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Mohammed Nosseir

Mohammed Nosseir, a liberal politician from Egypt, is a strong advocate of political participation and economic freedom.

Twitter: @MohammedNosseir

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Reasons behind modest turnout in Egyptian elections

Afew minutes at the polling station is not too high a price for Egyptians to pay to express their gratitude for the policies implemented by President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi during his first term in office and confidently vote him in for a second and final term.

March 29, 2018

Politicians need to think before they speak

“Islam does not belong in this country, Germany is shaped by Christianity,” the newly appointed German interior minister, Horst Seehofer, recently declared.

March 26, 2018

The popularity myth at the heart of Egyptian politics

“Our home telephone used to ring 24 hours a day; it went completely dead after my father left power,” a friend told me, describing the difference in status between authorized and discredited Egyptian politicians.

March 23, 2018

Egypt’s media can’t resist spicing up stories

Almost a decade ago, I was involved, among others, in organizing a large political conference in Egypt, in which my former party hosted a few hundred well-known liberal politicians hailing from all continents.

March 19, 2018

Money not a cure-all for Egypt’s ills

“I have always wished for $100 billion to provide decent housing for all Egyptian squatters,” President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi stated recently.

March 16, 2018

The risks of politicizing Egypt’s state entities

Dragging Egyptian state entities into our internal political disputes will put their status, which has up to now been perceived as relatively independent, at risk. The state’s tendency to act as the government’s backbone could result in the downfall of both.

March 12, 2018

The visible hand that hinders Egypt’s economy

A little over two centuries ago, Adam Smith introduced the invisible hand theory, explaining that the demand and supply of goods will naturally reach equilibrium in a free market scenario where everyone works to their own advantage.

March 09, 2018

Egypt needs brainpower not muscle power

The decision to prosecute a number of Egyptian opposition figures may be perceived as a fair legal procedure, but it could also trigger many more citizens to challenge the state — a scenario we should avoid at all costs.

March 07, 2018

Egypt’s presidential election: To participate or boycott?

The essence of any election is to induce the greatest number of citizens to participate in the process and to feel that their vote matters.

March 02, 2018

Egypt’s police in urgent need of reform

Egyptians traditionally tend to admire and respect their police apparatus. Like many other nationalities, Egyptians generally don’t have much esteem for their government, yet the police profession still appeals to a large segment of society, which aspires to be a part of it.

February 26, 2018