“That of course it the very nature of healing - that anything you are holding onto that is less pure than your highet intentions will come to your attention, and as long as you stay conscious, you will move through it. I knew that, but just knowing didn't help.”
Bob Frissell

Nothing in this Book is True, but it's Exactly How Things Are

Egypt and Journalistic Emptiness

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I’ve been marginally following the events unfolding in Egypt over recent months as they have been making headlines. I am amazed, time and time again, how superficial the reporting has been. It seems that the west (the online media I consume it western) is only interested in sensational conflict – protests, injuries, escalation. Not once have I seen investigative journalism that reached into the heart of the matter. What did the presidential decree include? How did it relate to the existing legal system and constitution? Why ws the constitution changed? What was missing or weak in the existing constitution? What is the new constituion like? Where are its weaknesses? How can a national referendum on something as central as a constitution be passed with only a third of the electorate participating in the vote?

I wonder if this perceivedĀ  external emptiness reflects an internal emptiness that exists inside Egypt too? Are we witnessing a country evolving or a revolution where Islam takes over under dressed up as a false democracy? Has the model western democracy become so empty that we are now witnessing that emptiness being copied over and applied to evolving countries like egypt?

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