November 5, 2012 |
If the last week has taught us anything, it's the power, and limitations, of political narrative. First, there was Hurricane Sandy, which brought climate change back into the presidential race - and led to an essential photo op: President Obama clasping the arm of Chris Christie, New Jersey's Republican governor. Then there was the Romney campaign's attempt to “expand the map” by staging rallies in Pennsylvania, a state in which most polls put Obama comfortably ahead. Over the weekend, surrogates for both candidates sparred over whether Obama might be slipping or Romney's shift was a desperate act of political sleight-of-hand.
May 11, 2012 |
CAIRO — Egyptians gathered in living rooms and cafes Thursday night to mark another first in their troubled political odyssey toward a new democracy: a televised presidential debate that was as captivating as it was surreal. The two leading candidates, former Foreign Minister Amr Moussa and Islamist favorite Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh, clashed in an exchange that would have been fiction during the 30-year rule of deposed President Hosni Mubarak. The spectacle was a rare moment in a region enthralled by Arab uprisings but largely dominated by autocrats and political uncertainty.
April 14, 2012 |
CAIRO - Egypt's volatile presidential race was jolted Saturday when the election commission disqualified three controversial front-runners - the nation's former spy chief and two impassioned Islamists - just five weeks before voters go to the polls. The commission removed Omar Suleiman, the intelligence director under deposed President Hosni Mubarak; Khairat Shater, a leading voice for the ascendant Muslim Brotherhood; and Hazem Salah abu Ismail, an ultraconservative Salafi Islamist with wide populist appeal.
May 15, 2012 |
AGA, Egypt - After an unfriendly journalist was tossed off, Amr Moussa's campaign bus headed north to the Nile Delta, where barefoot boys and peasants greeted him with horns, drums and two dancing horses. Moussa arrived as both novelty and sensation, a front-runner in Egypt's first freely contested presidential election. The former diplomat who once negotiated with world leaders walked roads strewn with hay and spotted with manure, giving speeches on dignity and chatting with elders near herds of sheep and sheds full of broken farm equipment.