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A New Egypt, Just Not Yet.

After 30 years under the Hosni Mubarak’s regime, Egypt has a new president who was elected after relatively fair elections. Although President Morsi promised a series of changes after his first 100 days of presidency, change has been hard to identify, due in large part to a corrupt and inefficient bureaucracy.


Egypt has been under the same rules and systems for several decades. Those need radical changes to help the country to develop economically, financially but also socially. For that, the President and his party, the Muslim Brotherhood, will face an uphill battle against the state’s deeply entrenched bureaucracy. The main demands of the Egyptians right now are to have an efficient government that will offer more job opportunities, a fair justice system and a rejuvenation of the economy that collapsed after the revolution. But those improvements have been delayed by two main obstacles: connections and corruption. These factors have driven the Egyptian economy for more than 30 years, increasing the price of doing business. But corruption is not only related to business in Egypt, it’s also a common feature of domestic life. Bribes are considered as part of the daily life of the Egyptians who use to pay money or buy gifts to get a right commercial or automobile licenses, to avoid fine by traffic police or even to enroll a child in a private school. Those are few examples among others.

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A Kenyan president at the ICC? Let the people decide.

It is indeed right that the sovereignty of a country rests with the people. It is they who must chose the leaders they want, and must not complain when such leaders do not perform or turn out to be incompetent. Rather, they must apply the same criteria, wait for the next elections to come and then chose other leaders.

But does the electorate especially in the developing world have the capacity to choose wisely? The wisdom if often clouded so by poverty,  ethnicity and propaganda that at the end of the day, the people are made to recycle the same politicians over and over again, while everyday complaining of corruption, ineptitude and  poor management.

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Vetting of election aspirants

What a nice world it would be if we all election candidates who had been vetted by an independent body and certified as having no blemish of graft or criminal records. Such a draft law actually existed in Kenya a few months ago, but trust politicians to shoot down any legislation that intends to bar any of them from ascending to a political office.

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Interview with Senegalese Rapper SIMON

Parker Mah of Eyedea Photo caught up with Senegalese rapper SIMON (of Bisbi Clan) to talk about his role in the Senegalese youth movement Y’en a marre. Y’en a marre (which means “We’ve had enough” or “We are fed up” in french) is a pacifist movement for political contestation, formed in Senegal in January 2011 by a collective of rappers. Their mission is to promote citizen and community participation, and to incite Senegalese young and old to vote and stand up against corruption. The collective is comprised of rappers Simon, Keur Gui (de Kaolack), Fou Malade, 5kième Underground, Xuman and La Gazette journalist Chiekh Fadel Barro. > Read full story

Corruption in 2011 – Huguette Labelle

Huguette Labelle

It was a treacherous 2011 as financial crisis, civil strife and public distrust ran rampant from Cairo to Wall Street. Corruption remains a common denominator behind the turmoil, revealing a deep need to redouble the fight against graft in 2012.

2011 crushed the hopes of many around the world. Nearly one-in-seven are hungry and an estimated 80 million new jobs must be created over the next two years to return to pre-financial crisis employment rates, demonstrating the evils of greed, secrecy and corruption. Alarmingly, perceptions about corruption in hard hit countries such as Greece have worsened. Now public opinion polls there show corruption may have become much worse in the past three years.

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