We are overwhelmed by the latest breaking story, and this past week there have been an unnerving number of them. But a sense of an intensifying crisis – until now a largely ignored economic as well as the obvious political crisis has been intensifying since late November. The street violence has been escalating ever since. This is not to even mention the rising unemployment, periodic banditry on the highways, the looting and land seizures at archaeological sites across the country, garbage littered streets and an epidemic of car theft all of which preceded Mursi taking power.
Taking the initiative
What is different about much of the violence now and the street fighting back in January-February 2011 is that during the Tahrir Uprising, the protestors did not initiate the violenceAbdallah Schleifer