myself here. Listening to what my family and friends evoke, what the words I absorb, the images that move me, the movements that still me, point to.
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